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  1. "Good company to work with"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow. Teams are good

    Cons

    Everything is good, just need to make more money to interns 15$/hour is not enough


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice, friendly people. reasonable working hours

    Cons

    too many changes in the direction and management decision makings which makes it really hard to focus on one thing

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of too many layers of middle management, give more value to the moral of environmental and please not only words!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Control System engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to work in. Nice people. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    The salary is low compared to the average in Vancouver. Not enough opportunities within the company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Specialist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fast changing work, enthusiastic culture, training opportunities available.

    Cons

    Chaotic structural changes, lack of internal communication, no mentorship or career advancement pathways offered.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to and support the staff you have, build and value internal strength.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Technician in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people and colleagues
    nice environment, and great culture in the early days of the company
    good and challanging work

    Cons

    the company is better at R&D than production


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Slacker's Paradise"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are reliable and personable and don't want to grow you career or accomplish anything it's still a paycheque in the bank. The existing management hasn't had experience developing a reliable product so they tend to be very soft on you when you fail as well. As long as you don't step on any toes you can study whatever you want most of the day, have minimal productivity, and you will not get laid off.

    There's a very primitive and non-science based approach to engineering that will please people who went through school with the "C's get degrees" attitude.

    Cons

    There are no career growth opportunities in a company that isn't growing.

    If you're looking to learn from a mentor with experience and sharp engineering skills it won't be found at Westport. Nobody really knows what they are doing and body has the drive to get things done.

    It feels a lot like high school. There are bullies, slackers, teachers' pets, cliques, free loaders, control freaks, agoraphobes, wanna-be-know-it-alls, etc. It's completely unlike any large corporation I have ever worked for.

    Advice to Management

    You should not have non-degreed managers in a position to overrule technical expertise on major assemblies. This is going to continue the continuous cycle of design changes that don't actually improve anything.

    Take a more fact based and scientific approach to engineering.

    A quality system can't fix poor design. It just ensures that the poor design fails more consistently. There are many design flaws in Westport products that have been around for a decade that have destroyed goodwill with customers, employees, and shareholders.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time

    Pros

    Technical challenges, very interesting products

    Cons

    poor management, organization changes every 3 months, no vision, no direction
    no culture of product development


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Poorly Managed and Lack of Direction"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to work on a number of different projects. Good Location, pay, benefits, working hours. Despite other reviews I found HR dept to be responsive and helpful when needed.

    Cons

    Engineering management seemed very inexperienced and unsuited for their position. Constant direction changes, project cancellations, seat-of-the-pants decisions, over-reacting to perceived problems and not reacting to the ones that actually matter. Very little experience in my group which means few mentoring opportunities. Company

    Advice to Management

    Hire experienced engineers and keep those people doing engineering work. Stop creating 'director' positions just so someone can get promoted to a position that didn't previously exist.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Still a start-up..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time

    Pros

    - Talented engineers
    - Exciting technology
    - Above-average paid time off
    - Convenient and attractive location
    - Good learning opportunities

    Cons

    - Constantly changing priorities
    - Short-sighted business decision-making
    - Poor leadership vision and strategy
    - Very high employee turnover
    - Below-average compensation
    - Very top heavy; many EVPs, VPs, Senior Directors, Directors... what do they all do?

    Advice to Management

    - Consider steering away from the planned corporate shift to an outdated "automotive culture" and take note of the successes of other technology start-ups
    - Consider bringing younger talent into the executive ranks and avoid nepotism
    - Work harder to retain key individuals and star performers


  11. Helpful (10)

    "A fundamentally flawed start-up that sailed far beyond its innocent days, operating similar to a $500B corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Attractive location. Fantastic restaurants and small park within walking distance
    - Flexible schedule
    - Above average vacation time
    - Good health and dental benefits
    - Lots of training provided for professional development

    Cons

    - Unclear mission statement
    - Old-timers have absolutely no accountability for any past missteps/failures
    - Some under qualified and inexperienced engineering managers that lack the basic credentials with long history of misguided projects and failures
    - Excessive turnover rate in upper management
    - Both top and middle management spend majority time driving and fighting politics as oppose to understanding and solving the actual problem
    - Low employee morale, engineering staff have little to no drive for "innovation" or delivering a stellar product

    Advice to Management

    - Transition away from the top heavy organization structure asap
    - More open to employees for both good and bad news
    - All problems (technical and political) are always traced back to the same handful of old-timers. Actions should be taken.
    - HR should be more aware of the mid level management politics and more detailed with the hiring/dismissal process (Politics should not be the driving factor for hiring/dismissal of an employee)


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