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Updated Oct 9, 2020

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  1. 4.0
    Former Contractor, more than 3 years

    Engineer

    Jan 2, 2018 - Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Technology, Great team of people, Flexible hours, Location

    Cons

    Brutal field in which to work; Incredible amounts of turnover

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Deplete and discard

    Mar 31, 2016 - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, variety of projects, decent salary.

    Cons

    No support from management, unreasonable deadlines, mistake repetition, no recognition for stellar job performance.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  3. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Okay-ish Company

    Oct 9, 2020 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    People are nice and the company offers decent perks. Flexible Workhours.

    Cons

    Senior management tries to win projects with other OEMs, but it seems not easy.

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  4. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Good company

    Jul 3, 2019 - Coop Control Engineer 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    good company to work with

    Cons

    not bad as a company to work with

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Slacker's Paradise

    May 22, 2015 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    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.

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    11 people found this review helpful
  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

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

    Jan 7, 2015 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    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

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    11 people found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Innovative Technology-Opportunity for growth

    Mar 16, 2014 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Helpful people - Next generation technology - Lots of opportunity for growth - Live and work in Vancouver

    Cons

    - Fast paced for a new technology - Time constraints makes people reactive more than proactive - Pay does not match cost of living in Vancouver

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    2 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Poorly Managed and Lack of Direction

    Feb 2, 2015 - Design Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    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

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    8 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Rediculous

    Dec 23, 2018 - Project Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
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    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It is a pretty slack place to work and sone of the technical challeneges are interesting to work on.

    Cons

    Very low pay. Working on projects pretending that they will actually materialize. Management is all over the place.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Stressful, culture of fear

    Sep 28, 2013 - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Interesting technology -Co-workers are friendly for the most part -CEO is good at raising money

    Cons

    -Technology is too complicated, expensive, and is developed too quickly. -High turnover rate -No mentoring, and lack of support for new hires trying to learn Westport processes -Salary is below market, hours above market

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    7 people found this review helpful
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