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Updated January 13, 2018
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  1. "Very good company to work for, nothing bad to say"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in El Centro, CA
    Former Employee - Field Service Technician in El Centro, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, helpful, caring, not high stress. If help is needed just ask and you will get it. HR is great. All atound great company

    Cons

    A bit disorganized at times, some things are more important than others one day and the next they are forgotten about

    Advice to Management

    Be open with employees


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good work life balance. Not much else."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Westport Innovations full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance good. Reasonable PTO.

    Cons

    Company just doesn't know how to make money. Favors new product development over selling current products.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Deplete and discard"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, variety of projects, decent salary.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees value and honor it.


  4. "Good but going under"

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    Current Employee - Service/Training Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Service/Training Director in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great thinking atmosphere. Free to use your mind. Great health benefits. Pay is good and the local team are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Too many mergers, not enough employees, things change before anything takes effect. Pay periods are twice a month which is horrible. Stocks are declining at an alarming rate.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to work closer together between all of the world wide branches. Create a solid foundation for all entities.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "company review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations (More than a year)

    Pros

    Located in Vancouver and technology based company. Nice office location which is not in downtown Vancouver. Good work life balance. Good training available.

    Cons

    Very unstable. Not good change management in difficult times. Very political and difficult to get promoted or raise in compensation. Average salaries are very low compare to industry.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employees as human beings not commodities. Take advice from consultants when there is not enough talents in the company. Motivate employees.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "worst ever"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Westport Innovations (More than a year)

    Pros

    there was nothing there that would be a PRO

    Cons

    The operations is in total tail spin, they could carless about if it is good decision just do it. to work in that environment is childish.

    Advice to Management

    I hope they get you in the end


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Downsizing"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting and progressive work environment

    Cons

    NGV technology is awesome but a challenging sell. Company keeps downsizing hoping to find its niche. Lower gasoline prices complicate the message.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Vancouver, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good health and dental benefits, flex work hours, good co workers,

    Cons

    Poor management, horrible and poor HR team with lack of knowledge and support, favouritism, money burning company and after they burn up everything they keep laying off the lower level employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time or talent here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plymouth, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People are diverse and very knowledgeable. Travel budget is unlimited with no restrictions on alcohol while entertaining.

    Cons

    Every 6 months they're re-organizing and changing their business model. People never get to excel and meet objectives. Constant changes and lay-offs becomes very daunting leaving people to wonder if they're next to be cut. Very high turn-over for this type of company.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with one business model. Constant change in direction wastes a lot of investor money.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westport Innovations full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    good managers - lenient with tardiness & support team members
    good severance package
    good benefits package

    Cons

    clueless upper management
    terrible business practices & people management
    budget cuts, constant layoffs
    no raises or bonuses in the past few years

    Advice to Management

    take some business lessons, a lot of decisions made are elementary mistakes even a first year student would know not to make
    listen to your employees


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