If you are a narcissist, extremely dishonest, and completely incompetent, the Buildings Group management team in Vancouver will view you favourably and promote you. Promotions can be based on extreme favouritism, having an inappropriate relationship with your manager, collusion and a management team who act oblivious to all of this. This disreputable group should be shown the door for their irresponsible behavior. Do not promote those whose only interests are their job title, being abusive towards their staff and lording it over others. Upper management needs to wake up to this and take action.
The new work stations in Vancouver are so cramped that you can't even review a set of drawings as the desk is so miniature. This greedy company, to appease the shareholders who are numero uno here, are trying to maximize the amount of staff they can squeeze into the work space. It is to the point of being absolutely absurd and ridiculous and could be likened to a modern-day sweatshop.
If you are an older worker this is certainly not the place for you. Management treats older workers appallingly, will terminate them callously, and favours younger, inexperienced workers for promotions. The "Emerging Leaders" program that they had should be considered discriminatory.
The annual review program is a joke and a complete waste of time. Do not expect that it will assist you with your professional development or advancement within the company. Management can even use it as a tool again
Environmental Scientist | Ottawa, ON | 3 févr. 2019
Nice for recent grads, but salary and workload may make it unappealing for the long term
While projects were often interesting and dynamic, workload could be very inconsistent. In our office in particular, work was usually consistent between the summer months until December and then VERY busy from the new year until the end of March. After the end of the federal fiscal year the office and workload was almost non-existent and there were months where I had almost no work to do. This wouldn’t be such a problem if you are not paid almost exclusively based on project work and performance wasn’t based on charge-ability, which in turn is measured solely on hours of project or chargeable work. While the team I worked on was large, it seemed like many did not want to share workload which made coming up with hours difficult. Overtime hours can be banked for the future but I tended to only get those when doing field work and as a predominantly office staff with no personal vehicle this could be hard to come by.
While we were provided with a decent benefits package, salaries were quite low in comparison to the average for my title and geographic area, and the largest raise I ever received was about $0.80/hour. The real kicker though was how often we were told our business centre was doing well and that the company was growing, however this was never reflected in employee wages. Additionally, new, less experienced staff, were often hired at starting wages greater than existing staff.
During my time with the company we had considerable turnover in the junior level staff
Points négatifsSalary, fluctuating workload, large company
Large engineering house - typically bottom line focused
Stantec is a large engineering house that offers great opportunities for recent grads, and is an excellent place to start a career.
As one gets experience, vertical advancement is limited, and it is not difficult to become pigeon-holed into a position that one demonstrates proficiency in. In business, this is understandable,to keep the top producers doing what they're good at...day after day...after day. You will be worked hard and the workplace stress is palpable for middle managers. It is always worth reminding yourself that "i signed up for this".
If you did not start your career as a recent grad with Stantec to learn their impressive bureaucracy, quickly identify a mentor to learn from. New hires receive limited instruction (all webinars) and for advanced tasks such as revenue recognition, write-off, earned value analysis ect.., you're on your own to learn their systems. Unfortunately there are times where it feels like the battles fought with internal administrators are far larger than the struggles experienced with difficult clients...but that's part of the territory.
Stantec is very candid about the bottom line. At the time of hiring, intermediate project managers / engineers will be warned that in the event of a downturn, layoffs will occur. This leads to an unsettling employment start, which should not be forgotten for the duration of employment. In boom times, this caution obviously becomes a bit irrelevant, but never make an assumption that based
Diverse work environment with a strong safety culture
Work at Stantec Consulting Ltd. involves a mixture of field and office work, often with both in the same day. Generation and manipulation of large and small data sets are common activities. Performance of field work requires development of logistical and troubleshooting skills in situations involving limited or remote supervision.
Work at Stantec is often performed alone or in small groups of people coming from highly diverse educational and personal backgrounds. This diverse atmosphere gives employess the opportunity to work on a variety of projects, in many different fields.The office culture is relaxed and informal, with safety being an integral portion of both work and home life.
While field work at Stantec is sometimes the most frustrating part of the job, it can also be the most rewarding. When planned work encounters difficulties in the field, it can often mean long and intense hours spent trying to resolve the complication. The discovery of a solution to said complication is very educational, and satisfying. When a project goes according to plan, or even it doesn't, one of the most satisfying parts of combined office and field work is to see a project through from the very beginning (the performance of the field work) to the completed product (a report for Alberta Environment, or graphs or charts from the completed manipulation of a data set),
Points positifsFlexible working hours, ability to work on a diverse array of projects
I worked for this company for 5 years and can honestly say that the only positive outcome of the experience was the exposure to many different types of projects and clients. Unless you are in management, you can expect to be underpaid and to not receive wage increases to account for cost of living expenses, as this money is instead given to management in the form of annual bonuses. As with many consulting firms, a good work-life balance is not support or encouraged and quite often you are expected to work a great deal of overtime. There is very little appreciate or gratitude expressed by management for a job well done, and they are likely to take the credit from the client. There is also little to no job security if you aren't in management. I left on my own terms, however I saw countless people get laid off as soon as things got slow, which was almost every year.
Unfortunately, all of these things, combined with a lack of internal promotion creates a very poor workplace culture. The office environment at the Guelph, Waterloo and Stoney Creek offices is very quiet, and you can expect to not have a lot of positive interaction with others.
My advice for you is that if you are early on in your career, use this as a stepping stone to something better. Take what you can from the experience, but don't get caught up with the empty promises of advancing your career with this company.
Points positifsgreat exposure to different types of work and clients
Points négatifspoor work-life balance, top heavy management, egotistical managers, poor job security
Good varied experience, poor culture and compensation
I worked at Stantec for about 5 years. The management always felt like they were in over their heads (at a Department and Corporate level). There was a poor culture of being overworked and underpaid and that if you weren't pushing 100% utilization you were not working hard enough. My Stantec assigned mentor even suggested NOT advocating for better pay or pursuing advancement opportunities and just "keeping my head down". I was paid well below the 25th percentile for engineers the majority of my time at Stantec (for a long time my salary didn't even register on the APEGA salary survey). When brought up leadership would simply shrug, keeping in mind that my billing rate was 6x my salary. I wish I had left earlier.
Ultimately my utilization slipped below 85% due to lack of work and I was laid off. I was shocked to see that within two months they had posted to hire a replacement, presumably for even cheaper than the below market value they were paying me.
I think Stantec really depends on the group you are in, mine was dysfunctional but somehow they have retained and promoted many of the poor leaders.
Wouldn't recommend Stantec to any prospective employees, but I will say if you do take a position make sure you advocate HARD for yourself and have an exit strategy.
Points positifsVariety of project opportunities, multidisciplinary community
Points négatifsVery poor compensation, long hours, little recognition, limited advancement
This was my first time working the the field as an employee rather than as a volunteer. I always felt safe to express my concerns and felt comfortable in my work environment.
I learned how to manage my time, how to prepare for bad weather conditions, and the traveling made me a wonderful driver. Also, I become very familiar with the paperwork that needed to be done when environmental assessments are conducted.
Everyday, I was doing something different. I spent a lot of time traveling to my field work, but then also spent days in the office doing paper work.
I learned how to be responsible for myself in the setting of a large company. I learned how to do my own expenses, rent cars for myself, and what was expected in a field environment whether I was working alone or with others.
I enjoyed working with everyone at Stantec. I got to meet and collaborate people on all levels.
There weren't many aspects of this job that I found hard. I felt physically challenged in the field at times, but I enjoyed what I accomplished.
The most enjoyable part of my experience at Stantec was learning the different aspect to environmental assessments, and feeling like I was making a difference in my own community.
Overall, this position trained me to be an exceptional field worker.
Points positifsExcellent working environment and a great opportunity for learning.
Stantec has an excellent team mentality culture. People are always willing to help one another despite many commitments and an overall fast paced environment. The chargeable hours and time cards keeps people accountable for their time and productivity which is both a motivating factor but can also be a burden. You quickly find out if your personality and work ethic suits the service-based engineering consulting work. You are respected as professionals and not micromanaged, but everyone is accountable for their work. There is equal pressure to complete engineering projects “right” as it is to finish on budget which can be frustrating and an added stress for project managers and staff. Expect to work on many projects concurrently and flip gears at the drop of a hat. This is the reality of most large consulting engineering firms; however Stantec is one of the better workplaces. The people are excellent, a wonderful work place environment, room for advancement, and will always be something to learn given the diversity of projects. The biggest downfall is the work-life balance since it is certainly not for everyone. Highly recommended for those motivated to learn, grow and shape their careers. Our group has excellent management which may differ from other groups.
This job requires workers to be willing to live in hotels 5-6 days a week and work long hours 10-12 hours a day. It is a physical labor job and requires plenty of manual labor digging holes outside.
I've learned how to work with and manage large groups of people and how to motivate individuals on a daily basis to increase productivity.
Management has put in place unneccesary stadards for PPE which in turn are decreasing mobility, agility and overall the workers ability to do simple everyday tasks. This can be not only frustrating because it is not only decreasing production, worker confortability while performing physical labor at extreme temperatures but is also raising the probability of injury due to mobility restraint and increased worker fatigue.
Co-workers in the field are often given last minute instructions on a daily basis which leaves the field crew acting quickly and responding to instructions promtly. Everyone is friendly and all have common interests for working hard and getting things done in a timely fashion.
The hardest part of the job is being away from home monday to friday.
The most enjoyable part of the job is working outside and staying active.
Points positifsper dium - $52 per day, paid travel time
Points négatifslong hours, no set schedule, contract work - no job security
Great office environment and culture with competitive pay and benefits
Great company with competent co-workers. The IT team is large, organized, and employees have defined roles. If you cant figure something out you can likely re-assign and escalate the ticket to a team that can. This results in a very low stress work environment.
If you are personable and friendly you will have no problems as this role requires daily interaction with office staff from any department.
Casual dress is allowed on Friday, but for the rest of the week people are dressed in an office casual attire.
Management is probably the most approachable and friendliest I have encountered in the industry in over 10 years.
Many of the employees on the IT team have been with the company anywhere from 3 to 20+ years.
A typical day starts with logging on and checking your email and the portal for urgent tickets. people will stop by your cubical now and then if they cant create a ticket or have general questions or even send you a msg through Skype.
Points positifsIntelligent co-workers, nice offices, great tools, low to no stress
A typical day for me was over 10 hours (unpaid overtime and no time in lieu either), due to an increasing workload and a refusal from management to acknowledge this - as admin, work is deemed easy and unimportant and as such management fails to understand how admin and support CAN be so busy.
In general there is a good deal of infighting between partners, and a culture of who you know, rather than what you know, and as far as admin and support are concerned, regard them (openly) as second class citizens,
My line manager bullied me and took many side swipes at me (to publicly humiliate me) to the point I could not face going into work again, and tendered notice - HR felt that this was unreasonable as management had a right to make decisions that I would not agree with, and despite a number of previous complaints from other staff members, refused to acknowledge that my line manager intentionally went out of their way to make my life as awful as possible.
Many other managers felt free to publicly critize work in an open office setting - this is accepted practise regarding admin.
Management also do not seem to see the value of a thank you for hard work, instead they believe in teach by harsh critism (and you dont make the same mistake again to be fair).
As a last "thank you" despite my working in extra time at the companies request while they sought to find a replacement, and despite having 5 sick days allowed as payable, they didnt pay me for one sick day - of whi
Points positifsLovely co-workers, nice office space
Points négatifsBad management, bad HR practices, dishonesty.
Ominous, unprofessional, and unwelcoming work environment
If you are a perfect person who makes no mistakes, you like working extra hours without extra pay or even recognition for it, and especially if you like constant ridicule and pre-meditated judgement, then this is the work environment for you. Don't get me wrong, most people in my experience at Stantec were friendly and professional. Unfortunately, this could not be said for most of the managers. I HIGHLY discourage anyone without direct experience to the client to avoid this job at all costs. It was extremely difficult to go in to work everyday when you felt like an outcast, and any mistake you made was put under a microscope and scrutinized. The work is challenging and diligence to details is extremely important. Because of that, re-work is unavoidable. I would expect when re-work happens, a solid, cohesive team would come together, receive structured feedback, and learn from the mistakes to avoid them in the future. Sadly, this was not the case. Unorganized is an understatement of what I witnessed. The company doesn't seem to want to build up its employees from the inside and they aren't willing to pay for the experienced individuals, so they are caught in a self-inflicting lose-lose situation. What I learned is that the same way there are good quality engineers and poor engineers, there are also companies with good work environments and companies with poor ones. These environments are highly influenced by their leaders, or lack thereof.
Turning Professional Technical workers to Administrative workers
This company supposed to be a technical company but they are dealing with everyone inside the company as if he or she is an administrative worker. So, if you are an expert in your field as as a technical professional don't go work there; especially if your goal to built your career - If you are a technical expert then you will buried alive!
On the other side, if you are an intern or an administrative worker, then you will be very happy working there, since you will get paid by just following whatever they are telling you to do.
Also, you will be abused if you didn't belong to the work group. The work environment all about the in-group relationship and not about if you are effective in your job. You will miss many job opportunities just because any manager doesn't like you!
The worse thing I experienced working there, is no one holding the responsibility at the challenging time, this company lacks real leaders. After all they are focusing in turning everyone to Administrative workers.
Don't be deceived by what you will read on their website; the real life inside company is different than their social media posts.
My advice to this company leaders in the headquarter (Canada), is to be strict in valuing every good technical person. This will be your key to become one of the top companies instead of relying on company's revenue every year. Be real innovative by hiring real innovative professional at the lead positions.
Look at any of The 100 World's Most Inn
Points positifsSalary is fair, on the average scale
Points négatifsDealing with you as if you are an administrative worker
Work could begin at 7:30 pm and could end by 4:30. Employees were very knowledgeable in working skills and would teach skills needed to others to get work done. It was a good learning environment for those just starting a career in design or engineering. Management was professional and involved with project teams over the duration of the project. Co-workers at the same levels were very competitive with each other and formed cliques. Multiple female employees did not follow company dress and were warned multiple times. The company is a Canadian based corporation and healthcare benefits were terrible. At the wage I was making I could not afford my contribution to healthcare and make a car payment at the same time. At Stantec you can have a college degree, but it might not be the right college degree, and if you have the degree it may not be from the right college. Engineers coming in should start with having completed their FE Exam for better pay and treatment. The offices were well maintained and clean. Most enjoyable part of the job was the in house training and product seminars. If you are a coffee drinker, the coffee stations are very nice in many offices. Based on where you are in your career this could be a good place for you or if you are able to handle office cliques and other office issues. It was not the place for me at the time. Lack of a good wage and not being able afford healthcare accompanied by the office cliques and unneeded competition were my main reasons for
Points positifs40 hour work week, clean offices, free beverages
LAND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS - GENERAL
Several (Atleast half a dozen projects) land development projects ranging from a total area of 500 acres to 2000 acres were managed by myself and were carried out on time and budget that include but not limited to determining the subdivisions, number and type of housing, planning and determining the number of lots for all detached and semi detached homes. With the land development projects come an important aspect of carrying out all the required work for all infrastructure and municipal services such as roads, bridges, culverts, water mains, sewers and sewage pumping stations.
Land development projects begins with a very important component and dedicated work of land surveying then modeling the complete site for the necessary earth works and grading which include massive and expensive earth works with the use of costly heavy earth work equipment and therefore, optimization is a must in order to keep the housing prices under control.
The selection of the type and size of houses is chosen and determined based on the area, type of potential house holds and finally the cost that should be affordable to existing buyers. Good and attractive marketing can play an important role to attract buyers and growth in the development area.
Currently, I am working and managing The DJ Johnson land development project that include a total area of 750 acres which will total to about 1000 detached and semi detached homes with all the necessary
Points positifsfree gim
Points négatifssufficient breaks
Questions et réponses au sujet de l'entreprise Stantec
Comment décririez-vous lenvironnement de travail et la culture dentreprise chez Stantec?
Posée le 23 mars 2017
It is very open and fun and relaxing, stress free
Réponse du 8 janv. 2020
Friendly working environment, very open space and software are up to date.
Réponse du 21 sept. 2017
Une vérification des antécédents criminels est-elle nécessaire chez Stantec?
Posée le 23 mars 2017
Depending on roles. Yes, back checks where applicable. Many of the customers of Stantec require the checks. So in turn does Stantec. Mandatory vaccination policies. Flexible only if you can work from home.
Réponse du 25 nov. 2022
Yes. Requires background and criminality check.
Réponse du 24 oct. 2018
Why would you want to work at Stantec Consulting?
Posée le 14 août 2018
Good entry level company to start a career in environmental services. Youth oriented company. Very little consideration for older experienced employees.
Réponse du 25 nov. 2022
The work environment is very positive as well as the support
Réponse du 14 août 2018
Quelles sont les heures de travail chez Stantec?
Posée le 26 mars 2018
Depends on the team - core hours 8-4/9-5
Réponse du 12 mai 2022
Long in the summer construction months i.e 12 hours plus but this is typical of outdoor Alberta construction
Réponse du 14 août 2018
Does fooding is included in stantec accommodation?