Stantec Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Stantec Inc. is an international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. Founded in 1954, as D. R. Stanley Associates in Edmonton, Alberta. Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure.

A former employee said this in a review: "They send you out of town always and want you to pay for all the expenses, most the time after not working for a month. Submit your expenses and denied always. I don't recommend working at Stantec."


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Former Employee - CAD Technician says

"there is 0 link between floor staff and management"

Former Employee - Senior Technical Architect says

"No Design skills or Architectural design impact motivation, Micro management, Profit driven only. Investor profit and stock price driven company management."

Current Employee - Drafter says

"The staff is abusive. The office is constantly dirty and disgusting and rat filled . people get mad at you if you are drunk or hungover ."

Former Employee - Employee says

"Sole focus on bottom line, complete lack of strategic thinking"

Current Employee - Consultant says

"Each business center (BC) operates like an independent company, and there are usually multiple NC's in the same physical office. BUT there is ZERO office culture, BC's rarely collaborate (if ever), and there is no feeling of actually working for a large firm. You will be judged every week by how many billable hours you log on your time sheet. And Stantec will set completely arbitrary and unrealistic targets for utilization for staff, which often varies from person to person doing the same function! Fall below your target and be prepared to get a nasty email or worse. Despite being a multi-disciplinary firm, all senior leadership roles are engineers. Excel at an engineering project and you are good, but excel at an allied discipline (architecture, landscape, etc.) and you will go virtually unnoticed. There is an almost unhealthy focus on safety. While safety is important, not every meeting, PowerPoint, teleconference, or interview has to begin with a "safety moment". Ridiculous. Also a very frugal company. Not much interest in investing in training, equipment, or people. IT support is quite amatuerish and some back-office functions are handled in India, which saves money for the company but is very client unfriendly."

Current Employee - Environmental Scientist says

"Projects managers give you less than 24 hours to complete large projects.Have absolutely no regard to work life balance. Run you into the ground. Guilt trip you into thinking you should be working 14 hours a day. Expectations are too high for people with lower pay grades and less experience. Expect you to work for free. Do not want pay you to do necessary training. Benefits keep decreasing. Expect you to work holidays and weekends."

Former Employee - Design Engineer says

"Overall operations management was terrible"

Current Employee - Marketing says

"No work/life balance, employee feedback isn't anonymous so people feel pressured not to be honest, no room for growth"

Former Employee - Project Manager says

"the individuals are responsible for maintaining their "utilization" regardless of the needs of the schedule and the budget."

Former Employee - Staff Geologist says

"They do not follow company values or value equal workplace treatment for woman."

Project Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"It was a horrible place to work. They treated people unfairly, fired people for no reason at all - called it a reorg. Leadership had no idea what they were doing."

Principal (Former Employee) says

"This is a poorly managed company with too many inexperienced managers. No vision, only looking for large projects to attract investors. Signs all over the place stating “We put people first” interesting propaganda but fake news, I believe they are trying to convince themselves. No investment in people. Every year you fight for your raise which is always less than cost of living. Not surprised at the exodus of staff"

Designer (Former Employee) says

"The Orlando office is being managed out of Miami. To them your just a number on a peice of paper. Long hours, pay is low, big management issues. There is no opportunity to move up in the office.Great people in the officeVery poor management"

Administration (Former Employee) says

"Worked there 9 years and was laid off during a downturn in oil & gas industry, along with many other long term staff. Laid off in the most humiliating and inhuman way. Management is terrible. There's no room for growth, unless you're as dishonest and immoral as the higher ups. Its a toxic work environment, especially for women - sexual harassment and sexism is commonplace. Staff left on stress leave often. People in the know call it 'Satantec'. Don't go there if you have a soul.NoneToxic place to work"

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Team Lead (Current Employee) says

"Excellent place to work, perfect team atmosphere, allows to take independent decision, empowerment, provided internal and external trappings for career development,"

Recruiter (Former Employee) says

"Big company with lots of employees. The company does not promote from within. Very high turnover and minimal opportunity to advance in your career. No job security at all, the company is always letting people go and they offer the minimum severance package."

Human Resource Representative/Benefits Focus Rep (Former Employee) says

"I was laid off with very little notice. Stantec is lacks diversity more than any company I have ever seen. You would think you were flashed back to 1950. The company is ran by middle age white men with no women or people of color in the top tier positions. Stantec has a lot of potential but the first thing they need to do is work on their diversity and find away to better organize the day to day operations."

Vice President Human Resources (Former Employee) says

"This is a Canadian company that sees great opportunity in infrastructure work in the US. Lot of work but poor compensation unless you are a SR lMGR or Exec OR a Canadian Support person.None"

confidential (Former Employee) says

"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.great exposure to different types of work and clientspoor work-life balance, top heavy management, egotistical managers, poor job security"

DC1 (Former Employee) says

"Nothing but empty corporate suites that care little for their employees or their families and abuse them at will. Not a place for creative free spirit types. Only the inept minions rise while many hard working others are forgotten. The Miami office is a sinking ship and that will not support its own weight of deception.pleasant office space and free coffeeheartless attitude from so-called leadership, excessive work hours with no gratitude"

Markham, ON - Survey Technician (Former Employee) says

"Bad pay bad management, long hours working outside and no rewards or room for growth. Do not work here at any cost. Did not gain anything."

drafting (Former Employee) says

"Absolutely no management skills in the design group. Poor engineering. No drive to finish projects on time and under budget. No room for any kind of advancement. Constant cell phone and Internet use during core work hours.NoneLeadership"

Civil Engineer (EIT) says

"They hire on the large volume and lay off on large volume. Technically company just focus on its own project demand basis and do not consider to invest on its employee."

Instrumentation & Control Specialist (Current Employee) says

"An interesting place to be .Everyone is very happy working for this employer.It is an interesting and everyday learning experience."

sales (Former Employee) says

"The managemnt seems to have a very poor perception on selection process. They played with the prestige and honour of the prospective applicant while thinking that there is no dearth of candidates in the market to humiliate. Cannot take decison firmly on the candidate and wasting their time. Used to send a regret letter even after finalisation with reference check.Do you find any?Anything left over?"

Geologist (Former Employee) says

"Stay away from this company. Management is awful and they are back stabbing!! If you have an issue, believe me, the entire company will know about it. The office I worked in allowed harassment. HR did NOTHING about it. Oh wait, they did....all the women were laid off except one who was blackmailing one of the managers in another office.The company will work you to the bone, and then tell you that there isn't enough money to pay you for the work you did.STAY AWAYpaycheck and leavingmanagement is awful, women were sexually harassed (it was our fault), hr did nothing about harassment, misguided on projects, backstabbing jerks"

former employee (Current Employee) says

"If you dont drive a BMW, a MINI, a MERCEDES....etc you don't have the right to have an opinion unless you are an engineer. People that do the real work get stepped on. The non workers that only talk get ahead for some reason? If your nose is not up in the air like the rest you will be let-go. Stantec seems to dislike millitary vets.above"

Labourer (Former Employee) says

"Ineffective management is entirely driven by hierarchical profit-driven company structure. Get experience, try not to get jaded and then get out, because it's a machine for protecting managers' jobs at the cost of your labor, job security and opportunity for advancement."

Senior Project Manager (Former Employee) says

"Worst job I have ever had. A company that is so fractured the right hand doesn’t even know it has a left hand. Perfect place if you’re in environmental or an architect. A terrible place if you’re in engineering or you want to work on a project that’s bigger than $50,000. Wasted three years of my career there. Awful.It’s a job.Everything."

Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee) says

"The worst company I have ever worked with. As soon as they lost bids on projects, they started to lay people off and kick them out in a very insulting coffeebad management"