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TransAlta Reviews

Updated 8 November 2018
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TransAlta President & CEO Dawn Farrell
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Pros
  • "Lots of great people that work within the company" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Promotion and support of good work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management not well-liked as you can see from other reviews" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Company does not do anything about incredibly high turnover" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "A disaster of a company"

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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 TransAlta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I can't think of any other positive point about being here than the chance to work with a handful of experienced employees who know the sector really well. For some inexplicable reason, TransAlta has managed to hire some of the amazing talent pool the company has. They never last long enough though.

    Cons

    With a couple of exceptions, the entire management team at TransAlta should be fired. They confuse leadership with micromanaging and bossing people around while never being there for them. Every manager "manages up" instead of being there for their teams. The mentality of the upper ranks is behind by decades. No matter how good you are, somebody else ends up taking credit for it and you get NO recognition. It is a real miracle this company is still around. I can't think of a single coworker I have spoken with lately who isn't looking for a new job.

    Advice to Management

    Why is the Board of Directors allowing the management team at TransAlta to destroy such a long-lasting Alberta company year after year? Maybe the Board needs to be fired as well.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs to change ASAP"

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

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Really taught me the meaning of team work

    Cons

    Terrible management who use scare tactics to boost productivity, I’ve found the CEO to be the same.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to become team players and treat your staff with respect.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "For Prospective Applicants/Employees"

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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 TransAlta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Build your resume.
    Paycheck for student loans, rent, food and entertainment.
    Inexperienced staff receive same vacations & benefits as experienced veterans. Cannot think of anything else.

    Cons

    Compensation is good but up to 20% less than oil, gas and pipeline companies.
    Fewer power employers than oil & gas means less industry movement.
    Negativity, dysfunction and morale problems are pervasive.

    In sum I dont recommend Transalta to peers and urge them do their industry and employer research as they should do for a residence, vehicle or vacation. Transalta corporate culture and people dynamic doesn't meet the values & principles learned and cultivated by my parents and educators nor enables me to optimize career goals so I am actively looking to leave.

    Advice to Management

    Advice is focused to prospective applicants


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Power Imbalance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    it’s a larger company with a 100+ year history in alberta and although never as popular and lucrative as the premium brands it was a normal, stable and a pleasant environment for a 3-star rating before new ceo in 2012. the results of shareholder's 2017 special advisory vote denouncing management's pay for performance could inspire positive change.

    Cons

    aside from glassdoor themes the most striking contrast would be the undignified behavior of some senior management including ceo after her promotion. ranging from unprofessional to offensive and sometimes unlawful. behaviours that would have consequences outside employment environment. the bad are now gone plus some good ones but the ceo remains (is there a ceo of a public canadian company with a glassdoor rating as low as dawn ferrell?).

    Advice to Management

    ediquette, dignity, respect, humility and boundaries.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away"

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

    I worked at TransAlta full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You collect a paycheck and hours of work are ok

    Cons

    Constant layoffs
    No job satisfaction
    Wages are extremely low
    Poor staff and company culture
    Inexperienced management making poor decisions

    Advice to Management

    Need to value your employees and not treat them poor. Mentor young managers because they lack empathy and experience,


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Analystis"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time

    Pros

    Nice place to work, good salary

    Cons

    changes, changes, changes, changes everyday


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Former Employee - Mid-Level in Perth, Western Australia (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very small business so get exposed to lots

    Cons

    Bad management, virtually no business development. Some real gems in the business but get squandered by inept management.

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  8. "treat people as expendable"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to learn about Alberta electricity industry

    Cons

    people are constantly being fired, its a tough place to work, you never feel secure there

    Advice to Management

    more transparency, respect for employees, make people feel safe


  9. "Director-level role managing TransAlta’ portfolio of Wind and Solar assets across North America"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Full P&L responsibility for 20 plants

    Cons

    None, great opportunity with great people

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for the chance to grow and learn under your leadership


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Management totally inept"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TransAlta full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay check every 2 weeks

    Cons

    Old school and “Old Boys Club” mentality.
    Production and KPI’s take precedence over safety. CEO lost all credibility with me long ago by putting out a useless weekly blog and asks how to wear sunglasses....yes it’s true! HR Dept. is useless. Poor communication at management level, they just don’t listen. Good people at the trades-person level.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP! CEO NEEDS TO GO.


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