Enbridge used to be a fantastic place to work for, but since the Spectra acquisition, they care more about their bottom line than they do their employees. Their work/life balance is hit or miss, depending on who you work for. Some floors, such as the Corporate Floors, talk about it, but don't really demonstrate it. Working hard is fine, doing overtime is fine, but it's expected. They say they don't want it, but because Corporate floors are all about optics, they care.
The Salary is okay, but it's far less than industry. I know other companies where they have employees doing the exact same capacity of work as I do, and they make almost 50% more.
Job Security doesn't exist anymore. There is so much uncertainty, you never know if you're going to stay or go. If you do get let go, you are done so very respectfully.
Management is hard to trust. I wonder how certain Directors got the job they have, making sexually inappropriate comments and not really caring for the Enbridge value of respect that exists. For some Directors, it's all about who they love, and if you don't fit their mold, you won't last. If Al Monaco heard the comments made by certain Directors, he would be out the door. But there is a strong impression that HR does not care for the employees and would rather save a Director than make the harassed employee feel comfortable. And because people are afraid for the jobs, they won't go and report everything they should. The work environment is NOT
ProsGreat place to work if you are with the right crew
ConsManagers don't care as much as they claim all the time.
Cost Analyst | Edmonton, AB | Feb. 11, 2013
Great if you are white, or a pretty ethnic girl; all image/zero substance
Was lured with false advertising; job title originally stated as Field Construction Analyst requiring engineering technologist. Actual title was Field <b>Cost</b> Analyst, and the work requires accounting or economics. Orientation was to read a completely irrelevant set of manuals about efficient work hours, projecting cost benefit formulas, and a 6 page job description. Management is <b><i>extremely</b></i> treacherous, unwilling to take responsibility for their mistakes, of those of their minions, unwilling to provide meaningful support, and constantly set-up their field workers for failure. (At least 2 of my predecessors were constructively dismissed under similar circumstances.) Presently filing a lawsuit against Enbridge for their attempt to deprive ~$3500 in vehicle expenses (former supervisor essentially acting as a bully by using quasi-legal means.) Hardest part of the job was dealing with arrogant, conniving, and ignorant office people; extremely long hours with no time off; extremely heavy work load with zero support; waiting at least 30 days to get paid; and the office people allowing the vendors to tell the client what to do, instead of the other way around. The only enjoyable part was the pay, if/when it came on time, and the good relationship with the field team (i.e. construction manager, field inspectors, safety inspectors, and admin assistants.)
Prosvery good pay
Consarrogant & incompetent supervisors at office; long hours; little appreciation
Senior Financial Analyst | Calgary, AB | Nov. 3, 2015
A great place to work
I started in the project construction department as project financial analyst. Here I worked with several project managers refining the monthly actual, forecasting and final project costing model.
Working with the teams was a fantastic experience and learning tool on how pipelines, compression stations, metering stations and processing plants are built and operated.
As my duties expanded to working with Business Development I was rewarded by joining the department. This was the greatest opportunity for my career. I learned about economic modelling, worked with every department in supporting project development to implementation, Monte Carlo risk modelling and assessments and worked with some of the brightest minds in the business.
Supporting the team that set up the Project Management Office, then guiding teams through the process was a fantastic experience.
I was afforded the opportunity to work with senior management up to and including the CEO and her management team, which started to develop my communication skills from the layman to top management.
The hardest part of the job was ensuring I had the time management skills to address the many duties I was awarded.
Of course the most enjoyable part of the role was the many great people I worked with, the new skills I was offered, and the endless support and opportunities for career advancement.
ProsOpportunity, people, support and working culture
Contractor | Canada | Jun. 12, 2013
Great Place to Work - Depending on your department
Too many mid-level managers without the proper education and training in employee management/HR skills/Teamwork; small town corporation trying to act big; really great supplemental/bonus incentive; average benefits/retirement plans; disconnect between corporate message of health, well-being and work/life balance and the actual day to day duties and what is expected...alot of people work a lot of extra hours, without putting in for overtime, and this is expected, in an unwritten, not-directly-said kind of way; hard to get fired once you are a permanent employee, which means you end up with a lot of people who maybe aren't that great at their jobs working around you; alot of people without proper professional world exposure/outside of Chatham-Kent exposure, and place too much importance and value on un-important things. If you are en engineer or accountant, you would probably have a much different experience. Also, there is a lot of unethical and illegal employment methodology at play - which they can get away with because so many people in the area of Chatham-Kent want to work there, they will put up with it. Some departments are very advanced with great teams, and some are horribly managed and are lacking the basic fundamentals (the one I worked in was part of the latter).
The people executing the work at Enbridge are generally a fantastic group. Unfortunately the torment of the past 2 years with consistent and substantial lay-offs has greatly affected the staff.
Waiting for the "axe" to fall every couple of months has been incredibly detrimental to the overall moral and well-being of the organization. Where once you had people who strived every day to protect and promote Enbridge, now there are people who sit low at their desk, hoping no one notices them.
Where once you had staff going above and beyond, and making people take notice. Now those same people are underachieving, falling ill, and just not caring about the organization or it's clients anymore.
Truly a sad thing to watch happen, and I am grateful every single day that I am no longer in such a toxic environment, though feel for my former colleagues who are still waiting, and wondering if they are next.
Hopefully Enbridge has learned from their mistakes, and will not go on mass hiring sprees in order to support what few projects they have, only to have to swing the proverbial axe again.
I did enjoy my time with Enbridge, more because of the people that made Enbridge's accomplishments possible. To those same people, I wish you nothing but happiness and success, and truly hope that those making the decisions, value your contribution.
ProsThe people, the pay, the benefits
ConsContinual job uncertainty, lack of upper level management's involvement
Financial Analyst | Calgary, AB | Apr. 15, 2018
Years ago Enbridge was THE place to work if you wanted to work for a large company. Excellent compensation, benefits, and a defined benefit pension plan that you rarely see any more.
Aside from compensation, nothing else was particularly great, though. The entire organization is structured so that no one has any power or authority, so nothing really ever changes or gets done. The company operates the same way it has since the '50s, old-fashioned to the point of being comical, with no direction and only their virtual monopoly stopping them from going out of business a dozen time over.
Nowadays, even the compensation isn't very good. The pension has been scaled back and most employees haven't had a raise in years. Lay-offs abound, opportunities for advancement are rare, and morale is so low you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who cares about anything.
Worse, the company has started outsourcing its jobs to India. Seriously - they've already laid off their AP and IT staff and given their jobs away to a foreign country. If you work for Enbridge, you spend your days knowing that management will kick you to the curb the moment they see an opportunity to save a buck by outsourcing your work.
My advice - stay far, far away from this soulless company.
ProsDecent compensation and benefits
ConsNo work/life balance, no opportunity to progress, constant threat of lay-off, low morale, cold and uncaring management, outdated processes, poor corporate culture
Customer Representative | Brantford, ON | Feb. 12, 2014
Poorly Managed, High Stress, Well Paid, Good Benefits
Large Separation between Management and the Front Line worker. Large number of Temporary employees who with poor Union Representation remain temporary for years. Management controls staff using fear of outsourcing, and it shows in it's workers who will do what management wants instead of what would benefit customers.
Employees are good although there is a large amount of distrust as management seeks out people who will inform them of anything going on that can be used as fodder against people.
No empathy for people with sick parents, families or illness.
Highly stressful and isolating to individuals or small groups. Customers call with issues and are typically irate. Being yelled and sworn at is common. Management allows this to take place limiting employees on ability to hang up on people for degradation and humiliation.
Systems and policies are designed by people with no experience in administering them. Thus systems rarely integrate well with each other. Policies do not promote positive work environment but rather are designed to reach skewed numbers for evaluation.
ProsGood Pay and Benefits, Decent Colleagues
ConsPoorly Managed, Bad Policies and Systems, High Stress, Distrust, Managed using Fear
Utility Worker | Ontario | Feb. 8, 2019
Poor Morals and Strong Nepotism
The worker attitude is horrible. Yes the pay is good and you have alot of time off, but due to the constant threat of layoffs and poor moral from self entitled employees, you are stressed and miserable all the time. I would not recommend working here. I have worked many places before working at Enbridge and Enbridge takes the cake by far for the most twisted and screwed up places to work. I was glad to finally leave and I don't look back. Any job is better than a job in this company. This place is full of nepotism. Can I say that again? FULL OF NEPOTISM. If you a great worker but are not friends with the right person, you will be disliked. Most people who work here are incompitent and do a horrible job but they kiss the right persons butt. Hence why they have so many leaks and spills. If an agency came in and done a survey on who is related/close friends with management, they would see that 80% of people only got in Enbridge because of that and not because of their credentials. Then once those ones are in, it becomes of battle of who can kiss the most butt and backstab the other person. Don't be blinded by the pay. Money doesn't buy happiness.
A typical day at work consist of interacting with several Stake Holders internal to our Company and external to our Company. I run financial reports by project ensuring we are within budget and have enough of a commitment for each activity if not initiate Project Change Orders, revisions to work orders, Assist with earned value which means making a plan month over month and tracking actuals against plan adjust as needed. Cash flow is done every 2 months. I have created templates for external Vendors to enter accruals monthly. I then submit accruals monthly to the project teams. Process invoices for payment. Train other co-workers in my role. Assist Land Agents and Specialist. My co-workers are all very different however we all have a very good sense of humor and do take time to stop and have a laugh through out our day. Hardest part of my job is estimating new work and profiling. The most enjoyable part of my job is problem solving I love having an issue that needs resolution. I like feeling like I was value added to the team at the end of each day. I work hard and play hard.
Prosgreat group of people to work with
Consat times long hours
Business Analyst | Toronto, ON | Oct. 5, 2016
Good for settling down and becoming a robot
It is split into 2 groups, the unionized employees and the non-unionized employees. this system doesn't work.
The unionized employees have either tried to advance and failed or are of the old breed where you do one thing your whole life and are complacent with that. the only way to advance within it is to get out of if, and the only true way to do that is to go above and beyond whats required of you... which goes against the union rules. So long unpaid hours that no one but your manager knows about.
the non-union people are salary and worked very hard, usually 70 hours. constantly stressed and worried about their jobs.
It puts those who want to advance in a bad place... your choices are either try to become something there and be stressed/overworked and underpaid... or be unionized and deal with a job that realistically will be obsolete in 5-10 years and hope for a good pension and pays well for what it is... typically a mindless data entry job.
Prosunionized employees have an easy job and easy life
Consif you want a challenging or insteresting job, you have to put up with being treated terribly and being underpaid.
Questions and answers about Enbridge
Why would you want to work at Enbridge?
Asked Feb. 23, 2017
Canadian company, respect all other companies, but prefer working for a Canadian company after all.
Answered Nov. 23, 2019
Because it's good company
Answered Apr. 22, 2018
What would you suggest Enbridge management do to prevent others from leaving?
Asked Mar. 23, 2017
In house training for New Hires, try doing prior hiring orientation ( pay 3 H paid for completing the first days of orientation at home) plus give a in house training for general system use ( workday system) for all new hires, where to do what kind of style. ... than you would rock ....
Answered Nov. 23, 2019
Work as a Team always, appreciate hard workers and those who put their hearts to this job/company.
Answered Nov. 23, 2019
Why did you leave your job at Enbridge Pipelines?
Asked Mar. 23, 2017
Enbridge is a racist company I was called the N word by a co worker and no one dis anything... I told my team lead and he laughed saying you need to get thicker skin
Answered Nov. 4, 2020
Because management was horrible, team lead was even worse. Nothing they said made sense just as long as you had all your OBS in and had the amount for the year. They don't realize people just made it up!! bang out 3 at your desk laughing because you made it up. Company just cares about the bottom line not the people there. Co workers were racist and management just laughed it off when it was brought up
Answered Nov. 22, 2019
What is the company culture at Enbridge?
Asked Feb. 23, 2017
Racist people white trucks and white hoods
Answered Nov. 4, 2020
Answered Apr. 15, 2019
Can you work remotely at Enbridge?
Asked Oct. 22, 2018
Yes if your are french. To bad it wasnt like that here in ontario
Answered Jul. 21, 2019
Depending on the position, there are more opportunities for working remotely than previously.