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Golder Associates Ltd.

Size of company: Large (More than 500 employees)

Industry: Architectural, Engineering & Related Services

  • If you strive on being chargeable then Golder is the place. My business division has 88% of staff as new employees in the last year all reflecting a policy to keep staffing matched to workload. No external training is offered, but Golder U, the internal training organization is available. Benefits are slim and do not include dental. In Calgary, at Golder's headquarters, there is no onsite parking and transit is a 15 min walk with no cleared pathways in the winter. With no pathways, winter commuting involves snowshoes for transit users.

    Golder has a clear policy to hire the skills they need to meet current contracts and those "permanent employees" are required to sign employment contracts which limit their severance rights and requires them to meet chargeability rates which are not in the control of the employees.

    Golder is run by principles and associates and all management functions are done by people of this rank. All other employees are not managers in the golder world.

    Golder does not offer employee bonus and many employees are required to work extra hours without pay. Staff over level 3 are required to work overtime without pay.

    The person ( associate) who signed my employment contract over a year ago has never called, or visited me at my office. This shows the TOTAL lack of interest that most associates have with the staff who run the projects.

    Posted on 11 August 2011 by Rater #1 | Flag as inappropriate

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This comment isn't quite accurate. My husband works for Golder (2.5 years) and his benefits certainly do include dental, although it may not be the most extensive plan. Also, he has received bonuses. He works longer hours than he's paid for and has stress, but has been rewarded financially for his good work. Also, the company has a decent mandatory RRSP-matching/pension plan after 2 years of emoloyment.

Posted on 12 December 2012

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