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Great Company for Career Progression ...

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Former Employee - Cost Control  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
Former Employee - Cost Control in Calgary, AB (Canada)

I worked at Vista Projects full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Company started off as a small EPC and has developed over the years to a full blown medium sized company working on some of the biggest projects in the oil sands. It's greatest strenght of being agile and responsive to client needs has been maintained over the years. Senior management are owners of the company who take personal accountability for the success of the firm. Thus Vista's values are evident in the every day actions of its management: the care, utmost diligence, and personal accountability for client's full satisfaction is practiced right at the the top tier down to every employee. It is a very different culture from most other EPCs, where the system is mostly geared to taking "advantage of the client as much as possible, without upsetting them so much they walk away".

Cons

It is a great place for someone who desires gaining a solid work experience and old fashioned, non-pretentious ethics. However, it is a very fast-paced environment, with exceptional work fully rewarded and any slack duly noticed. So, if you are the relaxing kind, Vista may not be the best place, because you will be expected to hit the ground running really fast and hard, as if your life depended on it. For most employees, this challenge is welcoming. For some, it maybe a turn off.

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Remember:
1. There were certain characteristics that allowed for Vista's growth (the agility of a small business, client satisfaction, non-compromising ethics, lack of red tape, non-bureaucratic processes/procedures, the ability to adapt to changing business / client needs, and above all, the ability of your employees - not just technical, but more importantly, their soft skills, the seamless ability of your employees to "buddy up" with their client counterparts). As Vista grows, retaining these unique small company traits will ensure your client base in the long term.

If it is only by size and complexity you wish to compete, then there are hundreds of other EPCs out there who are bigger, faster, stronger, and more powerful. Just not necessarily, the best.

2. Client's are aware of all tricks up the sleeve's of EPCs. They know how EPCs think and try to manipulate their own interests (over the client's). Out of politeness, most Clients may not say it out in public, but they are fully aware (and overwhelmed) by any prentious marketing by service providers. As such, continue on with your transparent ethical approach, for in this day and age, those are the unique characteristics that are hard to find.

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Other Reviews for Vista Projects

  1.  

    Unorganized and not directional but has potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vista Projects

    Pros

    Small office. Free parking. Friendly staff. Especially HR

    Cons

    They expect you to do the work very quickly and use less hours. I feel this is unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    The best employer ever!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Buyer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Project Buyer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Vista Projects full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Environment, friendly people, good benefits!

    Cons

    So far I don't have any complains.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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