TransCanada was recognized as the second-best place to work in Houston among large companies, thanks to a company culture that values employees professionally and personally.
This year’s strong showing in the annual Houston’s Top Workplaces rankings was a big jump from a year ago, when TransCanada ranked 18th in the survey among mid-size companies.
“Being named the second-best workplace in Houston is a significant accomplishment, and our employees deserve the credit for achieving this distinction,” said Lee Hobbs, senior vice president and general manager, U.S. Pipelines. “I truly appreciate employees’ commitment and hard work as TransCanada grows and builds its reputation as an outstanding employer in Houston.”
Positive survey responses
More than three quarters of TransCanada employees in Houston participated in the 2012 online anonymous survey, which was conducted by Workplace Dynamics. Employees were asked to assess the company in several categories: direction, conditions, career, execution, management and pay and benefits. TransCanada competed against 50 other companies, all with 500-plus employees, for the honour.
TransCanada also received a special award in the “Appreciation” category, reflecting employee survey feedback commending the company for making employees feel appreciated and rewarded.
“TransCanada is a company that lives its values. It’s reflected in the words and actions of people at every level of the organization,” wrote one employee. “I’ve never felt pressured to do anything that is ethically questionable. I know others have had a similar experience.”
Other employees lauded TransCanada for recognizing and supporting life outside the office, asserting that, “The company’s holiday and vacation policies provide ample time off to spend with family and friends, and TransCanada provides a good work/home life balance, with a good pay and benefits package.”
Employees feel appreciated
Employees also said their opinions are valued and respected. “I get a chance to make decisions and suggestions and I am heard. That is unusual nowadays in a large company. TransCanada is a great place to work. I’m so glad I am here,” wrote one employee. Another added, “I am challenged to give my very best and rewarded for doing so.”
Scott Willborn, senior human resources consultant in Houston, said TransCanada and the Houston leadership take the survey feedback very seriously and want employees to participate. “Your comments help us measure not only how attractive we are as an employer, but also how engaged and committed our employees are.”
Employee support is critical, he noted, as TransCanada grows and as the company looks for additional talent.
“Our employees value our leading practices, programs and benefits and are great advocates for TransCanada,” he said.