Thread regarding Enbridge Inc. layoffs

Weird management structure

I think a lot of the frustrating things that happen at Enbridge are caused by the weird management structure. The ratio of few people who actually do work vs people leaders is wacky. Managing 3-4 people does fill an entire 8 hour day, so to try to justify their roles, first level people leaders spend most of their time meeting with each other - a lot of this being update meetings without any objective other than keeping each other informed. Then, when the few worker bees who aren't people leaders need someone to make a decision or give them direction, they have to wait a week to find a free time slot in their people leader's calendar and then another week for the people leader to find time to run the decision by their manager ... then the worker bee is told to make a power point to explain the decision to the director ...the people leader and manager take 2 weeks reviewing and wordsmithing the power point that took the worker bee 1 day to create. and then a month goes by trying to find time in the director's calendar. The director thinks there's something going in a different department that might impact the thing they've been asked to decide .... so they advise the manager to talk to that department. The manager assigns that to the front line people leader... and the front line people leader assigns it to the worker bee. More time goes by setting up meetings and having to reschedule them to accommodate the 15 people who've decided they need to be involved in this decision. When the decision is finally made, the people leaders get busy updating each other on the decision and letting everyone know on Yammer.

Completely on point post by @Yadh2kM-1don. Moved to top so more people could see it.

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It’s time for the big boys to make sure everyone knows who’s in charge here.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-2vdk

Agree with the land mine comment. I'll be interested to see what this "decision effectiveness" initiative is all about, because it seems like there are about 1 million systemic things that work against decisions being made quickly. I heard of a Team Lead who recently got chewed out for referring to their direct reports as "their team" - the manager took issue with that, because it's obviously the manager's team I guess (lol). So it seems our company is run by babies with egos now...

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-2lar

This is acquisition/merger is a mess, the sword is hanging for last 3 years.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-2qwo

A lot of anger.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-1gsd

The politics are definitely challenging and many of us are on a shorter fuse.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-1lrs

That’s 5 minutes I’ll never get back, cry more. You’d take any of those jobs in a heartbeat.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-maw

Here is what I have observed: Before the merger and all the layoffs, employees cared, not only about themselves, but about making the company great. Now, after all that’s happened, they only care about protecting and advancing themselves, because that’s what they need to do to survive.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-pda

Management must be satisfied with the current profitability.

I think ENB could be much more profitable if it actually lived its “values,” which everyone knows are a joke.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-bza

All true. But, really, who cares as long as Enbridge is somewhat profitable?

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-aba

Agree with how the above poster describes how things work.

There’s more to it than just the management structure. Intimidation, fear, turf protection, grandstanding, s---ing up and bullying are all built in, meaning that a multitude of land mines must be navigated before anything can be accomplished, all taking a lot of time and energy.

Many of our recently axed former employees are casualties resulting from unsuccessful navigation. They can tell you all about it.

I’ve seen this happen everywhere but it has become particularly bad at Enbridge under current management.

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Post ID: @YbF7b18-erg

I was a former Spectra worker bee who got run over by the Enbridge acquisition. Now they're hiring people back because they realized there was nobody left who did any actual work. Insanity.

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