Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
2.5 of 5 40 reviews
www.CRAworld.com Waterloo, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated Mar 12, 2014
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates – Houston – “CRA Costume Contest - 2013”

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2.5 40 reviews

                             

39% Approve of the CEO

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates President Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts

(18 ratings)

35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Ok Starting Place

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsOpen to entry applicants
    Most project managers work closely with employees

    ConsYou get a "bonus" at the end of the year which is a meager compensation for overtime done throughout the year.
    People undeserving of recognition are constantly promoted and given credit
    Upper management made a comment that you put work first and "fit in family when you can"
    The office politics alone are not worth working here. Amazingly inappropriate relationships between some upper management and project managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees and you will have more than a one year turn around rate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Downhill.......fast.

    (Former Employee)

    ProsAt first, strong-performing company with hard-working, very knowledgeable people. Knowledge and professional opinion were encouraged.
    Team effort between offices and project managers.
    Fun place to work.
    A culture of team effort + individual contribution reigned.
    Hard work was appreciated.
    Very low turnover. Turnover due to employees returning to school or changing careers.

    ConsNo COLA for senior level staff for 3 years.

    Four years ago, groups were "rearranged" and micromanagement reared its ugly head. Power struggles between offices and project managers within offices. The culture I signed up for was gone. Morale low and turn over at an all time high. And it trickled down.

    Shareholders (SHs) fired several incredibly talented senior+ level staff because they dared to question SH's decisions/technical opinions.
    Be prepared to be terminated due to differences in opinion, or being more talented than your supervisor/SH, or simply because you are friends with someone that your SH does not like.

    Professional judgment was replaced with SOPs - sure, one wants consistency, in a product, but hopefully one would have more faith in the people one hires. Or don't hire them!.

    Shareholders only interested in their own bottom line for working you to death.

    No pay for performance. Raises not based on merit - they are decided BEFORE the annual review. Don't even pretend that your review means something. It doesn't.

    If you choose to work here, be aware of the above issues and......
    Keep in mind that there is no shortage of finger-pointing. When the heat comes down, you WILL be thrown under the bus, whether or not you were the cause of the problem. Once people stop looking you in the eye.....get your CV updated and get the hell out of there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou could save more $$ by not requiring inane amounts of overhead forms/meetings. You have all the technology...why hold meetings where literally two people have to fly to a location for a one hour meeting??

    Try valuing your employees and all they have to offer. Take a look at their CVs once in a while.

    Empower your employees...allow them to exercise a level of autonomy.
    This boosts morale and productivity. And makes for dedicated, committed, and loyal employees.

    Did you guys get your management degrees from a Cracker Jack box?

    Make sure that the supervisors/managers actually possess the intestinal fortitude and personal traits to BE leaders and have the technical skills to be supervisors.

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    OK place to get your foot in the door

    Staff Geologist (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh turnover leads to quickly accruing seniority.

    ConsSeniority comes with few to no perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bonus system needs a major overhaul. As it stands, the more you work, the less you make, assuming time=money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Overworked and underpaid!

    Administrative Assistant (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat coworkers, after-work company bonding events, high consideration for safety and safety awareness, good benefits, and flexible work hours.

    ConsPoor work environment (building is practically crumbling beneath our feet), little to no work recognition, unobtainable expectations for employee performance, long hours, sexist work environment from other offices, little to no HR support, raises (if any) are minimal (2% at most, usually), principals and associates seem to reap the benefits of their hard working field and support staff while their support teams are made to feel disposable, high turnover rate, low morale, vacation and sick time are highly discouraged because of the way it effects your billable time (which then reflects on your supervisor), and no growth opportunities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay raises to show your appreciation for employees efforts would be a great start; Capping overtime would also allow field staff to recover from their exhausting field work; Improve employee/supervisor relationships (we're not morons, you don't have to speak to us that way); Be more proactive about discouraging sexual harassment and do more than just a slap on the wrist; Offer options for health care (ie. Kaiser, etc) to employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    To people who will join in this company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a pretty safe conscious environmental company.

    ConsThe job routines are repetitive, and you would expect to perform sames tasks over and over again. There is very limited chance to learn new knowledge or climb up in the career ladder. The supervisor isn't very competences in her job, and discriminates legal immigrants. The pay starts pretty low, and the annual raise was minimal. It's good to stay for approximately two years. Afterward, please start your job hunting again.

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    okay

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsThe office manager of the Denver office is the reason I have stayed.

    ConsThe leadership above the office manager is very poor. Salary adjustments for promotions are non-existent.

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    Average environmental consulting firm

    Geologist (Former Employee)
    Emeryville, CA

    Pros- Fellow employees are generally good to work with
    - Friendly work environment, relatively small offices
    - Mid-level management is decent

    Cons- Low employee moral
    - Little opportunity for professional growth
    - Long working hours that are not worth the salary that employees are paid

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries for employees. If you want to attract and keep good employees you need to offer decent salaries. Shareholders at the company should share more of the profits with their employees. Corporate culture is cult like. Not everyone wants to make Conestoga-Rovers & Associates the focal point of their life.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    People are nice; but it is a hard company culture to work in.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    Pros1. The people are nice and friendly.
    2. The social committee tries to have out-of-work activities for the staff.
    3. Casual environment.

    Cons1. Every move you make is monitored.
    2. It is hard to take time off.
    3. Too much work for the pay.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mind numbing company culture with below average pay

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsStable job, working alongside great people.

    ConsMeasurement seems to be focused on how many billable hours you have. Dangle the carrot of becoming an associate or partner by working long, hard hours. After spending time with other companies I can now say the company culture is lacking and stale.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore care into employee satisfaction, pay is below average. Communication should avoid making employees feel like the business is only a numbers game.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Be willing to work long hours

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsThere is an opportunity to work on projects throughout North America and gain a lot of experience on various types of projects working with a lot of great people.

    ConsThe company is very much an old boys club with an expectation to work 50 plus hours every week. If you are not willing to work long hours your career will not go anywhere; definitely not a job for someone who wants to spend time with their family.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere is a much needed change needed in the perception of hard work, and should not solely be based on the hours worked. Bonuses should not only be awarded to those who work long hours, many employees work very hard and accomplish a great deal in a regular work day.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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