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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
20 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, principals are experts in their fields and mentor their PMs (in 7 reviews)

  • Good start for entry level positions (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance not a priority (in 7 reviews)

  • no work-life balance, bullying, high turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ok Starting Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Open to entry applicants
    Most project managers work closely with employees

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and you will have more than a one year turn around rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Downhill.......fast.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    OK place to get your foot in the door

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    High turnover leads to quickly accruing seniority.

    Cons

    Seniority comes with few to no perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Overworked and underpaid!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Pay 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    To people who will join in this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

    It's a pretty safe conscious environmental company.

    Cons

    The 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.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Average environmental consulting firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geologist in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Geologist in Emeryville, CA

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Increase 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, poor benefits, practically no bonus, immature high school dynamic in small offices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Company has good presence in the environmental field. Some managers have good experience in the area and can serve as good mentors. Good start for entry level positions

    Cons

    Low pay, end of year "bonus" is essentially a fraction of overtime hours paid out at year end as straight time. Principals and associates can be the most unfair, lazy, and introverted people on the planet and yet manage an office without possessing any leadership skills or risking anything as a result of their behaviour. Job can start stagnating after first year and become mind numbing routine that any school kid can do. Company pretends to adopt a safety culture and "encourages" employes to report injuries but if you get injured and report it your managers they will treat you with scrutiny and try their best to deflect responsibility to keep their injury stats down and your career will be close to being terminated (perceivably for other reasons). Small office environment is reminiscent of immature high school dynamic with frat groups huddling together and handing jobs to one another. If you don't fit in with the "cool" group you don't belong. Male management can be biased and inappropriate and favor female employees regardless of employee's qualifications, quality of work or work ethic. Benefits are close to non existent and are among the worst in the industry. Performance and promotion is highly dependent on billable ratio and golfing with the boss. Very high turnover because management remains in denial of existing problems and principals are immune to any disciplinary action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your employees fairly based on quality of work and work ethic not "pretty" looks. Adopt pay and benefit structure that is competitive with industry. Pay salaried employees overtime to acknowledge their time spent away from home. Come up with a true bonus system not a rephrased overtime payment system. Principals need to be held accountable for inappropriate behaviour and not remain immune to disciplinary action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good starting point, long hours, ok if you're willing to grind for a few years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, good to work with, good office culture. Also a good learning experience; management is interested in career development and guidance.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Long hours with no overtime or bankable hours. Uncertain travel schedule, sometimes only a few days notice for field work. Work-life balance not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calgary is a booming market. Keep up with industry compensation levels. In general the office environment and company values were above average. It's just hard to justify staying on board when it feels like you're being short changed on compensation for unknown reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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