Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates President Ed Roberts
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Pros
  • Great people, good to work with, good office culture (in 7 reviews)

  • Very welcoming to entry-level engineers straight out of school (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. scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hmmmmm? Very professional atmosphere. Always polite to you face?

    Cons

    Need much better/quality mentoring. Too much favoritism...


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good First Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of younger people who are all in the same boat. Large variety of work.

    Cons

    Upper level's experience and knowledge seems to be a mile wide and an inch deep.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Not the worst, but definitely not the best consulting firm to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance (with right supervisor). Provides training in variety of subjects. Flexible schedule for salary employees (again, with right supervisor).

    Cons

    Pay is low for the industry. Benefits have declined significantly. Definitely a difference in treatment and expecations for female professionals. Promotions are difficult and favortism is definitely an issue. Management is not inspiring and they don't really understand how to manage a company and motivate employees.

    Advice to Management

    To keep smart, high-performing individuals, you may want to give them more opportunities and push them up the ladder faster rather than letting them remain stagnent and then have them quit. The reason there are so many poor managers in the company is because all of the good employees have left.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    So-So

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company values safety and pays fairly well

    Cons

    Upper management is often lacking in competency and plays politics based on personal achievement over the needs of the company as a whole


  6. Staff Level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of extra work with no rewards or recognition


  7. Overall positive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible supervisors, opportunity to travel, variety of projects, high profile clients, safety placed at a premium, acceptable benefits, very talented upper management and senior personnel

    Cons

    Very few cons, overall positive review of the company, unsure of what will happen with merger and how company will grow and evolve. As large as company is it struggles maintaining consistency from office to office.


  8. Great place to gain some experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Known to hire new grads without any experience. Great place to gain experience but not so good for upper management. They spend a lot of time training to lose employees after a couple of years that have gained the experience and would like to make more money and see what other opportunities are out there.

    Cons

    Very client driven. Difficult to develop creativity when most of the duties are based on client expectations.

    Advice to Management

    Show more support to junior staff. Clearly define their roles and responsibility and offer some incentives (pay, benefits, advancement, and bonuses) to junior staff. They are the future of the company and should be valued more.


  9. Long time employee benefits lacking

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, A wide range of opportunities exist if you look around and are willing to travel.

    Cons

    Current management seems to value incoming "talent" over experienced people, which is reflected in starting pay vs. incremental increases, which suck or are non-existent. The merger with GHD is leading to a paid time off benefit, with vacation and personal/sick time lumped together, which seems to also favor those with less than 4 years, not those who have been around awhile. This needs to be reviewed and fixed.

    Advice to Management

    You need to review salary structure for senior personnel!. A starting engineer being paid $50,000, when people who are worth alot more in experience and talent are not adjusted in relation to the current starting pay. You also need to consider additional benefits (PTO/vacation) for those with more than 15 years of time with CRA. You invested alot of time and training, and these people know how to get things done. The new hires just seem to want to get into the office ASAP, and need alot of hand-holding. Value the experienced people and pay them what they are worth.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A good place to learn consulting

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly easy to get hired on. I would say that CRA has been fair to me for the position that I hold and my experience level, but I've had two good supervisors that treated me well. If you are an hourly employee and don't mind travel, you can make better money than the salaried folks. I like my coworkers and the atmosphere is generally light hearted and easy to deal with. Some opportunity to relocate around the country if that is what you're looking for.

    Cons

    Low salaries.... lack of variety in the projects that are worked on, but this seems to be a trend in the environmental consulting industry. No real bonus program to speak of. Principals talk big talk about a lot but rarely follow through on anything and don't give you the time of day when they occasionally visit. The amount of paperwork, meetings, and approval process for every little task make getting things done efficiently next to impossible....especially the safety stuff....more paperwork DOES NOT make people more safe. Every time this company merges with another one, the stack of paperwork and red tape gets thicker.

    Advice to Management

    Cough up some money for bonuses and raises. I think retention of quality people is on the decline because people are still making the same salary as they were 4-5 years ago but their knowledge base and skill level has risen dramatically. There are some very talented and undervalued people working here that would do a lot more for the company if they felt compensated for their efforts. A real comp time bonus would be a great addition, the lower level field staff that travel a lot are getting burned out for very little compensation.


  11. A good place to start

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AutoCAD Operator
    Current Employee - AutoCAD Operator
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start your career out of college but don't expect much compensation. It is the consulting business so the projects are different and great learning experiences. The employees are a great bunch if you can overlook the frat boy attitudes and office politics. They have been very relaxed with the hours you work as long as you work the minimum 40 hour work week.

    Cons

    Pay is at an industry LOW, and they use scare tactics to try to keep you looking for employment elsewhere. Management is inconsistent at best, even in the same office building. Found that the only real promotions come to those who are part of the frat, not the ones that are most billable and knowledgeable.

    Advice to Management

    College is over, this is the real world. Treat your top talent with the respect they deserve and stop playing favorite to your employees that you take out drinking and golfing!



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