Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
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  1.  

    A good place to learn consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A good place to start

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good entry level job

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

    Pros

    Supportive community with a wide range in opportunities for entry-level applicants. There's a lot of room for growth if you work hard. The management seems happy with their jobs and they provide challenging work for us.

    Cons

    When it's slow it can be stressful because you have to stay busy. If your billable ratio isn't where it should be, you won't do well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Decent place to start, poor work-life balance

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

    Pros

    Easy to be hired, diverse set of interesting projects

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, low pay for hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee's preferences into consideration (when reasonable)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Management lacks vision and won't listen to junior employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    Pros

    Stable work with not much chance of being laid off. Some of the people there are good people who look out for their coworkers and those who work for them.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are drunk with power and treat the people that work for them like servants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up to how some of your supervisors talk to and treat the ones who actually do the heavy lifting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not very satisfying

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

    Pros

    Very welcoming to entry-level engineers straight out of school. The company immediately makes you feel very special and welcomed, which wears off pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Working in a small office that specializes in only one field has resulted in a lot of variability in workload. It's very slow, which makes the job stressful and hard to endure, which is not at all what I expected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunities, but underpaid and over worked.

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to expand knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Severely underpaid and over utilized; Everything comes down to numbers regardless of value to the company; Turnover is higher than desired; Turnover without replacement is leading to overworked employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees that show value to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Just ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    Extensive social events, faced paced work

    Cons

    Lack of work/life balance, lack of recognition to employees who deserve it, promotion of those employees that don't deserve it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to recognize and reward the employees that are truly putting in the work rather than those who are part of the 'old boys' club.'

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Consulting Firm

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

    Pros

    Overall a good consulting company with Sr.Management taking the time to consider how to properly grow the company while cutting out business lines that have stalled. Salaries and benefits are fair compared to its equals in the industry. Flexible hours with relaxed atmosphere.
    Solid technical personnel.

    Cons

    Sr.Management recognizes under performers but takes a long time to act. Since everyone is looking for billlable hours it is tough to determine who has the right experience (and attitude) to take on a job. Salaries do not always reflect employees contribution to the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the bad apples that bring down company moral. Identify who the high achievers are throughout the company (no matter where they are located) and award them. Build off succesful teams (rather than developing a competing one).

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's an okay place to work

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

    Pros

    The hours are flexible, benefits are decent, and the people are nice. Depending on which office you work in, it's a laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    The senior staff don't take the time to mentor the junior staff. There is a lack of communication between senior staff and junior staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to mentor junior staff. It shows that you are interested in their future/career with the company. Communicate with the staff so that they know when they do a good (or bad) job.

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