Thornton Tomasetti

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Thornton Tomasetti Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
42 Reviews
3.6
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Thornton Tomasetti Chairman & CEO Tom Z. Scarangello
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  1.  

    Overworked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti full-time

    Pros

    Has some recognizable / iconic projects.
    Friendly working staff
    not lacking for projects
    good place to be if you have your own projects and your own team to work on them
    plenty of training seminars

    Cons

    projects consistently understaffed
    management generally doesn't believe in work-life balance
    not an inspiring place to work since it's about the bottom line

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good old boys club, as long as you are a member you can do no wrong and
    The money flows.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good employees, hardworking, well educated, and dedicated to their work.

    Cons

    Lot of talk about how great the company is but doesn't translate to the typically employee. Across the country people are unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff.

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

    Chicago Facade Group Poorly Managed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time

    Pros

    Many of the projects are high visibility for well known clients; good names and projects to have under your belt.

    Cons

    Management does not manage the staff, projects or clients well. Staff is left wondering what they are supposed to be doing then to have last minute deadlines with uncertain direction. Working in this group is like working in a small shop with little hope for exposure to the wider firm or for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get managers with professional project and people management skills. Discourage the silo mentality and encourage more collaboration. Look around at what other top-rated companies are doing to retain talented people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Demanding work with very low pay

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Work is good, challenging and has a learning environment.

    Cons

    Pays low salaries to its employees, which ultimately leads to less job satisfaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Can reduce attrition by more job satisfaction by paying competitive salaries as other companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Enjoyed the technical work and clients, but management and company outlook is bleak.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    Because of its name and prestige, TT draws interesting clients and projects, giving you the opportunity to experience and learn a great deal even as an entry level engineer. Opportunities for inter-office transfer are available, and the company is generally flexible with respect to hours and vacations.

    Cons

    Considering the required skill level (MS degree, professional certifications, etc.), the long hours, and the amount of stress, the salary and benefits are dismal.

    Lack of solid leadership skills and collaboration coming from upper management. An incredibly top-heavy company. At the current rate of promotions and lack of hiring, everyone will become a vice-president and no one will be doing any "actual" work. A/E Industry outlook is grim; I wouldn't be surprised to see TT downsizing even more so over the next several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smarter and leaner upper management is required. Increased focus on improving technical staff benefits and rewards. Consider the possibility that your business model from 25 years ago will no longer be sustainable in the current market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Low pay, high expectations

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    TT was a fun place to work because they have interesting, complex projects. My experience with the structure group left me with the feeling that I was working with very smart engineers.

    Cons

    In my position I did not receive very much in the way of guidance or evaluation. I was expected to be as knowledgeable as an engineer that had been working there for a year. I was not given clear instruction for simple tasks and often was left out of 'big picture' discussion of a project. I did not receive an evaluation from my supervisor when I was let go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would have felt a lot more comfortable if the staff had been friendly to me. There is not much in the way of camaraderie, as every employee seemed preoccupied with their tasks. Managers would literally talk over my head to my cube mates as I sat and worked, neglecting to acknowledge my existence.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Woot woot

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    Cool projects - when I worked there we had some of the more interesting structural engineering projects to work on.

    Cons

    The people "running" the place (which is about 45% of the company) are unbelievably inept. It is clear that they hate engineering and love to pretend they are something else...business people I guess. But they're awful at that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I offer no advice, I believe you are all very happy with yourselves and that's good for you. Congrats on that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Projects

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    Great benefits, great projects, lots of offices to work in.

    Cons

    Salary is not as good, hard to move up, seems arbitrary who gets promoted and who doesn’t. General feeling among younger staff is that everyone is replaceable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    You won't get promoted if you can not lie all the time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    Great database of knowledge in Highrise building design field.

    Cons

    This company is cheap. The Senior Management get talented interns (J1-visa holders) from all over the world, who are ready to work 25 hours per day in order to be awarded with H1/B visa after internship is over. Later on you won't get promoted above "Senior Engineer" position if you can not lie all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Watch out a quality of the design work done by un-experienced and ambitions youngsters. Pay attention to the design teams working on international projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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