Thornton Tomasetti Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Thornton Tomasetti Chairman & CEO Tom Z. Scarangello
Tom Z. Scarangello
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Pros
  • Lots of interesting projects and good mentors (in 5 reviews)

  • Projects are high profile, interesting (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Biggest challenge is work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • Not enough growth within the company, offices don't collaborate enough, and pay is not great (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very dissatisfied

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company name on resume, good benefits, access to technical knowledge based on experience

    Cons

    Poor salary, too much nepotism and unfair criteria for individual growth in the company

    Advice to Management

    Go back to how this company worked and performed in the good old days


  2. Chicago Facade Group Poorly Managed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your staff.


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  5. Not recommended

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of knowledgably people within the company. Engineers are great to work with and a day to day basis.

    Cons

    There is a lot of micro management. Leaders/managers need leadership training. There is a lack of communication. Bonuses are low and pay isn't great for the amount of hours worked. There is no work life balance. They expect you to work 10 hours days without overtime pay and work on vacation too. High turnover within the company

    Advice to Management

    Train the leadership of the company. Managers need to treat their employees with respect and share knowledge.


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    My TT Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting, high profile jobs. Good information sharing within the company. Great office and working atmosphere, lot's of smart young people.

    Cons

    Growth within the company is difficult. Too many levels of titles. Very top heavy company. Salaries are 10-15% lower compared to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback than once a year review. Improve and encourage transfers/exchanges between company offices. Pay more competitive salaries to staff.


  8. Challenging work but less salary

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have a lot of interesting projects. Work is challenging and demanding. You will get to learn a lot here.

    Cons

    Pay is much lesser than other peer companies. A little difficult to maintain work-life balance here.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Bad work environment, good porjects

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

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging projects. Wide variety of projects. If you forget you have a life outside of work, you will do very well.

    Cons

    Long hours, low pay. Though that seems to be the norm in the industry. Worst was the "I am the boss, you are the employee" kind of attitude by senior management. More than once I was told "to keep my boss happy!!!" Not a good team environment. The reason for bad bonus and lousy pay increase is ofcourse the "recession" though it is clear from the work load and fees that the office is doing well. And then when senior staff keep getting promoted every year, you wonder if all they tell you is true.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of all your employees, not just the senior staff.


  10. Good Experience

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

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time

    Pros

    Good people in a professional environment.

    Cons

    No growth opportunities for support staff and lower pay than normal for what's asked of you.

    Advice to Management

    Put more emphasis on helping talented employees careers blossum.


  11. Great experience/exposure but at the cost of work/life balance.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great portfolio of projects Some really great gems of people are scattered throughout the company Good resources Opportunities to transfer between offices & practice sectors (pending economy & availability)

    Cons

    Sink or swim mentality Culture may not be for everyone Work/life balance is often a struggle Culture/values/outlook vary between local offices (could also be a pro)

    Advice to Management

    Remind Management as the company grows and becomes more and more "corporate" to not forget the "keep it real" values of the earlier years.



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