Thornton Tomasetti Reviews

Updated August 19, 2015
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Thornton Tomasetti Chairman & CEO 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 (3)

    My TT Review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. Challenging work but less salary

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    • 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.


  3. Analyzing and forecasting.

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti full-time

    Pros

    work life balance is good

    Cons

    poor communication between management and employees


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  5. 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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. Great projects and new learning experiences but overworked and lack of progression in compensation

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Associate in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are varied and interesting. Work with very talented staff all over the country. Depth of new learning is incredible.

    Cons

    The work load is very intense and the compensation is not necessarily commensurate with the personal sacrifice to meet deadlines and project commitments.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are working hard in the trenches or acquire additional staff to share the load. Focus less on sustainability, which adds cost to the company, and more on profitability which should translate in better compensation all the way down to the employees performing work. Compensate employees for overtime.


  9. Great projects but work is often undervalued and unappreciated.

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

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Projects are some of the best in the world in terms of innovation and global spotlight. Employees are very skilled and helpful to each other.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be very bad. Employees are often overloaded and then expected to prioritize unreasonable deadlines ahead of personal life. Compensation is not comparable to other firms, and overtime almost seems expected instead of appreciated. Overall, it's easy to feel taken advantage of.

    Advice to Management

    Properly support the staff for deadlines to avoid burnout. The morale can be dismal at times. Consider better training and organization of staff, hiring appropriately to avoid overloading employees.


  10. Need more growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very nice staff & great work environment

    Cons

    Not enough growth within the company, offices don't collaborate enough, and pay is not great. No work life balance.


  11. Great learning experience but not much work/life balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some pretty nice people who are willing to teach you. I started at this company straight out of school and learned a lot of things from the people there.

    Cons

    However, they are slow to give any raise and expect you to do a ton of work. Corporate is kind of annoying. They keep sending people from New York to "guide" you how to network and make the company sound good. They "encourage" you to work on your own projects and if it's good you can even bill it. But then when project time rolls around, they dump all this work on you and your'e expected to somehow manage both.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better compensation. I've seen the disparity of corporate and regular employees. Open tabs when the execs from New York is visiting, but in the number of years I was there, my salary was bumped up only 10k -- that's probably just standard of living adjustments.



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