Golder Associates – Redmond, WA
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I worked at Golder Associates full-time (more than an year)Pros
The pros of working for Golder is they do offer a good work/life balance. This is speaking from the perspective of one who was in an administrative support-type role. The pay is decent as are the benefits with one exception, they do not offer paid maternity/paternity leave. Golder is a global company and not all offices are created equal. If you do accept a position here and have the flexibility to do so, and good marketable skills (i.e., you are an engineer or other technical type), it would be advisable to get your foot in the door, get to know Golder and where the good offices are, network, and then transfer as soon as conceivably possible to one of the better offices. If not, it's a good place to gain experience and then leave. Support staff, I can't really say that same flexibility would be available to you.Cons
The company is dysfunctional and is very much a consultancy in that they cater to those who do project work and bring in the money. If your in a support role there is little to no respect for you or what you do, and as another person had said it borders harassment. Want to do something about being blatantly mistreated? You will not have a soul to turn to who will take you seriously or do anything about it. There is also a really high turn over rate in the support roles and for a reason. The only ones treated with any respect are the P&As and the big money earners. Responsibility-wise some support roles have super unreasonable expectations where you are expected to know everything, be everything, do everything and with no training what so ever this includes even knowing technical knowledge many spent years learning on top of being the perfect assistant. Do something wrong, you can expect to be yelled at publicly. This is quite common.
Annual review time is basically one big free-for-all granting each employee permission to go out and start anonymously ranting about employees and what they hate. It's not really handled with any level of seriousness or respect and you are basically at the mercy of your boss, and bonus your annual pay raise is solely determined by this review. If that person has questionable ethics, you can forget about being treated fairly or receiving any sort of constructive criticism, and for that matter a fair raise. You are given the illusion that you have some say in it by selecting other employees whom you trust to provide a good review of your work. However, you may find in the end little to none of the people you selected were actually approved by your boss to provide said review.
Office culture wise it is largely really unpleasant although if you look hard enough you will find some really good people. Again, not all offices are the same. I have experienced some Golder offices which provided a much more balanced environment. It is hard to find those offices, and when you do, it's harder to get in. Technical types - network, network, network. The ones that are super dysfunctional make for a really horrible work environment. Gossip and immaturity rules to the extreme. I've never in my life seen anything like it. The gossip grape vine runs wild and deep here. It's advisable watch your back at all times.
Also worth mentioning, some of the management and policy setters have questionable ethics and are known to do or say whatever it takes to satisfy the client and their wants and expectations, particularly the oil and gas clients, whether it's true or not.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Stop promoting people to management who have absolutely no business being there. Be willing to admit you made a mistake when you do promote the wrong people to high level positions and importantly do something about it. Treat support staff with more respect and have policies in place you are actually willing to follow where there is a defined process and outcome for misbehavior and /or up to complete removal of those in management (even if they are a P or and A). Sweeping it under the rug and ignoring it is not acceptable especially in this day and age. You want your company to do well? Treat all employees with more respect. Yes, even the support staff. If they are happy, your clients will be happy and the company will do better.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookApproves of CEO