Terracon

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Terracon President and CEO David Gaboury
David Gaboury
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    COOP Intern/ Field and Lab Technician

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Terracon as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Taught me many engineering practices in a good professional environment. The work was very diverse on type of projects and size of projects. Management cares a great deal about your well being (it helps to communicate with them on how you are doing). Very receptive when I told them what classes I wanted to take next semester in Civil Engineering. They had me experience several new things to help me in my class work (pavements and foundations). All managers were respectful and professional regardless if you are a technician or coop.

    Time and a half after 40 hour work week

    Cons

    Worked long shifts (10-16 hours), 10% night time pay (only certain hours applied)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about changing the night shift pay policy especially for individuals or projects that are operating in the long-term schedules. They sacrifice heavily for the job and I do not think 10% is sufficient.

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Terracon Interviews

Updated Jan 14, 2015
Updated Jan 14, 2015

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    Engineering Technician - Cheyenne Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cheyenne, WY
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Cheyenne, WY
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 5 daysinterviewed at Terracon.

    Interview Details

    I initially applied online - I was contacted by Terracon to be a field technician for them, but at an office 50 miles from my house (there were 3 offices that were closer). Initially, I was reluctant, but this was in the middle of the Great Recession and I needed a decent job. The interview was fairly easy, my resume spoke for itself and I was offered a position, but at a lower rate of pay then my qualifications rated. I took the position and figured I could work my way up to a more industry-standard rate within a year or two.

    Interview Questions
    • "Do you mind being away from your family?" "Do you plan on being divorced in the near future? "Would you take less money then you have made in the past?"   View Answer
    Negotiation Details
    They offered me a position that meshed with my 11 years of experience, but for a fairly low amount and NO company vehicle. At the time, jobs in this field were scarce and I had a mortgage to make. Now (2015) that the economy is better I would more leverage and I would not have settled for less then 22.00/hr. I urge others to check the statistics for compensation (available from the Federal Government) and then add 10%. Terracon has thrived for years by underpaying its field personnel and replacing them every 3 years on average.
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview

Terracon Awards & Accolades

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Employee Ownership 100, National Center for Employee Ownership, 2009

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Website www.terracon.com
Headquarters Olathe, KS
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1965
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

Employee-owned Terracon Consultants provides geotechnical, environmental, construction material evaluation, pavement engineering and construction management, and facilities engineering services. One of the nation's top design firms, the company serves the agriculture, energy, telecommunications, commercial development, and transportation sectors, as well as government clients. Founded in Iowa in 1965, Terracon began as a joint venture between Shive, Hall and Hattery (civil consulting), Soil Testing Services (geotechnical testing), and Gerald Olson, P.E. (the company's... More

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