A. Epstein and Sons Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good place to work, friendly employee ,flex hrs

    Cons

    you are on ur own


  2. Favorites are Guided, All Others Left Behind

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most staff is friendly and open. The office is located in a good area close to public transportation and city-life. There are half-day Fridays all year-round which is great.

    Cons

    What they pay most of their staff is below average. They pick their favorites and help them get promoted while others are left behind.

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement can go a long way to keeping staff happy and fulfilled working for their company. When efforts are left unnoticed, what reason is there to continue to put in any extra effort?


  3. Enjoyed my time there, but there's room for improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    ESOP stock option 401(k) Decent benefits CTA came out of my paycheck Great co-workers Fun company events Epstein paid for me to take some work related courses

    Cons

    Rumor mill Little room to grow Worked there during the recession, so a lot of cons I'd list may not apply anymore (lack of hours, work and pay) Drama within CEO/employee relationship Little transparency

    Advice to Management

    Let the younger employees grow into middle and upper management


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  5. Helpful (3)

    A Real Shame

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the people...this company could be great if Senior Management would leave.

    Cons

    Senior Management (The Triumvirate of Evil). They get talented young people excited about the culture and the positions and then once you are actually working there you find out that culture they speak of is not company wide and that senior management does not actually even believe in the culture they are selling. The positions are hit or miss and most of the time you aren't able to prove that you are capable of doing the job because they are against new ideas and change. Senior Management is unethical, unprofessional and inappropriate. The don't care about the staff as people only the amount the company allows them to bring home in their paychecks. There is a known rumor that two of the members of senior management are either having an affair or have had an affair with each other and the way they portray their relationship in public does nothing to disprove the rumor. The HR department is a joke pure and simple and no one trusts them enough to bring their issues to them. The turnover for last year was 48% which was announced at a company meeting and yet they think that having a few employee events will gloss over the real problem which is that no one running the company believes in the mission/vision of the organization. Senior management is inept and have no principles.

    Advice to Management

    Resign.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Accept employment only if desperate for a job

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects International projects In-house engineering Bi-weekly paycheck 401k

    Cons

    High staff turnover Poor upper management (no leadership) Gossip and rumor driven / internal politics culture No promotion from within Poor work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Have an idea of who actually does work in the office instead of playing favorites. Allow everyone to participate in volunteer activities instead of hand picking a few people to do it over and over again.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Senior Electrical Design Engineer

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The MEP group is by far the best group to work within due the discipline managers. They are fun and flexible and make dealing with the politics between the other departments tolerable.

    Cons

    The overall culture of the firm can be poisonous if you end up working with the wrong people. Older employees hold recession era grudges and are stuck in a general recession years funk.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the upper management! The culture and attitude will never change unless the old curmudgeons get the boot. At the same time, some of the older and more experienced staff who still have a positive attitude should be given a larger role within the firm. Power hungry bozos with no technical competency have to go!


  8. Helpful (1)

    Nice People

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life-work balance, nice people and good atmosphere. Helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    Pay is not the highest, not much room for advancement.


  9. Helpful (1)

    good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    m/e/p department one of the best to work for nice bosses, flexible timing and great staff.

    Cons

    you have to work your hard (i.e don't count hrs) off, too much street on their engineers that they can't focus which drives them mad, so basically ur on your own, no learning environment do it on ur own, not very experienced staff, but the bosses are.

    Advice to Management

    at least one highly experienced engineer is mandatory in every department.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Mostly an engineering company, architecture department is small in comparison.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Office location is good. Project types are diverse. Company is international which can bring in interesting work and opportunities to travel abroad.

    Cons

    Management / Leadership is poor and not very effective, tends to be distant and does not set a good ethical example. Not a collaborative studio culture, poor employee morale. Good work is not recognized or rewarded. Unable (or unwilling) to retain talented architects. Does not spend sufficient funds for good office equipment or even basic supplies.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure the department.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Good Company, Not Good Pay

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The people are great here, and there is a good mix of old and young. - Potential to gain a lot of experience. - A well respected company in the Chicago market. - A good size company with a small company feel. - 100% ESOP with 100% vesting after 6 years. - They hire recent graduates, which is pretty hard to come by. - The hours are great (M-Th 8.75hrs & Fr 5hrs) and they are very flexible.

    Cons

    - The company is very top heavy....the executives, VP's, HR people, and people that have been there long enough to be in "The Club" make a lot of money where everyone else, especially the production people (engineers, architects) are very underpaid. - The company penny pinches a lot. - The 8th floor (where all the engineers are) looks like it hasn't been updated in 50 years. - The benefits are not very good...Health insurance is expensive and the 401k match is not very good. - Can have the feel of being political. - There really is no responsibility differentiation between several positions, i.e. a Design Engineer and a Senior Design Engineer do the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    - Re-evaluate the pay scales.



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