AMEC Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
196 Reviews
3.2
196 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance with flexi time and additional holiday was incredible (in 7 reviews)

  • Good benefits, fair pay, good chance for junior engineers to gain experience (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Weak Management, lack of communication (in 5 reviews)

  • The result of this is a high-stress work environment where long hours are the norm and nobody is having fun (in 5 reviews)

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    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at AMEC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good company with lot of opportunities

    Cons

    slow growth, no major compensation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company message lost at local level

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    Current Employee - Senior Hydrogeologist in Portland, ME
    Current Employee - Senior Hydrogeologist in Portland, ME

    I have been working at AMEC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay with ok benefits, flexible work schedule, great coworkers that are always there for you, challenging and complex projects with the opportunity to work outside of the US.

    Cons

    You are only a number, only about profits, no mentoring or training programs, cliques prevent employees from getting resources (it's not what you know, it's who you know) global company message not consistent with local management, no recognition for hard work/employees overworked, resistant to change WRT sustainability and efficiency measures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are so many studies that say if your employees are happy and feel appreciated, they'll work harder and advocate for the company. You should try it sometime.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company, bad local management

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Miami Lakes, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Scientist in Miami Lakes, FL

    I worked at AMEC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, benefits, working environment.

    Cons

    Local management tends to be micro-management; no promotions, no salaries increases

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep employees happy to reduce the number of employees looking for better opportunities elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Decent Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Scientist in Orlando, FL

    I worked at AMEC full-time

    Pros

    Global company provides some good/exotic opportunities to work within the company.
    Fairly healthy work environment

    Cons

    Global company means you spend a great deal of effort on corporate bureaucracy instead of science/trade
    Constant drive for utilization and layoffs when not met
    The company culture suffers when the company mission is acquisitions, acquisitions, acquisitions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reactive management style doesn't work.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Environmental Sampling

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at AMEC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work environment
    Opportunity to advance/become valuable by demonstrating competence and "go getter" attitude

    Cons

    Work life balance, salary, training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice colleagues and good compensation, but ultimately missing challenges

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    Current Employee - Senior Fucntional Engineering Support in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Fucntional Engineering Support in Houston, TX

    I have been working at AMEC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Been based in London as well as in Houston, and some great people to work with. Good remuneration. Diversity of projects, as AMEC operates in many different industries. Laudable company values. Open communication.

    Cons

    The different operating units tend to run their own businesses, and engineering functional support could be better weak. This means that core business processes can be different depending on where you are. Not so much of an issue if you are you are working on projects in one location, but frustrating of you are moving around. No career development (so far).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Forge ahead with The AMEC Way, and align core business processes like running projects and business development, across operating units. Do not limit career development to junior staff - do not forget senior staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work, depending on the office.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at AMEC full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    San Diego office has a great working environment with a lot of flexibility and opportunities. Depending on the department there is a wide range of work and staff generally care about each other and the product they are producing.

    Cons

    The company has not formal structure to reward employees. There are bonuses but only if the company exceeds some unknown target. Would be great to have just a simple "you did a great job" award to motivate staff. Also, the office space is old and could be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities to highlight employees contributions to the company's and office's success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Growing Pains at AMEC Power and Process America

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMEC full-time

    Pros

    Friendly People
    Very competent at Forest industries (pulp and paper) expertise
    Small projects with less than 1000 hours engineering are a focus.
    Studies for clients are a strength in engineering
    Small projects $30 million to $100 million are strength for construction

    Cons

    Onboarding for new employees limited
    Company seems to be stuck in doing things "the way we always did it" like shop fabricating only large bore piping and not all pipe on large greenfield project.
    Benefit package is not the best particularly health care cost to employee.
    Bonus given only when on a project and not always shared between construction and engineering when projects go well.
    Walls exist rather than teamwork between Construction and Engineering on EPC projects
    Department managers not project managers are in control of resources, scheduling resources, and cost of resources
    Training program limited for engineers and project managers with much online but question the effectiveness
    Productivity hampered with new AVEVA software which is suppose to improve rework and reduce hours
    Eng. Depts. are silos as communications between project participants tend to be limited if not on a task force project. Most communications occurs at weekly review meetings rather than throughout the week between disciplines.
    Equipment specs have significant gold plating and need to be performance based especially for Lump Sum EPC projects in a competitive bid environment.
    Power projects not a strong suit compared to others in the industry
    Do not fully understand EPC mindset for lump sum work in engineering disciplines.
    Accountability of the engineering disciplines for scope, schedule, manhours, quantities, quality, and cost not enforced from proposal stage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop comprehensive onboarding program
    Establish EPC training program and teamwork training program
    Make department managers more of a "body shop" for personnel to support the larger projects and let the project managers control the project.
    Promote teamwork between construction and engineering
    Promote teamwork between the engineering disciplines
    Make the engineers accountable for their estimates done in the proposal stage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    A roller coaster of drama, backstabbing and finger pointing

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Trenton, NJ

    I worked at AMEC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some of the staff are very cool, others not much. 401K plan is awesome.

    Cons

    No recognition for completed work, overworked, pay raises stink if you're not upper management. Zero accountability on the end of some upper management. Below average and way below average salaries. Too many chiefs, not enough indians.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your greatest asset, treat them as such. A well paid employee is a happy employee. You can't get blood from a stone, so try not to harden your workers. Good or bad you will see the results of such actions. Pay people their worth, not what you think you can get away with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work with good opportunities

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at AMEC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is plenty of opportunity to grow technically and with your career. Fair compensation in terms of performace. The is good leadership at the local/regional level. There is a string and positive culture

    Cons

    The bonus structure is very lacking - there is none at middle management and below. Sometimes the business is too numbers driven and there needs to be more co us on people. Benefits seem to be reducing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are your only assett, so there needs to be a stronger focus on benefit and tranparency in compensation, especially bonuses. There needs to be more engagement by senior regional management on vision and goals. The cascading of new policies and proceedhres leaves a lot to be desired - sending emails isn't enough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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