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  1. The intangiles are good, but the salary and raises are average

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Staff III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Variety of projects and experiences, company holiday party, consistent year end bonuses

    Cons

    Pay is average or slightly below when compared to industry standard, and the 401K is a 3% match. Other places I have seen triple this value. Also, AQ contributes this 401K match on a yearly basis the following year...in March. This means their "match" lags behind yours. Goodbye dollar cost averaging.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your 401K and increase your yearly salary adjustments and raises. I do not think you have kept pace with inflation.


  2. Too much growth too fast.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Medical benefits were very good.

    Cons

    With such rapid growth their core values no longer held true. Very heavy upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all levels of management. Everyone has value.


  3. Overall a good company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/life balance, nice people and a reputable company.

    Cons

    Average pay, slow promotion of staff (AnchorQEA prefers to hire senior staff rather than train them),

    Advice to Management

    Revise the Overtime policy by providing field staff with adequate compensation in months where holidays occur.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Good, but struggling to manage employee growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and enthusiastic, knowledgeable professionals. Company offers good opportunities for work/life balance with respect to flexible time and floating holidays. Leadership is very proactive on ensuring sufficient backlog of work to keep employees busy.

    Cons

    Struggling with rapid growth of the company and the flow of information and workload through a much larger firm. Not being entirely proactive on preventing offices from behaving like profit centers and refusing workload balancing between offices. Having difficulties dealing with employees whose work crosses multiple disciplines and making sure those employees are not pigeonholed into one particular type of project. Sick time (6 paid days a year with no accrual) and bereavement leave (3 days, which is vastly insufficient when travel is required) policies are flat-out awful and cause more stress to employees during already stressful times.

    Advice to Management

    The sick time policy basically encourages people to come to work sick and share illnesses with everyone else.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Great Environment, Plenty of room for Promotion

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, caring environment. Plenty of room for promotion. Work Life Balance is very important to the executive staff.

    Cons

    Salaries are only at the national average. Tech is a little out of date.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Would rather hire expertise than train staff

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of technical ability at the company. Interesting projects. Some really great people. Yearly company retreat.

    Cons

    Younger scientists get the shaft with salary. Engineers get paid more, even though many of them are just making area and volume estimates for their engineering work-only the partners stamp drawings. It all comes down to your manager whether you get good work or not. Seems like they are hiring people from outside of company for their expertise rather than training or giving people a chain. It's like they want the other consulting firms to do all the hard work of training for them.

    Advice to Management

    Actually pay attention to the "work-load" projections that you make people do. Pay scientists fairly, especially entry level ones. Giving engineers the hierarchy from the beginning is pretty annoying. Don't hire so many people so fast.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Uptight and Uninspired

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anchor QEA full-time

    Pros

    Yearly Retreat, Downtown location in Seattle.

    Cons

    Micromanagement, Downsizing, High Employee Turnover

    Advice to Management

    Don't expand so much that you half to downsize every 2 years.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great people, interesting projects, lots of good stuff to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent employees who are very good at what they do. They have a niche in contaminated sediments, but are rapidly expanding in other areas. They do high end technical work on some of the most challenging environmental problems. Company culture is structured to promote free exchange of ideas and projects. Annual company retreat is a great way to promote camaraderie.

    Cons

    Opportunities to work are mostly concentrated on the East, West and Gulf Coasts, and the Great Lakes region. Not too many opportunities in the middle of the country. Getting mentored by senior partners in your area of expertise can be a challenge if you work in a small office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the company culture.


  10. Anchor QEA is an excellent company that values their employees.

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

    I have been working at Anchor QEA full-time

    Pros

    Team building environment, excellent benefits, friendly employees, annual company paid retreat, etc...

    Cons

    I haven't experienced any yet.


  11. Nice people, assuming you "fit in"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    It's a company concerned about the environment, and about it's employees. Company retreats are always fun, and a great way to get to know coworkers.

    Cons

    The company tends to be very cliquey, and the partners definitely contribute to this. If you befriend a partner, you can expect to be taken out to lunches and happy hours. If you don't, you can tend to feel like an outsider.



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