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Audubon Engineering Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
25 Reviews

3.7
25 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pipeline Engineer

    Current Employee - Pipeine Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Pipeine Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Audubon offers a very good work environment.

    Cons

    I do not have any negative comments to offer.

  2.  

    Current employee, 3 years

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    Current Employee - Engineering Associate  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Management is engaged with the employees on a daily basis. There is no pretentiousness on their part, very open and friendly. Growth is creating a lot of opportunities for younger engineers who gain a lot of experience by working on a lot of different projects.

    Cons

    The smaller projects are often ill defined and can cause confusion. I like the rapid pace of things around here but it sometimes results in rushed deliverables.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! Some of the negative comments on here are from disgruntled former employees who either didn't get their way or got passed by younger, more talented individuals. The company is doubling in size every 3 years so they must be doing something right. I for one am along for the long run, it is a great ride!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A beautiful place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - GIS Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - GIS Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Upper management is very sensitive to employees need.

    Cons

    IT department needs to coordinate their affairs very well with departments such as the GIS Unit of Engineering department. Working with a remote IT department was very frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure your departments and hire individuals with tested experience. Too many individuals with bloated and exaggerated experiences.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Audubon Engineering / Family

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Great People. Great Values. Fun place to work.

    Cons

    Insurance could be better. No one likes a high deductible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Enjoy coming to work everyday!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    I have been here for almost a year and the time has flown by. Very rewarding work. Great culture. I appreciate how they value work-life balance. I feel like I'm part of a great team.

    The management truly cares about their employees. I've read a few negative reviews and can only imagine they are from disgruntled employees. Don't believe the negative posts.

    Cons

    Every growing company has growing pains - expect it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Facts are always better than fiction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits are average and consistent with the industry. Rates are average to above average.
    Some of the best standards in the industry but they are rarely used.

    Cons

    Cons - simply to many to list however lets stick to facts that can't be disputed at this time.
    * Poor project management - many young and inexperienced PM's who haven't mastered their own engineering discipline much less all others and the art of client management as well. Other PM's that have some experience have it in other areas such as fabrication and have no solid EPC experience. This leads to failed projects where the client wishes to schedule rule. Example, it was not uncommon to issue deliverables out of sequence. Not uncommon for a PM to demand that such things like piping ISO's be issued before HAZOP. No, that is not a joke. This put a ridiculous amount of stress on the engineering and design disciplines and resulted in massive rework. When change orders were submitted they were met with angry resistance because poor project management. No project controls to speak of because the PM's dictated that the schedules reflect what they wanted and in the end when project budgets and schedules were over ran, you ended up with an unhappy client and engineering and design were always to blame not the root cause which was poor project management.
    Houston and Denver are primarily Midstream driven while the Louisiana offices in Metairie and Baton Rouge are more Offshore and Downstream driven. Houston and Denver focus on what could be a very productive and profitable sector however due to arrogance of senior management they fail miserably. Example - they honestly believe that a cryogenic gas plant is the same no matter if it's commissioned in South Texas or Ohio. They can't seem to understand that each project is different - never taking into consideration client needs, process conditions, control system or soil conditions which all can add to the cost of doing a project. Poor communication and frustration across the engineering groups cause many disciplines to shut down to communicate meaning they simply do what they have to get their deliverables done and not worry about others. If you enjoy working in a vacuum then Audubon is the place for you. In the last 24 months there have been three engineering managers.. in the coming weeks the third is out and new one will be named. Let me remind potential employees that this is an engineering company and having that many managers is not a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would take a long hard look at the toll a few are taking on what could be a great company. Two board members and two senior managers have left as a direct reflection of poor decisions and nose dive the company is taking. What good people who remain are leaving because unlike you may think, they aren't stupid. They see it and they are running. The EVP while he is good financially, he has zero EPC experience and worse not willing to listen to those who know how to make things better and dismisses them. One managing partner needs to stay out of the day to day operations and when he is, make solid decisions based on facts. Stop making decisions based on knee jerk reactions. Again people see this and have lost faith. Continue as you are and you will have no work because you will be driven out of business by better ran competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging but fun

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    Pros

    The engineering division I work for is growing very rapidly. The pace is fast and there are understandable growing pains, but the smaller projects allow me to work on a variety of clients which I like. The people here are easy going, and the company does a lot of cool things for employees like sponsoring employee golf tournaments, crawfish boils, etc.

    Cons

    like with most project based companies, the workload can go from manageable to crazy busy at times. I hear management is working on solutions to proactively distribute work across teams to address the spikes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Place to Work!

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Fast paced, varied projects, great people, fun environment. I really enjoy the culture here. We have a lot of employee outings and events.

    Cons

    Hard to find enough good people to join the company. Growth rate and opportunities are good, but could be better if there were more good people coming into the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More visibility. More training opportunities for younger engineers and designers. GOLD program is good but needs to expanded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    A waste of my time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work once.

    Cons

    The culture has gotten overly political and egos of management are out of control. Individual contributions are not valued unless you suck up to these guys. It was stressful, unrewarding and a complete waste of my time. They've effectively gotten rid of just about everyone over 40 in the past year. You don't really ahve to have nay skills or talent to work there, just look nice and kiss up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company is great to their employees, but is complacent with ineffective employees.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    Pros

    The management as well as the employees want to see you succeed and genuinely care about each other a lot.

    Cons

    The company is so concerned with being good to their employees, they don't get rid of the dead weight. This makes some people over-accountable, and allows others to remain unaccountable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get rid of worthless people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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