Clean Air Engineering

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Clean Air Engineering Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
10 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent experience for someone just out of school

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer & Technician in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer & Technician in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work in, great company culture, employees are really helpful

    Cons

    Poor management, a better training program is needed,

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, but they're only setup for high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Tons to learn in the pollution engineering industry.

    Able to see lots of different work environments and industries.

    Great co-workers, very healthy work relationships.

    Decent pay for the type of work.

    Cons

    No advancement to speak of.

    Engineering ideas aren't ever looked into, Clean Air may have been there in setting a lot of standards, but they are not evolving to new technologies.

    Nothing for an engineer to do at the office, the job requires vast industry knowledge that doesn't take an engineer to do.

    They're being killed by the competition and the CEO said he, "wants to be the Mercedes of the testing industry" meaning that they won't accept lower paying jobs. Because of this mindset, they say no to a lot of work that could have easily been scheduled in the very regular down time periods.

    They literally rent out the equipment the competition uses, so it's not as if they'd have to spend much money in order to advance with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The industry is changing to cheaper FTIR method testing and portable analyzer protocol testing. While these tests look much smaller in price, it doesn't take anywhere near the setup time, man power, or vast equipment knowledge to run these tests. At my last company, I made about $750k for the year as a single employee in my department with only 2 testing trucks (FTIR lab and portable testing lab). We were charging $2-3k for each FTIR test being performed from a single truck ran by just one person, and able to do around 10 tests in a week. It was huge profit in the long run. I begged for this to be looked into with my peers and management, but all they saw was the low price tag of this testing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Worth working for a few years.

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people. Great if you like travelling. Team leaders are willing to work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is low for what you do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Stay clear

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Getting experience, and hands on duties

    Cons

    Lack of direction, losing business, low salaries for the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at why you are not growing sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    If you don't mind some travel and some occasional work outdoors, you will love this place!!!

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are knowledge and awesome to work with. The compensation is fair and time off is available when schedule allows. The job sites are diverse and keep you from getting tired of the same office and faces.

    Cons

    The offices are smaller in number and you may not have the most room for upward mobility if you are looking for such. The nature of the business tends to bring about a very hectic and spontaneous schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    All you gain here is experience.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Add a little experience to your resume.
    Coworkers are a great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours with poor OT compensation
    Always traveling
    Compensation is lower than expected for what you sacrifice
    Advancement opportunities are none
    Benefits: No dental.
    Safety is not a priority, but they say it is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees are your most valuable asset. Provide them an environment to flourish, and one that is safe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Some great people, but very hard to move up or get raises

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved some of the people I worked with and loved being allowed to be independent in my work. They have a great health insurance and 401k program.

    Cons

    The position I was in did not allow for me to move up (which is normal for safety at a small company)but they are very bad about giving raises for good, hard work. They will compliment your work until the sun comes up but won't give you a penny for it. This is true for many positions. They keep older ("there since the beginning") employees even when they have out-lived their usefulness to the company and continue to give them raises even if they aren't doing anything more than sleeping at their desks. They are also VERY slow to replace employees who leave or move into different departments. I would not recommend this company if you are looking to grow in your career or if you want to stay at a company for more than 2 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great people to work with, but terribly lacking in promotions and compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are mostly good to work with, excellent 401k benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive. Employer does not realize this is why they have such a problem with high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluate salaries more often and offer more incentives to boost employee moral.

    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere are great.

    Cons

    Salaries could be evaluated more frequently

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure compensation is competitive

    Recommends
  11.  

    Not that great...

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering

    Pros

    I liked working in the field, seeing manufacturing and energy plants, and making a solid group of friends. The field engineers are mostly great guys to work with

    Cons

    Pay is very low, especially considering lots of the guys who work at Clean Air studied engineering while they were in school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sympathetic to employees, dont give ridiculous assignments, and find meaningful work to do when the engineers are in the office.

    Doesn't Recommend

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