Cobalt Engineering

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Cobalt Engineering Reviews

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    Everything is great except for the pay and work / life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intermediate Mechanical Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Mechanical Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Great place to build your potenial and learn as an Engineer in design in many different types of buildings.

    Cons

    As per the title, low pay well below the established industry standards and they pile in the projects way beyond what's reasonable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With so many other firms looking for Engineers, you need to create a firm where Designers wouldn't even dream of considering looking else where because you can bet that others are asking them to consider working with them. And not just Senior Designers, even a good Junior Designer can be offered 50 - 54k to move else where. I've seen this. So invest in your Designers instead of having to invest in retraining new Designers. There is a reason why the turn over rates are high for the Designers. Pay Designers at the established industry standards which is about 20% more all around.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    Great place for new engineering graduates to learn, bad for Intermediate - Seniors designer to grow.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Cobalt Engineering

    Pros

    Great place to learn and gain experience in Consulting Engineering design for Junior Designers.
    Variety of project work (stores, hotels, hospitals, schools, apartments, offices, etc..)
    Good health / dental benefits

    Cons

    Poor work / life balance.
    Low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn that your Engineering Designers are your best resources. Discuss with the Designers what a realistic timeline is for projects then tell the client / Architect when they will be ready based on the feedback. Don't provide more work then what the team's capacity is without over time. Overtime should only be needed for unusual events, not for normal operations. Pay Designers at the Industry and Engineering Association standards (APEGBC).

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Lots of opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cobalt Engineering

    Pros

    Open communication
    Good benefits
    Supportive environment
    Knowledgeable people
    Staff care about each other
    Half day Fridays
    Access to a variety of projects and opportunity for quick advancement
    Opportunity to speak up about anything

    Cons

    Poor management of projects leads to overwork
    Avoidance of responsibility by Partners and Team Leaders
    Lack of caring at the Partner level - treat staff like they are disposable
    Constantly told to 'take responsbility' for things that we cannot impact on, or that don't go the way the partners wants (top-down blaming)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cobalt has great people and there needs to be more recognition of this. Stop blaming others when mistakes happen, and support each other. Tension between the Partners is uncomfortable. More training for team leaders and partners in how to manage people and projects and treat staff with respect

    Recommends
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    Dissatisfied With Management

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

    I have been working at Cobalt Engineering

    Pros

    Competitive benefits package including Dental and Health
    Half-day Fridays
    Time-in-Lieu
    Forward thinking and leader in sustainable mechanical building systems in Canada

    Cons

    Poor management in satellite offices
    Company overstepping boundaries by preventing P.Eng licensing for employees
    Maximum of 3 sick days per year is low compared to industry norm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In a consulting firm, always remember that your employees are your assets.

    Doesn't Recommend

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