Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates President Ed Roberts
Ed Roberts
32 Ratings

Pros
  • Great people, good to work with, good office culture (in 7 reviews)

  • Very welcoming to entry-level engineers straight out of school (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance not a priority (in 7 reviews)

  • no work-life balance, bullying, high turnover (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Emeryville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee owned. Smart, hard working people. Not top heavy. If you can't cut it you won't last. Your experience there is what you make of it. If you want to work a lot of hours and advance, you can. If you want to work 9-5 and spend time with family and friends, you can.

    Cons

    Salary and benefits could be better. Yearly bonus is very small. Sometimes you get pigeon-holed with the kind of work that you do. There are very specific work groups and sometimes it's hard to cross over.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be such a white boys' club. Get more women and some color up in there. Give more outside of hte Principal and Associate levels the opportunity to be stakeholders. Peolple care more about a company when they own a piece of it.


  2. scientist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hmmmmm? Very professional atmosphere. Always polite to you face?

    Cons

    Need much better/quality mentoring. Too much favoritism...


  3. Great place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Duluth, GA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Duluth, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You will never get fired from CRA, there is such a passive aggressive atmosphere that no one would dare to rock the boat by firing an employee that has earned it. So there is great job security. Very safety oriented firm.

    Cons

    You must be in the right place at the right time to advance. Regardless of the time, effort or quality of work you put in, unless you have a supervisor who is genuinely interested in mentoring you to advancement, you will remain stagnant in whatever pigeon hole you started in. Normal advancement at CRA requires seniority, not talent.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves, and move some of the work down to your junior levels. The company will never succeed if you do not train up the juniors as the future management.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good First Job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of younger people who are all in the same boat. Large variety of work.

    Cons

    Upper level's experience and knowledge seems to be a mile wide and an inch deep.


  6. CRA

    • 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

    Pros

    Excellent array of work experiences in an EHS field

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility seem limited

    Advice to Management

    Engage employees more in decision making


  7. Some Good, Some Bad

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

    Pros

    Generally better pay compared to similar companies. I liked the people I worked with every day. Generally, there is a good work-life balance as well.

    Cons

    You didn't have much of a say in anything. If they want you to work on THIS project, not THAT one, you're stuck. Also, many have said that advancement opportunities are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Allow opportunities for advancement and be more flexible in general.


  8. Lifetime of opportunity.

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

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can pursue what you want if it makes business sense and you're prepared to work hard. Almost flat corporate structure and easy access to leadership. Great safety culture and when things get tough you're treated like family. If you're looking for a career, not just a job, advancement and compensation will follow.

    Cons

    Personalities can hinder progress if pigeon holed with a manager. Satisfaction and opportunity is too dependent on managers. Merger transition is a bit unsettling. Recent emphasis on credentials over experience is detrimental.

    Advice to Management

    Systems are a means to an end not an end. Identify the demoralizing managers and cull the deadweight before good people leave.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Not the worst, but definitely not the best consulting firm to work for

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

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance (with right supervisor). Provides training in variety of subjects. Flexible schedule for salary employees (again, with right supervisor).

    Cons

    Pay is low for the industry. Benefits have declined significantly. Definitely a difference in treatment and expecations for female professionals. Promotions are difficult and favortism is definitely an issue. Management is not inspiring and they don't really understand how to manage a company and motivate employees.

    Advice to Management

    To keep smart, high-performing individuals, you may want to give them more opportunities and push them up the ladder faster rather than letting them remain stagnent and then have them quit. The reason there are so many poor managers in the company is because all of the good employees have left.


  10. Good

    • 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 Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Variety of projects, interesting work.

    Cons

    Management is stagnant, so there is little growth upwards.


  11. Helpful (2)

    So-So

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company values safety and pays fairly well

    Cons

    Upper management is often lacking in competency and plays politics based on personal achievement over the needs of the company as a whole



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