Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
2.5 of 5 40 reviews
www.CRAworld.com Waterloo, Canada 1000 to 5000 Employees

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Conestoga-Rovers & Associates – Houston – “CRA Costume Contest - 2013”

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39% Approve of the CEO

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates President Ed Roberts

Ed Roberts

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35% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A good place to learn consulting

    Environmental Scientist (Current Employee)
    Denver, CO

    ProsFairly easy to get hired on. I would say that CRA has been fair to me for the position that I hold and my experience level, but I've had two good supervisors that treated me well. If you are an hourly employee and don't mind travel, you can make better money than the salaried folks. I like my coworkers and the atmosphere is generally light hearted and easy to deal with. Some opportunity to relocate around the country if that is what you're looking for.

    ConsLow salaries.... lack of variety in the projects that are worked on, but this seems to be a trend in the environmental consulting industry. No real bonus program to speak of. Principals talk big talk about a lot but rarely follow through on anything and don't give you the time of day when they occasionally visit. The amount of paperwork, meetings, and approval process for every little task make getting things done efficiently next to impossible....especially the safety stuff....more paperwork DOES NOT make people more safe. Every time this company merges with another one, the stack of paperwork and red tape gets thicker.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCough up some money for bonuses and raises. I think retention of quality people is on the decline because people are still making the same salary as they were 4-5 years ago but their knowledge base and skill level has risen dramatically. There are some very talented and undervalued people working here that would do a lot more for the company if they felt compensated for their efforts. A real comp time bonus would be a great addition, the lower level field staff that travel a lot are getting burned out for very little compensation.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good place to start

    AutoCAD Operator (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat place to start your career out of college but don't expect much compensation. It is the consulting business so the projects are different and great learning experiences. The employees are a great bunch if you can overlook the frat boy attitudes and office politics. They have been very relaxed with the hours you work as long as you work the minimum 40 hour work week.

    ConsPay is at an industry LOW, and they use scare tactics to try to keep you looking for employment elsewhere. Management is inconsistent at best, even in the same office building. Found that the only real promotions come to those who are part of the frat, not the ones that are most billable and knowledgeable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCollege is over, this is the real world. Treat your top talent with the respect they deserve and stop playing favorite to your employees that you take out drinking and golfing!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok Starting Place

    Engineer (Current Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsOpen to entry applicants
    Most project managers work closely with employees

    ConsYou get a "bonus" at the end of the year which is a meager compensation for overtime done throughout the year.
    People undeserving of recognition are constantly promoted and given credit
    Upper management made a comment that you put work first and "fit in family when you can"
    The office politics alone are not worth working here. Amazingly inappropriate relationships between some upper management and project managers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees and you will have more than a one year turn around rate

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good entry level job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSupportive community with a wide range in opportunities for entry-level applicants. There's a lot of room for growth if you work hard. The management seems happy with their jobs and they provide challenging work for us.

    ConsWhen it's slow it can be stressful because you have to stay busy. If your billable ratio isn't where it should be, you won't do well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to start, poor work-life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsEasy to be hired, diverse set of interesting projects

    ConsTerrible work/life balance, low pay for hours worked

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake employee's preferences into consideration (when reasonable)

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management lacks vision and won't listen to junior employees

    Field Equipment Manager (Former Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsStable work with not much chance of being laid off. Some of the people there are good people who look out for their coworkers and those who work for them.

    ConsSome of the managers are drunk with power and treat the people that work for them like servants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up to how some of your supervisors talk to and treat the ones who actually do the heavy lifting.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of Opportunity

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsSenior staff provide for lots of flexibilty in work environment and allow individuals to develop freely
    Noone will hold you back if you are a performer and demonstrate ability
    Once was a lot of pressure to billable hours which is with any consulting company but the metrics are changing as company grows/develops
    Great people to work with both junior and senior positions.
    Lots of variety of projects and experiences
    Lots of opportunities to transfer within company

    ConsDifferent groups are better to work with than others. A good manager makes the job! Some managers not so good. Some managers are best in the industry.
    Difficult management structure to understand, so many different groups, takes a while to figure it out for a new person

    Advice to Senior ManagementWatch the changing trends in the workforce and adjust.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work

    Secretary (Current Employee)

    ProsComprehensive development and training.
    Good atmosphere, relaxed.

    ConsLack of opportunities for future professional growth within company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Downhill.......fast.

    (Former Employee)

    ProsAt first, strong-performing company with hard-working, very knowledgeable people. Knowledge and professional opinion were encouraged.
    Team effort between offices and project managers.
    Fun place to work.
    A culture of team effort + individual contribution reigned.
    Hard work was appreciated.
    Very low turnover. Turnover due to employees returning to school or changing careers.

    ConsNo COLA for senior level staff for 3 years.

    Four years ago, groups were "rearranged" and micromanagement reared its ugly head. Power struggles between offices and project managers within offices. The culture I signed up for was gone. Morale low and turn over at an all time high. And it trickled down.

    Shareholders (SHs) fired several incredibly talented senior+ level staff because they dared to question SH's decisions/technical opinions.
    Be prepared to be terminated due to differences in opinion, or being more talented than your supervisor/SH, or simply because you are friends with someone that your SH does not like.

    Professional judgment was replaced with SOPs - sure, one wants consistency, in a product, but hopefully one would have more faith in the people one hires. Or don't hire them!.

    Shareholders only interested in their own bottom line for working you to death.

    No pay for performance. Raises not based on merit - they are decided BEFORE the annual review. Don't even pretend that your review means something. It doesn't.

    If you choose to work here, be aware of the above issues and......
    Keep in mind that there is no shortage of finger-pointing. When the heat comes down, you WILL be thrown under the bus, whether or not you were the cause of the problem. Once people stop looking you in the eye.....get your CV updated and get the hell out of there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou could save more $$ by not requiring inane amounts of overhead forms/meetings. You have all the technology...why hold meetings where literally two people have to fly to a location for a one hour meeting??

    Try valuing your employees and all they have to offer. Take a look at their CVs once in a while.

    Empower your employees...allow them to exercise a level of autonomy.
    This boosts morale and productivity. And makes for dedicated, committed, and loyal employees.

    Did you guys get your management degrees from a Cracker Jack box?

    Make sure that the supervisors/managers actually possess the intestinal fortitude and personal traits to BE leaders and have the technical skills to be supervisors.

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    OK place to get your foot in the door

    Staff Geologist (Current Employee)

    ProsHigh turnover leads to quickly accruing seniority.

    ConsSeniority comes with few to no perks.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe bonus system needs a major overhaul. As it stands, the more you work, the less you make, assuming time=money.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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