Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Staff Level

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Lots of extra work with no rewards or recognition

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall positive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Environmental Consultant in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Flexible supervisors, opportunity to travel, variety of projects, high profile clients, safety placed at a premium, acceptable benefits, very talented upper management and senior personnel

    Cons

    Very few cons, overall positive review of the company, unsure of what will happen with merger and how company will grow and evolve. As large as company is it struggles maintaining consistency from office to office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to gain some experience

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

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

    Pros

    Known to hire new grads without any experience. Great place to gain experience but not so good for upper management. They spend a lot of time training to lose employees after a couple of years that have gained the experience and would like to make more money and see what other opportunities are out there.

    Cons

    Very client driven. Difficult to develop creativity when most of the duties are based on client expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more support to junior staff. Clearly define their roles and responsibility and offer some incentives (pay, benefits, advancement, and bonuses) to junior staff. They are the future of the company and should be valued more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Long time employee benefits lacking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist

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

    Pros

    Interesting place to work, A wide range of opportunities exist if you look around and are willing to travel.

    Cons

    Current management seems to value incoming "talent" over experienced people, which is reflected in starting pay vs. incremental increases, which suck or are non-existent. The merger with GHD is leading to a paid time off benefit, with vacation and personal/sick time lumped together, which seems to also favor those with less than 4 years, not those who have been around awhile. This needs to be reviewed and fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to review salary structure for senior personnel!. A starting engineer being paid $50,000, when people who are worth alot more in experience and talent are not adjusted in relation to the current starting pay. You also need to consider additional benefits (PTO/vacation) for those with more than 15 years of time with CRA. You invested alot of time and training, and these people know how to get things done. The new hires just seem to want to get into the office ASAP, and need alot of hand-holding. Value the experienced people and pay them what they are worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Safety first; great group of people doing a wide variety of services under a level leadership team.

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

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

    The variety is very interesting and the team support allows one to safely experience new kinds of project work.

    Cons

    Some projects are remote and require time and distance away from family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with the ergonomic improvements and encourage level and open communication between staff.

  7.  

    A good place to learn consulting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Fairly 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.

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Cough 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    A good place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AutoCAD Operator
    Current Employee - AutoCAD Operator

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Pay 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 ManagementAdvice

    College 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ok Starting Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Open to entry applicants
    Most project managers work closely with employees

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees and you will have more than a one year turn around rate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good entry level job

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

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

    Supportive 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.

    Cons

    When 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Decent place to start, poor work-life balance

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to be hired, diverse set of interesting projects

    Cons

    Terrible work/life balance, low pay for hours worked

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take employee's preferences into consideration (when reasonable)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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