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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    Management lacks vision and won't listen to junior employees

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    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Lots of Opportunity

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Senior 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

    Cons

    Different 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 ManagementAdvice

    Watch the changing trends in the workforce and adjust.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good place to work

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    Current Employee - Secretary
    Current Employee - Secretary

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

    Pros

    Comprehensive development and training.
    Good atmosphere, relaxed.

    Cons

    Lack of opportunities for future professional growth within company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Downhill.......fast.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    At 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    OK place to get your foot in the door

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    Current Employee - Staff Geologist
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist

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

    Pros

    High turnover leads to quickly accruing seniority.

    Cons

    Seniority comes with few to no perks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overworked and underpaid!

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, after-work company bonding events, high consideration for safety and safety awareness, good benefits, and flexible work hours.

    Cons

    Poor work environment (building is practically crumbling beneath our feet), little to no work recognition, unobtainable expectations for employee performance, long hours, sexist work environment from other offices, little to no HR support, raises (if any) are minimal (2% at most, usually), principals and associates seem to reap the benefits of their hard working field and support staff while their support teams are made to feel disposable, high turnover rate, low morale, vacation and sick time are highly discouraged because of the way it effects your billable time (which then reflects on your supervisor), and no growth opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay raises to show your appreciation for employees efforts would be a great start; Capping overtime would also allow field staff to recover from their exhausting field work; Improve employee/supervisor relationships (we're not morons, you don't have to speak to us that way); Be more proactive about discouraging sexual harassment and do more than just a slap on the wrist; Offer options for health care (ie. Kaiser, etc) to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Depressing place where people spend most of their day at, in order to pay rent to a place where they rarely get to see.

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    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I really like the fact that working at Conestoga Rovers and Associates (CRA) gave me a new perspective on life. If you're ever feeling bored and get the feeling of hating to leave work too early, you certainly never get that feeling in the Irvine office. As a field staff, you are generally working 65 hours a week, that's a minimum. HR will tell you that they only care about 90% billability (90%?! Cray cray), BUT despite working like an indentured servant Monday through Thursday (working 13 hours per day), your supervisor stresses and encourages that you need to be in the office for a minimum of 8 hours on Friday. Post-college perspective: you go to college and accrue all your student loans just to be making roughly minimum wage. But you know what?—by doing this work for the next 6 years of your life (starting your day at 4 am and coming home at 7pm only to be sleeping at 8pm) will help you advance your career ever so slightly. Because after 4-6 years of experience, you get to be in the awesome position of a Project manager (you know… the people who carry on the torch of passing down the CRA work culture).

    Cons

    Also, my new perspective is that “Hate” is an understatement.
    (1) The job. What more can I say? I guess in your interview with CRA you should ask if you’re going to be in the Shell group. If the answer is yes, turn your back and never look back.
                 a. Life (or lack of one) in the CRA-Irvine Shell group, will make you rue the day of accepting the job and signing your life away on the offer letter.

    (2) The Incident Report. You sit down and discuss for 1-2 hours why something went wrong the way it did (from the wide spectrum getting into a car accident with the company vehicle or getting a paper cut). The whole purpose is to figure why things when wrong. There are 3 general factors: personal, company, outside factors. It’s rarely outside factors and it’s never company’s factors.

    (3) The transparent cover of the “Health and Safety” paperwork in order to elude liability. Every time you go over the Health and Safety meeting in the fields, it’s to relinquish all responsibility (ensure Shell, and consequently, CRA can never be sued. How is that possible? Because you and everyone in the fields must sign and date stating that they understand the risk in order for work to start.

    (4) The Prostitution aka The Bid. There’s a job available, consultant firms across the board would bid for the job by estimating how much it would cost them to get the job complete. Usually, the consultant firm would be chosen if their bids are on the lower ends. Project managers (PMs) are then pressured to work with this nonexistent budget. Try to envision the money trickling down the pay-rate hierarchy. None.

    (5) The environmental remediation industry. It sounds great to be installing and monitoring groundwater wells to ensure and maintain a product-free (gasoline) water-table. Wrong. CRA’s main goal is to satisfy the client (SHELL), whose whole point is to push these wells that obviously has high contamination/ product (basically gasoline) to closure. CRA will try to submit to the city/agency saying that there’s very little contamination and that the contaminations are actually decreases over time. How is this done? By removing “outlier” data points, and sending out the Shell-approved-data in the reports to the Agency.

    (6) Now combine everything together; cult-like work culture, micromanaging bosses, minimum wage, and Shell projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assume that people can handle simple tasks without talking to them like they are an idiot. The condescending tone when answering questions are unnecessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    To people who will join in this company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

    Pros

    It's a pretty safe conscious environmental company.

    Cons

    The job routines are repetitive, and you would expect to perform sames tasks over and over again. There is very limited chance to learn new knowledge or climb up in the career ladder. The supervisor isn't very competences in her job, and discriminates legal immigrants. The pay starts pretty low, and the annual raise was minimal. It's good to stay for approximately two years. Afterward, please start your job hunting again.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good starting point...must work long hours and travel much

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    Current Employee - Professional in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Professional in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Valuable broad experience, both technical and management

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, pay is low for engineers compared to other markets, and high turn-over rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who are valuable to the success of the company.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A place to work while you find a real job

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's easy to get a job at the Baton Rouge office.

    Cons

    Managers expect you to work long hours to meet billability requirements. As an entry level person, you end up doing only field work, no technical assignments. Emphasis is on making money for the owners of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Associates and Partners appear to be happy, but lower level employees have to work hard to support expensive managers. There is a reason why employees don't stay here long, you may be able to improve work experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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