Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
43 Reviews
2.7
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  1.  

    Low pay, poor benefits, practically no bonus, immature high school dynamic in small offices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Company has good presence in the environmental field. Some managers have good experience in the area and can serve as good mentors. Good start for entry level positions

    Cons

    Low pay, end of year "bonus" is essentially a fraction of overtime hours paid out at year end as straight time. Principals and associates can be the most unfair, lazy, and introverted people on the planet and yet manage an office without possessing any leadership skills or risking anything as a result of their behaviour. Job can start stagnating after first year and become mind numbing routine that any school kid can do. Company pretends to adopt a safety culture and "encourages" employes to report injuries but if you get injured and report it your managers they will treat you with scrutiny and try their best to deflect responsibility to keep their injury stats down and your career will be close to being terminated (perceivably for other reasons). Small office environment is reminiscent of immature high school dynamic with frat groups huddling together and handing jobs to one another. If you don't fit in with the "cool" group you don't belong. Male management can be biased and inappropriate and favor female employees regardless of employee's qualifications, quality of work or work ethic. Benefits are close to non existent and are among the worst in the industry. Performance and promotion is highly dependent on billable ratio and golfing with the boss. Very high turnover because management remains in denial of existing problems and principals are immune to any disciplinary action.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote your employees fairly based on quality of work and work ethic not "pretty" looks. Adopt pay and benefit structure that is competitive with industry. Pay salaried employees overtime to acknowledge their time spent away from home. Come up with a true bonus system not a rephrased overtime payment system. Principals need to be held accountable for inappropriate behaviour and not remain immune to disciplinary action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good starting point, long hours, ok if you're willing to grind for a few years.

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    Former Employee - Junior Engineer  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, good to work with, good office culture. Also a good learning experience; management is interested in career development and guidance.

    Cons

    Below average pay. Long hours with no overtime or bankable hours. Uncertain travel schedule, sometimes only a few days notice for field work. Work-life balance not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Calgary is a booming market. Keep up with industry compensation levels. In general the office environment and company values were above average. It's just hard to justify staying on board when it feels like you're being short changed on compensation for unknown reasons.

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

    Strong company

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Great people, principals are experts in their fields and mentor their PMs

    Cons

    there is no work-life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Not very satisfying

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    Current Employee - Junior Engineer
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very welcoming to entry-level engineers straight out of school. The company immediately makes you feel very special and welcomed, which wears off pretty quickly.

    Cons

    Working in a small office that specializes in only one field has resulted in a lot of variability in workload. It's very slow, which makes the job stressful and hard to endure, which is not at all what I expected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mind numbing company culture with below average pay

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    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Stable job, working alongside great people.

    Cons

    Measurement seems to be focused on how many billable hours you have. Dangle the carrot of becoming an associate or partner by working long, hard hours. After spending time with other companies I can now say the company culture is lacking and stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More care into employee satisfaction, pay is below average. Communication should avoid making employees feel like the business is only a numbers game.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    a Bullying Culture (in smaller offices)

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    Former Employee - Junior Engineer
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some nice co-workers, taking safety matters seriously

    Cons

    no work-life balance, bullying, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bullies do a lot of damage in your organisation, please stop them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place if you expect to learn anything, make any money, or move up

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Decent work life balance, not a whole lot of OT required.
    If you have a good relationship with upper management then good things "may" happen.

    Cons

    Low pay raises if any, always making excuses of why there are low raises
    No training/mentoring of younger staff members although the company "plan"/motto says they plan on doing it
    Always want you to be at least 90% billable which is nearly impossible if you take vacation, holidays, actually bill the time you "really" work
    Hard workers don't get rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something for your younger employees for once

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunities, but underpaid and over worked.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities to expand knowledge and experience.

    Cons

    Severely underpaid and over utilized; Everything comes down to numbers regardless of value to the company; Turnover is higher than desired; Turnover without replacement is leading to overworked employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your employees that show value to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Shareholders expect employees to work a lot to be "billable" but yet with little recognition

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    At first there were, but no pros - employees are treated poorly

    Cons

    Used to be a "family oriented" environment, however became the exact opposite of that. Now a very political envirnoment where managers harass thier employees and HR does nothing about it; even with numerous complaints...........its about who you know and if you are willing to put in 50 hours a week, to ensure billability, in order to advance, if you don't want to, well then you will never advance - quote un-quote

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure that people you promote to manage employees are capable of doing it, give them training and monitor them by getting feedback from the employees;

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get with reality, share the wealth.

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    Current Employee - IT Department
    Current Employee - IT Department

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

    Pros

    Flexability, the company SEEMS to be ppro family.

    Cons

    Low pay, unless you get X-Bonus. Diffrent set of rules apply to upper management so be prepared to be treated like you are 2nd class. Insurance is very expensive. Do the work of 4 while getting paid below market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay the people what they are worth, NOT what you think you can get away with. Dont base your paygrade on what some society of enginers in Canada says they should make but on the local market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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