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Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Reviews

Updated May 22, 2014
Updated May 22, 2014
40 Reviews

2.7
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  1.  

    Not very satisfying

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer
    Current Employee - Junior Engineer

    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mind numbing company culture with below average pay

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

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    a Bullying Culture (in smaller offices)

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    Former Employee - Junior Engineer
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer

    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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good opportunities, but underpaid and over worked.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get with reality, share the wealth.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department
    Current Employee - IT Department

    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
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be willing to work long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    There is an opportunity to work on projects throughout North America and gain a lot of experience on various types of projects working with a lot of great people.

    Cons

    The company is very much an old boys club with an expectation to work 50 plus hours every week. If you are not willing to work long hours your career will not go anywhere; definitely not a job for someone who wants to spend time with their family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is a much needed change needed in the perception of hard work, and should not solely be based on the hours worked. Bonuses should not only be awarded to those who work long hours, many employees work very hard and accomplish a great deal in a regular work day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overwhelming at first, difficult to find your place, but very rewarding when you do.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Engineering Assistant  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Student Engineering Assistant in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    -Fair Salary
    -Great People (in my work group anyways)
    -Enjoyable social events (box hockey seats - free food and drinks)
    -Fast Paced Leading Edge Work

    Cons

    -Overwhelming to start without knowing any CRA work standards (aka very difficult to be comparably productive as co-workers)
    -Constant work to do, have to charge every 30 minutes of your time to a project code (but hey, that is why they call it work)
    -4% vacation pay, too little IMO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Restrict the amount of repetitive work given to certain people (often people who are just really good at one thing, so find it difficult to find the time to learn something else)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    I wouldn't recommend...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer  in  Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Intermediate Engineer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    Pros

    - Good people to work with (excluding managers) the people who you work with in the trenches
    - Satisfactory extra activities

    Cons

    - Not willing to get with the times and improve technology that is being used; very old school in approach
    - People are over worked and very underpaid (very low end of OSPE salary survey, and they participate in the survey!)
    - Morale is low because people are tired of wokring 50+/week
    - Absolutely no work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When your boss asks you to come and work on the weekend, or take your work with you on vacation without any compensation or benefit, well, you figure out the rest...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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