Cornerstone Environmental
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cornerstoneeg.com Middletown, NY 50 to 149 Employees

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    One of the best places I've worked

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI've worked at different companies where it was more than apparent that they didn't care about their employees or their ability to grow themselves professionally or within the organization. This company is clearly very different. They push you to further your education and are extremely flexible and easy going and are ambitious about their future.

    ConsI haven't experienced anything that I would classify as a "con". The experience has been pretty good.

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    This is a classic architectural consulting firm where sometimes in the office there is no work available.

    Project Engineer I (Former Employee)
    Middletown, NY

    ProsThe company offered a moving bonus, and competitive salary, great benefits.

    ConsIt seams as though I was hired during a time when the company didn't have much work available. The company eventually did let me go but blamed me for being incompetent. I feel this was dishonest.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI feel there is some room for improvement when It comes to leadership and management. I worked hard trying to actually find work to just keep busy in the office. It seams as though the leadership had given up on me months before I was let go, and made no attempt to save my employment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Hostile work environment

    Scientist/Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dublin, CA

    Pros-Windows in office for sun exposure during work.
    -Good computers
    -Responsive and helpful IT staff
    -Small office with the opportunity to get involved in different aspects of company/projects
    -Enjoyed working with managers in other offices, remotely.
    -Good location for public transit and a reverse commute from everywhere, except walnut creek area.

    Cons-Why is everyone in this office so young? Is there a systemic problem retaining staff? The staff is generally not very experienced (<20 yrs).
    -Is this office making any money?
    -Too many angry in-office emails. People are relying too much on emailing each other, down the hall, and messages are getting confused/misinterpreted. I know a group of Quakers who can more efficiently share ideas.
    -Management not committing to training new hires. And/Or management is not attempting to exploit its staff's strengths. Or the staff is not communicating to management. Bad all around.
    -Lots of very small tight budgets. This causes high stress, which causes, as observed, the management coercing answers from lower staff. Those answers may not be reliable.
    -Compensation was lower than average.

    Advice to Senior Management-I suppose the work goes to the lowest bidder. Don't lowball it.
    -Train your staff. Talk with your staff. Not everything can be solved in a five minute conversation. Don't coerce your staff into telling you what you want to hear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Engineer/Scientist I (Former Employee)
    Dublin, CA

    Pros- Casual, friendly atmosphere
    - Good place to learn about regulations and permits

    Cons- Management extremely disorganized, minimal to no communication between the managers resulting in one not knowing what the other is doing and ultimately blaming the junior staff for their short comings
    - Junior staff highly under appreciated and looked down upon
    - Work hours can be 40+ hours a week, which would be fine if the pay were equivalent to have much time is required to complete the give tasks
    - Annual "raises" are a joke, never more than $2,000 if that
    - Unbearably stressful to work there
    - More socialization within the work place than I have ever seen before resulting in favoritism
    - Opportunities to learn new things depends on how social you are with the management

    Due the inhospitable work environmental most junior staff don't last longer than a year unless they absolutely have to and are continually looking for other job opportunities.

    Advice to Senior Management- Management needs to have proper training on how to manage employees below them and how to effectively communicate what is required of them
    - Management needs to learn to take responsible for their own actions rather than automatically blaming the junior employee

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

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    This is the worst place I have ever worked

    Scientist/Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dublin, CA

    ProsThey pay for your certifications and equipment.

    There is an opportunity to do field work.

    They give you lunch when you are forced to attend lunchtime meetings.

    ConsThey don't train you.

    They blame you when you don't know how to do something because they didn't train you.

    The pay is terrible.

    When you attend the aforementioned lunchtime meetings, they say it doesn't count as part of your workday, because they gave you food.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut some work in company culture, it's important. Have things for new employees to do when they start. Put some effort into training your employees, consider it an investment in the company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Starts off miserable and progresses to unbearable

    Environmental Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dublin, CA

    ProsThey support promoting within the company.

    ConsManagement has extremely unreasonable expectations and with put entry level employees in a position to fail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAssign work to people who are qualified to complete the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start, but don't expect more than $2,000 raise per year.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Middletown, NY

    ProsWork generally 40 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

    ConsManagement slow to give promotions. Promotions are minimal. "Penny pinchers"

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe less concerned with satisfying everyone and reward those who work hard for you.

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    Not a bad place to start out with, but they don't pay employees enough for how stressful the work can be

    Scientist/Engineer (Former Employee)

    Pros-Good place to learn about interpreting state and federal regulations
    -Managers try to give you assignments to branch out and improve your skill set
    -Casual & friendly office environment
    -Occasional site visits
    -Ergonomic desk set up
    -Occasional free lunches for business meetings or events

    Cons-The work can be exceptionally stressful and/or dry
    -Management undervalues its lower level employees who do the brunt of the work
    -The work is exhaustingly detail oriented, yet minor mistakes can be overly criticized
    -Management's work ethics and culture set unreasonable expectations (may correlate to a seemingly high amount of stress related health problems for people in the office)
    -Raises and bonuses are small enough to be a joke, partially due to small profit margins in the billing rates for various employee levels
    -Unfair double standards for certain employees
    -Emails are overly relied on for in-office communication, and results in managers appearing double-faced

    Advice to Senior ManagementCornerstone's managing mentality needs an overhaul. Someone needs to read studies on what makes a healthy and productive office environment and apply those principles to Cornerstone, because many are going missed. There should probably be company wide mandatory seminars on effective stress management, because the managers usually made situations more stressful which is obviously counterproductive.

    ALL employees should be trusted to work remotely when it makes sense, yet managers are unjustifiably distrusting of lower level employees without precedent, which engenders resentment. Regular breaks should be encouraged, which they are not. Having a game in the office (ping pong, etc.) that employees were allowed to feel comfortable playing would probably improve morale significantly.

    Raises and bonuses should match the quality of work an employee produces, think 5-10% not 0.5%. If the employee isn't worth that, then you should ask yourself why they are working for you at all. Most of the hard working lower & mid level staff is bitterly aware they are undervalued, which means they will jump ship as soon as a better offer comes along.

    Take a look at the office culture of companies in Silicon Valley, the most effective companies in the world are located there and they have far different mentalities. Cornerstone could use a little lightening up in a number of ways.

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

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