Cornerstone Environmental

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Updated June 4, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Engineer I

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Farmington Hills, MI

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Spot bonuses for overtime, good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Slow advancement, below average pay and salary increases, high pressure to meet utilization

    Advice to Management

    Generally a supportive atmosphere. When you first start, don't be afraid to ask questions.

    There are some problems with upper management in the California offices, but the Michigan office is dedicate and driven. Communication needs improvement.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Hostile work environment where those who work the hardest are paid the least and undervalued.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist/Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist/Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent starting position to gain experience for your next position.

    Many smart people with various backgrounds within the company.

    Equipment is nice, office gets good outdoor lighting.

    Cons

    Low pay for work expected from staff level; no one stays here longer than 2-3 years due to this.

    Upper managers hardly work, causing staff level employees to do the bulk of the work. Makes sense as upper managers understand projects with more billable space and can get away with doing almost nothing. Tons of in-office conversations unrelated to work.

    Get in trouble for lack of work when no one is pointing you towards what you should be working on.

    Hostile work environment at times, more condescending words than encouraging. Never felt appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Increase pay of lower level staff if you expect them to plan to be here in the long run. Allow time to help employees learn rather than focusing on net profit. Give employees constructive criticism to help them grow.


  3. Helpful (2)

    very difficult to work on projects outside your office location

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

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - nice people
    - good locations

    Cons

    - very difficult to get on projects outside your office if you are new (less then 1-year)
    - no game plan for new employees to get on billiable projects
    - left on your own to sort out
    - no feedback

    Advice to Management

    - project sharing across offices needs to be undertaken
    - employees who are new need better mentoring to get onto projects
    - provide useful feedback on projects and how to improve


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Scraping for work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Opportunity to get involved in different aspects of projects.
    - Interesting BioCNC opportunity, but apparently not fruitful.
    - Electric vehicle charging station in front of building.
    - Individuals in other offices a pleasure to work with. (a pleasure to work with means they are thinking big, know how to have fun, and get things done.)
    - Convenient Bank located on lower level, for all your banking needs.

    Cons

    - Work was feast or famine. People unkind towards each other.
    - Senior management often unavailable.
    - Certain angry mid level individual difficult to be around.
    - Lack of professional feedback when things went wrong.
    - Salary raises seemed to be lack luster for everyone.
    - Pay was low and not competitive for the engineering industry or the geographical area.

    Advice to Management

    Be more kind and value your employees.


  6. Helpful (2)

    One of the best places I've worked

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

    I have been working at Cornerstone Environmental

    Pros

    I'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.

    Cons

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


  7. Helpful (3)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer I in Middletown, NY
    Former Employee - Project Engineer I in Middletown, NY

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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 Management

    I 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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Engineer/Scientist I

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer/Scientist I in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer/Scientist I in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 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


  9. Starts off miserable and progresses to unbearable

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Dublin, CA

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They support promoting within the company.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Assign work to people who are qualified to complete the job.


  10. Helpful (1)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middletown, NY

    I have been working at Cornerstone Environmental

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work generally 40 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Be less concerned with satisfying everyone and reward those who work hard for you.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I worked at Cornerstone Environmental full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Cornerstone'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.



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