Ecology and Environment Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Environmental Scientist

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Salt Lake City, UT

    I worked at Ecology and Environment (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I liked the Salt Lake office. Once some changes were made, the atmosphere was better. The new office manager as of May/June 2014 is MUCH better. I did learn a good amount while at E&E but unfortunately didn't see myself advancing anywhere fast.

    Cons

    Took some time to make some necessary changes. Very old school and good ole boy type feel with upper management. Some updates could definitely be made to bring E&E into the 21st century. Very hard to get integrated at times. Seemed folks had their preferred people for work and, as a new employee, was hard to get work and stay billable. Didn't see much room for advancement. Pay was pretty low and had heard there were no raises in the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Come into the 21st century. More effort to integrate new employees. Make some much needed decisions faster.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people work there. Strong history

    Cons

    This company is in crisis. Years of bloated overhead and in-breeding of management has resulted in declining sales, poor qualit of products, and staff without a career path. The company is up for sale but management overrates its value. Senior staff manage by bullying and intimidation. Junior staff are not given mentors. They are basically free agents who have to find their own work. Quality of the work is low. A new quality control program merely creates a paper trail to identify someone to blame when it goes bad. Clients are running away.

    Advice to Management

    Get new management who have worked elsewhere. Top management has all been at E&E for over 30 years. They need new ideas. Invest in staff. Give them a career path.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Light at the end of the tunnel?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment

    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I have been given opportunities to advance my career here. The company has been loyal to me.

    Cons

    Work life balance is out of whack. Many cut backs trying to turn the company around. Raises have been very poor over the last 3 years. Hopefully with the new President things will get back on track.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and treat employees like humans. They have a choice in working there and without them, you don't have a company. Give them raises.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great projects, poor office politics.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Ample opportunity to work on various projects in far flung locations. Some people are particularly talented.

    Cons

    Office politics are tough. The offices fight each other. Junior employees given little instruction or support.

    Advice to Management

    Merit-based promotions will go far. Support young talent, reward initiative, and improve the compensation and benefits program by limiting/reducing overhead.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Similar pros and cons as most firms in the industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good people to work with
    At times, forward thinking with technology (just not always execution)
    Potential for lots of travel, if you like that
    Potential to attend outside training seminars
    Decent mentoring for junior staff

    Cons

    Lot's of politics, and promotions often based more on who you know than on achievements.
    IT department is always 3-5 years behind the rest of the world.
    Top tier of upper management group are oddly out of touch with the company.
    HQ workforce out of touch with satellite offices, which creates a disconnect between the HQ half of the company and the other half of the staff located in satellite offices and doing most of the actual work.
    Poor benefits and pay is on the low side for the industry.
    Potential for lots of travel, whether you like it or not.
    No real vision for mentoring or advancement for mid-level staff.

    Advice to Management

    Company needs new blood from outside for upper management positions to give the company a breath of fresh air. An outside CEO hire could do wonders to break up the stagnation at HQ.
    Get up to date on healthcare benefits and offer more affordable options.
    Create a mentoring system for mid-level staff, so they can grow into a promotion instead of leaving for a promotion through a new job.


  7. Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecology and Environment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of colleagues are very nice

    Cons

    No bonus. Old chairman is very good, heard a lot of complain about current one!


  8. Conservative Environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Individually, I worked with some fantastic people. The work they pursue was very appealing and gave great exposure to regulatory agencies. They allowed flexible work schedules and people were typically treated professionally. Different offices worked well with each other as there were no turf wars.

    Cons

    E & E tends to have a fairly conservative culture, both fiscally and socially. New proposal budgets weren't approved easily, and it was challenging to find subcontractors that would accept their terms and conditions. Surprisingly, inappropriate and sexist comments by a few senior staff went unchecked.

    Advice to Management

    If the culture doesn't change with the times, the company may have trouble recruiting and retaining younger staff.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Work was interesting, the staff is great, but management sucks.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering in Buffalo, NY

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects, good quality of work

    Cons

    Top management uses intimidation to rule. This creates fear and lots of sucking up for the middle managers.

    Advice to Management

    The top management should retire, because they are unable to change and grow.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Planner

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

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Large track record with federal clients. Good on environmental planning; That's it.

    Cons

    The company is "trying" to work in other markets, like sustainability. Unfortunately they do not understand the market, nor they have the staff to work in these projects. Only their political connections with previous clients allow them to get these type of contracts. Once they get them, they try to figure out what to do. Senior management do not understand the sustainability market, do not believe in it, and rely on young, cooky and inexperienced staff to make decisions, often taking a huge risk and liability.

    Senior management is grouped to four founding folks, who rely in "old school" managers to make decisions based on outdated strategic management. ENE's politics and lack of direction will destroy employee's morale and their careers. Unless you become part of the politics, and learn to be an hypocrite, ENE will penalize you initiaitve, your motivation, and your energy trying to work out problems or diversify services and markets.

    Worst, senior planning management, have a condescending way to treat employees, often disrespectful, aggresive, and extremely toxic. Surviving in ENE's environment requires of disgusting "co-habiting" with your office manager, and help cleaning the mess.

    If you are a talented professional with fresh ideas and desire to innovate, stay away from ENE. If you are interested in sustainability look for a true sustainability consulting firm, not a "wanna be" firm.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what your know (environmental planning) and the clients you have. Stay away from new markets; you can barely manage what you have. Do not allow young and inexperienced people direct your strategic planning in new markets. Sooner of later lack of experience, and concentration of power on these managers will cost you, and big. Please do not destroy people's careers by letting inexperienced managers hire and lay off staff just because their egos are not satisfied.


  11. Long hours, good pay. Travel time was far and wide. Lived in hotels for years it seems

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment

    Pros

    Enjoyed the variety of project work and locations I was able to visit.

    Cons

    Competitive environment with "good ole boy" style management. Way too top heavy with not enough techs and field personnel.



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