Ecology and Environment

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Ecology and Environment Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
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    Scientist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecology and Environment

    Pros

    Most of colleagues are very nice

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Similar pros and cons as most firms in the industry

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Conservative Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Engineering in Buffalo, NY

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Planner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    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.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was a visionary company at one point, but going downhill FAST.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of very good people here who work hard and are committed. The company historically has done a good job of identifying new markets and pursuing them. Flexible work schedule is the only reason I'm still around.

    Cons

    Where to start....The four founders were quite visionary for their time (1970) but unfortunately they still manage the company like it's 1977. 3 martini lunches, personal secretaries, etc....All four founders are still involved but only two really contribute anything and their decisions, i.e. continued investment in losing overseas markets, ridiculous long term leases and ownership of multiple properties that add NOTHING to the bottom line. Our multiplier is off the charts and we consistently lose very winnable jobs because we're too expensive. When we do win there's no fat in the budget and any mistake, no matter how small, craters the budget. Nepotism rules by the way, particularly in the corporate office where the Chairman's son is the President. That would be great, but he's not a leader, communicator, or a good businessman. There's more but it's too much to list here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at the amount we spend on overhead. It's a lot probably twice what our competition spends. It's killing us and driving the company into the ground.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very personable

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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    international consultancy that feels like a mom & pop company.

    Cons

    international consultancy that feels like a mom & pop company. That can be bad at times too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inefficient Management Makes for a Bad Time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Unless you're a biologist working in the hinterlands on some pipeline project for 9-month stints, the work-life balance at E&E is pretty good. Overtime is expected on rare occasions (unless you're an editor -- and then it is always expected), but otherwise it's a 9-5 job. 9-4 if you're feeling saucy. I always enjoyed my coworkers and made some great friends at this job.

    Cons

    The cons list could be a novella. One of the main issues is that all the introverted scientists who were hired on as juniors in 1989 are now managing offices. They don't know what they're doing. The chief level people spend about .005% of their time marketing, meaning junior and mid-level staff have very little billable work. You'll spend your whole time here chasing tasks that *technically* aren't your job to find, and you will be chastised weekly for charging 20 hours of your painfully boring week to corporate overhead. Project managers rarely provide guidance, feedback, quality control, or useful assistance for the duration of a project, but they will throw you under the bus when it comes time to talk to the office manager or the client. Carefully document all of your email communications; it will come in handy.

    At least 20 people quit over the span of 6 months, with one ex-employee describing it as a "morgue," and another person turning down a five figure pay bump just to get out of there. Several months prior to this, an employee of 20+ years was laid off because they felt someone else could do his job more cheaply.

    The health insurance is horrid. The deductible is $1500 for a single person and $2500 for a married couple. Prescriptions and any kind of alternative care? Forget about it.

    E&E will bid on ANY contract they feel will make them money. This includes permitting coal export facilities, coal factories on Native American reservations, and, well...many other environmentally unfriendly things.

    Everyone I know who left this company is at least 80% happier, including me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you're going to implement a major software overhaul, make sure it works before you get rid of the old one. Stop promoting technical people with no business sense. The CEO should also proofread the emails that go out to all of the employees -- they're full of grammatical errors and everyone was constantly making fun of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good people, best place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Computer Services Intern in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Computer Services Intern in Buffalo, NY

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - You get Paid well
    - Good People to Interact with
    - Moderate work load
    - 8.30-5:00 Company
    - If you work well you get treated well, if you don't you get trained well.

    Cons

    The entrance could do with a nice concrete road and needs more parking space

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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