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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Pros

It's a pretty safe conscious environmental company.

Cons

The job routines are repetitive, and you would expect to perform sames tasks over and over again. There is very limited chance to learn new knowledge or climb up in the career ladder. The supervisor isn't very competences in her job, and discriminates legal immigrants. The pay starts pretty low, and the annual raise was minimal. It's good to stay for approximately two years. Afterward, please start your job hunting again.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Depressing place where people spend most of their day at, in order to pay rent to a place where they rarely get to see.

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    Former Employee - Staff Geologist  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really like the fact that working at Conestoga Rovers and Associates (CRA) gave me a new perspective on life. If you're ever feeling bored and get the feeling of hating to leave work too early, you certainly never get that feeling in the Irvine office. As a field staff, you are generally working 65 hours a week, that's a minimum. HR will tell you that they only care about 90% billability (90%?! Cray cray), BUT despite working like an indentured servant Monday through Thursday (working 13 hours per day), your supervisor stresses and encourages that you need to be in the office for a minimum of 8 hours on Friday. Post-college perspective: you go to college and accrue all your student loans just to be making roughly minimum wage. But you know what?—by doing this work for the next 6 years of your life (starting your day at 4 am and coming home at 7pm only to be sleeping at 8pm) will help you advance your career ever so slightly. Because after 4-6 years of experience, you get to be in the awesome position of a Project manager (you know… the people who carry on the torch of passing down the CRA work culture).

    Cons

    Also, my new perspective is that “Hate” is an understatement.
    (1) The job. What more can I say? I guess in your interview with CRA you should ask if you’re going to be in the Shell group. If the answer is yes, turn your back and never look back.
                 a. Life (or lack of one) in the CRA-Irvine Shell group, will make you rue the day of accepting the job and signing your life away on the offer letter.

    (2) The Incident Report. You sit down and discuss for 1-2 hours why something went wrong the way it did (from the wide spectrum getting into a car accident with the company vehicle or getting a paper cut). The whole purpose is to figure why things when wrong. There are 3 general factors: personal, company, outside factors. It’s rarely outside factors and it’s never company’s factors.

    (3) The transparent cover of the “Health and Safety” paperwork in order to elude liability. Every time you go over the Health and Safety meeting in the fields, it’s to relinquish all responsibility (ensure Shell, and consequently, CRA can never be sued. How is that possible? Because you and everyone in the fields must sign and date stating that they understand the risk in order for work to start.

    (4) The Prostitution aka The Bid. There’s a job available, consultant firms across the board would bid for the job by estimating how much it would cost them to get the job complete. Usually, the consultant firm would be chosen if their bids are on the lower ends. Project managers (PMs) are then pressured to work with this nonexistent budget. Try to envision the money trickling down the pay-rate hierarchy. None.

    (5) The environmental remediation industry. It sounds great to be installing and monitoring groundwater wells to ensure and maintain a product-free (gasoline) water-table. Wrong. CRA’s main goal is to satisfy the client (SHELL), whose whole point is to push these wells that obviously has high contamination/ product (basically gasoline) to closure. CRA will try to submit to the city/agency saying that there’s very little contamination and that the contaminations are actually decreases over time. How is this done? By removing “outlier” data points, and sending out the Shell-approved-data in the reports to the Agency.

    (6) Now combine everything together; cult-like work culture, micromanaging bosses, minimum wage, and Shell projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assume that people can handle simple tasks without talking to them like they are an idiot. The condescending tone when answering questions are unnecessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good starting point...must work long hours and travel much

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    Current Employee - Professional  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Professional in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Valuable broad experience, both technical and management

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, pay is low for engineers compared to other markets, and high turn-over rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward those who are valuable to the success of the company.

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