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Great talent, interesting projects, mixed management

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

Pros

At Golder we work with talented, dedicated people at all technical levels. Clients come to us with challenging projects that often require unique solutions. The flat structure gives the opportunity to work with and learn from senior staff - if you are willing to take the initiative. There is a lot of room to design your own career path and develop your own practice within the Golder umbrella.

Senior leaders are usually heavily involved in technical projects, unlike some companies where you get little involvement by the senior staff with real project work. Implementation of an industry-leading health and safety culture is gradually coming to be.

While we still have work to do, global collaboration on international projects does occur. Collaboration is mainly based on the personal connections between Principals, but there are great opportunities to contribute to projects around the world.

Cons

Management is struggling with how to implement a vision for continued growth and integration of operations across geographic boundaries. Messages to line staff are often mixed - we want to invest for growth, but can't have any excess capacity to respond to opportunities. Senior staff are expected to lead, mentor, and develop business - but on their own time while still carrying a full load of project work.

The Principal and Associate structure is perceived as a "club." Principals share relatively little leadership opportunity or decision-making with Associates and other senior practitioners. Leadership from Principals is often from behind closed doors.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think through initiatives from beginning to end, then chart the course to get to the goal rather than just starting and "seeing how it goes." Communicate the path clearly to all levels in the organization, not just the vision.

Gain buy-in from senior Principals in advance. The somewhat sad fact is that management cannot make moves without consent from a relatively small group of vocal, senior Principals. This weakens management's ability to modernize structure and achieve the stated vision.

Sell the benefits of change - why we should make the effort in terms of business outcomes, career development etc. Don't just talk about change as an end in itself.

Cut down the number of initiatives carried on in parallel. Strive for quality of outcome and quick implementation in series.

Be consistent in communications and expectations.

Set realistic goals and give employees at all levels the tools and opportunities to achieve those goals.

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Started out great, but company has declined rapidly as it focused on expansion.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Pros

    Good benefits package for healthcare, etc.

    Cons

    Management seems to care little about staff not a Principal or Associate Level.
    Salaries are low.
    Difficult to advance professionally and little professional mentoring.
    Some offices are less women friendly than others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay less attention to your Ps and As and more attention to the regular staff.
    Pay more attention to management of the individual offices and what goes on there.
    Develop a real mentoring program.
    Develop a program to promote women to senior technical and management positions in all offices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 7 people found this helpful  

    Slow growth and low compensation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Golder Associates

    Pros

    A vast array of opportunity for field work in exotic locations all over the world and exposure to a variety of interesting projects if you stay with the company. Great people (many of them). Some amazingly talented and competent people mixed in with the average ones you find at any company. It is rare but not impossible to find incompetent or poor performers here - a definite plus. Most of the offices allow for an ok but not great work-life balance. In most of the offices the management style is flat and there is open door policy at all levels.

    Cons

    Very loose management and professional culture. A lot of flag waving and social activity goes on and many buy in to it, but much of the upper management (Associates, Principals) have no real teeth or direction. The senior managers are all experienced project engineers, and many of them are great salespersons, but they are not necessarily experienced corporate managers or business people - and it shows. Important corporate initiatives like safety related ones can take months and months to come to fruition.

    A lot of fragmented group mentalities amongst the business units - and not enough unified thinking and operating as a company - which wastes so many opportunities and is not efficient. Some groups are extremely well run and others are run rather poorly by inexperienced or inattentive leaders. Some of the senior / tenured people have free reign to do as they please and tend to hoard the most rewarding and fun work, while others advance their subordinates just as fast as they can.

    Compensation and benefits are generally low against industry averages, and the stock buy in and employee ownership so strongly advertised by the senior people (who all typically own many shares) is not a realistic or affordable for junior staff at typical compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A true understanding of a healthy corporate culture must be gained, and that healthy culture must then be pursued at all costs. Bring all of the individual groups and offices together to one common direction on important issues. Some individuals may not like the changes, but this type of evolution will take Golder to the next level and keep them competitive. You can bet that other successful companies are not sitting around resting on tradition and fragmented management, and Golder needs to keep up - or even better lead the pack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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