Jones & Carter

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Ok for first job

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Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time

Pros

Company sponsored intramural teams; Off at noon on Fridays...

Cons

Hire straight out of college and don't pay much; Want loyalty but make you have to wait too long to see any rewards; Terrible office location.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take better care of your support staff.

Positive Outlook

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    There are some really good people here. And a few others.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Vacation accrual. 401(k) management. In-house training and PDH credits for engineers. Good tools/equipment to do your job. There are good engineers throughout the company. Some managers are good at managing people. The work is generally good.

    Cons

    Inconsistent management from one department to another. Building & furniture are very outdated. Location is not very accessible except to those living on US-59. Strict office hours - no flex-time. Promotions don't always appear linked to performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize office policies to allow PTO and flexible schedules. Train and hold all leaders accountable for management best practices. Demonstrate leadership - people follow what you DO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Successful in Land Development

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Lots of responsibility and experience available.
    - Solid and growing client base in land development. Get to work on big projects immediately.
    - Lots of internal resources for young engineers. Experts in different disciplines/departments (land development, hydraulics and hydrology, water/wastewater, utility districts, construction, surveying, etc.). Full service Civil firm. Open door policy.
    - Land development engineers get to coordinate with lots of external agencies (cities, counties, etc.), other consultants (architecture, structural, MEP, landscape, etc.), and clients when ready.
    - Lots of upward mobility available to capable young engineers.
    - Company is growing quickly but responsibly. Turnover is mainly the poor employees, or a mismanaged employee.
    - Company is looking to make organizational improvements along with its growth plan.
    - Younger management and partners are gaining more control of the company.
    - Company pays and encourages overtime.
    - Half-day Fridays (makes weekend trips easier, or ability to run errands, or an easy day to earn overtime pay)
    - Sports leagues, golf tournaments, and brewery events scheduled throughout the year. All organized by young engineers. Management always needs convincing but they are open to good ideas for company events.
    - 2 weeks Paid Time Off (PTO) for first year. 3 weeks PTO for your 2nd year.

    Cons

    - Fairly flat pay structure across disciplines/departments.
    - Gossip is prevalent in some departments. (I suspect this is common in offices of this size. Houston office is about 180 people.)
    - Website redesign and other marketing efforts have been slow to change. Renovation of Houston main office has been a very slow process. (Both items have been postponed repeatedly. Both are in design phase right now though.)
    - Slow to advance technologically on things like invoicing, archiving, and other clerical project management tasks. (Efforts to improve are being made though.)
    - Inconsistent culture between departments due to management and recruiting discrepancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire staff to assist the partners and senior management with efforts like the website redesign and office renovation. Management is too busy to get the job done alone. These things cannot continue to be postponed.
    - Step up caliber of recruiting, hire more talented/competitive employees in all departments.
    - Continue to improve training, maybe send young engineers to project management seminars in 2nd/3rd year.
    - Hire a CEO (The previous CEO resigned at the end of 2013. The company's founder retired in 2013 as well.)
    - Improve management consistency across departments.
    - Offer more flexible office hours across departments. (Currently, some managers do, others do not.)
    - Increase pay to support staff to improve caliber of work and efficiency of engineers (administrative staff, CAD drafters, etc.).
    - Continue to remove poisonous gossip at the source. Require employees to carry themselves at a higher standard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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