Tetra Tech

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Excellent.

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  • Senior Management
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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I worked at Tetra Tech

Pros

Self-management and ability to increase skill and knowledge base.

Cons

The position was lacking opportunity for advancement.

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  1. 11 people found this helpful  

    Tetra Tech means well but still finding sea legs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Tetra Tech

    Pros

    Tetra Tech is a stable company with a varied and interesting client roster with over 300 offices, providing some geographic mobility, depending on your position. Employees have serious and impressive brain power and technical capabilities and there is a great history/pedigree there. They have made some pretty interesting, substantive and timely moves into Canada, South America, and AUS, and, unlike other posters may have hinted at, such is NOT a book-cooking enterprise (TT is a publicly traded company and is pretty conservative on such fronts and frankly it's irresponsible to make such statements). They have had great success expanding by acquisition (more recently than late 90's early 00's during which they bought some duds) and have acquired some sizable, quality, companies that in turn have greatly complimented and expanded their technical capabilities and international reach. Technical senior management is excellent and extremely qualified, and is more strategic and progressive than prior management teams (without outside benchmarking it's hard to know for sure how great their "vision" is but it's a huge improvement over recent history). Technical / Science stars can move upwards pretty easily if they perform, i.e. more responsibility, promotions, and bonuses are definitely available if they are up to the task. Decent, if not remarkable, basic employee benefits, great health insurance, acceptable 401K contribution, stock options (at certain levels), and a generally hands-off, relaxed mgmt. style if you do your job well. Very client and science oriented, a serious and technically solid company and group of employees. Certainly not bad given current economic and employment conditions.

    Cons

    Overall "blah" workplace vibe, not great pay and light on vacation time, old-fashioned employee relation sensibilities. They pay just enough so that you will think twice about trying to find a job elsewhere (as most companies probably do). Admin management comes up short in vision, experience, and "modern" management sensibilities, including Admin, HR and IT. Corporate support departments are very thin. Lack of adequate staffing, all for the purpose of saving a few bucks, seems very short-sighted considering what the company could be if they turned it up a notch. Not cutting edge in terms of support systems, especially IT, mostly just doing enough to get by and compete--and again, considering the technical brain power of this company they could blow the competition away if they took the blinders off. Company is improving but still needs to get their act together when it comes to being a "big" company--kind of run w/ a small-minded, small-company mindset, though since new CEO it's changing (a bit, and some of which can't be helped due to the autonomy they give the operating units). Very little, if anything, is done in terms of employee perks outside of standard benefit package, the little extras that show support, creativity, and gratitude (and that reflect a basic understanding of human behavior and reward-based management methods) are missing in action. They, surprisingly, seem clueless on this front and operate very conservatively and "un"-creatively on the employee relations' front. Executive management has the typical "protect their own" mentality with HR merely an employee risk management group charged with keeping the masses away from the gates--there is no push for employees to improve or advance (as they would then deserve, and ask for, more money). Some recent hires just below the C-Suite are unremarkable, at best, very old-boys' club type hires.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up, get the scientists out of business management roles (let them do science and let business people run the business), think outside of the box in terms of day-to-day work environment and client marketing methodologies, and be more aware of the impact small (but frequent) gestures could have on employee roster/morale. Do something out of the ordinary to set the company apart and realize potential to become truly a standout employer. Shake it up a bit, be more progressive and study current management and employee relations best practices. Get rid of the old timers who are still protecting turf or who are small thinkers, both of whom restrict growth and the ability to land the truly big fish (both client and employee fish). Provide visible and meaningful career development. Break free from the tired old-school boy's club ties and unimaginative tendency to believe that you don't have to do much to retain employees in a bad economy. Weed out the holdovers from the old guard as they are creating resistance against the stated goal to grow the company by depressing employee morale (and subsequently productivity) due to their reliance on information hoarding, pettiness, and favoritism. See the big picture, beyond the next contract. Take advantage of the impressive pieces that you currently have in place, stand back, look around, take the blinders off and really create a world-class company instead of one that is merely satisfied to win the next job or beat out the competition on a one-off.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Ok place to work at first but terrible once the economy took a hit

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Newark, DE

    I worked at Tetra Tech

    Pros

    Learned a great deal about civil engineering design and project management
    Get to interact with clients, co-consultants and contractors from the get go

    Cons

    Constant pressure to remain billable, even when its out of your control.
    Lots of lay offs when the economy took a turn for the worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain a more stable work force; don't hire and fire with business cycles
    Encourage more employee development with advancement opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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