Engineering Consulting Services

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Updated June 3, 2015
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  1. Good opportunity to learn.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people. Good learning opportunities. Will generally pay for most certifications and training.

    Cons

    No assigned company vehicles for technicians (you will use and tear the heck out of your own vehicles!). No guaranteed number of hours per week (i.e., no guarantee you will receive full time hours even if they tell you you are full time). Field reports done off the job site are really done "off the clock". The employer does not want to pay for the time to do field reports if you are not able to do them on site where they can be billed to a client.

    Advice to Management

    Guarantee full time hours if you want to keep people! Remember that you have spent money and time training these technicians! I would suggest that you pay full time people a minimum of 32 hours per week regardless of the hours available that can be billed to clients. Also, provide company vehicles to technicians or compensate people more appropriately for the use of their own vehicles. The standard business mileage rate of approximately 57.5 cents per mile is extremely inadequate.


  2. EXCELLENT BENEFITS, but no pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic benefits, great people, you get lots of overtime hours in the summer months. This is a great place to work but the hourly pay is low, there are good people who care, great employee activities.

    Cons

    Low pay, hard to reach engineers or project managers for answers despite having cell phone numbers, equipment is not kept in good shape. Pay raises linked to training my first year I wasn't offered any new training despite asking.

    Advice to Management

    Get better equipment, be available to make field recommendations when we need them


  3. Frederick. Hard work, solid pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services part-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours, great for college students looking for summer work. Frederick is the most organized branch

    Cons

    Hours vary daily, hours drop off in the winter, like all construction-related jobs

    Advice to Management

    Always be available to answer questions from field technicians. We can't make recommendations to foremen without approval.


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  5. Low pay for long hours and little respect.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Materials Staff Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Construction Materials Staff Project Manager in Chantilly, VA

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    the people are nice and maybe you get a shot to move up in the company unless they hire new people into positions that you would move into.

    Cons

    Low Pay! I mean really low. They expect you to work an inordinate amount of hours for an obsurdly low salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth. When you interveiw someone tell them the role you want them in and put them there. They said one thing in the interview/hiring process and put me in a totally different place.


  6. Know your balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Technician in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Field Technician in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services

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

    Pros

    Project Managers and Engineers are very helpful. Management tries to understand technicians.

    Cons

    With that said, No room for advancement; Odd working hours due to co-worker not wanting to get up for early pours; No company cars; not guarantee 40 hours work week especially during winter


  7. Do not work here.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers and office staff are friendly.

    Cons

    Horrible pay, either too much work or not enough, inconsistent hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay your field techs what they deserve.


  8. Ecs Carolinas

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Tech in Fayetteville, NC
    Current Employee - Field Tech in Fayetteville, NC

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom for setting own schedule

    Cons

    No company vehucles , a lot of wear and tare on my own vehicle that was costly to repair

    Advice to Management

    Allow workers to make a living wage and help more than the minimum for personal vehicle compensation. Also take into account new hires education level instead of giving the same base pay.


  9. Good way to make money fast but get burnt out fast.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can make a lot of money fast if you're willing to sacrifice time elsewhere.

    Cons

    Required certifications need to be completed within a strict time frame. Failure to do so results in pay cut then loss of job. Getting your certs in is not on the priority list of management until you are running down to your last few days. Also be prepared to dedicate more time to work than spending it at home. If you're single this is the best job to make money fast, otherwise be prepared to have your relationship suffer. Currently working 60-70hr weeks; 14-18hr days.


  10. I gained a wide range of experiences, but overall the pressure to be billable was very stressful.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Entry level employees are typically exposed to lots of different services and gain exposure to the wide ranging field of environmental consulting rapidly.

    Cons

    Billability is highly tracked and all employees are expected to market and maintain clients, which can take away time from the required minimum billable hour expectations resulting in a lot of extra hours worked to meet goals. Upper management seems to be solely and laser focused on profitability and not much else. Work product quality, client relationships, professional development, and work-life balance all suffer as a result of the profit centered culture.


  11. Dated employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mansfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Mansfield, England (UK)

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Project Management team and some intelligent and experienced personnel.

    Flexible management style with open door policy and freedom to express opinion

    Cons

    All of the systems are stuck in 1982. The board do not realise the value of modernisation, procedures and personal development.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in computer software and a program of development. Look past 12 months.



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