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3.4 7 reviews

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people are enjoyable to work with and the office culture is reasonably relaxed. Plenty of young employees and those who are more technically experienced are always willing to help out.

    ConsUpper management could be more efficient and in touch with lower tiers. Good for self-starters, not as good for keeping some people on task.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Empty Promises

    Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsA great place to start your career and gain valuable experience in the HVAC design industry

    ConsMismanaged
    Raises and promotions are handled by a committee who have likely never worked with you directly.
    Management will tell you one thing then do nothing.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Experience

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsESD receives some of the most diverse and rewarding work. The people I work with day-to day are great. Technical knowledge within the firm is impressive.

    ConsManagement could use some work. There isn't a set training schedule for new hires. ESD expects you to learn-as-you-go.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think you've made the best choices when hiring and promoting management. The vetting process should be more defined, and less based on "gut" instinct.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Surviving (barely) on reputation and connections of founding partners...

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsLarge, high profile projects; offers multiple engineering services; varied project types in several market segments; impressive project portfolio; unique project types; history of creative designs; opportunities for younger staff to advance.

    ConsDisfunctional senior management is out of touch with the employees; bonuses and promotions based on cronyism instead of performance; has lost a wealth of senior engineers in the past five years without replacing their experience; project quality is inconsistent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBrought in two management consultants between 2000 and 2010 but did not follow either firm's advice. Need to either match current senior leadership with their skill sets or go outside of company to bring in qualified leadership with strong communication skills. Company has lost much of the goodwill built by Hem Gupta and Bob Ladner.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to work for those interested

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsStill owned by founder.
    Great high profile projects to work on provided you place yourself in the correct groups.
    Provided you make the right relationships with people in the company you will be rewarded with projects that you will enjoy working on.
    STRONG IT support and investment in upcoming technologies and software.
    80% of people you work for will not micro manage you.

    ConsWork flow is a little scattered. Does not normally come through organized channels. things regularly pop up out of nowhere which could be better planned for but its consulting so you jump when you have to.
    Project management tools ie accounting are a little primitive which can be frustrating.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA great company lead by people who are financially rewarded and bound to the success of the company.
    Very impressed with company's standing considering how long the company has been in business.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ESD Engineering

    Engineer (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsThe people in the company are fun and the work is challenging and exciting. This is a good place for someone to work who is self-motivated and a self-starter

    ConsSometimes the employees are looked at simply for production or the end product rather than for their ideas or passions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOpen up the office to more suggestions pertaining to new markets to enter. Make sure you know what everyone is working on and what they want to work on.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent Place

    Account Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Pay and overtime
    Friendly work environment
    Willing to train and teach people new things
    Excellent benefits
    Flexible work schedule

    ConsTop Management does not always know what is going on. Try to take on to many task that are better left to middle management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigher mid level managers to help carry the load. Do not micromanage so much and give people space to do their jobs

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