Environmental Systems Design

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Environmental Systems Design Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
9 Reviews
2.9
9 Reviews
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Hem Gupta
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  1.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good for experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Chance to work on some very high profile projects
    Technically sound people to work with
    Contributes to charity events

    Cons

    Higher management never knows what's going on;
    Highly political company- you can survive if you know how to play the game
    Follows the hire and fire policy
    Promotions are based on who's close to whom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Careless/Unprofessional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

    Gained some experience, although most employees are inexperienced and management has no technical background in the field they manage or supervise.

    Cons

    Company will fire employees for no reason what so ever.
    Management only wants employees who can acquire new clients so that they can make more money.

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  5.  

    Empty Promises

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Mismanaged
    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    ESD 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Large, 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.

    Cons

    Disfunctional 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 ManagementAdvice

    Brought 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for those interested

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

    Still 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.

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    ESD Engineering

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent Place

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Top 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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