Environmental Systems Design

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Environmental Systems Design Reviews

Updated February 15, 2015
Updated February 15, 2015
13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Electrical Engineering Internship

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

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design

    Pros

    Awesome people and atmosphere. I had a great time getting to know the people within the company

    Cons

    Can be very unorganized at some times

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Seems like a good place for engineers, not support staff

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    flexibility - flex time and modified schedules allowed, location - good place to work downtown and nice building, co-workers - worked with a lot of really good people

    Cons

    management - my boss had no idea what I actually did, lot of turnover - company has been going through major changes the past couple of years and there has been a LOT of turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you ask for the opinions of your employers, be willing to actually hear them. Treat support staff (IT, accounting, HR, admins) like they are actually appreciated

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Mechanical Design Engineer

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

    I have been working at Environmental Systems Design full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance with activities for the company to engage in (i.e. social outings, company happy hours, fundraisers for charity), great equipment and software to boost productivity (dual monitors for all, powerful PCs)

    Cons

    Training for new hires that lacked HVAC coursework in college, communication between disciplines and project managers is sometimes disjointed leading to stressful rework as project deadlines approach

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the mentorship program to ensure new hires are properly trained especially if HVAC coursework was not part of their college curriculum

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Student Internship

    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, very easy going people. Very nice manager and mentor. Enjoyed living in the city. Lived in the city, really good transportation system. some fun events. Running club was fun

    Cons

    Internship not challenging enough, not enough work. not a lot of relevant experience. pay not enough to cover student living in the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge your interns, engage their interests, get them on sites each time an engineer woudl go, that's something i wish i did.

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    Good for experience

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time (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
  7.  

    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.

  8.  

    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
  9.  

    Great Experience

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    • 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 (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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

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

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

    I worked at Environmental Systems Design full-time (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

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