Etic Engineering Reviews

Updated May 13, 2015
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  1. Geologist

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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 Etic Engineering

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

    Pros

    Great training and really good people.

    Cons

    Great company - don't forget about the people that made it great.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the needs of the employees.


  2. Terrible Management and an Incompetent Office

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Etic Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Pros? They are pros at nothing.

    Cons

    Well let's see here, where should I begin? Management is totally incompetent and acts as if you are their slave in the field. Let's get this straight, when you are in the field for 12+ hours in the day, you don't have time to "go to the office to fill out more forms" 2 hours away, switch out trucks, etc, or should I say "ETIC." This is a pathetically run company who not only doesn't trust their educated employees, but basically treats them like garbage. If you are looking for high stress, incompetence, and no organization, then this is the place for you. The 2nd worst company I have worked for in my career. Oh, and don't forget to stick that, 1-800-how is my driving sticker, where the sun doesn't shine.

    Advice to Management

    Jump off a cliff.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Stressful at times

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist
    Former Employee - Specialist

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers were smart. and for the most part pleasant; casual dress code; decent 401k match and profit sharing plan.

    Cons

    As with many consulting firms, the workload can be heavy when there are deadlines to meet, and ETIC applied a lot of pressure on its employees. Gave few paid holidays to its employees (I believe it was 6 days/year). They weren't very organized; they would over hire during busy times, and then do mass layoffs when business was slow. No effort made to keep the new hires during slow times. ETIC could have come up with some creative solutions, like temporarily reducing employee work hours instead of letting the newer hires go. The CEO of the company was a megalomaniac, and could be verbally abusive to ETIC employees, as well as some of the managers.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with more respect, and make more of an effort to retain existing employees during slow times.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    You are an expense not an asset

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA

    I have been working at Etic Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - This is a good place to gain experience if you are a self-starter and resourceful - Because it's a bit of a revolving door, opportunities for advancement can come quickly if you show you're capable. - descent pay, descent benefits. if you're interviewing ask for a lot - it's pretty easy to fly under the radar here. get your job done and you can come and go as you please.

    Cons

    - Not a lot of guidance, you're on your own even if you're doing something new. Have to know the right people to ask for help/direction. Sink or swim. - Senior management values profit above all else. There is no client service to speak of. There is no concern for employee professional development and growth. You will not have opportunities for training etc... here that is not absolutely critical to your job performance. - Last year over 20 people voluntarily left and over 20 people were terminated. This is a company of ~110 people. - There is very low moral. Management feels quarterly free lunches will address this. - They are a one-trick pony. They learned one client's management requirements and are only capable of implementing that. Cannot adapt to changing nature of work. - Senior management is control heavy, as a middle manager your input is not sought, your role is to implement senior managements policies (which are rarely clear, documented, or appropriate to the nature of the work). - In the vice president's words "this place is a sweatshop" Set boundaries or end up like the multiple staff that work 60+ hr weeks.

    Advice to Management

    There's no sense in giving any advice, management is not concerned with retention.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Place to Start

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Etic Engineering

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get experience There is some room for growth, but i wish there was more Relaxed environment Great coworkers Really great benefits

    Cons

    Underpaid employees Under values employees Low company moral Not enough room for growth This company seems to put all of their eggs into one basket by just working for one company.


  7. Nice small company to get experience

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Pleasant Hill, CA

    I have been working at Etic Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of of training provided Good safety culture, lot of follow up , free drivers safety education Management works daily and are accesible, knowledgeable and experienced Staff are kept on payroll even when work slows down, looks for cross traing so staff are kept busy Great holiday parties, bonuses given to deserving staff even when economy tanked Keep up the free turkey giveaways on thanksgiving and gourmet coffee in break room Caring administrative personnel Non performing staff are not tolerated for too long so that's good for the other motivated staff Promotions based on merit, Junior staff consistent,y recognized Company does not stagnate

    Cons

    Need more clients Need to be in one building as growth has needed a few buildings to be occupied

    Advice to Management

    Wear flip flops daily, keep it real, casual :) Keep up the great growth Take more time to get to know new staff


  8. Helpful (1)

    Questionable Company. Working here is so stressfull.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasant Hill, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The only pros I can think of are that it is right near Kinders. Also it would be a great place to work if you are a workaholic, because you are expected to be one. Also, the office is a very casual. Even the management wears flip flops to work.

    Cons

    The management have questionable morals. There are plenty of closed doors in the office and much gossip and backstabbing goes on behind the doors, not to mention a lot of cussing and yelling. The only way to excel at the company is to be best friends with an owner. You could have the best work ethic in the world and still be let go if you are not their true friend. They work their employees very, very hard. There is never any downtime.

    Advice to Management

    Please go back to the old ways when your employees were treated with respect. Your employees are your best assets, not your fancy cars and wardrobe.


  9. Helpful (1)

    lack of communication and direction from management, lots of office politics and favoritism

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

    I worked at Etic Engineering full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    casual work environment; company provides safety gear; good hours; regular BBQs and lunches in the courtyard of the building

    Cons

    lots of office politics; principals play favorites and promote people who don't deserve positions; lack of communication from management; frequent re-organization and changes to titles but little communication about changes and how it impacts staff; low morale because management doesn't share plans, goals, etc.when business slows down


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work...I wish they'd expand into Washington State

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Etic Engineering

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great coworkers, great projects, great support staff. Principals seemed concerned with continued health and safety.

    Cons

    Several of the projects require extended travel. That's not always easy to balance with life outside of work.


  11. Alright place for beginners

    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Etic Engineering full-time

    Pros

    They throw a lot at you meaning you learn a lot very quickly.

    Cons

    After a few years you stop learning anything. Upper management does not promote professional growth and learning. It's not a company you should be at for more than 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Need more diverse contracts and need to promote further education and learning. Everyone gets bored and leaves.



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