Ghafari Associates

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Ghafari Associates Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Not Bad

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technician in Peoria, IL
    Former Employee - Technician in Peoria, IL

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable work schedule and good pay. The job was not too difficult and there was plenty of work to do at the begging.

    Cons

    With the corporate headquarters being in another state, it was sometimes difficult to get in touch and understand what was going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication is Key

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Ghafari was a great place to work, I learned a lot.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Benefits Analyst in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company supports worklife balance.

    Cons

    No promotional opportunities are available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stay away unless desperate for a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Clean offices
    *Nice staff (not management)
    *You get to work on large projects

    Cons

    It would be hard to mention them all, but here are a few just to give you an idea
    * The company is run by Mrs Scrooge, she expects you to give her all your time but wants to give as little as possible back. More employee benefits are lost year after year, yet company profits keep increasing.
    * No overtime, expect to work long days and weekends with no additional pay - if you don't like it, you are disposable and they will try to find someone else to do the job.
    *People in charge are mostly family and close friends, expect blood to rule over competence
    * You will find a lot of young people working in both Dearborn and Chicago offices, that might sound positive but it isn't. Most people that can find another job and get out of there do that as soon as they can; hence the main reason for all the job openings.
    * Don't expect to advance in salary or position, make sure you negotiate a good salary first if you can, cause you will not get any significant raises
    *The bonuses they promise and 401k matches sound very good on paper, in reality they will never exceed 1-3% of your total salary.
    *Management is out of touch with employees. They seem to be surprised when good hard working employees want to leave and also why no one is applying.
    *Management takes erratic reactive decisions, the only calculated decisions involve how much they pay employees
    *They have the least amount of holidays possible. Most companies for instance will give the day after thanksgiving off, Ghafari will force you to take it as PTO (your vacation time). 1 day off for Christmas, non for Easter. Moreover, you cannot accumulate a lot of vacation time, you use if they even let you do that them or lose them (often the case).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone else to run the company, you are not fit for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Solid Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging Engineer in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Packaging Engineer in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Always work to be done, lots of different avenues for revenue so lots of job security. Very friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Only 6 paid holidays and compensation can be low. Also, they can be very strict on HR issues, taking the fun out of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give larger raises and bonuses if you wish to keep happy employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent place to work but has terrible managers and impotent higher-ups

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time

    Pros

    High profile projects that will boost your resume
    Very multicultural and open minded modern work environment that suits well with it's Downtown location.
    Good place to work for women engineers and architects (Almost half of the staff are women, which is a good thing)

    Cons

    Some managers are terrible with managing and people skills
    Micromanaging is big in the Engineering side
    Very political with leadership, managing and negotiations.
    All full time employees are salaried and no overtime. You will be asked to work overtime and on weekends but without pay.
    There won't be much growth for young engineers. You will report to your manager and that's it.
    Most of the Architects are young and their attitude and culture is not so professional since they don't have any strong senior manager to teach professionalism.
    'Gossip' is the favorite word in this office. You will find rumors, gossips and back stabbing by the higher management itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to make the work culture more professional. Don't think of yourself as royalty and the employees are people you are ruling. This office needs everyone is equal attitude. Let it be CEO or low end employee, everyone is contributing to the same company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates

    Pros

    lot of experience the coworkers are very friendly and helpfull. possibility of advancing and become more efficient in your job as an engineer

    Cons

    the city is not so great to live in, it is a bit difficult to go out and socialize and make new friends outside of work

    Recommends
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's a job.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dearborn, MI

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates

    Pros

    The people are very nice, I like the gym.

    Cons

    No matter how much you give, it doesn't matter if I am not billable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication, know what I do, what I am capable of doing.

  9.  

    Not satisfied with working methodology.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Vadodara (India)
    Current Employee - Electrical Design Engineer in Vadodara (India)

    I have been working at Ghafari Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Brand name to take advantage for future.

    Cons

    Poor salary & newly established in india

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Too stiff.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ghafari Associates full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked with in my department.

    Cons

    Upper management has a stranglehold on everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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