Golder Associates Reviews

Updated August 31, 2015
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Pros
  • The pros of working for Golder is they do offer a good work/life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Employee owned - the company tends to hold on to employees even when times are tough (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance often poorly modeled (in 5 reviews)

  • They hired me saying that there was a lot of work in my field (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Golder times

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice people and interesting work.

    Cons

    Office locations often very inconvenient


  2. Good place to learn.

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    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Jacksonville, FL

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to start out and learn a trade. Very relaxed office atmosphere.

    Cons

    Work can be repetitive.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Concerned Senior Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good job opportunities, good benefits

    Cons

    Senior control from Principals and Associates weakens business and leads to an outdated management system where ability is not rewarded so much as longevity and alignment with powerful seniors.

    Advice to Management

    Remove P&A system and renegotiate share holding system with owners/shareholders.


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  5. A decent environment to acquire transferable technical skills and knowledge.

    Former Employee - Process/Project Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Process/Project Engineer in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This office features dedicated technical experts who are content to share their knowledge and expertise. Management appears concerned over the welfare of its employees and is serious about performance reviews. Company offers a fairly generous time-off policy that separates sick and vacation time. Decent medical, dental, and vision benefits are provided at a reasonable cost. Work schedule is relaxed with opportunity to telecommute and take personal time off as needed, and the office location is walking distance from BART. Applicable new hires receive a free pre-employment physical. Overall morale seemed above average, although as of this posting virtually all the colleagues I worked with have left on their own accord.

    Cons

    Expectations are occasionally unrealistic. The position/compensation structure is poorly defined and tends to favor those having the most experience that Golder deems relevant. Case in point, I entered this company with over 10 years of technical engineering experience and an advanced degree to be placed on basically the same pay grade as engineers 3-4 years out of college with bachelor's degrees, which quite honestly is insulting. The "employee-owned" nature of the company only serves the potential to benefit those who regularly invest in the company stock and remain for the very long-term. The PDG program, designed for the career development of junior and mid-level personnel, has good intentions but feels more like an obligatory morale campaign. Overall, my tenure was valuable but ultimately a stepping stone to a more rewarding opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    Improve definition of position structure and broaden salary ranges to better accommodate those with more overall work experience. Provide a monetary award to employees who successfully complete the probationary period. Offer positions by telephone prior to sending an E-mail to demonstrate your sincerity and provide the candidate a better opportunity to negotiate.


  6. Golder

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    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Gives great project opportunities and training to entry employees who want to work hard and put in the time. Very health and safety oriented and very laid back when it comes to employees work schedule.

    Cons

    Company has had a difficult year globally and is transitioning to a new CEO with a new attitude on running the company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    knowledgeable professional staff. people cared about the quality of the work the company produced

    Cons

    chimneyed organization. lots of ego clashes lack of resource and project management personnel


  8. Challenging but fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tough our industry but all the right people to be successful

    Cons

    not growing fast enough globally


  9. Helpful (8)

    Not unless it's your last option!

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    Former Employee - Anon in Commerce Township, MI
    Former Employee - Anon in Commerce Township, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pretty loose "8-hour" day - decent pay

    Cons

    Everything else - literally everything - definitely a place where the emperor isn't wearing any clothes but the rest of the emperors don't/won't say a thing in case everyone notices they aren't wearing any either. In this case all of the emperors are the Ps and As

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at utilization, who really brought the work in and THEN act accordingly.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Loyal but not brainwashed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Golder Associates (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Career development opportunities, collegial atmosphere, employee ownership, high level of professional integrity across the company, loyalty, passionate staff

    Cons

    I honestly don't think there's anything that goes on at Golder that doesn't also occur at other companies.


  11. Helpful (7)

    Treats their employees like cattle

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good staff who take pride in their work. Good global coverage. Honestly, there are no other pros unless you are senior management and can stab people in the back without repercussions.

    Cons

    I have worked at 6 different companies over a long career, and without question, Golder is in the running for the worst run company in the world. They make bad management decisions on which markets to pursue and how to spend their money in general. Then when they realize that they need to save some money, they lay-off staff with impunity. Good staff, too. I once saw an engineer who had put in 125 hours in one week to get a project out the door (yes, he slept at the office that entire week) get laid off less than a year later for lack of work (when, in reality, management had stupidly spent too much money on overhead). Management also fosters an environment where employees are encouraged to stab each other in the back and then reap the rewards. And then if you were silly enough to buy stock, forget about getting that money back anytime within the next few years. Absolutely no regard for their clients except as cash cows. A truly horrible company that treats its main commodity (its people) like crap, and deserves to go out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating your employees like expendable widgets.



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