Golder Associates Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Golder Associates President Brian Conlin
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Pros
  • Decent work life balance, salary is ok (in 10 reviews)

  • Employee owned so people have personal interest in work duties (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a catch phrase and not reality (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. Principal focused, not client focused

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly good people, technically astute, earnest and hard-working.

    Cons

    Not as astute at appreciating or developing opportunities for support staff; also need to improve successor plans.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Great company struggling through transition.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The employee ownership model is a great opportunity for everyone in the organization to take an active role in determining the direction of the organization.

    Cons

    Golder is currently struggling with the economic impact of the downturn in commodities (metals and minerals) prices and the downturn in oil and gas prices. The resulting downsizing has been extremely challenging for the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The more quickly the organization can determine whether it will return to entrepreneurial and small company roots or migrate to a more top-down large company structure, the sooner Golder will get back on track.

  3. A unique experience

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    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Principal in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some really exceptional technical specialists
    Worldwide opportunities to travel and to learn
    A great deal of flexibility

    Cons

    Mediocre salary in some disciplines
    Shoot the current management team and Board of Directors!

    Advice to Management

    Turn in your resignations now.

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  5. I've worked with this company my entire career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Collaboration, specialized technical staff that are excited about their work, diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Fast growing and learning to manage larger setting

  6. Helpful (10)

    Don't work here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates

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

    Pros

    The awesome people, most of whom have left in search of more worthy pursuits

    Cons

    A management team who have led the company into the red, destroyed the culture and have absolutely no vision. No commitment to corporate social responsibility, training, mentoring. A bunch of small minded senior owners, mostly male, who only care about themselves. Horrible place for anyone looking for a fun, innovative company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company and put everyone out of their misery watching you destroy what was lovingly built for almost 60 years.

  7. Helpful (8)

    Poor Management-Low Morale

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    Current Employee - Senior Consultant
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

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

    Pros

    Flexible job schedule, great clients, technical community is expansive and offers a lot of resources in several different practice areas.

    Cons

    Management, mediocre salary,work/home life balance, health insurance is expensive. Employee-owned but doesn't feel like it anymore. Company is too top-heavy. No appreciation for hard work. No mentoring.

    Advice to Management

    I am a long-term employee at Golder. I enjoyed working for this company until about four years ago when the management in my region changed. The current manager lacks basic people skills and leadership skills. There is no appreciation for hard work.

    I chose Golder because the people and managers that worked here were smart, compassionate, and the morale was extremely high. The opposite is now true of management and morale. In a sense, Golder has lost its "Golderness" and I don't think there is any way for the company to find it again.

  8. Helpful (8)

    Engineering company stuck in the past

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    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most opportunities are for technical staff. If you have serious goals as a marketing professional, this is a great place to figure out what your strengths are... and then promptly move on to a company that respects marketing as a function of business.

    Cons

    The company is broken and thinks the best way to start reparing it is by getting rid of all overhead employees. Not a fan of the principal and associate club structure, which basically believes that if you have enough money to pay for the shares, you are qualified to make business decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Many think that (and I truly quote) "there should be less division of responsibility." If this is so, does that mean that marketers should contribute to geotechnical engineering projects, the same way engineers try to manage promotion, marketing, and overall business for the company? Teach your Ps&As to think about progressively marketing the services that Golder can offer, and insist they collaborate with the professionally trained marketers you hire. Social media, content marketing, email campaigns, CRM systems - this is the present and the future in any company, within all industries! Golder needs to figure out how to make these tools work to their advantage, instead of dismissing them as "not popular with their clients."

  9. Helpful (6)

    Long term consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Flexibility; great clients; ethical company with regard to work product; culture used to be awesome but has changed; not focused on extremely high utilization like some consulting firms; highly knowledgeable colleagues

    Cons

    Lots of travel; lack of reward/appreciation; glass elevator; inequities in pay when comparing qualifications within the company; other companies offer better salaries, benefits; limited support staff and help for staffing work

  10. Helpful (7)

    No Diversity White Male Dominated Company

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Engineer

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Technically competent colleagues and easy access to decision makers. Bonus paid on Company performance and based on stock ownership. Lots of flexibility and able to pursue work that interested you at times.

    Cons

    The company has a very male centrist environment with few exceptions. Male colleagues were frequently promoted over females with far more educational background and years of experience. Women who were bold enough to challenge the system were not promoted and forced into leaving. No maternity leave. Below average pay for engineering work. Often had non-business folks trying to run the business side of things, and the rule was to "rotate" office managers. So after someone finally learned the ropes of being the office manager, they were cycled out of the position which left a stream of non-business professionals trying to run the business operations when they should have been given technical assignments. Too much variation between offices.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify the workforce, and have business folks running the offices, and let the technical experts run the projects.

  11. Golder was a great company to work for. Progressive, always improving technologies and updating software.

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    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Office Administrator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team environment. You are encouraged to participate in the direction of the regional office

    Cons

    As in all org's, some bad apples exist.

    Advice to Management

    Continue staying in the forefront with trainings and benefits.

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