Golder Associates Reviews

Updated July 29, 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

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    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  2. meh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates

    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


  3. Challenging but fair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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

    I worked at Golder Associates (More than 5 years)

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Loyal but not brainwashed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Treats their employees like cattle

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    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.


  8. Great place to grow and learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Lakewood, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Lakewood, CO

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Employed for 11 years at Golder. I have learned a ton on a variety of projects and enjoy the community.

    Cons

    Very little vacation. Company is not growing financially and was mismanaged for the past couple of years.


  9. Love working here, been here 10+ years

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule Nice people Lots of opportunity to travel and gain experience with many fun projects

    Cons

    There have been some disagreements between employees and upper management, but that will happen with any large company. I am confident they will pass.

    Advice to Management

    Keep us in between the lines and focused on the destination and beyond.


  10. Principals

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal
    Current Employee - Principal

    I have been working at Golder Associates

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom to excel, entrepreneurial spirit.

    Cons

    None, great company to work for.


  11. Best company I

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Golder Associates (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility to pursue opportunities and markets I'm interested in. Dynamic, highly technical team that does some really impressive work. Great client relationships. I've been able to travel internationally for work and worked on international projects from the comfort of my office. Very reasonable expectations of workload compared to the other consulting firms I've worked for. So I've had a lot better work-life balance to have quality time with my family. Great opportunities for advancement and ownership in the company. The feel in an employee owned company is so much better.

    Cons

    None. I really enjoy the people I work with. We have had some people let go from underperforming markets, but the future is bright and we have some great projects I'm working on right now. Our new CEO is very inspirational. Can't wait to see what the future brings.

    Advice to Management

    Clients want more Golder services. I've been getting more work from clients telling others to use Golder.



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