Golder Associates Reviews

Updated March 24, 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. 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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Fast growing and learning to manage larger setting

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful

    Don't work here

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 8 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful

    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)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Continue staying in the forefront with trainings and benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Long term employee

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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)

    Pros

    This is a great company with bright prospects

    Cons

    Key client managers and some departure from past successful approaches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on our people and clients.elimjnate the noise created by initiatives.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    A great place for entreprenurial spirits.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Golder is a company of the greatest technical people around given ample opportunity to do the kind of work that interests them. A global company. Employee owned. Flexible work environment is possible in some locations. There is ability to move around the company - different areas of the U.S. and around the globe. The biggest small company around.

    Cons

    The flat hierarchy can make quick decision making a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out a way to keep the "big company" feel at bay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 10 people found this helpful

    Toxic

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    Current Employee - Document Production Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Document Production Specialist in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    This company helped me realize the rotten underbelly of corporate America and the warning signs of a hostile work environment while job hunting.

    Cons

    Exceptionally poor upper management. Managers and Board of Directors lead by fear and intimidation. They lie to their clients and employees and force their agendas into their business model. As a result, valuable, dedicated employees are laid off without notice, stock price have drastically dropped, lawsuits are doubling, numerous failed endeavors, and clients have become angry and resentful.

    The executive management team is composed of a group of good 'ol boys where women are excluded unless they are providing sexual favors on the side and unless you are a 100% Caucasian WAP male, you need not apply. The only agenda is how they can make more money for themselves, usually through their Madoff pyramid stock scheme. There is a total disregard for company values and employee considerations. The enviornment is one of toxicity, sexism, racism, fear, anger, and hostility.

    Opportunities for women are nonexistent at Golder. I saw plenty of talented women passed over in favor of less experienced, adlescent males who were always friends of the executives or Marston family. Women who ere promoted acted as concubines to the executive staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When an employee is job hunting to leave this horrible environment, do not obfuscate the background check process by denying ther existence. Pay stubs and copies of employee paperwork are easy to produce. Eventually, I foresee legal issues on the horizon for this inexcusable behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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