Golder Associates Reviews

Updated June 30, 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. Challenging but fair

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (2)

    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.


  3. Great place to grow and learn

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    • 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. Principals

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    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.


  7. Best company I

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  8. Excellent place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Water Resources Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Golder Associates (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company offers complete work time flexibility

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (9)

    Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Associate in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Golder Associates

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

    Pros

    Friendly people. Pretty high technical quality.

    Cons

    This company is toast. I had $82k invested in stock and it just lost 35% in value. Layoffs are continuous. Getting a new CEO just fired at his previous company is not a good sign. I'm getting out of here as soon as possible! Advise my collegaues to do the same while there is still time.

    Advice to Management

    Sell to a company that has some idea of how to lead and manage an organization.


  10. Average

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Golder Associates

    Pros

    Decent Work/life balance. People were nice.

    Cons

    There wasn't much training. You pretty much had to figure everything out on your own.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Air Quality Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Air Quality Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Air Quality Engineer in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary, people were friendly, clean office space

    Cons

    Horrible management, not given enough work, hard to learn and grow. Terrible deadline schedule, too much politics at the top of the order. Golder is going through a tough time financially. Lots of layoffs and downsizing.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and grow by hiring more mid level people rather than keeping only upper and entry level folks. Need to implement a better training program like some of the larger firms



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