Golder Associates

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Golder Associates Reviews

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
135 Reviews
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135 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    No Diversity White Male Dominated Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management-Low Morale

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Long term consultant

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long term employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place for entreprenurial spirits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 8 people found this helpful  

    Toxic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company in serious turmoil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employee ownership is the cornerstone of the organization. As the BOD represents the shareholders, they represent the staff at large and not the management. This helps the average employee get their concerns heard.

    There are lots of opportunities for the self starter. Flat management structure allows for freedom to move to different disciplines.

    It takes time, but good, consistent work is eventually rewarded. If you are patient you will not regret it.

    The company is pretty flexible with adjusting to your specific work-life balance needs.

    The benefits aren't the greatest but they are very good and the company really does make every effort to take care of its staff as much as it can.

    Cons

    Exceptionally poor upper management. Global managers lead by fear and intimidation. They outright lie to the business and make every effort to force their agendas onto the company. The result has been layoffs, a reduction in stock price, many failed initiatives, and frustrated clients.

    The global management team is made up of individuals who have been with the company for less than 5 years. As such, they do not share in the company values nor do they understand the business. They have created an environment of fear and hostility and refuse to accept responsibility for their actions.

    Women may find it difficult to advance. There has been a lot of change enacted in the lower ranks over the years but opportunities for advancement beyond the local office requires a lot of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a big company, but being small and personable is what made this company great. It needs to go back to its roots in order to survive.

    Remove all global managers. Replace them with seasoned leaders who have been in the company a long time and share the values and vision the company is known for.

    Eliminate the command and control architecture that has been installed in the last two years. Eliminate useless management positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Stable, well managed organization. Sometimes a bit slow to adapt to changes in industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Stability, mentoring, lots of opportunity for a variety of work.

    Cons

    Work-life balance often poorly modeled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company for entrepeneurial self starters

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    If you are an exceptional seller-doer, you are allowed great freedom to take your practice in any direction you please. Good time off policy with vacation time separate from sick time.
    Only current employees can reap the rewards of share ownership.

    Cons

    With many owners, everyone minds everyone else's business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be careful not too change the culture too much too rapidly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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