Greeley and Hansen

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Greeley and Hansen Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
21 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Greeley and Hansen is a well respected firm with talented individuals who are dedicated to their work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    The company is definitely reinvesting in it's people and I've seen such great changes in the short period of time that I have been with the firm.

    Cons

    Would like to see more opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to stress the core values of the firm and the importance of our people.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good engineering but hard place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    Good engineering with strong reputation in the industry.

    Cons

    hard to convince upper management what you are capable of and not that flexible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to learn to value young people and be more flexible.

    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    An "old school" company with a facade of progressive.

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    Former Employee - Engineer, Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineer, Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    If you are an "old school" person, here is the place for you. Ex-military managers are welcome here. Some managers are bright, but they soon leave.

    Cons

    There is a "old school" managerial style underneath, but top managers put on a big show of being progressive. Top level is arrogant and aloof. Don't let the somewhat charismatic higher level fool you. They are here only for the money. This is a managerial company where showmanship is valued more than technical knowledge. If a manager leaves, they shun you like only an "old school" company would do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to care about your employees: not just the shining stars but all of them. You should try to create more team spirit. Most of your competitors have a sense of belonging so take a lesson from them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Greeley and Hansen is a great place to work if your looking for lots of free time and no place for advancement

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    There is tons of free time. The deadlines for things are generally twice as long as you need to get them done. The offices are for the most part nice to work in. Greeley and Hansen generally overcharges clients so there is plenty of money to be made.

    Cons

    There is very little room for advancement. It is a very flat structure (entry level -> associate ->principal) which means that you will have to work with the company for many years in order to move up. There is also a very large age discrepancy. Half of the company is over 40 while the other half is under 30. While everybody is amicable, the younger people do not have much in common with the older people and therefore do not interact very much. The modeling software needed for most projects is not available. Rather than spend some money to get the software, the company generally chooses to contract out the work losing more money than doing it in house.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The senior management needs to be more involved in the other employees. The senior management is rarely seen on a day to day basis.

    Recommends
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good peoples but unfortunately, fake upper management and archaic culture turning them away

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I work with some of the most talented and experienced engineers in the industry. Work life balance is adequate and somewhat more relaxed. The senior/experienced engineers are always happy to share their knowledge and patiently teach you things. There is no formal training, though...

    Cons

    Flat corporate culture. Failure to recognize and appreciate employees. Archaic old-man culture within the management. Just like all the other negatives here, they recently changed the facade, to make it look more progressive and modern, but the soul (if any) is still old. Senior management hardly seen on day to day basis and frankly they don't know anything about their employees. Useless human resources department and it's so hard to find any information on the intranet site, and then you have to fight tooth and nail to get them to explain things to you. The intranet and other multiple links are not well organized or managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some interest in your employees and listen to them. Really listen. Stop being fake, and stop pretending. Give the younger engineers more guidance and give the experienced engineers more recognition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good Engineers, Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    There are some very talented engineers who work here. They know what they are doing, and will help guide and direct younger staff. Satellite offices are much more laid back than Headquarters or Regional Offices.

    Cons

    Senior Management has lost focus on the principals and values the Company was founded on. The concern is no longer on the individual and the work, but rather on the "cosmetic" things. They believe that if they look like an attractive company, talented people will flock to them and stay. Stacking your corporate resume with non-engineering awards and achievements does not win work, or keep talent. There has been a great exodus of senior management and owners over the last five years. Additionally, four individuals have held the position of CFO in the last 6-7 years...what does that tell someone?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course....no one in the industry feels like you are competition anymore and we are all just watching you spiral downhill. BUT... if you want to succeed...you need to make a BIG change at the top...starting with the CEO and COO's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    When all is said and done, it's a nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    The people I work with are very nice, ethical and have strong technical skills. It's great to get to know them personally on the various project teams and I really like the way the firm is organized and approaches the work assignments. For me personally, I have confidence in the leadership and in the direction the company is headed. I find that management is open, approachable, and willing to help you advance in your career. Many people stay with the firm a long time (that may perhaps give some the appearance that this is still an "old school" engineering fiirm), but, honestly, I've seen many positive changes in the time I've been with Greeley and Hansen. Overall, the leadership has made significant progress in the last several years and continues to work hard to grow the firm. I like that.

    For me, I feel I'm paid fairly and I like my project team/co-workers. The company has solid employee benefits, new modern office facilities with the latest techology, one-on-one mentoring from my manager, and the company offers various programs that I think positively impacts morale during the course of the year. Overall, I think it's a good place to work.

    Cons

    As with many companies, it's not perfect. Communications could always be improved. Also, with all the changes and hiring taking place, it's sometimes hard to keep up. During peak periods there can be alot of overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing. Not everyone will embrace every change and some people will undoubtedly leave the company, but, in the end, the firm must continue to move forward. Change is hard for some people, don't let that discourage you from doing what you know is right.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stable and progressive company with nice people to work with

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    Good benefits and programs very comparable to larger companies. Great opportunities for growth. I've been here almost 10 years. Never originally planned to stay here this long, but I've had great opportunities to move ahead here with new assignments and more responsiblility. That's kept things interesting for me. Seems like top management is really trying to step things up and move this company forward from where it was 10 years ago. New training programs for employees, a summer hours program, a new professional looking office space with a more casual and comfortable atmosphere, not boring old school. I like the new direction and hope it leads to even better things for us here.

    Cons

    Would like to see better communication between office locations, since we have offices spread out in many locations across the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it a point to talk to employees more. Tell us what is going on all over the company, in the other offices. Keep investing in employees by offering more leadership training sessions firm wide. They really help to keep you motivated.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    This is not a "Progressive" company, they only like to pretend that they are.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    My team members and my work.

    Cons

    Senior Management and HR are self- serving. Stable, really? In the past year, several senior associate engineers, a majority of the partners have left/retired from the company, CFO's have not lasted past 2 years in the past 5 years, you do the math. Top Management is only interested in helping themselves. HR has recently managed to recruit inept individuals. New training programs for a select few, not all staff. A summer hours program that is laughable. Some departments are held accountable for making sure that staff follow the guidelines, others not so much. The new office space that is kept meticulously clean, while the inner workings of the company remain old and as predictable as they pretend not to be. They claim to be progressive but remain in the stone age.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have your human resources department comport themselves in a professional manner. If we ask questions about our benefits, or need assistance with acquiring information. Please don't give me a dirty look, attitude and tell me that I should already have had the information. Obviously I am asking you because I don't have it anymore. That is why we come to you for help. Oh and by the way, I am not the only employee that has felt the wrath of actually asking a question and being dismissed.

    COO, CEO if you are really vested in making your company be progressive, you have to walk the walk. Saying that you are progressive does not make it a fact.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Greeley and Hansen

    Pros

    Help promote and cultivate interns. Great culture.

    Cons

    Flat corporate structure (Engineer, Associate, Principal)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more traditional, layered corporate structure

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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