Ground Engineering Consultants

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Ground Engineering Consultants Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
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  1.  

    Great learning experience, if you can handle all of the stress!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Englewood, CO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great intro into the industry, you can learn lots in a matter of months if you are proactive, lots of hours if you like overtime, work on your own in the field, company will pay for certifications

    Cons

    Dealing with MLM on a daily basis can make you want to quit, the lead tech/scheduler especially is the worst manager I have ever worked for and management knows of it but makes no change, scheduling is erratic and can be used as discipline, ie. less hours if you make them mad for any reason, training is sub-par and is dependent on the quality of the tech that trains you, tools and equipment are in need of repair and nothing is ever done about it due to cost involved, extremely hard to move into upper level positions unless you are part of the "in crowd", unfriendly office atmosphere, hard work earns more work to do but laziness and mediocre performance earns a steady schedule and hours??, you have to ask for Saturdays off, they are not a given day off unless requested

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Office environment is very uncomfortable unless you are part of the "in crowd", MLM needs direction from upper management to make techs feel appreciated not just overworked, lead techs need some serious management/ office etiquettes lessons or you will continue to lose good employees because of his confrontational nature, training needs to be stepped up, techs are looking foolish in the field with improper training, paperwork review and submittal process needs to be changed to be more productive and less time consuming, should not have to wait hours only to review daily paperwork, should not have to request Saturdays off, especially if you are salaried

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the highlights are, great if you like hours, rewards field technicians/employees for obtaining certifications, easy to discuss conflicts with MLM.

    Cons

    A massive work load generates lots of hours but smaller than required windows to perform tasks. Working with a few of the department heads can be difficult but I assume that it comes from their high turnover rate. My second year there was much easier and I found that if they knew you were gonna make the cut you are respected... but that took a long time and a lot of snow days sitting at home. Senior field staff like RP, RW, EC, & JS were sometimes difficult to work with at first but in time became some very valuable encyclopedia's of information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management needs to police the ranks and recognize potential of new hires, before the MLM sees it and puts the breaks on it. It is a comic case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very interesting work. Very difficult mid level managers (MLM).

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO

    I have been working at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot very very quickly. The company will throw you into certification and continuing education programs as quickly as you can absorb them.

    The foreman, scheduler and fellow employees are mostly helpful and terrific. This is important as the training goes for about a week and then you're on your own. It's a sink or swim environment. You are responsible for knowing or being able to find specs depending on geo location and job type. You will very quickly learn how to read plans.

    Company is currently upgrading trucks (new ones are very nice). Shared equipment is generally poorly maintained. Your personal equipment is your personal responsibility and will be in the shape you keep it in.

    Company is currently upgrading computer system. In theory this will make paperwork much easier and faster going forward. Currently this item may actually be a con...

    In the summer there is as much overtime as you want. Most techs get at least 60h. It's possible to go a lot higher.

    Culture - the guys who actually do the grunt work in the lab and in the field are enthusiastic, helpful and encouraging. This makes working at ground a lot of fun in spite of the demanding work and even more demanding MLM.

    Cons

    Mid level managers (above the foreman and scheduler) spend very little time in the field. They know very little about about actual time requirements or staffing needs on the job. You will often go into the field without an address for the location, correct specs, plans, scope of the work required, equipment, etc. Knowing this it's possible to correct for it (most jobs are scheduled the day before - leaving time to get the right information).

    Time cards - field techs are hourly. Doing the job correctly usually means scrounging info from other techs, spec books, online, etc. This time is free to the company. Lunch is mandatory (and taken off the card) although you will rarely get it.

    Temps - many of the techs are temps. These guys are the first to get laid off in the slow season (with no unemployement ins). Temps get no benefits, no days off, no bonuses and are treated rather poorly by mid level. Advice - get off temp status well before fall.

    Hazing - this is common for new guys. Management considers it a feature to weed out people who cannot do the work. There are only a few goldbrick techs (most are excellent) but these guys really pile the work on the new guys. Stay away from Z if you're new.

    Computers - company is rolling out a new computer system. This will likely help us out in the long run. In the short run having two systems is causing all sorts of problems as both have to be looked at to know what's going on with jobs. The guys without the new machines have no way to see what the guys with machines have done.

    Paperwork - it's endless and can easily take up a quarter of your day if you have a lot of jobs on that day. MLM are very against automation. The new computers may help in the mid or long term. Currently this is just something that needs to be sucked up.

    Culture - the entrepreneurial culture of the old ground is long gone. There is a rather heavy and somewhat ominous culture of fear in the ranks in regards to MLM. Even the construction supervisor and foremen seem to act in this way. Friends of MLM get better jobs. Non friends of MLM get tough jobs or cuts in hours (worse). It's easy to have multiple bosses and conflicting instructions. To hear someone say thank you - good job happens as rarely as sighting hen's teeth. A thick skin is required as there is a lot of talking down. Some MLM seem to think that this is motivational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TL and TF could really use a Carnegie course. Anonymous surveys of employees could help a lot in solving this sort of problem.

    A financial audit of MLM could be useful. Some of the policies are so wasteful a reasonable person might suspect fraud.

    Micro management by guys who have not seen the field in years is counterproductive.

    Information sharing is a good thing. MLM holds info so close to the vest one (and several people have wondered this to me) could wonder if this is done to justify some of the MLM positions. Getting requested information out quickly would also be helpful assuming there is a good business reason to ration it in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people, low pay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants

    Pros

    On the job training readily available
    Good people to work with
    Never a shortage of hours

    Cons

    Lowest paying field engineers
    Upper management can be condescending to their field technicians

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Midlevel Management is intolerably cruel to most but good opportunities if you can get past them.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Tech in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Tech in Denver, CO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants

    Pros

    Flexible Time off
    Get in shape
    Promote from within
    Responsive in training requests
    Decent Bonuses
    Accessible upper management
    Awesome Christmas party

    Cons

    Long hours
    Poor Quality Equipment
    Reluctance to train
    Mediocracy is the accepted norm
    High turnover rate
    Really High turnover rate
    Infamous middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Audit and control middle management. Provide better pay to those you wish to keep. The "Good Old Boy's Club" is in plain sight and frustrating to all those outside it.

    Doesn't Recommend

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