Jones & Carter

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Jones & Carter Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Successful in Land Development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Lots of responsibility and experience available.
    - Solid and growing client base in land development. Get to work on big projects immediately.
    - Lots of internal resources for young engineers. Experts in different disciplines/departments (land development, hydraulics and hydrology, water/wastewater, utility districts, construction, surveying, etc.). Full service Civil firm. Open door policy.
    - Land development engineers get to coordinate with lots of external agencies (cities, counties, etc.), other consultants (architecture, structural, MEP, landscape, etc.), and clients when ready.
    - Lots of upward mobility available to capable young engineers.
    - Company is growing quickly but responsibly. Turnover is mainly the poor employees, or a mismanaged employee.
    - Company is looking to make organizational improvements along with its growth plan.
    - Younger management and partners are gaining more control of the company.
    - Company pays and encourages overtime.
    - Half-day Fridays (makes weekend trips easier, or ability to run errands, or an easy day to earn overtime pay)
    - Sports leagues, golf tournaments, and brewery events scheduled throughout the year. All organized by young engineers. Management always needs convincing but they are open to good ideas for company events.
    - 2 weeks Paid Time Off (PTO) for first year. 3 weeks PTO for your 2nd year.

    Cons

    - Fairly flat pay structure across disciplines/departments.
    - Gossip is prevalent in some departments. (I suspect this is common in offices of this size. Houston office is about 180 people.)
    - Website redesign and other marketing efforts have been slow to change. Renovation of Houston main office has been a very slow process. (Both items have been postponed repeatedly. Both are in design phase right now though.)
    - Slow to advance technologically on things like invoicing, archiving, and other clerical project management tasks. (Efforts to improve are being made though.)
    - Inconsistent culture between departments due to management and recruiting discrepancies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Hire staff to assist the partners and senior management with efforts like the website redesign and office renovation. Management is too busy to get the job done alone. These things cannot continue to be postponed.
    - Step up caliber of recruiting, hire more talented/competitive employees in all departments.
    - Continue to improve training, maybe send young engineers to project management seminars in 2nd/3rd year.
    - Hire a CEO (The previous CEO resigned at the end of 2013. The company's founder retired in 2013 as well.)
    - Improve management consistency across departments.
    - Offer more flexible office hours across departments. (Currently, some managers do, others do not.)
    - Increase pay to support staff to improve caliber of work and efficiency of engineers (administrative staff, CAD drafters, etc.).
    - Continue to remove poisonous gossip at the source. Require employees to carry themselves at a higher standard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Waste of Time

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

    I worked at Jones & Carter

    Pros

    Vacation accrual is the only positive.

    Cons

    Horrible senior management; very irrational and emotional thinking, lack of managerial attributes, gossip, dislike of each other is easily seen. People in positions that clearly do have the right experience. Poor communication. Lack of organization is blatantly obvious from your interview on forward. Huge waste of my time there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nightmare on Gulfton St

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

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is only one advantage of working here: You get to leave at noon on Fridays.

    Cons

    I should've listened to the initial reviews before I accepted the job offer. One reviewer listed that their furniture was outdated, this is still true and clinging on to the 80's. Departments don't communicate effectively, there are too many chiefs and not enough Indians here.

    On of the biggest challenges of working here is not being trained at all. There is zero training and you are expected to know everything. Granted your resume should speak for itself, but if you are a new EIT starting out, this is not the place to be. You will be overlooked and blamed as a roadblock. The company does not offer a lot of community involvement and there is too much office gossip. There is very little movement to grow. If you like being micro-managed, come work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees have to say. Stay involved, take constructive critism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Above Average Company, with lots of great things on the horizon.

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

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Multiple locations in the Greater Houston area with flexibility for working in an office closest to home. Like similar companies, there are good managers and bad managers. The good news is that over the past few years the good managers started to out weight the bad managers. This along with a younger stock holder base, the company is moving in the right direction. After 30 plus years, the Houston Office will be renovated in 2014 and modernized.

    Cons

    The biggest con is that even though they are working on competitive compensation, it was about 2 to 4 years to late for some. Management decisions are mostly based on the older generation's idea of what an engineering firm should look like with some input from the younger engineers with new families.This is getting better, but still have some room to grow. The younger manager and stock holder base is making huge leaps in the right direction. The health insurance for the employee is free; however, the plus 1 and family coverage is higher than average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the loyal employees that have stayed with the company through good times and the bad. Always look to stay competitive in both the compensation and overall office moral and appeal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A great company with solid management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Jones & Carter as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for training. Good pay for entry level job-seekers.

    Cons

    My only complaint would be that the work was not challenging enough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    terrible

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

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time

    Pros

    decent insurance, and a half day on Friday that seems to be understood to work all day.

    Cons

    Micro-managed, non-knoledgeable employees acting as project managers. Middle management too involved with their own situation; not enough employee/supervisor interaction. Way too much gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees performing the actual tasks should be more informed of what is going on. Too many cheifs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Horrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at Jones & Carter full-time

    Pros

    On Fridays, you go in at 8 and get off at noon.

    Cons

    No organization, excessive gossip, management needs to be rethought, and health insurance is free but horrible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management staff needs to be rethought if the company as a whole wants to succeed. Also, please be aware of what is going on in each department, rather than assuming. I firmly believe that the majority of the problems the company is currently facing would be easier to navigate through if management would become proactive. Dedicated employees are hard to find, so please don't let them leave because of the current environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Ok for first job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time

    Pros

    Company sponsored intramural teams; Off at noon on Fridays...

    Cons

    Hire straight out of college and don't pay much; Want loyalty but make you have to wait too long to see any rewards; Terrible office location.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your support staff.

    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    There are some really good people here. And a few others.

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

    I have been working at Jones & Carter full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits package. Vacation accrual. 401(k) management. In-house training and PDH credits for engineers. Good tools/equipment to do your job. There are good engineers throughout the company. Some managers are good at managing people. The work is generally good.

    Cons

    Inconsistent management from one department to another. Building & furniture are very outdated. Location is not very accessible except to those living on US-59. Strict office hours - no flex-time. Promotions don't always appear linked to performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Modernize office policies to allow PTO and flexible schedules. Train and hold all leaders accountable for management best practices. Demonstrate leadership - people follow what you DO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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