M3 Engineering & Technology Corp.

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M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Excellent benefits
    Nice bonus
    Pleasant work atmosphere

    Cons

    Lack of communication within departments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hiring of lower management i.e. supervisors could be more rigorous.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Relaxed atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture, few deadlines, great people

    Cons

    Repetitive work, less opportunity to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs better management, provide traning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    No leadership, communication or future

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    Current Employee - Engineer II  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, reasonable salary & fellow workers that are good people.

    Cons

    Sadly, the following items are virtually non-existent: leadership, communication, training, feedback on performance, ideas about how to do it better and encouraging people to speak out about improvements to the company. I have watched a number of people try to do things better only to be told by leadership, "why would you do it that way?" After a few of those encounters, people stop trying. In general, you will hear from the owners if it is not what they wanted, otherwise you are deaf, dumb and blind to what they want. No communication is especially difficult when the work slows (like it has now) and you watch people laid off each week with no discussion about what work might be coming up to keep people busy. Instead you are left to wonder if you will be next, and hear "you should be lucky to have a job" as your motivation. There is no active training program in any department unless you consider project work as training (the M3 owners do). Annual reviews are not encouraged by ownership and this is generally accepted by the department managers, so you have no idea how you are doing. Those of us who hope to be here after one or both owners retire, have no idea what plans they have for who takes over, who will do marketing and who will have the relationships with owners? The last thing you want to do is get on the black list of one particular owner. The worst part is you will never hear about what you did, from him, you will hear it from other people. The rumor mill is one of the only ways to figure out what may be going on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's frustrating to have to leave comments about senior management on a website. It would be much better if one could talk directly to senior management, but that is not encouraged, and is done at your own risk of losing your job. However, assuming they were to read this review and take it to heart, this is what I want them to hear:
    Communicate with the people of M3.
    Encourage feedback.
    Engage people who disagree with your opinion without having them fear reprisal.
    Encourage training and annual reviews; people need to know where they stand and what they can do to be better at what they do.
    Dig deeper on how the projects are going; you will find there are lots of issues, but very few people want you to know what those issues are because they are afraid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Chaotic Flat Organization Lead by Executive Arrogance

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. Health Benefits and PTO
    2. Many great employees

    Cons

    1. The company strategy changes with the wind and there is an attempt to be all things to all clients
    2. Yes Men/Women are successful
    3. There are undefined levels of management
    4. Verbally abusive management and/or clients, and open practices of nepotism are tolorated
    5. Groups do not collaborate, working together toward a common goal, due in part to an undefined corporate strategy
    6. Project Managers openly state that there are problems but do not take action to correct historic and current issues
    7. Management does not lead through negative changes
    8. Changes within the organization are not clearly communicated in a timely manner
    9. Nothing can get done unless employees go behind the boss’s back. In most cases “Principle Management” is a roadblock to get work done
    10. Most are unsure who is leading the company
    11. Few contribute in meetings because management does not listen to new ideas and/or are afraid of taking action.
    12. Too many pointless meetings are being held
    13. Company leaders tolerate disrespectful clients and managers
    14. The only way someone can get promoted is if a senior staff member dies
    15. Unproductive workers are tolorated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Smile
    2. Re-evaluate Your Organizational Structure
    3. Diversify Management
    4. Define and develop corporate standards of doing business
    5. Clearly communicate the corporate strategy
    6. Adopt technology
    7. Step outside of your office more often
    8. Define the company Mission and Vision statement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great firm with a few growing pains, but which firm doesn't do that?

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    Current Employee - Engineer III  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Engineer III in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I notice that most of the reviews on this site have complaints that will apply to most engineering firms. I don't think that the people writing those reviews have worked elsewhere, so they can freely discover this truth for themselves. Having said that, here's what I like:
    - Salaries are competitive. When taking salaries into account, see that...
    - Health insurance is COVERED FOR YOUR FAMILY. And it's good, too. Wellness visits are free; copays are $15-$30, depending upon doctor type. Eyecare is included. Dental is separate, but c'mon, you can't get it all.
    - Year-end bonuses. While not guaranteed (this year's rough, so doubtful), it's a great incentive to work through the end of the year if you plan upon leaving (don't leave a few weeks before, or you'll get nothing). Oh, and these aren't small bonuses, from my experience and co-workers' experiences. And they ramp up quickly. Very quickly. Not many other engineering firms do this for beginning and low-level employees. My last job, I got diddly squat.
    - The work environment is relaxed.
    - The bosses do care, believe it or not. The problem is that every young engineer comes in thinking they'll make a huge difference in a matter of weeks. That's not going to happen. Be realistic: know you know nothing when starting, one project completed doesn't make you an expert, learn from your mistakes, and you'll succeed.
    - This is not a Fluor-type company, where the amount of personnel varies drastically between jobs. By that, I mean that there's not a huge RIF after a project is finished. They tend to keep the good ones around...
    - You get to do your own drafting. On the flip side, you can't blame the drafters.
    - OT is not required. Nor is going to site for several months. Wages are hourly, so you get paid what you work (OT is paid as time worked -- don't expect time-and-a-half, though).

    Cons

    Times are tough right now, and there are rumors of layoffs. There have been growing pains, as there will always be when a company hires a boatload of newbies. If these newbies would realize my fourth point (they know nothing when starting, and one project does not make you an expert), then a lot of these issues would abate.

    I know that some will say, "Well, they are thrown to the wolves when they first start." That is true, but that's at any job. Most engineering is learning on the job. I don't know what people expect to happen. Months of training? Nope. There may be a book handed to you, but that's going to be it in terms of formal training (outside of the rare class). This is true of many firms, though. If you want to learn, talk to your boss, or your coworker who's been around for 5+ years. Don't take the advice of the guy who started a month before you; that's how problems arise.

    Cons other than that? Bosses could certainly do a better QA before allowing drawings to be issued. Also, the clients usually want these drawings issued for construction before they're even remotely ready. This can't be blamed on the company, though, as it's more of a client issue, but it seems like something could be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    QA could be much better. There are so many little issues that should be caught early on that are allowed to proliferate through the early stages and cause big headaches later on. I don't know everything, so someone should double check me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    RUN! and don't look back!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    -Great health benefits, steady paycheck

    Cons

    -No corporate infrastructure
    -No opportunities for advancement
    -No organization
    -No leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire! Company promotes itself as innovative which is far from the truth.Outdated methods, award "yes" men/women instead of those who make strong and sound recommendations to improve company. Great and talented engineers but very poor administrators of the company. Take care of your employees, stop using scare tactics, improve work ethic, stop the "can do no wrong" mentality. It's embarrassing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company and great atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with limited supervision. No micromanaging. Direct supervisor is hardly ever in your business only when necessary. Can't think of a better engineering firm in town.

    Cons

    Cancelled a lot of family activites like barbecues and picnics, softball games, santa etc that the company used to have.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My department manager does a great job!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but work is repetitive and communication is lacking.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Nice people, Flexible hours,

    Cons

    Pay is lower when compared to larger companies, work is repetitive, communication between disciplines is lacking and projects seem to be slightly disorganized. Interns are required to complete menial (understandable when no work is available) and sometimes ridiculous tasks including moving furniture, painting, delivering mail, filling printers, oil-changes for company cars, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a procedure and standardize it. Processes to complete the same tasks should be the same if not similar from one project to the next so that everyone can be on the same page. It would be nice to see some form of mentorship/training from managers and/or engineers for interns so the experience is actually preparing prospective full-time employees for a career rather than picking up the slack.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I worked at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits. Nice group of architects and engineers.

    Cons

    Preference for those that are bilingual.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Leaderless

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

    I have been working at M3 Engineering & Technology Corp. full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits package, pretty good health insurance, compensation and bonuses. M3 seems to be a growing company that got in at the right moment.

    Cons

    Leaderless. M3's management style of a flat org chart leaves many feeling lack of direction. There is no clear chain of command or responsibility and the Procedures Manuals only seem to come up when it is time to blame someone for something gone wrong.
    It appears there is minimal training for the project managers. A common heard theme is "The M3 way of doing that...", but when you look into it, the M3 way is whatever the last PM did.

    The managers have not been trained to "guide" their clients, which leads to changing direction whenever the client team decides they've made a new decision. The push seems to be maximizing billable hours and progressing drawings, rather than making actual progress toward a complete project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the people you've hired to lead, lead.
    Take their suggestions under serious advisement and stop worrying about "the way we've always done it".
    What worked for smaller clients on smaller jobs isn't going to cut it on the big projects for international clients with set procedures and reporting needs.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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