METCO Environmental

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Updated Mar 19, 2014

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2.4 9 reviews

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Rob Patterson

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20% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Not for everyone

    Environmental Scientist II (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsIf you can keep up, you will learn a lot in a very short amount of time. Metco will expose you to a multitude of industrial environments. You will likely get a behind-the-scenes tour of everything from petrochecmical to manufacturing. Just about everyone in the company started at an entry level position. One of the few places that will take on new hires that have little to no experience.

    ConsLong hours and lots of travel when you hire on. Industrial work environment (hot, loud, dirty) from time to time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAddressing the work/life balance issue might reduce the high turnover rate.

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    The extensive travel was fun at first, but eventually became tiresome and hard.

    Environmental Scientist II (Former Employee) Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsGreat benefits, good coworkers, decent pay.

    ConsLong hours in all types of weather, poor equipment at times, long travel distances across the country.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuy better equipment before it needs constant repair.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This company is a good company for someone starting out fresh from college.

    Environmental Scientist III (Former Employee) Carrollton, TX

    ProsCompany allows for employees to advance quickly through their "supervisor training program", and you get to see many different places

    ConsTravel 90% of the time, long physical hours, time away from home is almost unbearable, live your life out of a suitcase, equipment is shoddy

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut more money into your people instead of lining your own pockets

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No work/life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay for right out of school

    ConsNever home to enjoy life

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    METCO

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsField personnel are an awesome group of guys.

    ConsTravel is 75-95%, corporate influence is becoming large (TestAmerica)

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest during interviews with job description and DO NOT sugarcoat the demands or travel requirements.

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    Good Job To Start Out In

    Environmental Scientist III (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGood people to work with
    Lots of on job training
    Can be fast tracked to Project Supervisor quickly if you show promise.
    Management is understanding on giving employees time off if you request it well in advance.

    ConsCan have extremely long weeks when it gets busy
    small raises that are extremely spread out

    Advice to Senior Managementgive the employees a good salary, and give straight time for overtime, so that when you only get 40hrs, you still get a decent paycheck, since the only way to get a decent paycheck is to work 55hrs per week.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A well designed trap

    Supervisor (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsAverage benefits, there is a lot of sitting around time you get paid for, mostly an Monday – Friday job, you go to alot of plants so you meet alot of contacts for advancement opportunities inside of those facilities. If you’re in the office on Fridays and have over 40 hours you can leave an hour or two early.

    ConsThis is an extremely stressful job. Expect to travel out of town 90% of the time working long hours 5 days a week with weekend work occasionally. You will not know where you are going until a day or two before you actually leave. Job safety is a very questionable issue. Every employee is supposed to have stop work authority, but that never happens. Focus is on getting a job done quickly rather than safely. Advancement opportunities in satellite offices are not given near as frequent as in the main office. Pay is low for a college graduate. Each step up the ladder brings a lot more work responsibilities than the previous step with very little difference in pay between the positions. Employees are generally reluctant to move up the ladder because the pay/amount of work and stress difference is not worth it. Communication within the company is virtually nonexistent, especially from the main office to the satellite offices. Upper management frequently lies about numerous issues. They tell you what you want to hear vs. what is really happening. The office space is less than ideal, but does not matter due to how infrequent employees are in the office. You have to pay for your own expenses which can be very hard on a recent college graduate. You have to keep track of your expenses because it is not uncommon for expense reports to get lost in the main office, leaving the unprepared employee out of a thousand or so dollars without even knowing it. Be warned: once you get in, it is very hard to get out. Most of the places you will work do not allow cell phones. This makes it very difficult to coordinate alternative employment options. Since the job is very specific most of the stuff you learn is useless except for another company that does the same thing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe base pay needs to be increased. You can’t expect somebody with a college education to be happy starting out at $13 an hour and over the next 4 years only increasing to $15. “Pay raises” should not mean working more hours a week. Get out of the stone age with your equipment. Keep up with technology like your competitors before they pass you up. Make more realistic schedule time frames. By now you should know that nothing ever goes as planned and there is always some sort of delay no matter how small the job is. Put more stress on accurate results and getting the job done safely before someone gets hurt or killed. Give crews more time to do so or these will never happen. Treat everyone fairly, not just the people you have to see every day in the main office. Stop lying to people in interviews about advancement opportunities and travel. Realize that the high turnover rate and low morale are for a reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent place to start a career

    Environmental Scientist II (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsMostly a M-F job, flexible time off, good health benefits, leave early on Friday if you have your 40 hours

    ConsLong hours in noisy refineries, LOW company morale, lack of training, lack of communication from upper management, schedule doesn't come out until Friday. Frequent out of town travel 5 days a week. Advancement opportunities are Rare in the satellite offices. Expect to be in the field your entire career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate legitimate training program and give employees incentives to set goals. Recognize that the high turn over and low morale is happening for a reason.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Physically demanding (sometimes exhausting), long hours, but decent compensation

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) League City, TX

    ProsThe compensation is fair and increases at a fair rate. If you enjoy outdoor work at refineries and chemical plants then this is it.

    ConsThe office is small, cramped, no work computers, tight, and poorly maintained. The cubicles are squeezed together and the rest room inadequate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove comfort of office. A tired worker deserves better after a long day of working in a refinery/chemical plant. Involve new hires in the "science" and report preparation sooner. If they are always on the stack they will quickly burn out.

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