Maryland Environmental Service

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Maryland Environmental Service Reviews

Updated November 3, 2014
Updated November 3, 2014
8 Reviews
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Holiday Leave, Comp Time, Normal Hours, Tuition

    Cons

    Pay, Politics, Pay Inequality, Room for Advancement

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    I am thinking that I can do a lot better than this.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training, time off, holidays, some nice people

    Cons

    Just about everything in all the reviews are dead one. They train you and want you to become an operator but will not let you be an operator. Micromanagement is everywhere you turn. They will continue to spend money on things that the operators have tried and made clear will not work, but for some reason they think that it is better because "they" are doing it and "their" results are going to different. Alot of wasted time with clients who have them by the short and curlies and they just bend over backwards and kiss their butts. I could go on the a long time. I would get hired, get the training and then go work for somebody else who pays better like WSSC, Blue Plains, anyone is going to pay better than this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop appointing those who are just political bs and let those whom have worked their way through the field to hold the offices. Stop wasting money on surveys to find out if you are competitive in the market, you know that you are not so stop trying to make us think that you care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    the concerns are salary and personal growth potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Maryland Environmental Service

    Pros

    the benefits and work schedule

    Cons

    salary and personal growth potential

    Doesn't Recommend
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    This company will fail and employees are leaving

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good learning and hands on experience, depending on the project that you work on. Friendly and knowledgeable co workers

    Cons

    This is not a long term work for type of company. If you want a career, with false hope's and promises, then this is the company for you. MES, likes to think of themselves as a State Agency, when in all reality, they are the States cheap private sector. Not the same benefits as the state! Management is an absolute joke! They place managers in positions that they have no background in. They treat employees as if they should be lucky to have a job kind of attitude. This company will fail with old school policies and managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get trained and have some sort of background in what your managing. Start treating your employees with respect and kudos. Make the employees feel glad to represent the company, instead of laughing at all its failures and poor decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Waste of a year of my time

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    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Tilghman Island, MD
    Former Employee - Environmental Specialist in Tilghman Island, MD

    I worked at Maryland Environmental Service full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Good schedule. OK pay. Good people except management.

    Cons

    Worked my backside off and did everything I was asked and more and was fired for no reason. If your not a woman or kiss a lot of rear you may as well move on. All kinds of cliques and politics. Good people who aren't into the day to day bs and who's who brown nosing don't get far. Lots of favoritism and non professional environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A few doing a lot of work carry the middle management who does nothing. Half the people working on the islands play on the internet all day and ride around in the trucks accomplishing nothing. New employees are used and abused

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Unchallenging Job

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Millersville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Millersville, MD

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service

    Pros

    It very much depends on who is your direct manager, but overall it's quite easy to obtain time off and have a flexible scheduler. A good tuition reimbursement program and good health care benefits. No micromanagement, at least in my department.

    Cons

    Some of the good turn into bad. For example certain people take unfair advantage of the flexible work schedule and 'work from home' a lot with very low productivity. Since the policy it's not uniform across the company only certain people can elect to work from home. Some political appointees get certain positions, even though it's all supposed to be hush hush everybody knows who they are and how much work they will be doing (or not doing in many instances). People don't cooperate for the benefit of the company as a unit, heck some people will not even read and/or answer their e-mail requesting important information. Bad management with poor leadership skills allows all of this to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the people that are willing to work for the good of the company and get rid of the ones that spend most of their time working out if a task is part of their job description or not. Reward initiative!

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    Typical State Government

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service

    Pros

    MES is part of the State Government so there are plusses including a great benefits package (although you do pay for it), two weeks of vacation plus 4 personal days, state holidays, and for management, comp time instead of paid overtime. The pace could be slow, but they fool themselves into thinking they are a consulting firm so the work is at a hurried pace until it goes downstairs into the belly of the pig, ie. procurement and finance, where things just sit and wait for people to get back from two week vacations.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? Since MES is a part of the state govt, furloughs have been instituted (up to 5 days unpaid = pay decrease), all bonuses and raises/promotions have been frozen until 2011. Nepotisim is a common issue as everyone is related to everyone. Managment is always out to get someone and even though profit is made, it doesnt get recognized. Most lower management and workers are ex-military and have different mentality about them. Worst part is MES has no pensions, but is subject to Maryland laws governing furloughs and pay cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring your brothers sister and start recognizing that some of your managers are not qualified for that title.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Great company to gain experience but severely lacking in retaining qualified, experienced employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Maryland Environmental Service

    Pros

    opportunity to learn, paid training, great benefits, large amount of facilities of varying sizes and classes. tuition reimbursement, casual atmosphere

    Cons

    the agency is constantly understaffed and because of the lower pay rates compared to other companies, they do not always attract the best candidates and instead settle for what they can get.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to maintain your good qualified employees and eliminate the poor and under performing employees and attract quality candidates by offering better benefits and salary

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