Merrick & Company Reviews

Updated August 12, 2015
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  1. Great Employee Owned Business

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrick & Company (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    employee owned open book management great coworkers

    Cons

    can be feast or famine with project driven work

    Advice to Management

    keep your doors open


  2. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Good (just writing this to see other reviews)

    Current Employee - Just Writing This to See Other Reviews in Uncertain, TX
    Current Employee - Just Writing This to See Other Reviews in Uncertain, TX
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competent HR department and great IT services. Interesting work.

    Cons

    matrix organization has lots of cons

    Advice to Management

    Fire bad project managers. Set reasonable expectations.


  3. Good team members though not diverse

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrick & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Team members are good folks willing to help out one another. Strong technical expertise. Flexible company in terms of work hours and strategy. Many people have worked with the firm for many years and are very loyal.

    Cons

    Not a lot of diversity in the company, especially in leadership. Difficult to run ideas up the chain, as many in higher positions are reluctant to change. 'We've always done it that way' mentality. Internal procedures and databases hinder efficiency. Pigeon-holed in particular markets which can hurt depending on economy.

    Advice to Management

    Diversify management and be open to new ideas to foster growth as well as improve operational efficiencies.


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  5. A lot of self-generated hype, little substance....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Greenwood Village, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Greenwood Village, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Merrick & Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Even after being employed by Merrick for over 15 years and holding several leadership roles in the firm I still struggle to come up with any Pros to speak of. I did enjoy working with some of my team members over the years.

    Cons

    Significant shakeups and layoffs have left Merrick directionless and in a downward spiral. Many of the benefits have been suspended due to poor company/management performance. Several members of the senior leadership team, in particular the current COO are rattlesnakes hiding in the tall grass. One day you get a fist bump from him, and the next day you're trying to pull a knife out of your back. That's how he and some others roll at Merrick......There are many, many better options for employment out there

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to sell the company to cash out and focus on turning things around. Get rid of the old, stale leadership and bring in new, forward thinking professionals who don't have hidden agendas like most of you currently do...


  6. The experience I have had a Merrick & Company has been positive.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Duluth, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Duluth, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrick & Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are competitive with other firms of similar size. Atmosphere is overall professional and relaxed with flexible hours, department and client dependent. People are professional about issues the may arise both personal and project. Support services are adequate. Support if needed for current project is available from other locations, if need should arise. Upper management is appreciative of all employees Advancement opportunities are available as well as educational advancement opportunities. Overall Merrick & Company is a great place to work for someone who is a recent graduate looking to build experience, advancement, and stability or for those folks in mid of late career. The production software for design is always on par with current industry standards. this goes a long way to staying on top of new features to increase ease of use and output. Staff are always willing to mentor new employees although this varies by location and department.

    Cons

    Projects are to specific. PM's are limited in what they can market and who they can market to. This is a big disadvantage when compared to other firms. Merrick has such vast experience and resources but they are limited in offering in other areas by many professional employees only holding professional licenses for a few states. 401K is linked to company performance at the end of fiscal year. If one or two sections fail to turn a profit this hurts those who exceeded their goals in other sections. The largest amount of the "employee" owned stock is reserved for upper management while the lower actual employees have less than majority share thus they have no recourse to push for change. This is a big turnoff to those looking for long term employment opportunities. The other engineering fields, architecture, landscape, etc, seem to be considered second class. Things are slow to change especially when it comes to new opportunities. Getting beat out of new market opportunities by slow response from upper management. Lack of bringing on additional personnel to staff up to work current and go after new projects hurts presentation to new and existing clients. Clients see it as a weakness and possibly lack of commitment, they will look elsewhere. Lack of an up to date accounting and timekeeping system hurts internal processes. Upgrading to modern would go a long way in making the processes move along easier. Lack of interest in trying new other software manufacturers to slim line processes in the design process.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move the change along faster, open the doors to new project areas, and add staff to locations so when clients ask what resources are available for their project the PM's can respond with an adequate number instead of, we will after the fact.


  7. Helpful (6)

    Nice people, bottom of the barrel benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Super nice group of people. Pay is reasonable. Work environment.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is pretty terrible. No 401K match. 2 weeks vacation. 6 federally mandated holidays only. Some flexibility with hours, but very department dependent.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems very "good ole boy" oriented. Little diversity (no women, no people of color, no youth). Pay more attention to the infrastructure of your company...it really isn't still the 1950's.

    Merrick & Company Response

    Jan 22, 2015 – HR

    We do have a 401(k) match that will be determined at the end of our fiscal year, March 31. The match will be determined based on company preformance over the year, and will range from 1% to 3%.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator in Greenwood Village, CO
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Coordinator in Greenwood Village, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Merrick & Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Strong company Clearly defined goals Good employee support Employee owned Telecommute available

    Cons

    High overhead. Slow to change.Medical insurance deductible too high.

    Advice to Management

    Put a little more personal time into learning the concepts, requirements and principles of the QMS

    Merrick & Company Response

    Jan 22, 2015 – HR

    We have 4 different benefit plans available, with deductibles ranging from $350/year to $2500/year for single coverage. These plans let you decide if you would rather pay more for your benefits in ... More


  9. Helpful (6)

    BUYER BEWARE....political animals....if you are not one....don't go there.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merrick & Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    At first, it was a great place to work. However, one of the senior managers was the acting PM and could not handle the client. Then, there was a big upset condition and we were all booted off. Then, it was fend for yourself. If you don't have a "Daddy" in Sr. Management, then you are probably toast.

    Cons

    Very political. There are those...typically out of the Colorado HQ...that are untouchable....and can stay there forever. Then...there are those....not out of the Colorado HQ....who are touchable. The company is very political. It is not about your skills or performance, it is about how much your senior manager likes and values you.

    Advice to Management

    Learn what the Top-Rated Best Companies to work in both the US and UK do to earn those accolades from their employees. You want to be that, but you don't know how. Based on your turnover of highly-skilled staff, you are NOT doing those things. Quit making personal feelings part of business decisions. You are throwing the baby out with the bath water. In the long run, this will come back to hurt you. That is why your ratings continue to plunge, while other companies (much larger than Merrick) are being hailed as great places to work. Engineering is still a top-rated field and the best of us ultimately go onto bigger and better things. Skilled engineers are still VERY costly to replace.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Loving it!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Designer in Greenwood Village, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Piping Designer in Greenwood Village, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Merrick & Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I've been with Merrick for almost 3 months & I couldn't be happier. I feel challenged, respected & that I will continue to grow here. They respect a work/life balance.

    Cons

    I have no cons so far.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Piping Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merrick & Company full-time

    Pros

    Positive place to work, good team work, kind of like going back in time to the way engineering companies used to be.

    Cons

    Not willing to pay rates to get experienced people. Only want to pay low wages and hire very inexperienced people. Think in the long run they are going to suffer from dissatisfied clients.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the money and get the best people you can find to teach the younger folks the ropes instead of just throwing work at them and expecting them to know what to do.



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