Ninyo & Moore Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore

    Pros

    Reputable, stable and professional firm
    Diverse and smart coworkers
    Casual Work environment
    Centrally located in Kearny Mesa
    Interesting work
    Bonuses
    Christmas Party
    Benefits are better than most

    Cons

    Outdated IT systems (upgrades are in process though)
    Micromanaging and intimidating Principal/Owner
    Under staffed
    Lack of growth opportunities
    Not very flexible regarding hours or working from home

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue improvement efforts to give employees the tools needed to succeed. Principal/Owner needs to let the managers do their jobs and stay out of everyday minutia. We would benefit from better communication and organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Rewarding but stressfull

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

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Having access to knowledgable and smart team of professionals, learning about what it takes to run a business.

    Cons

    Stressfull work environment with high turn around rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Don't Work Here!

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore

    Pros

    Some great people, some great managers, but they are in the minority

    Cons

    Low pay, low morale, too many managers, too many bad managers, too many people that seem to do no work. Limited opportunities for promotion or pay raises. Not much time off and they expect you to be available for work even when on vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people with talent. Pay what they are worth and encourage career growth. Ninyo & Moore is big enough now to pay better benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Administrative Assistant- San Diego (Corporate Headquarters)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Mentioning what company does is not a "PRO"
    Again:
    Good Pay, good benefits and a FEW smart, nice people in corporate.
    HR will lie and give misleading information to the Department of Labor, so they are not liable for loss of employment although they are at fault. This is such a "PRO" since all communication is in writing and you have the legal right to file a lawsuit after 300 days from last day worked.

    Cons

    Corporate Management posts lies about TRUE company reputation! Do not work for this company unless you would like HR repeating your information for Administrative Management which then will reach other employees !!!
    Reported employees stealing and cheating on time-sheets & expense reports, nothing was done. Friends of management will get away with anything. What a joke!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not post misleading company reputation and actually facts. Fix real problems and maybe management will not have to lie online.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Do not work for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    it was near home, office culture was good old boy network. No place for a female to succeed.

    Cons

    Time off does not exist. Calls to home regarding vacations to solve issues. Not given a choice Handled work of PM while he was golfing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees with respect, teach project managers to do their own work and not golf and have extended lunches

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Long-time Employee

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

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Longevity
    Bonuses
    Avram Ninyo
    Room for Growth
    Withstanding Economic Downfall

    Cons

    Computers/Networking Equipment
    Under-staffed
    Unprofessional Admin/Technical/Field Staff (not all, but some)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Worst Company to work for - Run

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Schedule.
    Flexible Vacation Schedules
    Easy Access to the President of the Company
    IT Dept San Diego & Phoenix = Work etiquette is impressive, competent, very polite, call them on odd hours, responsive, especially the one in San Diego office, intellectually gifted, QA of work is impeccable.

    Cons

    Poor Management every office
    HR - very unprofessional
    Very political environment
    High employee turnover rate
    Salary is a joke
    Low Morale
    Competent employees - they bury with more work, while lazy employees, they tend to keep.
    Bonuses is a joke
    IT Irvine, unresponsive, lazy, always out, late, and unorganized
    Admin Las Vegas Dept = tells everyone business - confidential info, such as salaries and computer info.
    Acctg Dept, lazy and gossip each other salaries to everyone who would listen.
    Negative Environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Acctg Dept. = lazy, late all the time for work.

    Mktg Dept. = old templates, designs from the 80's. Resumes and Proposal format needs a revamp.

    HR Dept = is a joke - no confidentiality - Human resource representatives would tell one employee every one salaries or who get a salary increase. Everyone knows everyone's business.

    There are two sets of policies - One is for Principals and another for everyone else.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Serious Problems with Office & Division Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Geologist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Geologist in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Avram Ninyo is a good CEO.

    Cons

    Office and Division leadership does not exist. Human Resource "Department" is a joke and exists to protect Division and Office Managers. There is no such thing as confidentiality between employees, Office/Division Managers or Human Resources. Human Resources exist to protect Office and Division Managers from their failings. You will be asked for candid assessments of how an office or Division is doing and will be sold out to your superior because there is no such thing as confidentiality at Ninyo & Moore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate considers senior management longevity as loyalty. However, Office and Division managers are essentially in it for themselves. HR policies are amongst the worst in the industry when it comes to equity. There are two sets of rules; one set for Principals and another for every one else. The Company essentially does not have an HR Department.

    Senior managers are not held to corporate policies, specific utilization targets, income/profitability targets, or backlog expectations. There is no tracking of proposals. Managers just tell corporate "we are busy, we have no one to lend" without any check on what backlog exists for individual departments. Depending on your level within a Department, you will then be threatened with part-time/no benefit status.

    Human Resource representatives would tell employees that one employee makes more than this one or who got a salary increase. This led to dissention in the ranks and office squabbles. There is no confidentiality between employees and "HR." There is no confidentiality between staff and managers. If you say something to your supervisor's supervisor, you will be sold out, in order to protect the management structure of the Company.

    Staff overturn in Las Vegas far outpaces the Company and industry as a whole. Specifically, many of the employees have left N&M for less money than they were making at N&M, just to get away from management (individual managers) and go somewhere with more challenging projects. This is probably why Corporate considers managers as indispensable, because they continue to stay . . . when no other Company would put up with their antics or keep them. Individual project employees are not considered valuable assets to the Company.

    The Company was caught improperly compensating employees for overtime in a small office. The OSHA enforcement officer said that they would not open the investigation wider if the Company “did the right thing.” The result was the employees of the small office were paid back wages and the rest of the Companies employees were put on strict salary with a promise of some compensation for past overtime. In the end, employees were told they should feel grateful for having a job in these “tough economic times”, received no back compensation, and most, no salary increases (once again because of the “tough economic times”).

    Marketing in the Las Vegas Division is essentially trying to find the bottom price by "buying" projects with unrealistic bids and leaving the individual project manager to manage the unrealistically low budget. Then your Division Manager charges "coordination" time when nothing was done on the project that week.

    The Las Vegas Division functions on a serious of threats and coercion by threatening employees with part-time status and no benefits as the Las Vegas office seeks profitability, when profitability could best be improved by putting Division Managers and Principals on a performance-based pay scale and specific utilization targets. Principals do not open their time card until the Tuesday after the week ending period in order to "mine" project time from projects they had little or nothing to do with that previous week. This caused your already upside down project to head further south.

    Time and materials projects are essentially lump sum, with employee time (usually a Principal or Division Manager's time) added in at WIP/Invoicing. Additionally, vendors are paid on a quick pay discount system, with a discount for quick payment being given to N&M, but the savings is not given to the client or back to the project. No one knows where the difference goes.

    Most of these issues could be solved if the owner would become directly involved with his managers and hold them accountable. Not take the "answer du jour" given to him on the phone, but drill down, look at the numbers, consider the track record of the manager, stop making excuses for the manager, and instill a corporate climate of confidentiality. If he will not begin a process of top down review of management, he should hire a Company QA officer that is answerable only to him to review each individual Office and Division on an annual or semi-annual basis.

    It is sad to see how far Ninyo & Moore has fallen. It was once a premier mid-sized environmental/ geotechnical/construction materials firm. But the owner has misplaced his trust in failing managers, preferring to blame line employees for the Company’s troubles. Corporate cannot blame the managers, because this would be tantamount to admitting failure to hire good management or at the very least hold them accountable. Good employees continue to leave. Bad managers continue to stay. Reinforcing the belief that longevity is equal to loyalty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful

    Management in Shambles

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

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Great if you're lazy. Easy to get away with small workload.

    Cons

    Management doesn't acknowledge the weak links, and instead gives larger workloads to more capable employees. Lots of lazy workers (including managers), lots of entitlement. Nothing is done to change poor work habits. Job titles and responsibilities are convoluted and unclear. You can only move up if someone leaves - luckily, a lot of people leave.

    Pay does not match expectations. Salaries and benefits are based off of the year you started and how much you whine about the bills you have. Skill set and reliability do not play into your compensation (incapable, worthless, whiney employees are over-paid, while capable, hard-working employees are under-paid). If you're incompetent, you don't have to do anything. If you are competent, you have to do it all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating issues and poor work habits like they will go away without manager involvement. Even out workloads and raise expectations. Run an effective meeting. Promote based off merit, not because the position requires a warm body.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Give me my 20 hours of prevailing wage!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you can manage to live on the 20 hours...you've goy it made.

    Cons

    Most of us CAN NOT.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't insult me on my fall back rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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