Ninyo & Moore

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Ninyo & Moore Reviews

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

    Long-time Employee

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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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    Serious Problems with Office & Division Management

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    • 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
  6. 1 person 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
  7.  

    just okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore

    Pros

    flexible environment, some principals are good to work with

    Cons

    cheap company, no long term growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your employees

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wrong Gender and No Room for Growth

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    The company was great about giving time-off as requested and everyone has a great sense of humor.

    Cons

    Management is small minded and owner ran the company as if it were ma and pa, which it's not. In order to get anywhere, you have to be male and part of the good ol' boys club. They don't even terminate employees if they're part of the club even if they are horrible. I felt that I really never experienced the recognition that I should have and had to put up with some very awful co-workers who thought they could do no wrong. There's also a total lack of communication and you would get "talked" to for doing the tiniest thing wrong but other stuff that I felt to be more important was always left unmentioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and promote when deserved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Negative work environment

    • 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

    A very relaxed office environment. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    No professionalism within the company at all. No management. No training. No technology. No expirenced HR personal. The company probably did well when the enconomy was good because it was easy and now that times have changed and are difficult no one knows what to do and/or how to keep a steady work flow. There might be a lot of talent with in the company but no Senior level staff wants to spend the time to share there knowledge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees, mentor them, challenge them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Friendly Relaxed Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    Management are open to new ideas and new areas of business. Staff are trusted with their schedules. Management doesn't clock watch but, staff are expected to carry their weight. Lots of opportunity to learn new things and gain broad experience. Management is fair and attempts to keep workload balanced for all. Excessive overtime is not expected.

    Cons

    Lots of short term, rush projects. Work can be short-notice, fast-paced, and hectic. Senior technical staff do not train well and often leave staff to fend for themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More/better training for staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Jobseeker and former employee

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Staff (as long as they're not your boss)

    Cons

    Confusion over what is expected. For example, this job posting requirement includes both a request for the successful candidate to "prepar[e] and [submit] ... press releases," then in the next sentence states: "This position does not involve outside marketing activities." Which is it? Or do you want someone who can do it all but you don't want to recognize or compensate them?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training, better communication

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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