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Updated Jul 5, 2014

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2.1 15 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

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Avram Ninyo

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15% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Wrong Gender and No Room for Growth

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementListen to your employees and promote when deserved.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Serious Problems with Office & Division Management

    Geologist (Former Employee) Las Vegas, NV

    ProsAvram Ninyo is a good CEO.

    ConsOffice 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 Senior ManagementCorporate 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Management in Shambles

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    just okay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosflexible environment, some principals are good to work with

    Conscheap company, no long term growth

    Advice to Senior Managementinvest in your employees

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    Negative work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsA very relaxed office environment. Flexible hours.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementRespect your employees, mentor them, challenge them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Friendly Relaxed Place to Work

    Environmental (Current Employee) Irvine, CA

    ProsManagement 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.

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementMore/better training for staff.

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

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    Jobseeker and former employee

    Business Development Coordinator (Former Employee)

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

    ConsConfusion 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 Senior ManagementMore training, better communication

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a weekly paycheck with no room for advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRelaxed environment. Flexible hours. Easy to get away with doing nothing.

    ConsNo training programs. No company structure. No management structure.Easy for co-workers to get away with doing nothing. No follow through from management. No quality control. There are plenty of high end salaries who do no work. And there are low end salaries that do a lot of the work and have heart for the work they do. But the work environment is very negative and disheartening after time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere isn't much this company can do change. The owner is a tryant. He communicates with staff by yelling. He always assumes that you know nothing and is never happy with your work. He always thinks there is something to critize. He will yell at the first person he can reach regardless if they are the person responsible. There are some very talented staff that will leave this company due to his actions. And then others who are lucky enough to stay under his radar will leave due to hostile work environments and lack of producing upper management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Generally Fair

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsThey pay slightly below market price for a relaxed work environment and 40 hour weeks.

    ConsNo salary negotiation, you get paid what Avram thinks you are worth. Bonuses are a joke.

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    Was a great place to work years ago, but needs improvement that starts with management.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsAt Ninyo & Moore, you get to communicate and learn from Avram Ninyo, a very excellent businessman and owner. You get to work on challenging projects early on in your career, and have a lot of technical resources to refer to when needed. While most of the reviews are negative, Avram Ninyo is an outstanding leader. I wish all management knew how to manage like him.

    ConsNinyo & Moore has become a negative environment to work at since the downturn of the economy. Rather than keeping a positive spin and working with employees to acheive one common goal as a company, rather management opts to motivate employees by indirectly telling them that you are replaceable by several hundred of other people looking for a job at this moment. Ruling by fear is very common at this office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst, morale needs to be boosted. Employees are working defensively here thinking this is a dog eat dog environment, and only the strongest survive. This method of management is a failure because people no longer work together, they are working against each other. There needs to be some more transparancy and structure in this office as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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