Ninyo & Moore Reviews

Updated May 21, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Amazing Family with genuinely "Welcoming attitude"!

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

    I have been working at Ninyo & Moore full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive wages, full benefits package, flexible hours, professional and personable personality company wide.

    Cons

    Some new management restructuring going on so knowing where you stand is currently unsettling, but looking forward to dust settling and assured it will settle with positive results.

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with what you're doing...you're on the right track!


  2. Helpful (3)

    One big dysfunctional family

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are better than most as the HMO is paid 100% and half for spouse, there are some people that still care and do their best, some people rave about the Christmas party, cash bonuses, centrally located, company sponsored events, lots of food in meetings and if you are busy many, many people charge lunch to the company credit card.

    Cons

    Mgmt, IT and HR are a complete joke, old building smells like the bathrooms are not ventilated, phones, computers, a/c are down alot, roof leaks, owner has his lunch and coffee brought to him and he has a very abusive demeanor. Favortism, sexism, and other isms. Treat support staff like 2nd class. Constant paging. Low pay scale. Very limited advancement for those who want to stay. Lots of long term, impotent, entitled employees. Poor morale.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. Invest in your business and don't micromanage the smart people that you hire. Respect those you hire and their time. Don't call about work when we're on vacation. Please sell the company to a competitor.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Run if you can

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pseudo-Image in the industry, nice office with good location in Irvine.

    Cons

    Only when you have been there for a while, you realize the mistake you have made. Get this, Situation 1. the geotech and environmental industry - if you do not have specialty like N&M, you are in competition with larger as well as smaller companies. You try to cut slimmest on your bids and expect staff to complete projects within budget. Situation 2. People who have gone over their prime, tend to stick to their positions - more so if there are less opportunities in the industry, like the geotech industry. What that means for you is, as long as a sr. engg./principal doing a fair enough job either by talent (which BTW N&M have very few of) or by teeth and claw, gets to get a pat on his/her shoulder at the end of the year. Where does that leave you if you are a young aspiring professional? You are in a constant battle to do a good job, and people who review your work, are in a constant battle to prove you are wrong every step of the way.

    Staff, don't expect a raise this year, and the principals will not be receiving any bonus - have heard this statement year over year over year, even when financial documents point to financial health in the other direction. You are what your company's reflection is, and that is exactly what the top boss is. You know what he is as soon as he opens his mouth. Stay away if you can.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to teach an old dog new tricks......carry on with what you are doing, hopefully you get to your retirement in one piece. Don't bother being just to younger employees, you would end up hurting your bonus at the end of the year, although publicly announced, you don't receive it.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    I feel bad for the people who are left working here..

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Beer Friday
    Vacation/Sick time do not expire

    Cons

    Human Resources (if you can call it that)
    Benefits
    Administrative Staff
    IT Department
    Management/Ownership
    Lack of Training
    Annual Reviews/Laughable Pay increases
    Discrimination
    "Expansion of duties" (fear of losing your job if you don't take on every task)

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is the same as most of the other reviewers, you get what you pay for, start valuing your employees and maybe they'll value Ninyo & Moore enough to stick around. Turn around in most offices is abysmal. Unless you're one of the "golden boys", ownership/management sees you as dispensable. And will tell you so. I was told repeatedly by management that they "do not care" if the remaining administrative staff members are overwhelmed and undertrained.

    I listed the IT department in the "cons" for this review, however, they have made a lot of improvements since hiring an IT Director to oversee the "admins", the only thing that is (and will always be) holding them back is the involvement the owner takes in all things IT. He's an engineer, yes, but not a network engineer.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Don't Work Here!

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

    I worked at Ninyo & Moore

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

    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 Management

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


  7. Rewarding but stressfull

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Less micromanagement.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant- San Diego (Corporate Headquarters)

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Do not work for this company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Worst Company to work for - Run

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Serious Problems with Office & Division Management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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