O'Brien & Gere Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
12 Reviews

4.2
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Excellent opportunities

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Diversified business lines, opportunities to innovate and prove new ideas

    Cons

    Syracuse is a nice town but definitely missing many the culture of a larger urban center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the focus on young talent. They are the future of the company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A split personality

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    The working environment within a divisions sub groups is great; your coworkers are truly family. Dependent on where you work there can be a great deal of schedule flexibility and project ownership.

    Cons

    There is a lack of transparency in most areas of the day to day business activities. This occurs in areas ranging from how projects are assigned and work loads are handled to the bonus and profit sharing distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage personal accountability at every level. As an 'employee owned' company transparency is critical to maintain any trust in management. Make the books more open and available for everyone that is an owner.

  3.  

    Great experience overall.

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    Current Employee - Environmental
    Current Employee - Environmental

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere full-time

    Pros

    Great flex time options and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Health benefits could be better but no complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good experience and great working environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    The people are extremely nice

    Cons

    Pay seems pretty low compared to other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Good people, typical stressful consulting environment

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    Former Employee - Project Associate  in  Blue Bell, PA
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Blue Bell, PA

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some very talented people there. Fun to work with.

    Cons

    Company is headquartered in Syracuse, NY and had a somewhat myopic view of the rest of the world. Most of Board members were life-time employees, further adding to lack of outside perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New blood!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Experience, Bad Management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst  in  Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Analyst in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    OBG is more than happy to throw you right in to the fire, leading to a significant learning experience and lots of specifics for your resume.

    Cons

    However, the management is more concerned with increasing the companies salable value than it is with maintaining strong relationships with clientele and eventually the business suffers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build the company through strong relationships with customers, not through cost cutting and accounting measures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Environmental scientist

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  East Norriton, PA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in East Norriton, PA

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere
    Learning a lot

    Cons

    Travel to oftentimes lousy areas for field work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    O'Brien & Gere is a great place to work, with great management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Syracuse, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    O'Brien & Gere is a lenient and flexible place to work. In other words, the work environment is not uptight like other places you could work. The employees are very friendly and are given time to take a break to play a round of bocce or other activities.

    Cons

    There are not many downsides with working at O'Brien & Gere. One that comes to mind is the compensation is not top notch. If I were to guess, they probably pay between the 25-50th percentile of the market average. However, this is a good tradeoff to make with the great work environment you obtain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I do not have too much advice to give to management at this time. As O'Brien & Gere is a relatively smaller engineering company, the compensation "issue" is understandable. Just keep communicating well and providing employees with an excellent place to spend their days.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Average

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Edison, NJ

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    Young, intelligent staff with willingness to work

    Cons

    Lack of Leadership & direction of senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop company strategy based more on direction of junior managers/staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    O'Brien & Gere has potential to be a great company

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  East Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in East Syracuse, NY

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere

    Pros

    The people and excellent local reputation.

    Cons

    Politics, male-dominated management, affinity for the "old ways".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify, be open to progressive ideas and implement them!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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