O'Brien & Gere

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Updated May 24, 2014

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4.0 11 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

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James A. (Jim) Fox

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A split personality

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementEncourage 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.

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    Great experience overall.

    Environmental (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat flex time options and interesting projects.

    ConsHealth benefits could be better but no complaints

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

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    Very good experience and great working environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe people are extremely nice

    ConsPay seems pretty low compared to other companies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good people, typical stressful consulting environment

    Project Associate (Former Employee) Blue Bell, PA

    ProsSome very talented people there. Fun to work with.

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementNew blood!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience, Bad Management

    Analyst (Former Employee) Syracuse, NY

    ProsOBG 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.

    ConsHowever, 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 Senior ManagementBuild the company through strong relationships with customers, not through cost cutting and accounting measures.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Environmental scientist

    Staff Scientist (Current Employee) East Norriton, PA

    ProsGreat work atmosphere
    Learning a lot

    ConsTravel to oftentimes lousy areas for field work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Syracuse, NY

    ProsO'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.

    ConsThere 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Average

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Edison, NJ

    ProsYoung, intelligent staff with willingness to work

    ConsLack of Leadership & direction of senior management

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop company strategy based more on direction of junior managers/staff

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Senior Project Engineer (Current Employee) East Syracuse, NY

    ProsThe people and excellent local reputation.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementDiversify, be open to progressive ideas and implement them!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThis is a good company to work for. However, some offices are better than others, depending on office management.

    ConsNo real cons. The headquarters should pay a little more attention to regional office matters.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRemember that this is an employee owned company. Don't treat everyone like a number.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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