Olsson Associates

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Olsson Associates Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
13 Reviews
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13 Reviews
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  1.  

    Internship with OA

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Intern in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Student Intern in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Olsson Associates as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great experience overall, expectations were high and workload was plentiful. As a student intern, it was invaluable in order to learn the crucial aspects of the business that are not taught in any classroom. Very flexible with school schedule as well once the semester started back up.

    Cons

    Being a student intern comes with its limitations, obviously, but I would've loved to have gotten to be a part of a public meeting, progress meeting on a project, or a site vist. While the Microstation work was amazing and really enjoyable, I would have enjoyed some diversity in my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect a lot from yourself, and that will rub off on your subordinates and peers. OA is very good at creating a culture of excellence and high standards/

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Olsson really cares about their employees.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Olsson Associates full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I have only been here three months and I hope to stay here for as long as possible. This company puts employees at the top of its priority list, encouraging discussions between managers and their reports, providing incentives to lead a more healthy lifestyle, and laying out detailed, specific plans for career development for anyone who wants it. They have a centralized intranet that allows employees to post, read, and learn about what's going on across the company, creating a sense of community, teamwork, and pride. Its managers actually manage and make sure you know that they are on your side and willing to back you up, and they travel to get important face-to-face time with as many people as they can, even the VPs.

    Cons

    Haven't found a thing to complain about :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    All that Glitters is not Gold

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Services in Lavista, NE
    Former Employee - Field Services in Lavista, NE

    I worked at Olsson Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get a lofty title
    Marketers are the superstars here
    Politicians family members get jobs
    Very well connected

    Cons

    Gotta watch your back
    Senior staff is superficial
    Olsson is where ex government officials go to die

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on quality - not growth
    Quit competing with your clients - you have no business being developers!
    Be more discrete with the expense accounts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Poor management - old boys club runs the show at Olssons

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Olsson Associates full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance, friendly peer group

    Cons

    Low salary, stagnant career, incompetent management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to learn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Operations Team in Lincoln, NE
    Current Employee - Business Operations Team in Lincoln, NE

    I have been working at Olsson Associates full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Given many opportunities to take on projects in a leading role
    -Firm is organized into teams, creating an almost family atmosphere
    -Company financials are shared regularly with all employees

    Cons

    -Lack of development tract for some employees (no opportunity for promotion)
    -Some company initiatives that are not prospering/losing money seem to live for longer than they should

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep talking to employees to keep us informed of what's happening.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place for an internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Student Technician in Olathe, KS

    I have been working at Olsson Associates as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Good exposer to civil engineering environment for a student
    - Very flexible for students working during the school year
    - Work on relevant projects and assign tasks that will actually make a difference for the project.

    Cons

    - pay is probably a little lower than most

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little more structured feedback about work performance, good or bad, would go a long way.

  8.  

    Great long-term career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Olsson Associates

    Pros

    First you need to prove yourself and work hard and long. Then, you will steadily have interesting work and solid rewards.

    Cons

    Change is frequent and sometimes positive, other times negative. On the team level, be aware of the team leaders and how their employees feel about working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping big picture decisions at the top and team-level decisions within the team makes the most sense. At times, team devisions on a client level are dictated too much from those removed from the day to day.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Scientist in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Project Scientist in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Olsson Associates

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to prove yourself and advance.

    Cons

    Same as working for any other engineering consulting firm!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Olsson Associates

    Pros

    It is a friendly, family environment. They believe in an open-door policy, meaning that no one (not even management) has a door to their office. Employees are encouraged to speak with their managers about anytime. Everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. I have not only been inspired by your leadership during my employment, but you have been a source of constant encouragement through my education as well.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work if you like a good work/life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Lincoln, NE
    Former Employee - Staff Engineer in Lincoln, NE

    I worked at Olsson Associates

    Pros

    Conservative company. Most of the people are smart and friendly. Very conservative personal growth. A seemingly friendly management. Respects work life balance. Good for lifers. Make sure that you understand the office politics - its neither bad or good - but will help you grow there.

    Cons

    Growth is slow. Management can not handle stars. Out of the line thinking and creativity is not handled well. Low paymaster. Well known for laying off long timers at the first hint of trouble. Enjoy life in this firm, but keep a backup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Everybody is polite to an extreme, making some real issues not coming to the management. A lot of politics goes on for the Bonus issue - make it more transparent.

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