Olsson Associates
3.4 of 5 11 reviews
www.olssonassociates.com Lincoln, NE 500 to 999 Employees

Olsson Associates Reviews

Updated Feb 23, 2014
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3.4 11 reviews

                             

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Olsson Associates President Brad Strittmatter

Brad Strittmatter

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57% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good place to learn

    Business Operations Team (Current Employee)
    Lincoln, NE

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

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

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    All that Glitters is not Gold

    Field Services (Former Employee)
    Lavista, NE

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Poor management - old boys club runs the show at Olssons

    Traffic Engineer (Current Employee)
    Lincoln, NE

    ProsWork life balance, friendly peer group

    ConsLow salary, stagnant career, incompetent management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for an internship

    Student Technician (Current Employee)
    Olathe, KS

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

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    Great long-term career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lincoln, NE

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

    ConsChange 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 Senior ManagementKeeping 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Place to Work

    Project Scientist (Former Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsLots of opportunities to prove yourself and advance.

    ConsSame as working for any other engineering consulting firm!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work!

    Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsI have nothing bad to say about my experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Staff Engineer (Former Employee)
    Lincoln, NE

    ProsConservative 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.

    ConsGrowth 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 Senior ManagementEverybody 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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    Great people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are so many great people who work for this company.

    ConsThey don't always do a good job of using people's strengths.

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    Not Spectacular in Any Way

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNon demanding job, pleasant friendly people and office environment.

    ConsI don't believe that Olsson treats their employees particularly well, which seems to be reflected by a high employee turnover. On the opposite side of things, the company appears to be more than willing to extort their clients wherever possible. There are many other companies that I think do a much better job focusing on their employees, their clients or both; rather that just generating profit.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus efforts on taking care of clients and employees, rather than shorterm mindset of increasing multipliers and shedding liabilities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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