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  1. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in Lisle, IL
    Current Intern - Intern in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, work with many different projects

    Cons

    I did not find any cons while working here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    It's been fun, but challenging to frustrating.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of company owned vehicles to use.

    Cons

    Long hours are expected with little benefits for months on end.
    Often resources are not available to productively complete assignments.
    No real plan for people's development is put in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not enough meat in the middle to get work done.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Firm, But Needs to Make Some Re-adjustments

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Wide range of project types and locations, very good middle management, impeccably good. Team leaders, and senior/project engineers are unmatched, and go well out of their way to help entry level staff learn and develop.

    Nice office spaces, outstanding marketing department, good starting salary, good connections with transportation entities.

    Cons

    Keeping things constructive here:
    -Vital Admin/HR roles have been reduced and overworked
    -Poor performance slips by unnoticed, good performance goes unrewarded

    Lots of these reviews say Top Heavy, and I disagree. It just seems top heavy because its shaped like an hour glass. The real problem is that there are not enough middle managers/engineers. Mid level engineers are overworked to the brink and leave, only to be replaced with entry level staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved working here, but some adjustments do need to be made.
    1. Hire more middle level experienced engineers, and once they're on board keep them rewarded and happy.
    2. Do a better job of recognizing poor performance and eliminating it.
    3. Keep your eyes on staff retention and satisfaction, and less on the contribution margin. contribution margin doesn't effect the quality day to day work, an employee's eagerness does.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    I'm hoping that things will change someday.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Clean, modern office building.
    2. Aesthetically-pleasing, well-produced marketing literature.
    3. There are still a number of capable, intelligent technical experts working in the various Business Groups.

    Cons

    1. Overtime is unpaid.
    2. No cost-of-living salary adjustments, no bonuses.
    3. Short-term metrics and utilization take priority over career development and professional training.
    4. Questionable hiring practices; rampant nepotism/cronyism; lack of cultural diversity
    5. Rampant micromanagement.
    6. High percentage of involuntary turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more often. They will be the future of Patrick.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Slightly above average salary, but abhorrent corporate culture.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Pretty brochures thanks to an incredible marketing department. The salary starts above average to get you on board, but don't expect any raises thereafter.

    Cons

    Poor communication and no resources invested in employee development. Rampant micromanagment with the two-fold detriment of decreasing work productivity and occupying managers time that could better be spent on business development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Providing employees with the proper training would provide bountiful dividends not just in improved work and efficiency, but also show the employees that they are valued.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Enjoyed my time here but found a better opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patrick Engineering full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, Fair compensation, Fair raises, Nice offices, Variety of project work, Relocation options, Willingness to invest in the tools to get the job done

    Cons

    Wanted me to work a lot of overtime with no hopes of compensation, Little professional development, Often I felt like if I wanted to gain more experience in a certain area I was pressured to do it on my own time, Managers try to have their hand in everything instead of delegating responsibilities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    delegate roles and tasks

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Underwhelming

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Patrick Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    From my perspective they treated the engineers well. They are the ones bringing in the money. They offered summer hours and managers were flexible with the schedule.

    Cons

    The overhead groups were completely understaffed, and hard work (for overhead staff) was very rarely recognized. Inconsistencies with management and poor communication on all levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your employees, and give credit where credit is due. When you recognize an employee for their hard work it motivates them to continue working harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Consulting firm with solid technical abilities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to grow and develope technical and soft skills. Patrick wants its employees to succeed and provides the tools and opportunities to do so.

    Cons

    The compensation packages at Patrick are competetive however some parts of the benefits are sub par when compared to companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develope a better relationship with employees. Find channels for employees to provide constructive suggestions and foster an environment that puts more emphasis on a better balance between work and personal life.

    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Dissatisfied Engineer finds better opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Patrick Engineering

    Pros

    Ability to work on various types of projects.

    Cons

    Claim to be family oriented, but actions do not back up words.
    Very micro-managed.
    Very unfair; compensation-wise
    Poor communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    VP's need to be more thorough when hiring for a management position. One person could destroy a department.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. Control your own destiny

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering

    Pros

    Patrick has several companies that operate in a variety of industries. Diverse capabilities and clients have benefited the firm in the current economic climate. Flat organization with opportunities for leaders at every level to be recognized. Generally, there are few office politics. People are recognized for their achievements and small group sizes ensures credit is given where it is due. Having come from a large company, I recognize the trade off between strict structure and knowing a very specific career path versus a loose structure with the freedom to pursue specific interests and to have ideas heard. The company continues to diversify its capabilities and locations, which offers many opportunities.

    Cons

    Hours can be long when there are project deadlines.
    Most benefits are average and 401K match is below average.
    The majority of training is on the job. Could offer more development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication could be improved when initiatives and changes are announced. Management could learn to more effectively delegate to members of their team and could be more accessible to employees.

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