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  1. Helpful (1)

    It's been fun, but challenging to frustrating.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Not enough meat in the middle to get work done.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Firm, But Needs to Make Some Re-adjustments

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    I'm hoping that things will change someday.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Slightly above average salary, but abhorrent corporate culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Enjoyed my time here but found a better opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    delegate roles and tasks


  7. Helpful (2)

    Underwhelming

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Consulting firm with solid technical abilities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer
    Current Employee - Project Engineer

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Dissatisfied Engineer finds better opportunity

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Patrick Engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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


  10. Control your own destiny

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering

    Recommends
    Recommends

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    One stop in the career time line

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Patrick Engineering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Flexible start time, a few very competent people, a few people that really embrace the team effort, middle management's efforts in the projects they manage.

    Cons

    VERY flat company, terrible balance of work/personal life, raises and bonuses are pipe dreams, benefits are nothing to be desired, nepotism destroys employee moral and view on potential career growth

    Advice to Management

    leadership? Some people have worked there for many years and never met the "leadership." It's a small company but at the VP level there is no communication down. If it were not for the talented group leaders, there would be no Patrick Engineering.



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