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Updated May 26, 2014

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2.3 15 reviews

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John R Thomas

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29% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fantastic work environment

    Ecologist (Former Employee) San Antonio, TX

    Prosgreat internal working relations, great opportunities for development of new skills, receptive environment for input

    Conswhen work contracts are hard to come by, it is difficult to get enough hours of work

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

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    Needs a lot of work, open harassment, steer clear

    Field Tech (Former Employee) Salt Lake City, UT

    ProsLots of good field work, pleat of options to build a new skill set.

    ConsRampant sexual harassment and cover ups. This is specifically about pm's harassing girl field techs in slc and mgmt covering it up. Hr was told of the situation and I was

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet ahold of your house harassment is a pattern in slc office

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    Don't waste your time with SWCA...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Phoenix, AZ

    ProsHard work hours to profit the leadership! They enjoy your time and dedication to keep them living at a luxury lifestyle of jet setting! Great weather in Phoenix with lots of time for extracurricular activities!

    ConsExtremely low pay and benefits are weak. Also, you will always be told one thing or promised something else, but you will always be at the losing end. Leadership profits from your hard labor daily and you will be never feel challenged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou must be honest about various things with your employees. Employees keep your business in business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Structurally inefficient and negative work environment - Disappointing

    Cultural Resources Specialist (Former Employee) Pasadena, CA

    ProsIt's a good place to get experience, and meet people with the same interests as yours.

    ConsYou work very hard with tyrannical supervisors for little pay. Interdepartmental communication is nonexistent, making many projects confusing and disjointed. They do not treat their full-time Cultural Resources Specialists like real employees, and they will drop you and take away your insurance at the drop of a hat, as if your life needs are disposable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't over-hire. It's cruel to let people go and take away their benefits after a short time. People rely on those benefits and their needs are not trivial.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't plan on working here long term

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent compensation, great benefits, nice office.

    ConsIneffective Management Team, Poor Long-term focus, unsupportive to their employees growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement should spend less time micro-managing their employees and focusing on clear objectives.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just simply bad

    Specialist (Current Employee)

    ProsOffice environment was relaxed and friendly. Most managers kept an open door policy (most). The good managers recognized abilities and allowed staff to work independently on projects with genuine guidance. Field work allowed an employee to travel frequently to diverse ecological regions.

    ConsNo promotional potential. In working here, I actually took steps backwards in my career due to poor senior management. Senior managers have serious ego dilemmas with very little cause. They expected employees to continue to show up at work during long periods when billable hours were non-existent. Their marketing strategy was abhorrent and could not land projects of noteworthy value and extended work. Senior management lacks leadership and team building skills that cause serious work related riffs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe majority of employees leave due to their supervisor/manager. A great company's success is built more on reputation and performance than profits.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Mostly a substandard company.

    Archaeologist (Current Employee)

    ProsGood working environment overall, nice people in the lower rungs. Flexible leave and time off schedule, mediocre benefits.

    ConsThis company refuses to spend any money to upgrade their technology and improve science/performance/data gathering etc. They jerked me around on my pay, and the middle/upper managers don't seem to care at all about their employees, and only care about the numbers. They aren't smart enough to realize that happy employees= more revenue and dissatisfied employees= people who don't care about the job since there is no incentive. There are no matching 401k, no bonusus, very high billability goals, and the management has stopped caring about the science. Also, they frequently have no work and basically furlough their employees until further notice. There is also quite a bit of office drama, and managers bringing their own personality faults into the work environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFirst of all, grow up and stop acting like high school drama queens. Fire the people who are continually dropping the ball on marketing, provide some incentives to your employees, keep up with technology, learn how to manage effectively and stop managing like a 1970's cash and run company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fast-food environmental consulting

    GIS Technician (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsTeam of (young) dedicated employees who like what they do and work hard.

    ConsCompany gets by on the cheap, underpays the people who produce, and has high turnover because of it

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay your employees a decent salary and they will stick around

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Roles were not well-established and expectations were unclear.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMany ongoing projects, beautiful office, plenty of employee perks - lunches, etc.

    ConsLittle to no training, high employee turnover

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate clear, established roles for employees and ensure proper training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Planning for a sales goal

    Environmental Planner (Former Employee) Durango, CO

    ProsThe first-tier management still cared about the science. and about doing very quality research and documentation. The smaller offices seemed to have good internal rapport and supported each other; not so much the bigger offices

    ConsSplit personality! Management wants to be like URS or AECOM - all big money and high glam stuff. Staff (when I was there) wanted to retain the 'tree house' image and keep it funky and fun. Senior management was systematically removing anyone who disagreed with the Bigger Is Better mentality, but that Senior Management has since been removed, too.

    Everyone above first tier management was focused on meeting individual sales goals - hard to be a research botanist or a full time environmental planner and 90% billable with a multi-million dollar sales goal that even if you help bring it it, the management takes the lion's share of the sales credit

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore tree house! Treat your scientists like scientists, not like money-grubbers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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