Sargent & Lundy

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Sargent & Lundy Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
86 Reviews
3.6
86 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Well structured IT Department and good benefits and laid back, I enjoy working here (in 9 reviews)

  • Comp time and OT pay is a huge plus (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance can get very lopsided, promotions are extremely structured, but at times seem very subjective (in 3 reviews)

  • No one on my project including the project manager know the real scope (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Greta exposure and experience. Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, personal growth is hard.

  2.  

    Sr. Associate

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

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Working hrs are flexiable. pay over time works.

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities are very less if you only work hard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Electrical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate I  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Associate I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay, Laid Back, No micromanaging. It can get boring sometimes but it's a job so that's expected.

    Cons

    No Parking!!! That's about it, you have to pay 200$ a month if you want to park downtown.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture is rapidly changing. Many young leads and managers without enough mentorship.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer I  in  Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Designer I in Chattanooga, TN

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Diverse and interesting job. Compensation is very good.

    Cons

    Culture within company is changing from being quality driven to schedule driven. Many new leads and managers that are not being offered adequate senior mentorship on how to grow and develop their staff or effectively manage projects without it turning into constant crisis management situations. One can easily fall between the cracks or become pigeon holed under this type of leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a serious review of work-life balance and overall approach of young management. It is never appropriate to try to schedule a meeting to discuss your future with the company, and have your lead/manager be texting or playing a game during your meeting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    IT - Good Department

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well structured IT Department and good benefits and laid back, I enjoy working here. All in all i enjoy working in the IT department and would recommend it. the younger colleagues are smart and innovative.

    Cons

    The ability to work remotely is available but frowned upon for things such as illness or snowy days. The older folks in IT/CSD are "a bit stuck in their ways"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better salary increases and don be so hard on yearly reviews to avoid larger bonses/salary increases.
    Some of the older crowd in CSD need to understand newer technology.
    Also get rid of Novell!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great total package, certain areas could use work improvment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate I  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate I in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Salary, company sponsored out of work activities, benefits package, paid OT

    Cons

    promotions are based on length of employment and not merit based, hard work rarely recognized but errors/mistakes/shortcomings are surely pointed out, cyclical hiring/laying off

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Benefits - Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Mechanical Designer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401k match up to 6 percent, continuing education, health, dental, vision, counseling, some valuable in-house training (see cons), free lunches (lots of free lunches!) and after hours company sponsored activities like athletics (ie, football, soccer, basketball, tennis, golf, volleyball and bowling) and other clubs.Opportunities for growth, but only when there's a lot of work.

    Cons

    Poor management! No communication between FPT (Fossil Power Technologies) Division/Discipline mgr and Design mgr on workload and staffing needs. Deceptive practices by FPT (Fossil Power Technologies) Division/Discipline mgr by moving design staff around abruptly without informing or consulting Design mgr's causing frustration and unnecessary stress to the Design mgr's and causing dissent and poor moral among design staff. That is bad office politics and hurts overall productivity. It also creates panic and fear when mass layoffs come without notice so don't be surprised if people start jumping ship.
    One other disappointment, which is true of most workplaces, is the lack of professionalism. LOts of casual use of profanity and office gossip.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to the people that matter before making important decisions such as design staff, design mgr's, technical assistance/IT dept. these are the backbone of the company, not the deliverable. In truth, the people are the deliverable. They create the deliverable. It is their expertise or in some cases lack thereof that drives the quality of the deliverable. Do a better job during the employee evaluation process to have accountability and reward accordingly those that show initiative and actually perform the work required of them.
    In addition, the owners are in essence S&L's sales team. They acquire new work and need to be more proactive in maintaining existing client relationships instead of focusing only on new business. The existing client relationships bring repeat business, but when they are ignored and forgotten they are reluctant and most often unwilling to even entertain any proposals. There needs to be a balance in maintaining existing client loyalties in addition to developing new ones. Without this balance there is no sustainability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place for gaining experience

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

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great downtown Chicago location for commuters.
    Good place to gain experience in the power industry sector.
    Assigned work can be challenging and rewarding.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get promoted.
    High potential, over time, to stagnate (or limit) your engineering career by becoming to specialized in the power industry sector..
    Lack of personal identity (very few people know you and /or what you do).
    Employment security: well below average.
    Loyalty (zero sum outcome)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Power generation's premier engineering firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Associate II  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate II in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Engaging fast-paced project work, balanced by a personal life of your choosing after 5pm, often with the option for longer work weeks. Expectation for high quality, on-time deliverables, yet the company atmosphere is as familial as it can be for 2,000+ employees. Strong compensation for younger employees.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are common, though reaching a management position takes a decade or two, not years. At least good work is usually recognized and the company makes sure the good worker is aware of his/her career trajectory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not recommend this company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits/compensation package; vacation & holidays

    Cons

    No support from management; co-workers backstab and gossip behind your back

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your employees in word and deed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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