Sargent & Lundy Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Pros
  • Well structured IT Department and good benefits and laid back, I enjoy working here (in 9 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is really up to you and how hard you want to work (there's no accountability if you don't want to) (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Promotions are based on who like you and not on hard work and competence (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer/Associate I in Oswego, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer/Associate I in Oswego, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Overall good power industry employment opportunities.

    Cons

    Management out of touch with current industry methods used for engineering design.


  2. Sargent and Lunndy

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, good benefits, paid overtie

    Cons

    very stressful, tight schedules, and finger pointing

    Advice to Management

    Have the interest of your employes in mind


  3. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good structure, good work groups, great work

    Cons

    some negative attitudes, people tend not to stay to their own groups

    Advice to Management

    Keep providing projects


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run don't walk.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer II
    Current Employee - Senior Designer II

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy

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

    Pros

    Good pay and fair benefits.

    Cons

    Too many to list. If you don't love your family, like being cursed, harassed, bullied, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with more people skills.


  6. S&L Chicago

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Discipline Professional in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Discipline Professional in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Work Environment. Company Cultre Really Fosters Development and Growth Professionally For It's Employees Individually As Well As Promotes Teamwork and Camaraderie. Excellent Benefits.

    Cons

    Not Too Many That I Can See


  7. Helpful (1)

    Okay for new grads

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of free lunches for Admins, Nice Christmas party

    Cons

    Supervisors have their favorites and if you are not one of them a promotion is impossible.


  8. Great Company with minor cons

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A good overall atmosphere. I've been fortune to work under people that do not micro-manage hence have enjoyed the freedom to perform tasks at my own pace. Schedules and budgets can sometimes be menacing but I think you will see that in every consulting company. The work is interesting and while you might get stuck doing something similar for a few years, new challenges are abundant if you ask for them.

    Cons

    Promotions and raises are very structured. Most raises due to promotions are mediocre ($2 or less) yet they are treated as if they were earthshaking. It seems that alot of people leave and come back in order to get a good boost in pay. It doesn't seem like loyalty is value very much, I have seen guy with 40 years of service not even get taken out to lunch (ouch!).

    Advice to Management

    Make the raises and promotions truly performance based. Take care of your employees before they decide to leave.


  9. Corrosion expert

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corrosion Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Corrosion Consultant in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Worked on challenging projects. Lots of contact with clients. Good interaction with staff and with clients. Variety of difficult projects. Worked on different levels of technical difficulty.

    Cons

    Push on high billability hours. Push on maximum billable hours. Emphasis on minimum billable hours


  10. Challenging Work, Diversified Clients and Managment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sargent & Lundy full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Very good people who take time to help young engineers and designers learn the ropes of working for power industry. Benefits are slightly better than average. 401k plan is well managed, open and has many options. Starting pay is good. Much more stable employment than the power industry used to be. Most employees get to work on several different types of projects, so you constantly are working on new things requiring gaining of new knowledge. Clients appreciate the completed work and often understand the pressures involved with producing that work.

    Cons

    Schedule & budgets are often unrealistic causing stress to employees. Promotions and salary increases are very structured. Favoritism of a majority of Managment is an issue. Like most companies, Managment is hit or miss. There are guys you love working for and guys you'd do anything not to work for. Diversified clients leads to a need of knowing and learning multiple different procedures and standards. Field work is often needed by the clients, there is no/little up-front recognition from employees/Managment that this work is critical. Some employees (often older) fill seats with little to no production.

    Advice to Management

    Provide bigger incentives to employees. Bonuses based on project/client production. Employees who go beyond expectations need to be retained based on the production they produce and the client satisfaction. Provide employees more business management related data and then incentives that match those results and provide conclusions on the data and how management feels that data is positive or negative (where do improvements need made, management, employees, scoping, budgets, schedules, client relations). Provide this to all employees using the same metrics for all clients and how it compares. Much much more transparency provided to all levels of employees.


  11. S&L Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Associate I in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Associate I in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy

    Pros

    Interesting work for an engineer right out of school. I liked the comp time policy when I was there. Fair base compensation.

    Cons

    Lack of professional development, weak leadership



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