Sargent & Lundy

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Sargent & Lundy Reviews

Updated October 30, 2014
Updated October 30, 2014
90 Reviews
3.6
90 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)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great place to start

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Viewed as one of the better technical companies in the power industry. Lots of opportunities to wok on interesting projects. If you are capable, upper management will try to find work for you even when work is slow.

    Cons

    Work in the power industry is VERY cyclical. Sometimes promotions seem arbitrary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the promotion process more transparent.
    Try to cut overhead because S&L's services are one of the more expensive in the industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    S&L is the definition of mediocrity

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

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    1) Very mediocre mid and upper management means there is a lot of opportunity for taking on responsibility and
    making a difference early in a client-facing role.
    2) Benefits and base compensation are pretty good for the industry and the firm is flexible if you are a strong
    performer (i.e. they will match offers to try to keep you).
    3) 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).
    4) The downtown location is one of the biggest pros, especially for younger staff. This is the sole reason they are able
    to attract decent recruits out of undergrad.
    5) Nice people
    6) If you are patient enough to wait 20 years, the pay day is attractive (owners brag that they make more than law firm
    partners)

    Cons

    1) There is zero accountability as management has a complete lack of leadership ability, or even a conscienceless
    that leadership is a desirable trait. There is an arbitrary 10-year requirement to get into leadership (can be reduced to
    8 under special circumstances); which means most ambitious high performers leave. Anyone who has remote
    leadership abilities usually eventually makes it to the VP level, which means that the mid-level managers that manage
    the actual work are the 'best of the rest' - i.e. the ones that had no other option but to stick around.
    2) There is very little investment by the owners back into the firm; this is a cash harvesting business model. This
    means the senior directors simply sit back and preside. Its all about leveraging whatever brand value and historical
    pedigree remains in order to justify higher fees. There is no focus on business development or human capital
    development. Status quo at all costs!
    3) Mediocrity permeates every aspect of the company from the hiring practices (this will be your easiest interview), to
    compensation (zero performance-based pay), to management style, to culture. Deliverables that go out to the client
    are often shockingly bad.
    4) Ultimately, AE work is not that challenging, and it will often be quite boring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in building human capital. Create accelerated tracks for high potential candidates. Part with some of your cash.
    Spend less time at the University Club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK but better firms out there

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy

    Pros

    The pay is decent as well as OT

    Cons

    There is little to no upward mobility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loved the work just under paid.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy

    Pros

    Loved the atmosphere and the work.

    Cons

    Underpaid compared to other firms.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Good downtown office location.

    Cons

    Outdated business model. Company is afraid of change. A lot of " this is how we do it attitude". Certainly, the company is not for smart people, thinkers, and diverse employees. Often, upper management and directors are greatly mislead by wrong information. The politics are toxic and result in a very bad work environment. Promotions are based on who like you and not on hard work and competence. Intimidation of employees and sometimes HR is the way of doing business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what is really going on, understand the scope of the project, and stop worrying about your position instead of doing the right thing for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Greta exposure and experience. Great benefits and work life balance

    Cons

    Low salary, personal growth is hard.

  8.  

    Sr. Associate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Electrical Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 (less than an 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT - Good Department

    • 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 full-time (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

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