Sargent & Lundy

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Sargent & Lundy Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
85 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, competitive compensation, great location, promising opportunities (in 7 reviews)

  • Comp time and OT pay is a huge plus (in 6 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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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere, good mix of ages in the work atmosphere, the location is very nice

    Cons

    Nepotism plagues this company. If you're liked, you succeed, even if you do a bad job. However if you aren't liked you will not succeed no matter how hard you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the support staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a bad place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is good, especially on OT

    Cons

    Management is picky on detail, doing mostly administrative stuff other than engineering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more focus on Engineering

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for everyone

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent vacation, and the comp time is a nice perk. You're allowed to "bank" overtime hours or get paid for the OT at your normal wage. However, you have to bank at least 80 hours before you can start getting paid for the overtime instead. Pretty good end of the year bonus, but it's more like compensation for a year of traveling for the company without being paid for it (more on that below). Quite a few little work perks like team sports and discounts on things that have an agreement with the company. Good place for engineers right out of school as the location is in the heart of downtown.

    Cons

    Ridiculous travel policy. Employees are required to travel to sites on their own time. That means it's not unheard of to work a half or full day when you have to travel cross country. And you're not compensated for travel time at all. Ten hour trip to Nowhere, Alaska? Guess who's not getting a dime for that. This is not something explained at hire, but you're surprised with it whenever you take your first trip somewhere.
      The floor layout is such that everyone can see what you're working on whenever they walk within 15 feet of your desk. You're told on your first day that there is a no privacy expectation at Sargent and Lundy.
      This is a company of ladder climbers, so if that's your thing go for it. If you'd rather forge meaningful friendships/relationships with your co-workers, look elsewhere. Everyone I met here seemed to constantly be trying to get that next promotion. And there's like 10 possible promotions for engineers so there's really no end to it. There's also a pretty set "path" for promotions, so unless you hire on in your 20's there's no real chance of putting in the necessary time to get to the higher levels.
      The creepy old guy factor is at like a 10 here. Just about every long term male employee I met under 50 told me about the hot young female engineers in their group. I know guys typically talk like this to their friends, but if you're telling a new hire, whom you just met, about your work sexual conquests, that's pretty skeevy. I was amazed at how frequently this happened. And it seemed the higher up the ladder the old guy was, the more brazen they were with that info.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, there's no chance this place is changing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    good place to start, but cronyism is king

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    good place to learn and work on interesting projects

    Cons

    all politics. your ability to advance is decided by who likes you and not your performance. Credit for work is taken by others unless its a mistake then you get full credit for what you did. You work to get others promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture. Provide real opportunities. Sell the company to another firm that will remove the old "partnership" thinking.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    As EE was very satisfied with assignment however when projects declined due to economy, I was let go due to staff reduct

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great reputation, staffing very personable

    Cons

    Many of projects are in fossile fuel power generation which at this time is in decline due to political decisions. Exit from company was untimely, as I was considering other opportunities when I hired on with S&L. My initial interviews with my boss and actually confirmed when I was hired was that it was to be long term position. My performance was never challenged so it was a bit disappointing to be laid off and not called back even though my performance was satisfactory or above expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more EE focused interaction between S&L HR and EE at separation and also greater interface at times of possible rehire. HR did NOT review exit benefits, for Unemployment or disability or LT disability at all.....brief call from a staff member only....followed up with ZERO feedback or reemployment support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company for Engineers looking to make a career in Power & Energy sector

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Associate II  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Structural Associate II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Reasonable to Good Pay, Busy Work Schedule, Overtime Opportunities, Company does well with Power Plant Projects consistently better than competitors in industry, They encourage and compensate employees who recieve their Professional Engineering Licenses well, there are fewer layoffs than the rest of the industry there, there is design opportunity there that is not found as much at other companies working on Industrial Structures.

    Cons

    Advancement, Field Project, and Design Opportunities differ per employee some get all of them too easily while others never get them at all despite what is done. Some work processes are only done there so it may or may not be easy to transition to those from a previous employer, Supervisors, directives and expectations are both at times very inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Play less favoritism with given employees, come through on promises to advance employees more often.

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

    Great Company but culture needs significant help

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Associate  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Great compensation and potential for future growth.

    Cons

    Poor Culture and work life balance. Hard work and outstanding performance is not recognized. Rather, all employees are put on the same career progression.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more of an emphasis on employee satisfaction and work life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    People easy to work with; clients and procedures not so much

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate III  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Associate III in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    1) Everyone is easily approachable with questions and fairly laid-back
    2) They expose young engineers to meetings with client and walkdowns, which gives a practical and broader understanding of engineering and design principles
    3) Forgiving when mistakes are made

    Cons

    1) Ridiculous amounts of procedure reading, technical writing, and paperwork which takes away from actual engineering and design
    2) Upper management tends to forget things you tell them the previous week
    3) Being told you are assigned to a project the day before a scheduled client kickoff meeting
    4) Expectation that you have to work lots of overtime
    5) Unrealistic deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before bidding a project, assess schedule and budget risk to allow more reasonable hours for engineers and designers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Decent-Depending on your position you may love it, or hate it

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (healthcare options, time off, etc.) Great location right downtown with a parking garage in the building.

    Cons

    Pay could be higher for the amount of work performed and the cost of living in the Chicago area.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comes down to projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer - Associate II  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer - Associate II in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Sargent & Lundy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -If placed on a good to great project, experience is great and networking opportunities exist

    Cons

    -If placed on a poor project (low budget, fast schedule, limited resources), work can be pretty grueling...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For above average contributors, provide incentive to select future project (renewable, operations, T&D, etc).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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