Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

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Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Reviews

Updated May 2, 2014
Updated May 2, 2014
21 Reviews
2.9
21 Reviews
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  1.  

    Under utilized, degraded, and unappreciated

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    Former Employee - Project Business Administrator  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Business Administrator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The only pro that remained while I worked at Shaw was that I was employed and my home was less then 10 minutes away. I also met a few great people.

    Cons

    Micro Management; HR inconsistencies; No appreciation; Poor moral; Failure to train new employee's properly; Stone age processes; No willingness to embrace new ideas and processes. Failure to recognize a good job, and reward for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your head out of the sand and realize that the people in the field are the ones that should be applauded for their hard work. Not punished

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Lucrative if you travel, for the most part this company does not care about its employees and management is subpar.

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I met some really great people and learned different aspects of the environmental field that I had not been involved in before which padded my resume.

    Cons

    There is a lot of travel involved, and when a project is over have fun trying to find other projects to jump on board with so that you aren't charging your time to overhead. Also there were certain staff who are known to cause problems throughout the company and have so for years with their inappropriate behavior which created an unfriendly and hostile work environment and have run several new staff off but management turns a blind eye to the problem staff person and actually makes excuses for them and doesn't want to deal with the problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to communicate effectively with your subordinates and give employees opportunities to be involved in different projects. If you want to retain new employees, provide some training and give feedback so that they know how they are doing. Also, if several new employees have left after a short time and it all points back to working for a specific project manager and everyone in the office knows it, don't you think you should pay more attention to the common denominator here. Stop burying your heads in the sand and deal with the issue. A good manager should be able to so effectively.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    joke

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    show up and collect a paycheck, keep mouth shut about out of date practices and those on pedestal, hope funding continues because you are disposable

    Cons

    horrible work environment, cheap management, black mold growing in the office

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue lining your pocket at the cost of others

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Techs not valued. Simply a consumable item.

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    Current Employee - Technician
    Current Employee - Technician

    I have been working at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    Home leave is paid by the Company.

    Cons

    If you rock the boat you will be punished. Forced time on the bench is the way to "teach you a lesson". Very hostile work place. Published Company policies are not followed by middle management. Coverups are also rampant.
    Layoffs occur with little or no notice.
    Full Perdiem is not paid to employees,rather a small portion, to cover the food element. The accomodation part is retained by the company and a hotel (of lesser value) is provided. No opportunity to find your own hotel. I do not know the legalities of this practice, but seems like its missapropriation of government funds.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at the middle management. There are numerous abuses of authority, with favoritism taking precident over performance. Workers have been penalised and lost jobs for "trying" to follow company policies. UXO Techs are a disposable commodity and are not valued, even though they are the profit makers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Miserable Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    The company has a lot of different offices and project sites you can be transferred to. Some highly knowledgeable professionals that can provide guidance.

    Cons

    In order to save face in front of the client, an employee can be fired and blamed for management mistakes. The company will not address severe human resource problems. On a project site, it is all dog-eat-dog.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think more extensively about how a project should be run. Make sure you have everything and everyone you need before launching into a contract. Please make a decision regarding poor management and/or poor practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Lot of field work under the hot sun and cold winters......95% field work, 5% office

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I  in  Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer I in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    stable employer and nice office atmosphere.

    Cons

    no hikes regularly, lot of BS in performance review...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please encourage jr staff about the assignments clearly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Just an opinion

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    Current Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator
    Current Employee - Senior Subcontracts Administrator

    I have been working at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    There are good and talented people working at Shaw. Company is worldwide and across the United States.

    Cons

    A few directors in the Contracts Administration will share gossip to others. Leadership of the department as a whole is completely unsupportive. Raises average 2% or less. New company philosophy is do to more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come down into the weeds and meet your employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good, but easily could have been better.

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    Former Employee - Senior Contract Administrator  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Senior Contract Administrator in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very little, if any; management involvement in daily activities.

    Cons

    Very thing has to be approved by a Vice President or above. They either do not know how to delegate authority or are afraid to delegate authority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to delegate authority. Chasing for Vice Presidents to get signatures for routine business matters is a waste of money / time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Easy yet boring

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    Good amount of time off, they offer 9-40 schedules so every other week you get a 3 day weekend which is nice

    Cons

    Lots of work and overtime that you'll never get paid for, job is at time mind numbingly boring, very little employee appreciation

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good overall experience for an entry level engineer.

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

    Pros

    Diverse, interesting projects, fun work environment, access to technology and resources, great peer group/team working relationships. Fair Salaries (if you negotiate), flexible hours, and travel opportunities. If you can find an advocate in the upper managment structure, you can do well.

    Cons

    Constant M&A integration and re-organization. No apparent long-term vision. Never ending cycle of middle management changes. Poor implementation of mentorship and staff development programs. Bitter employees of acquired firms that were not integrated into corporate could create a poisonous work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better integration of professionals from acquired companies, you purchased them for a reason, integrate them or help them move on. Build bridges between entry level staff and technical and operations management, the generation gap is widening and will become a real problem in the next decade. Stop the management roller coaster, and keep employees informed, our generation is the driven by the 24 hour news cycle; if you don't provide information on the vision and direction of the company on a consistent basis or follow through on previous management plans you will not be able to maintain a connected, dedicated workforce.

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