Terracon Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Terracon President and CEO David Gaboury
David Gaboury
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Pros
  • Lots of work to to be done; especially in the southeast (in 4 reviews)

  • It is employee owned and you aren't working for shareholders outside the company (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for advancement, "raises" were laughable (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours for lower level workers can be tough without thick skin, but they compensate you for the extra effort (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Best company I have worked for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Terracon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The CEO is great. He cares about his employees and is very genuine. My service line leader, and the assistant service line leaders (Materials) are also exceptional. I have gotten to know them over the last 3 years I have worked here and they are great to work with, really care about issues at all levels, and are eager to fix problems when they arise. I also like their focus on safety. It is not as much keeping the insurance rates low, but more about keeping the employees happy and healthy. It is the first company I have worked for where it feels like they actually care about you. I also really like the attention they give to evolving technologies. Things like everyone gets a laptop and a smart phone if you are a field technician. I love that its employee owned. Stock price has been growing steadily. They also really seem to understand acquisitions. The companies they have acquired recently have been good fits and well integrated.

    Cons

    Some of the aforementioned technology can get buggy and affect performance. Because it is such a large company, there sometimes feels as if their is a disconnect when it comes to recruiting, key hires, etc. between middle management and senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Acquire more materials and NDE capabilities in the western US. Strengthen the business development assets as well. Keep up the good work.


  2. Deceitful and unscrupulous

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Scientist in Grand Forks, ND
    Former Employee - Field Scientist in Grand Forks, ND

    I worked at Terracon full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people I worked with, and it was in a good location. The office had excellent relations with their customers due to outstanding work done by the employees.

    Cons

    They lied to me about my position. I drove cross-country at my own expense, just to have my job title and responsibilities demoted before my first day. They also never gave me the relocation money that was promised. Furthermore, they continued to lie to me and manipulate me throughout the duration of my employment.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better, and they will want to work for you. Terracon is well-known for not having advancement opportunities. This is because management would rather hire from outside, and keep their loyal employees continually hitting their head against the wall in the same position forever.


  3. Lab Technician

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

    I worked at Terracon

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Plenty of Field Work
    Overtime is ok and you will see 50 to 60 hrs week when company gets swamped
    Colleagues are great, friendly and zero stress

    Cons

    Non set schedule - You can get called anytime
    Pay is well beyond average at current position
    You need to fight for more money

    Advice to Management

    Higher Compensation


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Technician

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Terracon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation, yearly wage adjustments, company trucks, education opportunities/ certifications.

    Cons

    If you don't have a college degree, you aren't g doesn't good enough/ as intelligent as those who do. Sometimes hard work is unappreciated. Management doesn't necessarily take our thoughts/feelings seriously. Scheduling is terrible. Full time hours sometimes hard to get. Promotions are rare without a college degree.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to field guys. Some praise, promotions, etc would be nice at times. Give techs more responsibility. Education and intelligence are 2 different things and intelligent techs capable of more are often overlooked.


  6. Helpful (2)

    An engaging firm that wants the best for employees, clients and communities.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Terracon

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

    Pros

    Genuine care and concern for employee wellbeing. Not lip service. Strategic vision and direction

    Cons

    Disengaged employees don't know what they're missing. Need more communication options to provide input

    Advice to Management

    Minimal. Communicate the vision repeatedly!


  7. solid company with aggressive growth

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

    I have been working at Terracon full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good people, strong leadership, varied/deep talent

    Cons

    somewhat siloed between offices, needs to be more national in collaboration, medical benefits are average at best

    Advice to Management

    continue to grow, seek outside counsel


  8. Upper level field engineer, lower level project manager.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Terracon

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

    Pros

    Great people (I went to the corporate office once and met people from all over), very encouraging environment, knowledgeable and approachable senior level staff.

    Cons

    Mediocre health benefits, but it's a big company. Not too many negative things to say really, I enjoyed working there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep fighting the good fight. I'm certain that the upper management has a lot of difficult decisions to make and I thought they did a pretty good job.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Low Pay and Long hourse

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Scientist in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I have been working at Terracon

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding work, challenging work, some or the people are nice.

    Cons

    Low pay, lack of rewards, frustrating management and safety systems.

    Advice to Management

    Think once in a while.


  10. Work place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Terracon full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    You have to freedom to advance,

    Cons

    I can not find anything wrong about this company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. Great company to work for. For once I love my job.

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

    I have been working at Terracon

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

    Pros

    Upper management actually cares for the employees. Pay is good. Manager's want you to succeed In your job and to progress in your career.

    Cons

    I really don't have any negative things to say about my employer. I think it just depends on the location of the office and the office manager that runs that office.



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