Tetra Tech

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Tetra Tech Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
152 Reviews
2.9
152 Reviews
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Tetra Tech Chairman, CEO, and COO Dan L. Batrack
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you work for a good company with good people, you will enjoy your job (in 8 reviews)

  • Amazing staff, helpful colleagues, and nice work/life balance (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Tetra Tech is essentially a holding company for a bunch of operating units (in 5 reviews)

  • It has also too many senior management and project managers who don't do anything (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disconnected conglomerate

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

    I worked at Tetra Tech

    Pros

    Most benefits were standard for any US corporation. The HQ campus in Pasadena is quite nice.

    Cons

    Tetra Tech is a conglomerate. As a result, there is not a sense of corporate pride or even comradery . The corporate office oversees administrative functions, but often does not have a vested interest in the mission of the individual operating companies, particularly those which are focused more so in the philanthropic arena and do not generate much revenue.

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

    Entry level civil engineer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, CA

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Solid, basic structural engineering work.

    Cons

    Somewhat rote. No opportunity for any creative expansion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore alternative work patterns (e.g. telecommuting) and keep up with software tools / compute infrastructure.

  3.  

    Overall Good workplace

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

    I worked at Tetra Tech

    Pros

    Everybody works as a team and always willing to help as long as you are willing to ask for it. Projects are very interesting.

    Cons

    Government clients can be quite demanding. Some personalities are a big overbearing but you will find that in all companies. Too many subdivisions within the company which makes work more complex that it needs to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training to your employees about the various government procedures.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fast-paced and great integration of entry-level employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Multiple projects, flexibility in interest and path, great work-life balance, good variety, fantastic people and humble mentors.

    Cons

    Disconnect among Tetra Tech operating units, lots of small offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not cohesive and unsupportive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Environmental Project Manager in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Medical benefits. You get access to various business lines so that you can cross sell your services

    Cons

    The company as a whole does not support you. IT is poor and you will be asked to personally support your own IT needs beyond a computer. The company preaches that it is a cohesive unit but everyone looks out for themselves and that is it. They also cut benefits each quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a comprehensive business plan that incorporates each office in each specific division. Develop a business plan and execute it, not just an AOP that is based off of X employees should get us X revenue, that is not a plan. Staff your offices properly and support ongoing projects with proper resources. Upgrade your IT, the Tetralinx system is awful and wastes everyone's time and subsequently money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tetra Tech Environmental Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible, great company to work for

    Cons

    Don't exactly pay their employees well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just Walk Away

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Proposal Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of

    Cons

    Below average benefits
    Work/life balance
    Micromanagement
    Hostile working environment
    No empowerment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give up now and let someone else take over. Make policies the same for all employees in all divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor work environment with little chance of career advancement.

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

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours; in some locations you hardly ever see anyone in the office. There are many capable individuals working for this company with a high level of expertise in their fields.

    Cons

    Acquires companies to improve its bottom line and then neglects and/or destroys them through confusing reorganizations and layoffs. Most employees do not feel valued and professional growth and training is nonexistent. Women are treated like second-class citizens, are rarely promoted, and there is little to no room for career advancement. More than 90% of middle to upper management are white males. Work utilization requirements are extreme and those with low utilization are frequently laid off. The company spends millions on an annual meeting for a select few and little to no information regarding this meeting is disseminated to other employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees and promote women to leadership positions! Tetra Tech's culture is out of date and not attractive to young people or women.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Work interesting; large variety of projects both commercial and government sectors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Will Not Provide; Full Time in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Will Not Provide; Full Time in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Tetra Tech

    Pros

    Interesting variety of work, opportunity to learn new skills and collaborate with other professionals. Challenging environment and assignments

    Cons

    Top heavy management with little direction; staff other than engineering / scientists viewed as subhumans and expendable/no respect. Operating systems experience performance issues frequently. Impossible deadlines and short staffed. Billability takes precedence over every aspect of work. Difficult to work between various TT companies. Many cliques in this location add to mistrust, poor morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a plan for the future, communicate plan to employees and include how each employee can contribute to success. Treat all employees with respect no matter level of position. Eliminate cliques and the inner circle of those employees/managers who continuously reward only those who are part of the 'exclusive' groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Good place to work - in 2009

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

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great benefit package, extremely generous time off plans (you start out getting 3 weeks a year) and over all a good culture with a lot of people in various offices that are people oriented.

    Cons

    Silo effect. Costantly mentioned in middle management. It's hard to get information from other divisions or offices if you don't personally know someone in one of those offices and if you're working on a proposal it's nearly impossible to know if someone in another office has the skills you need to get the work. It's too scattered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better ( yea i'm sure this is mentioned for 99% of companies but that's because it's important) amongst offices.

    Approves of CEO

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