The Kleinfelder Group Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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The Kleinfelder Group President and CEO Bill Siegel
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Pros
  • Great opportunity to work on a variety of projects in different areas of the country (in 3 reviews)

  • Work-life balance was very good (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management turns a blind eye to the chaos, only to dismiss logical suggestions for improvement from their staff (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management cannot decide on how to organize and run company, changes every year (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Just me

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

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group

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

    Pros

    Kleinfelder was a wonderful company to work for. Everyone worked well together. Pay was great. They were good to their employees.

    Cons

    Kleinfelder is going through a lot of changes, so people are constantly being laid off. Kleinfelder is an employee owned company yet they did away with the ESOP program and instead is matching the 401K 2%.


  2. Continued Disappointment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The Sacramento office retains some residual local reputation and history of being a strong player in the Northern California marketplace, though in recent years this has diminished significantly. Professional team has enjoyed strong retention, again until the last 3-4 years but those that remain are a great team to work with and genuinely care about their peers and clients.

    Cons

    Local leadership is unfamiliar with the firm and the California marketplace and is an ineffective leader (nice person but not able to inspire those around her) who seems to capitulate to executive leadership. There is little recognition or regard for the past and the contributing factors that brought such success over decades, just the new mantra of “you get what you measure” that comes from the top tier of the firm. Very reactionary environment, currently I spend way too much time explaining a slight drop in staff utilization rather than being allowed to focus on our clients and work, all decisions are driven by spreadsheets.

    Advice to Management

    Learn that decisions made by one or two people rarely are adopted by the masses. In addition you lose the insight that others could bring to the conversation, I have to wonder if our company would be struggling as bad as we are if you had engaged people when restructuring instead of dictating it.


  3. Sr. Professional

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Prifessional in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Prifessional in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can work from home and or make your own hours

    Cons

    Everything else. Salary is low management is awful they rule by intimidation

    Advice to Management

    Fire them all


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Trenton, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Trenton, NJ

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex schedule, good people to work with, health insurance/medical benefits

    Cons

    limited opportunities, lack of diverse work/projects,


  6. Helpful (1)

    Project accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Manageable work load.

    Cons

    Poor management. Employees are a number.

    Advice to Management

    Value good employees, especially ones that come on as temps.


  7. Poor future outlook

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in DFW, TX

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    People that work here are bright

    Cons

    Low pay, no hours, poor benefits, poor management communications


  8. Not what it once was

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Many good people to work with, unfortunately more and more are leaving or being laid off. Not a bad place to obtain skills to allow you to go work somewhere else. Opportunity for travel (due in many cases to no local work)

    Cons

    Very weak executive leadership, hamstrung board of directors, low morale, lack of willingness to invest in staff, low wages, very poor client retention, weak company image in the marketplace, lack of true leaders, little to no regard for people who built the firm. Current leadership believe measurement is the only way to get people to perform (where a true leader would inspire)

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to the truth, the last 4 years have been a disaster, CEO and COO must leave or company is doomed


  9. Helpful (3)

    Staff Professional

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Positive work environment, challenging projects

    Cons

    Low pay, benefits are getting worse


  10. Helpful (3)

    Accountant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at The Kleinfelder Group

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

    Pros

    The overall culture within the company is ok and they try to treat the employees well, most of the people that work in the company have been there for sometime.

    Cons

    The two biggest issues is the benefits package and the compensation. You are pretty much stuck in the position that you started in unless you are a VP or higher. If you were to go to another company there is no doubt that you can get at least 10k more for most of the salaries that the employees are getting paid.

    Advice to Management

    Give the staff more opportunity to grow within the company and also bump of people's pay. Everyone works very hard to keep the company going, but doesn't get anything in return... compensation wise.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Staff Professional II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Geologist
    Current Employee - Environmental Geologist

    I have been working at The Kleinfelder Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good co-workers, approachable management, good environment, challenging jobs

    Cons

    Constant change, low pay, constant utilization push

    Advice to Management

    Challenging work environment with the current industry, we can keep more employees if we could pay better and allow more advancement opportunities.



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