Urban Engineering
2.7 of 5 3 reviews
www.urban-engineering.com Annandale, VA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 7, 2014

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J Edgar Sears

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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5 years project manager

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Annandale, VA

I worked at Urban Engineering full-time for more than 5 years

ProsWork on all types of projects. Was allowed to interface with clients and county officials. Managers are available to ask questions or bounce ideas off of. You are rewarded for hard work. I had to move out of state for family reasons or I would still be with them today

ConsYou are compensated based on your performance. If you are looking for a place just to put in time you will not move up the ladder. If you are a highly motivated person, you will like Urban.

Advice to Senior ManagementI appreciated the opportunities at Urban. Management could possible add a couple sick days to the benefits.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Horrible work environment

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Annandale, VA

I worked at Urban Engineering full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou get to work on a lot of projects independently and will have contact with clients, reviewers & contractors etc. Flexible work hours, you can work pretty much whenever you want to as long as the work gets done.

ConsI worked at the Annandale office for 6 years and that office is a sweat shop. You are left on your own, they don't want to provide any training, need to work long hours, they only care about making a 4.0 ratio or above on jobs which is why the pay their lower level employees as little as possible. There is huge turnover in the lower level employees which makes it very difficult to work as you are constantly training new staff. Benefits package is horrible, you don't know what the 401K contribution will be until the next year and then they only contribute in April not every paycheck as other employers do. They have no desire to grow the company and this is evident in the employee compensation package. There is no such thing as sick leave, you get 14 vacation days for the whole year and have to use it if you are sick. Even then they scoff whenever someone calls in sick because they think all employees are lazy. If the power goes out, they run around frantically and tell people to go home to make sure employees aren't milking the clock.

Advice to Senior ManagementEd Sears built the company from scratch and i'm sure he worked very hard to get it to where it is today but the direction the company is headed in is not good. The employee benefits package needs some serious work at the lower levels. Need to pay lower level employees better so their is some stability in the company. People accept low pay there because they are either desperate or don't know how much they are supposed to be getting paid. Within one year they find something else and disappear.

Management needs to trust their employees more. Not everyone is out to milk the clock or be lazy and get away with minimum work. Provide training to employees instead of pushing them in and seeing if they make it.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Chantilly, VA

I worked at Urban Engineering full-time for more than 8 years

ProsYou get the opportunity to work on a plethera of different engineering projects, as opposed to being stuck just doing one element of a plan.

ConsLow paying firm that lures employees by promising 'all the overtime you can work' and considers the overtime a 'gift' from Urban. Unless you are at the Associate level you will be overworked and underpaid.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring salaries to a point that matches engineering companies in the area. Appreciate the engineers you have in an effort to reduce 'turnover'. Urban has lost way too many good engineers due to keeping all profits at the Associate level and above. Reward the guys that do the grunt work to make the money.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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