Urban Engineering

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Urban Engineering Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
7 Reviews
2.9
7 Reviews
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J Edgar Sears
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  1.  

    great place to work, a lesson I learned the hard way

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Annandale, VA

    I have been working at Urban Engineering full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture. Teams work together to get jobs done. company has a lot of motivated, hard working people. You get to work on a large variety of projects. You get to work with the best developers in the area on high profile projects. Anyone has access to higher ups in the company, an intern can walk in and ask a principle a question. I have worked there for 7 years, I left urban after 2 years for a job i was told would pay me better, turned out to not be true. I returned to Urban and have worked there for 5 more years. I do not plan on leaving again! The company has good health care, pay and bonuses. The holidays and vacations are on par with other companies.

    Cons

    the work is very fast paced, some people have a tough time keeping up. very good place for competent, hard working individuals. Not a good place for people looking to coast. You are paid based on your ability and production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking for the best engineers in the area!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Intense work environment does not match the compensation given to employees.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Urban Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a white male looking to move up the corporate ladder then this is the company for you. If not then accept your position and know you will never advance. Just take a look at gender and complexion of upper management on their website and you will know what I am talking about.

    Cons

    Mostly the pay. Also, the environment can be difficult and harassing at times. Work-life balance will have to be frequently abandoned due to tight deadlines. Benefits are a bit below other similar companies in the area and software is very outdated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You would not have to "keep looking for the best engineers in the area" if you could retain the excellent ones that keep leaving for better pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Project Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Annandale, VA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Annandale, VA

    I have been working at Urban Engineering full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Exposure to various of Land Development Engineering.
    Excellent feedback and mentorship from manager.
    Approachable management team.
    Friendly, challenging and stable environment to advance your career as a civil engineer in the metro area.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a corporate feel firm, this firm is not for you. The work load is divided to each individual engineer and it is up to you to bring results on time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career advancement is important in this field as any other, the education stipend could be a little higher.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Project Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Annandale, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Annandale, VA

    I worked at Urban Engineering full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on a plethora of different projects, very fast paced learning environment. Great experience can be gained in very little time. The atmosphere is very fast paced and informal, you essentially can make your own schedule if you wish.

    Cons

    The pay strata is upside down in this company, as opposed to being more competitive for everyone on the payroll. All the executives/associates receive all of the bonuses/compensation while the worker bees at the bottom receive 10%-30%+ less than what they could make at other companies in the area. They even go as far as underpaying you by a considerable amount and then throwing you a Christmas bonus in hopes that you think you're being compensated fairly. Software/computers/technology are only updated when they become so inefficient and obsolete that the execs have no choice but to cough up the cash for upgrades. There are high turnover rates for low experience engineers/surveyors because of the pay strata mix-up. A lot of smart engineers have left Urban and gone to other companies in the area simply for better compensation. Job security isn't the best either, which is somewhat understandable being a smaller company of 100 employees or so. But companies that are run properly don't necessarily need to half-size at the first sign of a recession.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pretty simple- start paying people better, the salaries are not competitive enough. Upgrade software/network infrastructure more frequently so that efficiency is increased and work becomes easier for the employee's that actually produce the work. It's 2014, not 1983. This company is run more like it's a restaurant instead of being run like a reputable engineering firm in Northern Virginia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    5 years project manager

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

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

    Pros

    Work 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

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible work environment

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

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

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Ed 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Project Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Bring 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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