ValleyCrest Companies

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ValleyCrest Companies Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
61 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Large company with diverse clients (in 11 reviews)

  • Training is adequate, good benefits, and compensation is fair for the amount of work you have to do (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Branch management and upper management is a complete joke (in 8 reviews)

  • They will lie, cheat, and cover up their mistakes by blaming account managers (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Acquisition not a merger

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pure size of the company should be able to dominate the industry if they are able to keep their best people, but beginning to look unlikely.

    Cons

    The KKR "merger" is certainly turning into a full blown destructive acquisition. Dismantling 65 years of one of the best landscape companies in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't dismantle the support systems that made ValleyCrest the model of professionalism it was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Project Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good place to work

    Cons

    Fast pace organization with high level of accountability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    good company, tight on budgets

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

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    you will work hard but gain great experience. if you can keep up then you can do well, the company takes care of you for benefits and development`

    Cons

    Advancement is difficult, have had issues with receiving raises, performance budgets are tight and customers tend to suffer, growth with in the company can be very difficult, currently going through merger things will be changing unsure as to the direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase labor budgets, less focus on profit margins

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    ValleyCrest is the best company to work for in the landscape industry.

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

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    ValleyCrest is dedicated to training their employees to be successful in their roles. Benefits are decent. Managers are given company vehicles. Highly regarded company in the industry.

    Cons

    Terrible salary structure. Bonuses are significantly easier to lose than earn. Vacation allotment is ridiculous. It is almost impossible to move up the org chart.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ValleyCrest would have you believe that they are more interested in hiring and retaining the best talent possible, but when it comes to compensation it is clear that management is more interested in the bottom line. If they were committed to "dominating the landscape industry" as their mission statement proclaims they would hire and retain the best talent available. However, that is not what I have witnessed as part of the organization and the primary motivation behind my search for a new career.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    This company has lost its way. Hopefully the acquisition flushes things out.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The projects that we build can be very satisfying.

    Cons

    There is a lack of leadership at many of the VCLD branches. Many of the branch managers are petty career climbers whose first, second, and third concerns are "managing up." They talk about good concepts like "training" and "production" without any idea of how to convert those ideas into reality. There is little actual business or horticultural expertise at many of these positions, and the results reflect that.

    One other very curious note about this company is that it was built and survives almost entirely on Latino labor, but anything close to a representative number of Latinos in upper management cannot be found. The company's track record promoting women and treating them with respect is equally poor. It seems like the only way to get promoted is to look and sound like the person one step up the ladder from you. This is how a company stagnates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the VPs: If you can't figure out which branch managers are faking it (no landscape expertise, no operational or business acumen, no mandate within his staff, nothing more to offer than a "Great call, guys" on safety and CI calls) and then do something about it, then you are part of the problem. The next time you promote someone to a leadership position, make sure that he or she is demonstrably competent at something other than agreeing with everything that you say. The field and office staff see right through these guys.

    Advice to the branch managers: Show that you are actually good at something that helps the branch. Realize that assigning blame is not a step in problem-solving. Have ideas of your own. Show regard for your bosses without the nervous fawning and blatant sucking up every time they come into town. No one respects that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Stay away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Menlo Park, CA
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Menlo Park, CA

    I worked at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    thete is nothing good about joining them! Stay away unless you are looking for a short term career

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea with what is going on on the field and in the branch offices. Branch offices will put the blame in a heartbeat on their account manager. Horrible business practice and structure, they don't retain employees and will make stuff up once you are not welcome anymore in the compny just to push you out. Take major advantage of their crew members. The EEOC should take a close look at their practices as well as the labor department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be transparent with your employees! Stop the hostile practices with your current employees and the deceiving methods to lur people in. Upper managment and HR need to keep a close eye on all your branch managers in the Bay Area to make sure they do not violate labor laws

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    An apparent professional companie, the reality is other. No integrity in the contractual maintenance and enhancement agreements.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies

    Pros

    Questionable, questionable, questionable, questionable, questionable....

    Cons

    Entegrity, entegrity, entegrity, entegrity, entegrity...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean the house if you want to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great expereince at company, great training resources, and ability to move up to management level.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Former Employee - Branch Manager

    I worked at ValleyCrest Companies (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Tremendous resources, and Management talent, great culture and people to work with at all levels of company. Up todate equipment.

    Cons

    Significant reporting and paperwork requirements.
    Lot of last minute requests from corp. office.
    Significant disruptions related to current merger.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the most disorganized branches to work for is in the OC. if your reading this listen to your gut feeling.

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    Former Employee - Enhancement Manager in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Enhancement Manager in Santa Ana, CA

    I worked at ValleyCrest Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The beauty of working outdoors...

    Cons

    Where do I start, First off the OC Branch has huge employee turnover, it is so disorganized its terrible, you have no support from upper management they are to busy trying to sell enhancements and save their own butts with all the customer complaints and dissatisfied customers. Everyone from Account managers to Maintenance personnel are overworked and under appreciated. All upper management cares about is selling enhancements, they tend to forget they also need to do Maintenance. Hopefully with this merger the staff working there will have better branch managers and Regional managers soon. If your reading this you already have a bad feeling or you wouldn't be reading the reviews. Listen to your gut feeling and stay away.!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your customers, The switch and bait will only work so long keep your promises to your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very unsettled ...

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

    I have been working at ValleyCrest Companies full-time

    Pros

    Location, genuine dedication to horticulture, beautiful corporate campus

    Cons

    Things very 'iffy' with current merger

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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