WHPacific Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Improving but still a long ways to go

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WHPacific full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and the parent company is very support. They have the resources to really make great things happen and grow

    Cons

    Too much Senior Management control and trust in their employees. You feel like you have a parachute attached to your back in your ability to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your employees. You pay people very well to make decisions but you need to trust and allow them to make those choices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company going bad.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Manager in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    This company was turning things around until a year or so ago.

    Cons

    Clueless management that doesn't understand the resources it has and business markets. This company was turning things around until the got a new president and CEO this is running the company into the ground. They have no business or marketing acumen. They are now pursuing business lines that they know nothing about. They waste overhead on hair brain ideas like moving the corporate head quarters from Anchorage to Colorado Springs, chasing work in North Dakota, and expensive new accounting systems. They should be looking at cost savings not increasing overhead in lean times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and and move one before NANA throws you out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great coworkers, management well intentioned but missing the point of being in business.

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

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

    Pros

    Neat work opportunities, good team environment, unrealized potential

    Cons

    poor inter-office interaction, cliches within the office can make collaboration difficult across departments, some senior management think getting the work is more important than delivering quality and client satisfaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the worker bees and you will figure out who is worth listening to pretty quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of Unrealized Potential

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

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

    Pros

    I agree with several of the other reviews; there were some good co-workers and some interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    Very intense focus on short term financial performance metrics encouraged employees to overcharge to projects which in turn would hurt the employee and the company on the back end.
    Successive rounds of layoffs every few months had everyone concerned that theirs was the next head on the chopping block. For many it turned out to be true. It's hard to concentrate on the work and be productive in such an environment.
    Quality of the work being performed has diminished; at least partly due to the singular focus on "productivity" and financial results.
    Historic expertise and capability has been severely or completely eroded in some business lines. Senior management has strong prejudices against certain business lines and offices. This has seriously damaged the company capabilities and the individuals involved.
    The company used to feel like an extended family; not anymore, those days are long gone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to put yourselves in the shoes of the employees and look at things from a long term perspective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good fellow workers, clueless management

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers are good and work hard across the company. Native ownership is a plus. The work itself is satisfying.

    Cons

    Management team is clueless. The employee survey taken every year reveals that in 2013 there was a huge drop (20% decline or more in some offices) in job satisfaction and confidence in Corporate, yet nothing is being done to change this. Cheery emails are distributed about great changes while company is bleeding red and employees are being fired right and left. The hope is that at the fall 2013 board meeting the board will see the annual losses (well over $2m) and will spit out the kool-aid and make significant management changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and stop hiring overhead people that you can ill afford. Be honest. The only reason long term employees are hanging in there is because of loyalty to each other and love of the work. Bring in outside counselor to start the healing. Consider moving on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It was a company lacking intelligent executive leadership.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Good working staff in many offices
    Well positioned with several clients

    Cons

    Top leadership lacking and a revolving door of incompetent executives who had no idea how to meet a budget and grow a business with regionally adapted business plans.
    Bonus program was a bait and switch.
    Financial goals did not support offices helping each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell off the company offices to regional buyers and get out of the AE business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost their way

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

    I have been working at WHPacific full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with in this company.

    Cons

    Senior Management is clueless and running the company into the ground. They do not pay attention to the morale of the employees. They talk about one culture and then behave completely opposite. In short they are not sure what they want to be or where they want to go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your employees happy because your best talent is very vulnerable to taken away from you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company is not what it used to be.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Professional
    Current Employee - Technical Professional

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

    Pros

    1. Opportunity to work with some good and talented co-workers. However many of these individuals have left for other opportunities or have been laid off.
    2. Opportunity to work on project teams for interesting and challenging projects.

    Cons

    1. Company is having serious problems deciding who they want to be.
    2. Management focus on short term and very short term financial results is debilitating and probably harmful to the long term viability of the company.
    3. Driven by performance metrics that ignore common sense.
    4. The company no longer has the historic expertise that they profess to still have. The applicable experience resides with employees that are no longer with the company.
    5. Senior management does not practice the company values; particularly the one that states “Everyone will be treated with Dignity and Respect”.
    6. Many employees are looking to leave at the first opportunity and many very good and talented employees have left or have been laid off. It’s not at all fun working here anymore.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Need to rebuild credibility with employees, currently it doesn’t exist.
    2. Start recognizing employees as something other than just billable hours.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst career move of my life

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

    I have been working at WHPacific full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has many good and talented employees

    Cons

    The company continually tries to reinvent itself to improve it's bottom line but overlooks things like customer and employee satisfaction. This place has a real sweat shop atmosphere. There is no appreciation or respect for creative or innovative design ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should focus on customer satisfaction and start treating employees like people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Working There

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    Former Employee - Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Assistant in Portland, OR

    I worked at WHPacific full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good People to work with

    Cons

    lots of work sometimes many hours overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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