WORLD Environmental Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. I finally found a job where I have flexibility grow

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at WORLD Environmental

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Free Lunch on Fridays from nice places. Some of the reviews make that out to be a minor thing, but of everywhere I've worked in the past, they might have bought us lunch twice a year (maybe). So, yes, the owners are nice and promote our well being. They don't push the staff to develop work like previous employers did. The owners are very active and creative in developing new opportunities. They tolerate far more from their staff in terms of poor behavior and attitude than anywhere else I've worked or ever experienced. Meaning they don't fire anybody until all avenues have been exhausted. Pro or Con? I think it is a "pro" that they are patient, but a definite "con" that they don't just cut the nonsense earlier. They have an interestingly energetic and perky business development manager (one of the owner's wives) that should have a head cheerleader when it comes to the business. Many don't like her because she insists on delivering what we promise to clients and being accountable, but then again, would we be in business long if we didn't? The Company has a very diverse staff mix (entry level through Ph.D / entry level through 30+ years / Ph.D's, PG's, PE's) with an interesting global reach for what could be considered a small regional firm. The firm has a global reach for what would otherwise be considered a regional firm. They encourage us to think outside the box and be successful irrespect of age or experience.

    Cons

    Leadership isn't very clear at times. The two owners appear to be very bright and expereinced in their own respective areas; however, their personality types are on opposite ends of the spectrum and that often comes across as a mixed message in a small firm. They need to appoint one manager for an office and then funnel their desires, expectations and requirements through that person to get the collective message to the staff. Expectations should be clearer and then enforced accordingly. Presently, this is where management is divided and should close the gap. Don't be afraid to tell a staff member to leave that says that he / she isn't going to do what is asked.

    Advice to Management

    Learn a better system of commend and correct. Set goals and expectations more clearly. One focal point for management. Too many leaders and not enough followers, sometimes. Hire more experienced people that actually want to work. Promotoe baance between home and work. At the same time, make it clear that if something is due out that all staff members help in getting the job done. Have a system whereby the junior people pay their dues. Right now at World, 20% of the staff do 80% of the overtime to make deadlines. Some of the former "managers" didn't quite understand how to balance this aspect and make the junior staff more accountable. If we aren't taught now, when will be? Quit being afraid of insisting what you want from the staff. If people don't want to work and hide in the weeds, why do you want them anyway?


  2. Helpful (1)

    Awful People to Work For....BEWARE!

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

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There aren't any...The sales pitch to get you in SOUNDS great and promising. Once you're in you'll see their "greatness" and "promises"

    Cons

    You won't get paid!!!! Upset upper management and you'll never see a penny of what you worked for even after leaving at your own discretion. The words "You were only a contractor" they try to use to their advantage. You've got process servers coming every week because their constantly being sued and I see why. These people are untrustworthy, they don't do what they say and don't say what they do. After advising them I would be out of town on a Sunday I still received text messages that they wanted me to come in, being there for a couple hours wasn't good enough. You'll practically be scolded for doing something on your own time. Anything and Everything they give to you or have done for you will be thrown in your face later. After leaving they talk bad about you to everyone. But if you speak badly about them or their company they're ready to call their attorney for slander. It's not slander if it's true.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees what they worked for whether you are satisfied with their services or not. After 60 days you should know whether or not you want to keep that employee or not. Another thing, people have lives outside of the company. It is your company not ours. I've heard a lot of blaming of other employees, how everything was their fault. Have you ever sat down and thought it's not your former employers, it's you


  3. Helpful (1)

    Be the whipping boy (or girl)

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

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Long lasting relationships with other employees built through the tears and sweat spent here.

    Cons

    -Company cuts all paychecks in house, so some checks may not get cut at all. -If you get put on salary, do not expect to work any less than 60 hours a week. -You will get told you are working the weekend, the morning of. -This company just changed office locations because they couldn't pay the bill at the last place. -You will get asked to field calls from debt collectors. Lots of them. -Customers hate you because they are tired of seeing new faces. That is how bad the turnaround is. - Things got so bad at one point, that one of the principals sold his half because of how dysfunctional the other two were. - Call the unemployment office and inquire about this company. Ask how much money they owe people and how many people have been laid off in the past three years.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Terrible place - be willing to work for free!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Full Charge Bookkeeper in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Full Charge Bookkeeper in Spring, TX

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    There are no pros with this company. Owners are like vampires and don't want to work and have absolutely no management skills.

    Cons

    Can't meet payroll obligations, unqualified owners, losing customers for non performance issues. This was the worst experience I have ever had. Very unprofessional environment.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of bed and show up for work. You can't run a company from home. You have to pay people to do the job you hired them for. Learn from your mistakes, stop hiring family only that aren't qualified. Take better care of your customers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    caveat emptor

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

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time

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

    Pros

    At one point had the smartest group of folks I'd ever worked with all working at the same time. Close to home.

    Cons

    Poor management from ownership. Treating employees as commodities and not investments in the company. Poor internal communication. Poor follow through on internally recognized weaknesses. Treating employees as boot camp grunts. Not recognizing respect is a two way street. It must be given and earned in order to be earned and given. If you don't respect and honor your employees why should they do likewise for you? Extreme micromanagement.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to invest in and be empathetic with employees. Avoid the micromanagement. Recognize that this is the private sector and debasing employees as a means of encouragement does not work. It will solidify a cohesive unit, but against ownership/management. Just as you expect employees to do what they say, you should also do the same and not offer empty promises.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Job Seeker Beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free coffee and snacks usually.

    Cons

    Essentially a family owned business now that the other partner have jumped ship and started his own business. Not sure how to take your partner leaving the company to start a new one, decide for yourself. you can expect to work 50-60 hours min, and this is expected every week. A lot of micro management and massive turnover, to the tune of one employee a month, rather odd. Take this job only to maintain yourself toil you get a new one.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, value their input and stop micro managing.


  8. Helpful (3)

    No hope

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX
    Former Employee - Staff Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The experience under staff PE and PG is par none. They also do tend to provide snacks and drinks as well as food on Fridays.

    Cons

    WORLD has very high turnover (1-2 employees a month in an office of 12). Be expected to work well over the 45 hour minimum. All of the staff is salaried and management tends to abuse this fact. Many worked 60-80hr weeks on a regular basis. Management is very disorganized, and there are several communication barriers. Be prepared to be mistreated and taken for granted daily. HR forgets to inform of benefit open enrollment, so much of the office is uninsured.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the family, hire professional staff, and don't lie to your clients.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Live and learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Spring, TX

    I have been working at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    A paycheck and not having to work every Saturday.

    Cons

    Very long hours, and it is expected from management to put in at least 50 hours a week, and be billable 80% of that time. If you are aren't expect to have a conversation. Everyone is expected to be a salesperson, you will go out to various businesses and solicit work, so don't be shy if you accept a job here. You will check in and out for the day with the managing partners assistant, oh and also in and out for lunch. You will also fill out a white board for your where abouts for the month, another for the week and what you are doing, and yet another for how long it will take you to accomplish every task you are performing (can you say micro manage?).. This is only a snippet of what I could tell you, so Google this company and do your research.

    Advice to Management

    Less micro management, more attention to the moral of your employees, and be respectful!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    How is this place still in business?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You will learn how to be a consultant in a sink-or-swim atmosphere. Maybe that's a pro?

    Cons

    Zero guidance, angry owners, angry clients, brow-beaten staff, false promises (lunches, bonuses, vacations, etc.), monthly if not weekly turnover, too many family members in one company, "office manager" knows nothing about what environmental scientists/engineers/consultants do, over-promising, under-bidding, zero trust, depressing atmosphere, constant finger-pointing, no team dynamic, poor leadership!

    Advice to Management

    Quit writing 4 and 5 star reviews on here. Nobody talks like that. Everyone who has ever worked for WORLD has despised it. Word gets around. The rotating door of employees as well as clients needs to stop!


  11. Helpful (3)

    Worst Company EVER!!

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

    I worked at WORLD Environmental full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The only benefits from this company were the paycheck and paid vacation time. They do offer health insurance but it was pretty expensive.

    Cons

    Where do I begin? This company is disfunction and disorganization rolled into a ball of complete disappointment. The hours you are expected to work are sun up to midnight, maybe longer. You will be lucky if you can get a nights sleep working under their highly stressful conditions. In fact, they would have you sleep at the office so you can be ready work as soon as you wake up. If you are considering a position with this company, please BEWARE!!

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to put more value on their employees and less on their vacation time.



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