Washington Division

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Washington Division Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
29 Reviews

3.4
29 Reviews
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Washington Division Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, President and Director USR Martin M. Koffel
Martin M. Koffel
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  1.  

    was fine

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    Former Employee - Customer Service  in  Mossville, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Mossville, IL

    Pros

    was promising- then they were bought out by URS

    Cons

    did not really have any cons- they were bought out by URS

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good pay if you have a specialty, otherwise low pay and very impersonal company

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    Former Employee - Technology Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Houston, TX

    Pros

    Pay was competitive but even that depended upon your niche. I had a niche so I did ok but I know other, including those under me, who we not paid adequately even though I championed their cause repeatedly.

    Cons

    One of the most dog-eat-dog environment I have work around in 35 years. Every man for himself was the unofficial motto. I am directly aware of a case when an employee added certification and yet was forced to take a paycut.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the integrity to survey lower-level employees to learn their beefs (I was not one). This will reveal the REAL reason for the massive turnover -- dinosaurs that have been there for 30-35 years are over-paid and out-of-touch. They exploit and squeeze lower-income employees only so they will look better. Try all the artificial employee hooray initiatives and hiring incentives you want -- they won't ever succeed. The people down in the trenches know the real story and they talk, often warning new prospects from signing on. This company is the poster company for the Ivory Tower Syndrome.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Washington Division is fine,URS has a lot to be desired

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    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Engineer  in  Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Consulting Engineer in Richland, WA

    Pros

    Some very challenging positions are available.

    Cons

    Transfers are mostly up to employee, including cost of relocation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be so uptight. Treat your employees like assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Aix administrator to stand alone servers for multi projects

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    Former Employee - Operations Supv  in  Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Supv in Princeton, NJ

    Pros

    I was there for 34 years

    Cons

    Laid me off without even offering me another project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't release the older employees. We have the experience without trying to find us work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Enjoyed my coworkers and pay

    Cons

    You are working with projects so unfortunately the work doesn't last forever

  7.  

    Good overall experience

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    Current Employee - Environmental Compliance Specialist
    Current Employee - Environmental Compliance Specialist

    Pros

    Good work atmosphere as well as knowledgable people to interact with. There was also plenty of room for growth and advancement while I was there.

    Cons

    Large company with plenty of employees and departments, which limited the ability to learn or work on a variety of projects, if you were good at something thats usually all you worked on. My position was based on contract completion and ended after the project was done. Total length of employment with the company was about 11 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Watch Out

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    Current Employee - BFO  in  Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - BFO in Princeton, NJ

    Pros

    Good exposure to large projects, engineering and construction.

    Cons

    No internal growth, layoffs massive , education,experience means nothing, nickel and dime outfit now! Over 50 WATCH OUT!!!!

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

    Process Engineer at URS Washington Division

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer III  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer III in Denver, CO

    Pros

    Very intelligent and personable coworkers

    Cons

    A very large percentage of the employees are nearing retirement age, and a large percentage of employees have less than 10 years of experience. There are very few employees in the middle, which is going to make it difficult when the older folks start retiring.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - D/B SupervisorDrill Trainer  in  Soda Springs, ID
    Former Employee - D/B SupervisorDrill Trainer in Soda Springs, ID

    Pros

    Very safety Company Lot of job oppertunites Lot of over time Paid vactions

    Cons

    Human Resoures Needs to be better lacking in comunications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use better judments follow up on comtments Be honest

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fight for yourself

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Pay is OK, comradery and support among peers is outstanding, it really helps one succeed and enjoy the job. Senior management are supportive and want you to do well, it is great. The company provides good business support to allow you to get your job done.

    Cons

    The company falls apart with middle management. While they know the engineering and construction business, most lack leadership. I've seen too many driven to short term customer pacification vs. solving problems. Client meetings are very tense, because you are always expect a skeleton to fall out of the closet. The company keeps the staff level to meet the immediate need, hiring one month, laying off the next. This causes constant reassignment degrading performance and kills moral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a hold of middle managers, if they can't perform, get rid of them, don't keep them around in a demoted status.

    No opinion of CEO

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