WesTech Engineering Reviews

Updated March 11, 2015
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  1. Marketing analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering

    Pros

    Good place to work good people

    Cons

    Not a lot supervised

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good place to work, balance life and work

  2. Don't bother.

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

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

    Pros

    The odds of you getting fired is almost zero.
    The company tries to celebrate success.
    The core values of the company are good when they are followed.
    Most of the company is more focused on the employees and the customers rather than making money for the sake of making money.

    Cons

    Sales staff is arrogantly ignorant. They know best, even when they know nothing at all.
    If you are looking to move up, plan on moving on. Your only other hope is that your supervisor leaves.
    They are actively trying to only pay median wages. If you are an A employee, expect C pay.
    The heath insurance is terrible.
    Groups implement (or don't implement) policy differently. If the group doesn't like something, they may simply ignore it.
    The group level managers' decisions are often overruled by the sales managers. The sales managers will also make decisions for things that affect the groups, but not even tell the group leaders. The groups then have to deal with the consequences of decisions that they had nothing to do with.
    The company values are ignored by many, including some in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drastically reduce the authority of the regional sales managers. If the group leaders are responsible for bookings, revenue, profit, and loss, then they need to have the authority to run their group to meet those goals. The sales managers should be supporting that, not leading it. Bid/no bid decisions and pricing should only be handled at the group level. The sales managers should only advise.

    Technical requirements and project management should also be handled at the group level. The regional sales staff should have no say about things like process guarantees or schedules.

    Take the time to talk to people other than your direct reports. The company is pretty large, but try to get some perspective from non-managers and from other groups/units/branches.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. A really good company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - IT Technician in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Management is very transparent about the state of the company. The company has an ESOP and is employee owned. To my knowledge there has never been a layoff.

    Cons

    There are one or two departments that I would not want to work for and it can be challenging to move up in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. Cautiously Optimistic

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

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

    Pros

    Great growth potential! Good, stable company with a rich history. Mostly good attitudes and happy employees. Intent and mission of Company is noble but probably not held by most employees.

    Cons

    Its difficult to move forward when you are walking backwards. WesTech spends so much time looking and doing what they have always done that they are constantly tripping over the road ahead. There is Vision forward but not to a destination. There is an interesting culture that certified engineers are somehow more valuable than the rest, I think that mindset is fading but still strong. Expect 20% less pay if you do not have a P.E. .... for now. Engineers do not make good people managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to look outside the company and the inner circle for talent.
    Do something before you lose the good people.
    The ESOP is fostering mediocrity by rewarding everyone the same and leaving those that excel in the same boat.
    Annual salary increases are not that same as motivational incentives to do better.
    Look forward 10 years and define what it will take to get there. Just being better will not get us there.
    Practice what you preach. We are all reading the books but no one is really practicing the content.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. A solid, traditional, employee-owned company with steady growth over 40 years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    Stability, Flexibility, Employee-Owned (ESOP), Fair Pay, Pretty good opportunity for growth & advancement, Solid Core Values, Reasonable Work Hours, Bonus Program

    Cons

    Trust issues between production and support groups, Imbalanced Focus on cutting costs (instead of adding value), Training is lacking, expectations and accountability should be higher, Bonuses are companywide (rarely individual). Not very innovative (but trying).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more, Empower more, Train more. Truly encourage and foster innovation rather than talk about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Project Manager II

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering

    Pros

    Position offers opportunity to work with largest engineering, construction and mining companies in the world. International travel is the norm. Employee Ownership is a plus. Stable but with growing pains to get out of small company mentality to that of a global player.

    Cons

    An engineering company ran by management who are engineers first and businessmen second. Can feel like a No Kill Shelter at times, moving problems around instead of correcting them. Project managers with an engineering degree get promoted no matter how inept with dealing with contractors, vendors and customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more effort to develop and keep talent.

  8. Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Employee Owner in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Employee Owner in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Good culture.
    Employee owned.

    Cons

    Slow in decision making.
    Many people in the wrong seat on the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people for the right position.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at WesTech Engineering (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company with decent benefits. Good People and some fun projects.

    Cons

    Management can starve a project by not giving them enough resources. Some Leaders have attitude issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good old boy club needs to go in upper management. Pay your employees what they are worth. Get a real IT Dept. Do what you preach. Don't say one thing and then do another.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Nice Core Values if you Followed them

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - A Group Leader - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - A Group Leader - Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

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

    Pros

    - Never interfered with family
    - No Accountability (Pro for bad employees)
    - No acknowledgement for a good job
    - Impossible to get Fired
    - ESOP
    - Flexible schedules
    - Fridays off
    - Limited Diversity

    Cons

    - Salaries are not competitive
    - Bad Employees are just moved around the company and given raises instead of being let go.
    - Management does nothing to stop rumors or back biting
    - company is not flexible
    - Technology is not innovative it is just "Me Too" technology
    - Limited Diversity

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. relocated from the east coast and am now dissappointed that i did.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Casper, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Casper, WY

    I worked at WesTech Engineering full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    working and gaining experiance with large parts

    Cons

    management makes their own rules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep the buddy buddy stuff to themselves. no favorites.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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