Weston
2.8 of 5 67 reviews
www.westonsolutions.com West Chester, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 23, 2014

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William L. Robertson

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Pros:
  • "I worked with some great people over the years, especially in the emergency response side of operations"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Laid back mentality (depending on which office though) and a very good work/life balance - they do not work you to death like so many consulting firms"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management totally ruined the company from 2005 onwards"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Upper management in the Midwest was uninformed, and too focused on the bottom line"
    in 3 reviews
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    Get out if you can

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people who care. Flexible.

    ConsThe company is a sinking ship. They no longer care about the employees. You give all you have and it is not reciprocated. It is expected of you to go way beyond but you can be laid off for no reason at all. Terrible management. People are usually pigeon holed and are not able to grow in their career.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have great employees who are willing to go the distance, take care of them. Invest in them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good pay, long hours with no recognition or future.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and benefits. Interesting and challenging work.

    ConsLong hours. The client was everything and the employee was nothing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to use the talent that you have found. I saw many people that could not contribute that are still on your payroll and others that were key to the success that were discarded.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Assistant Geoscientist (Current Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsGood benefits, ideas, work environment and ethics. Chances to learn new concepts are plentiful. There are chances to advance in the company.

    ConsManagement issues. "Trial by Fire" attitude when it comes to new / inexperienced employees; at least in the office I worked out of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a good company to work for but that was years ago.

    Senior Project Manager (Former Employee)
    West Chester, PA

    ProsWeston used to have good technical staff and probably still do unless they have al been laid off in the recent series of layoffs during the past 5-6 years. Currently there are not too many pros and unfortunately Ben Franklin would have called this a sinking ship rather than a rising sun.

    ConsSenior management totally ruined the company from 2005 onwards. They had this completely misguided Global Vision thing that was entirely based on winning US govt. contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan. They knew nothing about real world global business in the non-US govt. commercial arena and probably could not tell China from India on a world map. Yet they ventured off into expanding and opening tons of offices around the world. Eventually they severely underbid a State dept. project in Taiwan by tens of millions of dollars and that has almost led to Weston's demise because of extreme cash flow problems. They have already closed down or planning to close down most of their worldwide offices including China and India. During this time several non-deserving cronies of senior management pushed themselves into prominent positions within the company by promising revenues that they never achieved and that has further escalated the situation our of control. Case in point - even though the India office has never brought in anything even remotely close to the promised revenues, the ex-India office manager has been promoted to a very high position in the US company. At Weston, it seems failure breeds success. It is no surprise that the Board had to clean house and dismiss several top officials including the ex-CEO presumably for nondisclosure and ethical violations. The new management is trying to steady the ship but these efforts are too little too late. They have been forced to lay off roughly 300 people during the past 4 years and currently there are layoffs almost every month just to address cash flow issues from the Taiwan project. Sooner or later this company will fold so get out while you still have a job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet back to the basics. Do the things that the company was good at. Listen to your technical people and promote folks who know their stuff instead of hiring ex-govt. employees that have failed to deliver. Do not promote unqualified people based on who they know rather than what they know.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sinking Ship

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsFlexible work schedule. Still a few good people around. Employee-owned. Have the freedom to choose your own career path.

    ConsUsed to be a great place to work; however, the company has been in a financial crisis since late 2012 that still does not appear to be improving. Employee morale is at an all-time low. Significant layoffs occurred in March 2013, then another round of layoffs just took place in March 2014. Recent reorganization of the Southern Division has been a joke. The current managers don't have a clue, they tend to sugar coat and put on their cheerleader outfits when speaking about the "path" moving forward to employees. They have asked for repeated "input" from employees about how to improve the company; however, it seems more like a ploy designed to weed out folks who are unhappy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter look harder for a buyer, going to be tough to get out of the current financial hole on your own.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    I was very pleased working for Weston Solutions as a Site Manager/Safety Officer at Vandenberg A.F.B., CA.

    Site Manager/Safety Officer (Former Employee)
    Vandenberg AFB, CA

    ProsWeston Solutions Inc. an outstanding professional company from start to the completion of project - New Student Learning Center for U.S. Air Force Department at Vandenberg A.F.B., CA.

    ConsI can only say; if it were not for the economy problems the country is going through Weston Solutions Inc. would no doubt be awarded more contracts from the government.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more aggressive in the relationship with government officials so Weston Solutions Inc. can be awarded more contracts to satisfy the governments needs in any and all projects they may need completed at present and in the near future.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding company to work for.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsPositive atmosphere, engaging and friendly people, highly developed internal infrastructure (training, procedures, company software etc.) from years of doing smart business and the right way.

    ConsRecent downsizing and financial woes in 2013 may have changed the company, but hopefully not its character.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn lessons from 2012-2013.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A previously great company that has lost it's heart and soul

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSmart people, great talent, "family" environment

    ConsThe company is in financial crisis and therefore can't function as it should. Crisis-mode management has torn the soul from the company's core. Current management at most levels is incompetent and not trustworthy and therefore employees don't believe in the future of this operations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell out or file for bankruptcy already. what are you waiting for, a better offer? You have proven that having top talent is not important because you keep laying off your best. You continue to show your client that they don't matter by showing how unstable their WESTON teams are. Stop falling over dollars trying to pick up pennies. It's clearly not working.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Pretty good place to work, could make improvements

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Edison, NJ

    ProsLaid back mentality (depending on which office though) and a very good work/life balance - they do not work you to death like so many consulting firms. A lot of interesting projects to work on and be exposed to, extremely intelligent scientists and managers, co-workers are all very friendly, some upward mobility depending on your manager. They care about ensuring top talent and will help achieve certifications (LSRP, PG, CHMM, CSP, etc.). Very little micromanaging - unlike so many other firms, there is NOT a pressure to be 100% billable at all times. Managers understand that work comes and goes and as long as you don't take advantage of things, the billable hour goals are generally reasonable (and if you don't reach your goal because you had training or you were working on proposal efforts, they are completely fine with that).

    ConsSeems like the salaries are on the lower end of the industry. The company (corporate) has made some bad financial decisions that are negatively impacting everyone right now. Senior management seems to be dreamers and have their heads in the clouds - they are not making sound decisions and just seem to use "creative" management phrases that don't really mean anything. The retirement package is not great - they match in company stock which is not the smartest idea investment wise. Upward mobility, as with many consulting firms, is tough - you need a good manager willing to stand up for you. Most of the time employees are stuck in roles for many years and never given a true chance to learn and move up (Weston seems to rather hire from outside than promote from within).

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet out of the international market - it's a losing venture, stick to your bread and butter clients and specialties. Consider matching 401k's with both company stock and cash to prevent the "eggs in one basket" scenario. Pay deserving employees a higher salary (or offer performance bonuses) - sometimes the difference between a $1500 raise and a $4000 raise is enought to ensure a happy employee willing to work even harder; the big picture will pay off in the end. Provide project management training for senior scientist level staff to ensure proper transition from scientist to project management - proper training will also allow the company to save money by promoting within instead of hiring from outside.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I gained valuable experience in a professional environment.

    Environmental Engineer (Former Employee)
    Edison, NJ

    ProsInteresting work for a good client, the U.S. EPA.

    ConsWe only had one client, the federal government

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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