Wood Consulting

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    A Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Wood Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    WOOD Consulting Services, Inc. is a great place to work. Like most small businesses, the 2013 calendar year has been challenging. I like the fact that the President herself has step up and involved herself in all activities to include Human Resources. When asked why she is so involved ... her response was "Why Not". You as an employee is very important to WOOD and I am happy that the market changes now allow me the opportunity to get to know you personally and refocus the company strategically.

    Cons

    Working as a government contractor for 2012 and 2013 has been very challenging. Our customer has increased their priorities requiring us to work harder with fewer staff. I'm learning a lot but sometimes I have a lot of projects to coordinate during a short time span.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay connected! We are moving in a positive direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A Sinking Ship

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Writer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Wood Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You don't have to work hard at all to get everything done here. You get to pick what time you want to come in and what time you want to leave after you've served your 8 hours.

    Cons

    Pretty much everything else. No HR department whatsoever. You know it's bad when HR jumps ship. High turnover, low salaries (compared to other local salaries), and constantly changing style guides. Technical writers are slaves to management's sporadic decisions and moods.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advise to management because, in management's own words, "There are some things that we will not change, period."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Wood Consulting Response

    Oct 31, 2013President/CEO

    It is important for everyone to understand the economy and decisions employees and employers make in running their business. WOOD has been operating with two full-time human resource professionals ... More

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    This place is bad. Wasn't going to review until I saw the recent, suspiciously positive ratings.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Writer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Wood Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Disclaimer: this review concerns the DC office of technical writers

    This is an okay first job for new grads desperate for experience and willing to "pay their dues" in the hopes of getting a better job down the road.
    Good benefits.
    Convenient metro-accessible location.
    Friendly and eclectic coworkers.

    Cons

    Awful pay.
    Tense work environment.
    Highly unprofessional, disorganized, and inefficient people in management positions.
    Uneven distribution of work leaves a few employees overloaded and the others desperate for something to do.
    Bad relationship with clients due to the high employee turnover rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not sure where to start here... yikes. Bottom line, stop hiring people with 5 years experience and hoping they stick around. The work isn't challenging or interesting enough to retain them and the office environment is depressing. Entry-level is really the way to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Wood Consulting Response

    Oct 31, 2013President/CEO

    I'm happy the submitter noticed the "recent, suspiciously positive ratings" - its working! To address the "Awful pay" comments, WOOD is a federal contractor operating in an environment in which the ... More

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Couldn't be happier with WOOD

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wood Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    family-like atmosphere, company really cares about you, senior management very interactive with employees, great benefits, great salary, great work/life balance, best company I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    can't think of any cons with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Small Business

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wood Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Was on contract with wood for 3 years and enjoyed working for the company. I was hired right out of school and given great opportunities.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything right now. I have stayed this long for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work. The corporate staff really seems to be working to keep the company running and growing.

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with awesome benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Wood Consulting full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Been with the company for 5 years and have been promoted twice. The benefits are awesome, the staff is very friendly. Basically to not succeed at this company you have to be terrible at your job. If you work hard and represent the company in a positive way as well as work to better yourself by using the tuition reimbursement the sky is the limit.

    Cons

    At this point I don't have any cons about the company. It's run really well and going to work is fun.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Atmosphere you can cut with a knife.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Writer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Associate Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Wood Consulting as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    If you live downtown DC, it's very centrally located.

    Cons

    Most employees are drastically underpaid.
    Lay-offs with short notice and no explanation mean everyone is on-edge.
    Internal guides are constantly changing- there is no consistency.
    Project manager is too busy to do her own job.
    Annual raises barely cover inflation.
    Extremely high turnover before lay-offs ever started.
    The company is still living in the stone age re: hard copy edits and fear of the computer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace the project manager with someone who can streamline the entire process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    No Communication and No Follow Thru

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Staff Assistant  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Staff Assistant in Washington, DC

    I worked at Wood Consulting full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Loved my coworkers, loved my team at the FAA

    Cons

    No communication with HR. Horrible salary - they pay well beneath the standard with a promise to steadily increase - but never do. You can work there for years and they will never move you up of compensate you for your experience.
    I referred a friend to the company when I was leaving the company and they agreed to pay me a referral bonus up until the day that I should have been paid and then suddenly they found a new stipulation that made me ineligible. They were not willing to discuss the issue and refused to answer phone calls. I will NEVER refer another person to this company.
    When situations would happen while I was on contract HR was almost always unreachable and if they did answer the phone they were "unaware" of the situation or "not able" to fix anything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Three Years.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Technical Writer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant/Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I worked at Wood Consulting full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Healthy Salary, Insurance Benefits, Annual/Sick Leave as a Federal Government contractor. It appears like a permanent position. Reimburses education.

    Cons

    No interactions with contractors and clients together. Terrible 1950's read-the-binder training. Too far away from Washington DC. Left empty handed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wood Consulting is loosing good reliable contractors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Thoughts from a contractor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Writer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Wood Consulting full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Once you've been there for a few months, there are many opportunities to take on new responsibilities. Great benefits package. Really nice people.

    Cons

    I had little to no work to do each day during my 3 month training period and the following few months. There is a lot of turn-over of employees, which means having to take on other people's projects when they leave. Infrequent opportunities for raises or promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Concentrate on keeping the employees you have rather than replacing them.

    Negative Outlook

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