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    I worked at Providence full-time (More than a year)


    It used to be a good place to work, but as times turned tough, the true nature came out.


    I was hired basically to do one project, when that one ended, work was slow. I was upfront with them when I interviewed, telling them that I did not have any clients that I could bring with me, but I would try. One project that I did the proposals, I budgeted time for me to do the bulk of the work with some oversight time for my manager. Once the project started, he got more and more involved charging his time as he meddled in the project. Side note, he had spent a lot of money on a trip that he expected his bonus to cover, when the bonuses were delayed due to one of the former officers of the company pulling some dumb stuff. He decided that he was going to do anything he could to get his bonus and/or promoted at that time. I repeatedly told him that we did not have the budget for him to keep charging time. Part of the project was a trip to another state to meet with the agency there. Budget was for only one person to go from Providence (the client only wanted one person to go and were only going to pay for one person to go). He made all the travel arrangements that included him to go as well at a cost that was not even close to what I had budgeted. Needless to say, the project went $5000 to $7000 dollars over budget on a $15000 project due to his micromanaging. I was the project manager and got dinged at review time for that one. He had someone working on a another project that the state agency had requested the client to do something that they were not required to do under the state rules. No one at Providence had a clue about it and he asked me if I had ever worked on these plans, I had, but told him that in their case, the client didn't need to do the work and should talk to the agency about changing their permit. After that, I didn't hear anything else until we were at a luncheon with clients and it was brought up by the client that the manager had done such a great thing about this permit. Idea stolen and he gladly took the credit. Another project that he screwed me over on, involving some soil sampling at a former industrial facility. One of the sample locations had to be moved due to heavy rains. While we were doing the report, he noticed that one of the locations had moved, threw a fit and took his name off of the report that he was reviewing telling me that the client was going to freak out due to this. Well, I took his name off and submitted the report. The client only had one question about the report and it had nothing to do with that one location. I guess he thought he was going to throw me under the bus on that one. I worked on another project similar to the one above later. He was the only one talking to the client so we didn't get the full story. When it came time to work in the field, the client met me at the site. I drove a company truck to the site about 4 hours away. The truck had our local number on it and the site was just a few miles from another one of our offices. When the client noticed the truck, he asked me what office I was working out of because he was told that the local office was doing the work. Oops. I ended up driving four hours to the site, working and then driving six hours back due to the facts that there was no budget to stay in a hotel near the work and I hit rush hour traffic coming back. Once the report was done for this work, which I completed, he called me at home during my vacation to complain about the labor charges on the project. I looked up the information on line about the project and noticed that despite my long day in the field, another person driving to Austin and back to get information for the project from the state and me writing the report, he had charged more hours that either one of us that had traveled for the project. Once I was cut to part time, I tried to get paid for my vacation that I had to that point, started trying at the end of July/early August and it is almost November and still don't have it. There were countless other instances utter BS that went on, but you get the idea.

    Advice to Management

    Don't only listen to one person about your outlying offices.

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