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Walnut Creek, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
1947
Company - Private
Consulting
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Unknown
About Brown and Caldwell
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Brown and Caldwell is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with 52 offices and 1,600+ professionals across North America and the Pacific. For more than 70 years, we have created ... Read more

Brown and Caldwell Reviews

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    "Annual raises, great ESOP, and strong career advancement opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Boise, ID
    Current Employee - Staff Geologist in Boise, ID
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    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can get up to a 5% raise every year and mid-year raises are easy to get if you can make a good case. The Employee Stock Ownership plan is based on overall company performance and the biggest pro of working at BC is the fact it is employee owned (which is becoming exceeding rare in the industry). I have always felt appreciated for the work I do and my supervisor has been my biggest advocate. At BC you have the freedom to pursue projects and positions that interest you. You are not put in a box and stuck doing the same things all the time; if you want to pursue other service lines you are encouraged to do so by management.

    Cons

    The health insurance is garbage. It is pretty much just catastrophe insurance as you will rarely meet your deductible and only in-network preventative care is covered before the deductible is met. Upper management has revoked the cell phone allowance because "everyone owns a cellphone already". By that reasoning I am sure it won't be long until all work vehicles are suspended because "everyone owns a vehicle already". Work life balance can be difficult but ultimately it is manageable and it falls on the employee to dictate their working time and their worth.

    Advice to Management

    Pay for the cell phones of people who travel for work more than 30% of the time especially if they are field staff. Putting the risk on them for any damage to their personal devices while on company business is not ok. Ultimately though I am happy with the company and I plan on staying for the next 40 years.

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Brown and Caldwell Interviews

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    Computer Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Walnut Creek, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 days. I interviewed at Brown and Caldwell (Walnut Creek, CA) in December 2014.

    Interview

    My former manager (while I was there) asked great questions starting with "describe to me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich". It was to see how you explain things to another. Each person has their way of making the sandwich, so no answer was right nor wrong.

    There were five people on the phone and two in the room with me. Each asked questions from simplest to most difficult. They even tried to trip me up once or twice.

    The hiring manager at that time knew exactly what she was looking in an employee and asked the right questions.

    Interview Questions

    • describe to me how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich   1 Answer
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Brown and Caldwell Awards & Accolades

  • AAEE Excellence in Engineering Grand Prize - Design(Lake Oswego Interceptor Sewer), American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists, 2012
  • AEEE Excellence in Engineering Honor, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists, 2012
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