I have been working at Environmental Corporation of America full-time (Less than a year)
The work is interesting. Daily research and reporting on things like threatened and endangered species, wetlands, cultural resources, soils, topo maps, aerial photos. Cool stuff if your into it. Lots of technical writing and map making and researching. Entry-level employees learn to be independent and accountable for everything from technical analysis, regulations, and reporting to project, client, and budget management and accounting. The negative reviews are not accurate. The work is challenging no doubt, and it's not for everyone, but those who enjoy difficult and challenging work are the people who seem to succeed at ECA. I find it hard to believe that any other job would provide the same wide range of experiences to a young employee. Senior staff like to do things correctly, which can be frustrating if your just not into it in the first place. Bonuses can be pretty good for those who perform well.
Work load can be heavy for everyone at times, making it hard to get/give lots of instruction. Mistakes are made by younger employees mostly due to lack of oversight, but senior staff are pretty swamped such that they don't have lots of time for mentoring. The work is very deadline driven, adding stress to an already detailed filled job, but if you can stick it out, you get much more efficient and find what works for you to get things done.
Advice to Management
Work on mentoring and oversight of young employees.
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