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A. Epstein and Sons Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Site Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Manager in North Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Site Manager in North Miami, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good engineering, Middle management good to work with.

    Cons

    Do not take care of employees.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "If only..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Half day Fridays hands down. Some select cool people to work with who have talent.

    Cons

    Management thinks up reasons to cut salaries and charge more for benefits while expecting top effort from overworked underpaid employees. Key leader checked out while sitting at desk earning bank - to this day. No one trusts HR because dept head spouts personal employee business to the board members.

    Advice to Management

    Take an ethics class and implement what you learn. Or quit. Yes, quitting is better advice.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Favorites are Guided, All Others Left Behind"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most staff is friendly and open. The office is located in a good area close to public transportation and city-life. There are half-day Fridays all year-round which is great.

    Cons

    What they pay most of their staff is below average. They pick their favorites and help them get promoted while others are left behind.

    Advice to Management

    Encouragement can go a long way to keeping staff happy and fulfilled working for their company. When efforts are left unnoticed, what reason is there to continue to put in any extra effort?


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Accept employment only if desperate for a job"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Architect in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time

    Pros

    Interesting projects
    International projects
    In-house engineering
    Bi-weekly paycheck
    401k

    Cons

    High staff turnover
    Poor upper management (no leadership)
    Gossip and rumor driven / internal politics culture
    No promotion from within
    Poor work/life balance

    Advice to Management

    Have an idea of who actually does work in the office instead of playing favorites.
    Allow everyone to participate in volunteer activities instead of hand picking a few people to do it over and over again.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Electrical Design Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The MEP group is by far the best group to work within due the discipline managers. They are fun and flexible and make dealing with the politics between the other departments tolerable.

    Cons

    The overall culture of the firm can be poisonous if you end up working with the wrong people. Older employees hold recession era grudges and are stuck in a general recession years funk.

    Advice to Management

    Shake up the upper management! The culture and attitude will never change unless the old curmudgeons get the boot. At the same time, some of the older and more experienced staff who still have a positive attitude should be given a larger role within the firm. Power hungry bozos with no technical competency have to go!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    m/e/p department one of the best to work for nice bosses, flexible timing and great staff.

    Cons

    you have to work your hard (i.e don't count hrs) off, too much street on their engineers that they can't focus which drives them mad, so basically ur on your own, no learning environment do it on ur own, not very experienced staff, but the bosses are.

    Advice to Management

    at least one highly experienced engineer is mandatory in every department.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice People"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good life-work balance, nice people and good atmosphere. Helpful co-workers.

    Cons

    Pay is not the highest, not much room for advancement.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company, Not Good Pay"

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at A. Epstein and Sons full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The people are great here, and there is a good mix of old and young.
    - Potential to gain a lot of experience.
    - A well respected company in the Chicago market.
    - A good size company with a small company feel.
    - 100% ESOP with 100% vesting after 6 years.
    - They hire recent graduates, which is pretty hard to come by.
    - The hours are great (M-Th 8.75hrs & Fr 5hrs) and they are very flexible.

    Cons

    - The company is very top heavy....the executives, VP's, HR people, and people that have been there long enough to be in "The Club" make a lot of money where everyone else, especially the production people (engineers, architects) are very underpaid.
    - The company penny pinches a lot.
    - The 8th floor (where all the engineers are) looks like it hasn't been updated in 50 years.
    - The benefits are not very good...Health insurance is expensive and the 401k match is not very good.
    - Can have the feel of being political.
    - There really is no responsibility differentiation between several positions, i.e. a Design Engineer and a Senior Design Engineer do the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    - Re-evaluate the pay scales.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great engineering team! Best place to work in MEP industry!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The managers and the MEP team are probably the best you will find in Chicago. They put employees first before anything. They take care of the employees very well by providing flexible schedule and great input into design. The culture is laid back, hard working and very easy going. Same can't be said about other disciplines in the firm. The MEP managers will protect the engineers from all the BS from other disciplines. They have good projects and you will be given a lot of responsibility and chance to work in other disciplines within MEP.

    List of Pros
    * Great managers
    * Diverse projects
    * Diverse people and smart group
    * High flexibility in schedule and work
    * Friday half days, 4 day long weekends, and 2 weeks Christmas break
    * You, your life, and your happiness comes first for engineering managers (Try finding that elsewhere!) and in return people work hard to meet the deadlines and expectations.
    * You design, draft and run the project on your own if you show that you can handle it.
    * There is no CAD team so you do your own drafting (Some may hate it but it is what it is)
    * If you don't enjoy politics and a genuine nice person, this place is for you, if you are a political genius, the team will kick you out
    * Overall the firm is very good in terms of flexibility

    Cons

    Epstein has a name for being cheap and the company will go above and beyond to maintain their symbol. Never complain! The more you complain the quicker you get fired!

    * Decent salaries for engineers but horrible for Architects.
    * 2% raises every year
    * High turnover, the firm is trying to get rid of the name of hire/fire workshop but they still do depending on how busy they are. (May be fire people who are making the work flow slower by not bringing enough work!)
    * They make you share a workstation with adobe and other softwares by providing one machine for every 70 employees or so. Good luck getting a software you need to do your job faster.
    * You have to bring your own coffee cup, glass and they don't have a sink so you have to use restroom to wash your dishes. You will be warned not to touch the office coffee cups and glasses!
    * $20 chairs to massage your back! No kidding, the chairs has to be from 80s, they can hold your weight so works for Epstein
    * Outdated computers
    * Very political management and decisions are made by people who are stuck up and disconnected with employees. In other words, they are nonsocial people trying to run the show

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so cheap and please update your carpet, conference rooms and computers. Don't watch every penny an employee spends. You won't save much by questioning every penny. Earn money by promoting smart people who can actually bring good projects to the company. You can achieve that with an open mind and accepting people and ideas that are different from your closed circle. Firing people who question you is only putting you in a bad spot


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Had potential but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at A. Epstein and Sons full-time

    Pros

    Chicago office and leadership much better and accessible to staff.

    Cons

    Supervisor, project management, commute. Poor overall culture and empty promises.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of dead weight running the offices


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