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Affiliated Engineers, Inc Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Intersting projects with a good team atmosphere.

    Cons

    If you call it a con, we are always very busy.


  2. "AEI Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time

    Pros

    Nice location and office space.

    Cons

    Unprofessional leadership encourages poor attitudes and intra-office hostility.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional.


  3. "Mechanical Engineer - I"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. Company with great projects.
    2. Opportunities for self-development.
    3. Awesome employee benefits.

    Cons

    1. Honestly I don't see any cons.


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  5. "Senior rcdd design engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Senor RDCC in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Senor RDCC in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Affiliated Engineers, Inc (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company...very prestigious clients. High visibility.

    Cons

    When the project is over, so is your job...unless a new project is found before you are laid off.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI
    Former Employee - Analyst in Madison, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    AEI is a great company, with an excellent work-life balance. As with any engineering job, the work can fluctuate greatly in intensity, but managers are typically capable of handling this.

    Cons

    The pay at AEI isn't fantastic compared to industry averages, and there aren't many perks outside of a very traditional benefits scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Increase diversity and hire younger employees.


  7. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Gaithersburg, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wide range of diverse complicated projects. Good learning environment. Good resources to assist engineers and PMs. Good place to ascend and grow. Good pay. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Electrical dept lacks leadership and is in disarray in my opinion. PMs often have to fight for designer help and when overloaded with projects are expected to work late and on weekends to keep head above water and is not recognized or rewarded. Although the principals are approachable and always willing to teach sometimes play favorites with the engineers. Currently management is policing its employees to make sure time sheets coincide with signin sheet at the front desk. I personally don't have a problem with this but many in the office have taken offense. More than a few good people have quit and I'm sure more are to follow. All things considered this is a pretty good place to work on challenging projects and to grow and ascend your career.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a senior dept head for the electrical dept with leadership being of paramount importance.


  8. "Lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for advancement. Definitely a place where you get what you put into it, if you have an idea or relationships you want to build, you are encouraged to build and strengthen those opportunities.

    The best and most challenging projects in town. The ability to create your own schedule is a great plus.

    Office leadership has an open door policy which is extremely helpful. The managing director's office door is always open for questions and guidance to help with design challenges. The office culture works together to create strong expectations for interacting with clients, and the quality of drawings which in return is well respected in the valley.

    Cons

    When you put a lot into it (as with anything) it can take a lot of time that you put onto yourself.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Opportunities to Learn"

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    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Washington in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    This is a great environment for the self-directed person with an entrepreneurial spirit. Opportunities to learn are plentiful. Projects are complex and interesting. The people who work here are unusually bright problem-solvers who enjoy contributing to hospitals, research facilities, and academic environments. For engineers who want to work on interesting and complex projects, there are some great opportunities here.

    Cons

    This environment seems to suit people who enjoy being self-directed and are flexible in their approach to working together. It's probably not the best environment for anyone who prefers fixed approaches or black and white thinking.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Rollercoaster Ride through hell"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Supposed to figure out at least 1 pro. Good pay.

    Cons

    Managing principal is a workaholic who expects everyone to put in a lot of overtime, office hires most people with little experience who can't do the job, principal loves to yell at and berate employees. If you can live walking on eggshells, enjoy never doing a job right, getting no respect or appreciation, or being a mindreader this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Find a leader for the office.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "You're just a warm body with a degree"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Affiliated Engineers, Inc full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation wasn't bad, on the surface. You do get to work on a wide range of projects and get exposure in different areas and sectors.

    Cons

    It's very much a "sink or swim" mentality where management expects you to learn everything on your own. Some more senior people will offer help, but often only when they have time because everyone is over worked and stressed to meet deadlines. This is mostly due to the fact that the company frequently underbids projects to win them so you are expected to work 50+ hour weeks but only report 40 so it appears that the project is on budget and schedule. Because your efforts are purely based on how many hours you put in on your timesheet towards a given project, your individual work and efforts are not valued much. This is probably so that letting you go once a project is complete and work is slower is not as difficult, which happens frequently. Advancement is difficult since managers like to play favorites and there are obvious gender inequalities. There also seems to be a high turnaround with employees coming and leaving. The office environment is not very professional with fraternity-like behavior that can't even be reported because there is no local HR official, forcing those that don't want to participate to feel uncomfortable.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be an HR official in every office, not just someone designated to do the paperwork who has a different job title. It's difficult to report issues when they can't be kept confidential. Management should not be encouraging and engaging in unprofessional behavior within the office. It makes those that are uncomfortable with it feel isolated and uncomfortable.


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