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Anvil Corp Reviews

Updated December 18, 2017
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  1. "Great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anvil Corp full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits. Very flexible work week schedule and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Project schedules can be aggressive sometimes.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Historically a great company, but..."

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Anvil Corp full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Compensation is good, health insurance is GREAT, overall work environment is pretty good. If you're here during a boom, you can make money hand over fist.

    Cons

    Despite claims of being a "meritocracy", raises are doled out pretty flatly, which is fine if you're a 2080 hour/year employee. If you're one of the people working 2500+ hours a year (often in difficult positions), well, you view these "everyone gets X%" with resentment.

    Overall, Anvil is cheap: won't buy employees logo wear, tight with training budgets, etc. but always manages to turn a pretty healthy profit; what isn't distributed to employees is pissed away on misguided projects by upper management (useless in-house software tools, mostly).

    Bad apples can't seem to make their way into the garbage can as long as they get work done, and they all too often tend to spoil good apples. Weak/neutered resource managers are to blame for this, and upper management is either oblivious or doesn't care. We've lost a lot of good people because of this.

    Anvil has done a pretty poor job managing staffing levels, and most of this stems from this office (Bellingham) being prioritized over other offices. Again, we've lost a lot of good people in other offices because of this.

    Advice to Management

    Stop claiming to be a meritocracy (or actually become one).
    Stop neutering your resource managers & branch managers.
    Quit being so cheap. Your employees resent it, and complain about it on the Internet on well-known websites.
    Staff your offices properly. Excessive work sharing isn't efficient, and our clients know it.

  3. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Anvil Corp full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, good coworkers who take in interest in your development.

    Cons

    Training and continuing education opportunities are limited.


  4. "This is a great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Piping Designer in Billings, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anvil Corp full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The work is challenging; as you need to be able to carry out a variety of tasks efficiently in order to succeed. Their pay rate is very competitive; and they want you to get paid for the work you do. This creates an environment that feels really rewarding to do your best!

    Management has also been very generous, and flexible with the weekly work schedules as long as the clients needs are being met. The absence of a "written in stone" core hours set that everyone must adhere to whether or not it makes sense for the client makes it easier for employees to adjust their schedules to meet client needs.

    Cons

    There seems to be some communication challenges when dealing with management, and leadership personnel. There is a tendency to just throw information at someone once given an assignment; and the task could get off to a smoother start with just a little bit of direction given with it.

    Advice to Management

    I would say work on improving communication with your subordinates. Help new employees get off to a strong start by making sure they have the direction they need to do the job without all the sorting through information, and guess work!


  5. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Anvil Corp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They are good people to work with

    Cons

    Projects are not as complicated as you want them

    Advice to Management

    Be less conservative and more open to new opportunities


  6. "Not Bad, Not Stellar"

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends

    I have been working at Anvil Corp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, 4 weeks vacation (2 paid, 2 unpaid), good benefits, great location, nice coworkers.

    Cons

    The work is a bit dull, and you're definitely at the lower end for "competitive" salary.


  7. "Control Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Anvil Corp full-time

    Pros

    good learning environment for entry level engineers

    Cons

    tough to move up to more responsibilities and gain managerial experience.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "At Anvil Corp. for 22 years"

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    Former Employee - Vendor Document Control in Bellingham, WA
    Former Employee - Vendor Document Control in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Anvil Corp (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Anvil Corp. has lots of good people work for it.

    Cons

    Engineering is more imported than how many hours do you need to do your job.


  9. "Good Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellingham, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Anvil Corp (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture / employee (ESOP) owned.
    Amazing retirement contributions.
    Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Offices are utilitarian as overhead is kept low.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great people, poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Former Employee - Engineer in Anchorage, AK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I worked at the company for 3 years. The people I met and worked with generally are wonderful people who are very helpful. They are flexible about working and making sure that there is a good work/family balance. The project variety is interesting. Projects can range from mid-sized to very small upgrades. Fast paced and problem solving jobs are common

    Cons

    The company is very poorly managed. Project managers are insulated from their mistakes. Upper management views bottom line over employees. Overhead is not allowed, so if work slows at all dust of your resume quickly. Relatively high turn over rate and no plans for employee retention. Projects are mis-managed and communication is atrocious. Bellingham is the prima dona, all other offices are generally secondary and less valuable to the company.

    Advice to Management

    It's not likely to change. Anvil believes that Oil and Gas is the only market that exists. There is very little feeling of loyalty to employees. Managers are insulated from their mistakes and employees are blamed.


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