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Updated May 25, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Decent and supportive place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Asce full-time

    Pros

    Very supportive of work/life balance; decent pay and benefits; going through values leadership training to try and improve the culture; fairly relaxed atmosphere; great people overall

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in the organization; organization is very siloed;


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent, very supportive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Current Employee - Director in Herndon, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid salary and great people with a global mission. Work with some of the most creative and talented volunteers who truly believe in the contribution that civil engineers make in building a better world.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic but adaptive when you're able to get buy in. Senior management really understands the challenges but is bound by a business model that's difficult to change.

    Advice to Management

    Flatten and delegate


  3. Helpful (4)

    "The most dysfunctional place I've ever worked"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Those employees who were civil engineers themselves and who worked closely with others in the field, such as the Institute staff, were general very bright people who were committed to their profession and worked hard to advance civil engineering and to benefit society. Work-life balance was also pretty good. Projects generally proceeded at a leisurely pace, the work tended not to be overly demanding or to require working extended hours, and managers were usually flexible about vacation plans or working remotely.

    Cons

    Management of the organization was incomprehensibly bad, from the CEO on down to the lowest-level supervisors. The CEO at the time I was there was a buffoon whom everyone laughed at behind his back. Most departments heads were unqualified and incompetent, often wasting time by re-inventing the wheel instead of just looking at what other companies were doing and building upon their successes and best practices. Petty infighting, interdepartmental vendettas, and backstabbing of colleagues was common. For example, the CTO and heads of membership and publications hated each other and talked trash about each other behind their backs. As a result, membership and publications would attempt to work around the technology department and engage vendors independently for their projects, but lacking any sort of understanding of what they were getting into were often taken advantage of and ultimately unsuccessful. For his part the CTO enjoyed sowing conflict within his own department by having different employees work independently on the same task without letting them know he was doing this, and then expressing shock at the chaos and negativity that ensued once staff learned they were working at cross purposes. Rather that recognizing the true cause of dysfunction management continuously tinkered with the organizational structure, inventing convoluted forms of matrix reporting that made no sense whatsoever. Salaries for upper management and technical staff was decent but for most worker pay was quite low with few opportunities for advancement, success being rewarded with ridiculous plastic trinkets rather than meaningful compensation or promotion. I saw many of the more competent employees driven out by all the management BS, leaving the least qualified staff behind to keep the lights on.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully things have improved under the current CEO, but given that most managers were lifers that seems unlikely. Things were so bad that the only real avenue for improvement would be to fire the entire management and rebuild the organization from the ground up.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe you can tolerate working here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The HR Department at ASCE is outstanding. They go above and beyond to make it a fun place to work.

    Cons

    Some of the people you can encounter are unprofessional; however, if you have a decent boss, you can power through.

    Advice to Management

    The office politics in the company are getting out of hand - fix now before more people run out the door.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Difficult to advance"

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Asce (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits and ability to win prizes through employee games

    Cons

    long-standing employees are out of touch with the rest of the world. Human Resources is good for employee parties but do not help with actual issues.

    Advice to Management

    Look around and see how many people are leaving.....there is a reason why some are jumping ship.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Former Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues and direct reports seem to work well together.

    Cons

    The organization is somewhat siloed and because of this cross functional teams do not always work will together.

    Advice to Management

    No answer


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reston, VA

    Pros

    Great environment Raises Room for growth

    Cons

    There are really no cons


  9. "Solid Company"

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    Former Employee - Building Operations Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Former Employee - Building Operations Manager in Colorado Springs, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asce (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very stable organization but seems to have a high turnover

    Cons

    Top heavy in management positions

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within to keep your good employees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Virginia (VA) in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Virginia (VA) in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flex schedules. Some workers appear nice at first. Diverse workforce.

    Cons

    Not everyone is nice. Many backstabbers! Very competitive internally without high level of external knowledge. You will not grow professionally at all! Expert from outside are brought in only to get sucked into internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp. Get into 21st century.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Ashburn, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Asce full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Nice, friendly people who really believe in the mission of civil engineers making the world a better place. Lots of outside offerings like Weight Watchers, Toastmasters, etc. that meet on-site. They make it a nice place to work by having picnics, barbecues, chili cook-offs, free ice cream, etc.

    Cons

    Boomers in control of director and above positions. They will stay there until they retire which should begin turning over in the next 5 years.


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