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Barr Engineering Company Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "Challenging work and good environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Flexible schedule. Good co-workers.

    Cons

    Can be challenging to get work if you don't have a good internal network.


  2. "Overall a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Super flexible, smart people, fun place to work, lots of young employees, made a ton of friends

    Cons

    Can be a stressful environment. It is a bit difficult to figure out the system at first but after a year or so you catch on

    Advice to Management

    More assistance helping new employees find work at first. This was easily the biggest stressor

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Flexible work structure, good benefits and potential for growth"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Flat structure (no immediate boss) and free market system to pick and choose projects that interest you
    - Lots of training opportunities and resources for continued growth within the company
    - Comp time - Choice of banking extra worked hours for additional time off or pay out
    - Flexibility in work schedule
    - Employees are treated like adults and very rarely micromanaged
    - Lots of mutual respect among colleagues and peers
    - 100% employee owned so, everyone has a vested interest in the success of a project and the company at large

    Cons

    - Flat structure and free market system also means that employee is on her/his own to find work to fill up time sheets. Can be difficult when starting out and not knowing your way around.
    - During period of lull, employee is forced to fill up time sheet by using vacation time or the extra banked time off just to reach 40hours/week.

    Advice to Management

    - Do a better job of showcasing backgrounds and skill sets of new employees so that it's easier for them to seek and find project work.
    - Provide more opportunities to work across business units and to even transfer to another unit if employee feels that he/she is better suited elsewhere.
    - Offer more competitive compensation packages including a more competitive base salary. The prospect of possibly earning higher by working extra hours is not always available during long periods of lull


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    flexible work schedule, a lot of opportunity for growth

    Cons

    difficult to predict work schedule


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Flexible and your career path is yours.

    Cons

    Pay does not keep up with industries.

    Advice to Management

    As company has grown management needs to find a way to keep the small company feel.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very smart people work at Barr - you get to work with some of the best in the industry on difficult/challenging projects.
    Flexible schedule with opportunities to telecommute.
    You earn comp time for extra hours work - meaning more PTO or more $$ if you choose to cash it out at the end of the year.

    Cons

    You need to find your own work, you don't have a direct manager that you work under. If you don't work for enough people you might find yourself out of work when times get slow.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to mix-up project teams so people aren't always working with the same team year after year.


  7. "Good IT Dept."

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    Former Employee - Help Desk in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Help Desk in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Worked in IT/help desk. Reasonable hours and requests, work with new technology, lots of interesting jobs to make it fun.

    Cons

    Not everyone pulled their weight in the department.

    Advice to Management

    Only really worked with the IT staff and supervisors, they were good.

  8. "great group of people wanting to to their best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Barr is a group of individual leaders, each contributing to each project/task to make it successful

    Cons

    Like any growing company, Barr struggles with keeping the culture that made it great while embracing the needs/wants of the newer staff.


  9. "Barr Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Exposure to a wide range of disciplines and projects

    Cons

    A decent amount of down time due to lack of work


  10. "Challenging Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Barr Engineering Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    With a reputation built on 50 years, Barr continues to attract talented people, and interesting and challenging projects. Time will tell whether that continues as the company culture has changed drastically under the current leadership. For clients and employees, Barr as an organization has become just another consultantancy driven by metrics and profit margins.

    Cons

    Over the last few years, there has been a slow but steady trickle of senior level people leaving the firm. This creates opportunity for new and younger hires but it creates a near vacuum for coaching and mentoring. It also raises serious questions about why so many established consultants are leaving the firm. In many ways, leadership is very narrow-minded and parochial. If you don't fit the mold, you tend to be an outsider.


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