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Brown and Caldwell Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
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  • The company is also top heavy, with too many managers, making the overhead multiplier around four or five (in 7 reviews)

  • High turnover, hard to branch into different fields (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good in theory"

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, good culture, mostly good moral.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure from higher ups. A lot of "proposal budgets" didn't actually take in to account what it would take to do the work.
    Lack of Career advancement opportunities for the non-technical staff

    Advice to Management

    Have people who are going to do the work actually give proposals for the work. career advancement for non tech staff


  2. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown and Caldwell full-time

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for with excellent people. High achievers get rewarded.

    Cons

    Typical of the consulting business, you often work long hours.

  3. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, profit sharing, good holidays, 4501k match, benefits. Sorry, those are all the pros I can come up with

    Cons

    Way too management heavy. Simple issues become long winded discussions involving everyone up to CO level. Way too much micro management

    Advice to Management

    There are 2 sides to every story. Open your minds and ears to all sides before jumping to conclusions


  4. Helpful (2)

    "good firm overall but you must fit with the culture and direct mgr or you will be quickly dismissed"

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    some great people work at BC

    Cons

    some very poor, highly political management persists at BC. They would do well to weed these folks out instead of risk losing good employees due to the poor management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop baby sitting. Let people have some freedom. Redesign your financial mgt procedures and processes. Very cumbersome and make no sense for clients who ultimately pay for it. Break up clicks, weed out unethical and underqualified managers.


  5. "Good Firm; Learning Organization"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strives to be consultant of choice for clients and employees. Strong leadership in most locations. Work-life balance strong. Opportunity for growth.

    Cons

    Still some locations that operate too independently. Needs greater cost control to ensure competitive posture in highly competitive marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course...resist too many changes and mantras.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "5 star reviews are definitely fake!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Decent salary
    There is some good staff

    Cons

    - Projects are micromanaged to death, which explain why budgets are always shot.
    - The senior folk here are smart but are mostly condescending. Unless you stroke their ego on a constant basis you might not even get work from them
    - The company is hiring for jobs that they are laying off at the same time
    - Billability will drive you absolutely nuts. Starts to get scary when no one has work.
    - They will find scape goats when things dont go their way, which explains the purges


  7. "Decent Engineering Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown and Caldwell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great focus on people. Strong core values, motivated leadership. They know who they are and who they want to stay as a business.

    Cons

    Senior leaders don't always hold themselves accountable for the culture they create. Expectations and communication is not always clear, in the name of "business agility."

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brown and Caldwell full-time

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Good Location
    Co-workers were very nice

    Cons

    Lack of management
    No support
    In the dark on responsibilities and expectations
    Favoritism

    Advice to Management

    This seemed like a dream opportunity. I was very excited about a career here but I was disappointed with lack of management. I think investing in your employees and showing them that you would like to help them grow and develop with your company would have gone a long way. I felt like I was in the dark and that I did not have any support in my position. I felt like projects were thrown at me that no one else wanted to take on or know how to do so it felt like I was set up to fail. It was a learning experience for me and I hope that management could learn from that as well.


  9. "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at Brown and Caldwell part-time

    Pros

    The people that work at Brown and Caldwell are top-notch folks. Very nice to work with and good at their jobs.

    Cons

    Seems that when the company needs a new high level position, they look to poach from outside the company far more than promoting from within.


  10. "No incentives for anyone below an engineer"

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

    Pros

    Good to their employees that matter

    Cons

    Listen and then they don't do anything. Non confrontational


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