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Clean Air Engineering Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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  1. "Your experience will vary by position"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reliable/stable work environment.
    Field employees work long hours but get lots of world travel and experience.
    Good work-life balance for office employees, typical 8 to 5 office hours.
    Company is flexible if needed, but that mostly depends on who you work for.
    Hard work and extra effort is noticed and rewarded most of the time.
    Walkable to Metra Northwest train line and downtown Palatine which has decent selection of restaurant options.
    As long as you're not sleeping at your desk, you won't get fired.

    Cons

    Few cons as long as your expectations are in line with a typical small energy company.
    Company has existed for over 40 years but management is in transition and current environment teems with uncertainty.
    Intracompany bickering.
    Pay is on the low side of average for most positions, so negotiate a better deal early.
    Leadership demographic is mainly white male; "good old boys club".

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to fire people who don't fit the culture and who don't perform.
    Raises and lack of profit sharing (bonuses) have always been an issue.


  2. "Electrical Techician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great experience and those that you work with day to day are very helpful and friendly. A good group of people. Great benefits. Freedom to work on projects and ability to get parts.

    Cons

    Little opportunity for advancement and no raises what so ever.

    Advice to Management

    Offer increased salary for at least cost of living raises


  3. "Excellent experience for someone just out of school"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer & Technician in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer & Technician in Palatine, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent environment to work in, great company culture, employees are really helpful

    Cons

    Poor management, a better training program is needed,


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  5. "Worth working for a few years."

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Great if you like travelling. Team leaders are willing to work with your schedule.

    Cons

    Pay is low for what you do.


  6. "If you don't mind some travel and some occasional work outdoors, you will love this place!!!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are knowledge and awesome to work with. The compensation is fair and time off is available when schedule allows. The job sites are diverse and keep you from getting tired of the same office and faces.

    Cons

    The offices are smaller in number and you may not have the most room for upward mobility if you are looking for such. The nature of the business tends to bring about a very hectic and spontaneous schedule.


  7. "All you gain here is experience."

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    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Environmental Technician in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Add a little experience to your resume.
    Coworkers are a great bunch of people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours with poor OT compensation
    Always traveling
    Compensation is lower than expected for what you sacrifice
    Advancement opportunities are none
    Benefits: No dental.
    Safety is not a priority, but they say it is.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are your most valuable asset. Provide them an environment to flourish, and one that is safe.


  8. "Some great people, but very hard to move up or get raises"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved some of the people I worked with and loved being allowed to be independent in my work. They have a great health insurance and 401k program.

    Cons

    The position I was in did not allow for me to move up (which is normal for safety at a small company)but they are very bad about giving raises for good, hard work. They will compliment your work until the sun comes up but won't give you a penny for it. This is true for many positions. They keep older ("there since the beginning") employees even when they have out-lived their usefulness to the company and continue to give them raises even if they aren't doing anything more than sleeping at their desks. They are also VERY slow to replace employees who leave or move into different departments. I would not recommend this company if you are looking to grow in your career or if you want to stay at a company for more than 2 years.


  9. "Great people to work with, but terribly lacking in promotions and compensation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clean Air Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employees are mostly good to work with, excellent 401k benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive. Employer does not realize this is why they have such a problem with high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate salaries more often and offer more incentives to boost employee moral.


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    "Positive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palatine, IL
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people and atmosphere are great.

    Cons

    Salaries could be evaluated more frequently

    Advice to Management

    Make sure compensation is competitive


  11. "Not that great..."

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Palatine, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I liked working in the field, seeing manufacturing and energy plants, and making a solid group of friends. The field engineers are mostly great guys to work with

    Cons

    Pay is very low, especially considering lots of the guys who work at Clean Air studied engineering while they were in school

    Advice to Management

    Be more sympathetic to employees, dont give ridiculous assignments, and find meaningful work to do when the engineers are in the office.


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