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  1. "Management lacks vision and won't listen to junior employees"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Field Equipment Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable work with not much chance of being laid off. Some of the people there are good people who look out for their coworkers and those who work for them.

    Cons

    Some of the managers are drunk with power and treat the people that work for them like servants.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up to how some of your supervisors talk to and treat the ones who actually do the heavy lifting.


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Depressing place where people spend most of their day at, in order to pay rent to a place where they rarely get to see."

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    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I really like the fact that working at Conestoga Rovers and Associates (CRA) gave me a new perspective on life. If you're ever feeling bored and get the feeling of hating to leave work too early, you certainly never get that feeling in the Irvine office. As a field staff, you are generally working 65 hours a week, that's a minimum. HR will tell you that they only care about 90% billability (90%?! Cray cray), BUT despite working like an indentured servant Monday through Thursday (working 13 hours per day), your supervisor stresses and encourages that you need to be in the office for a minimum of 8 hours on Friday. Post-college perspective: you go to college and accrue all your student loans just to be making roughly minimum wage. But you know what?—by doing this work for the next 6 years of your life (starting your day at 4 am and coming home at 7pm only to be sleeping at 8pm) will help you advance your career ever so slightly. Because after 4-6 years of experience, you get to be in the awesome position of a Project manager (you know… the people who carry on the torch of passing down the CRA work culture).

    Cons

    Also, my new perspective is that “Hate” is an understatement.
    (1) The job. What more can I say? I guess in your interview with CRA you should ask if you’re going to be in the Shell group. If the answer is yes, turn your back and never look back.
                 a. Life (or lack of one) in the CRA-Irvine Shell group, will make you rue the day of accepting the job and signing your life away on the offer letter.

    (2) The Incident Report. You sit down and discuss for 1-2 hours why something went wrong the way it did (from the wide spectrum getting into a car accident with the company vehicle or getting a paper cut). The whole purpose is to figure why things when wrong. There are 3 general factors: personal, company, outside factors. It’s rarely outside factors and it’s never company’s factors.

    (3) The transparent cover of the “Health and Safety” paperwork in order to elude liability. Every time you go over the Health and Safety meeting in the fields, it’s to relinquish all responsibility (ensure Shell, and consequently, CRA can never be sued. How is that possible? Because you and everyone in the fields must sign and date stating that they understand the risk in order for work to start.

    (4) The Prostitution aka The Bid. There’s a job available, consultant firms across the board would bid for the job by estimating how much it would cost them to get the job complete. Usually, the consultant firm would be chosen if their bids are on the lower ends. Project managers (PMs) are then pressured to work with this nonexistent budget. Try to envision the money trickling down the pay-rate hierarchy. None.

    (5) The environmental remediation industry. It sounds great to be installing and monitoring groundwater wells to ensure and maintain a product-free (gasoline) water-table. Wrong. CRA’s main goal is to satisfy the client (SHELL), whose whole point is to push these wells that obviously has high contamination/ product (basically gasoline) to closure. CRA will try to submit to the city/agency saying that there’s very little contamination and that the contaminations are actually decreases over time. How is this done? By removing “outlier” data points, and sending out the Shell-approved-data in the reports to the Agency.

    (6) Now combine everything together; cult-like work culture, micromanaging bosses, minimum wage, and Shell projects.

    Advice to Management

    Assume that people can handle simple tasks without talking to them like they are an idiot. The condescending tone when answering questions are unnecessary.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good starting point...must work long hours and travel much"

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    Current Employee - Professional in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Professional in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time

    Pros

    Valuable broad experience, both technical and management

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, pay is low for engineers compared to other markets, and high turn-over rate

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are valuable to the success of the company.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "A place to work while you find a real job"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Conestoga-Rovers & Associates full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's easy to get a job at the Baton Rouge office.

    Cons

    Managers expect you to work long hours to meet billability requirements. As an entry level person, you end up doing only field work, no technical assignments. Emphasis is on making money for the owners of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Associates and Partners appear to be happy, but lower level employees have to work hard to support expensive managers. There is a reason why employees don't stay here long, you may be able to improve work experience.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "This is a great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free to pursue business opportunties i indentify
    Reconition for sucess
    Great people - I get along with very well with managment & staff
    Flexibility for family - kids ball games, etc.

    Cons

    Slow to upgrde technology. Getting the latest software / hardware can be a challenge.
    Difficult ot hire people. On-boarding process takes forever. First week is all training.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "okay"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The office manager of the Denver office is the reason I have stayed.

    Cons

    The leadership above the office manager is very poor. Salary adjustments for promotions are non-existent.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Average environmental consulting firm"

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    Former Employee - Geologist in Emeryville, CA
    Former Employee - Geologist in Emeryville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Fellow employees are generally good to work with
    - Friendly work environment, relatively small offices
    - Mid-level management is decent

    Cons

    - Low employee moral
    - Little opportunity for professional growth
    - Long working hours that are not worth the salary that employees are paid

    Advice to Management

    Increase salaries for employees. If you want to attract and keep good employees you need to offer decent salaries. Shareholders at the company should share more of the profits with their employees. Corporate culture is cult like. Not everyone wants to make Conestoga-Rovers & Associates the focal point of their life.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "People are nice; but it is a hard company culture to work in."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    1. The people are nice and friendly.
    2. The social committee tries to have out-of-work activities for the staff.
    3. Casual environment.

    Cons

    1. Every move you make is monitored.
    2. It is hard to take time off.
    3. Too much work for the pay.


  9. "CRA"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent array of work experiences in an EHS field

    Cons

    Opportunities for upward mobility seem limited

    Advice to Management

    Engage employees more in decision making


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good First Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of younger people who are all in the same boat. Large variety of work.

    Cons

    Upper level's experience and knowledge seems to be a mile wide and an inch deep.


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