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Updated July 2, 2017
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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at ESD full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and management team.

    Cons

    After being acquired by ESD, virtually all of the top talent left or were terminated.


  2. "ESD days"

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    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Anaheim, CA
    Current Employee - Computer Technician in Anaheim, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ESD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Each day various on the work load

    Cons

    People in the company cannot do there job

    Advice to Management

    Need new turn around time

  3. "FT Employee"

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

    I worked at ESD full-time

    Pros

    flexibility within the work place

    Cons

    bumping heads between different disciplines


  4. "Engineering Summer Internship, 2016"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ESD (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really friendly people, very hands on mentorship, in particular it was quite refreshing to work in two different parts of the company for six weeks at a time, intern events were quite fun, end of summer presentations were attended by entire executive team (including Raj, the CEO) which was very rewarding and humbling

    Cons

    Can't think of too much bad to say about the company, internship paid a bit less than other intern engineering positions, at times it was tough to find work if in a lag between projects

    Advice to Management

    Put more effort into recruiting diverse students from a wider variety of schools, a lot of interns came from a similar engineering background at large midwestern universities


  5. "MEP firm"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities if you seek them out.

    Cons

    Difficult to gauge personal performance.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Very Average"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at ESD full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I was an interned, they created a job for me, so when you work hard they rewarded me. The people I worked with in Marketing were great and so were a lot of the people in the office. There was a lot of change happening including some high profile firings but it appeared they were working towards bettering the company.

    Cons

    I was not an engineer and worked in Marketing, meaning, no room for advancement. The office space is very dull and boring. They had been talking about changing it, but while I was there it was all talk. The management is not really open to a much fun, but rather be there to work not to bond with coworkers. This is a very average place to work, I am sure there are much worst out there, and know there is much better.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees more and create a more appealing environment to work in.


  7. "Enbracing chances"

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    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Wilmette, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President - Technology in Wilmette, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESD (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Company, energetic work effort.

    Cons

    Everything works great so far!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the good work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Associate Electrical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at ESD full-time

    Pros

    Great people and overall atmosphere

    Cons

    Management seems detached from what goes on on the floor, including people feeling overworked and under appreciated


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Revolving Door: A line item for your resume."

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    Former Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at ESD full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great knowledgeable people work there. It's a diverse environment. People will help each other.

    Cons

    It's a political circus. People are overworked and salary isn't competitive (20% below market) I had s 30% increase after leaving.

    Advice to Management

    Each layoff affects heavily a family. I left after realizing there was no loyalty.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good company but poor retention"

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    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ESD full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great CEO (Raj) who is committed to help ESD expand its offerings and viable markets (including newly formed remote offices). Office cross-pollination and horizontal opportunities are encouraged as needed to help realize individual employee goals and improve efficiency. A lot of great people to work with and no shortage of big, challenging and/or unique projects.

    Cons

    Too many VPs and SVPs who don't have a strong engineering background and too many marketing professionals who have none whatsoever. As a result, engineers are too often put to task to solidify acquisition or award of new contracts and the marketing department is not as useful. Both employee retention and compensation (surely related) have seen a significant drop off in the last few years. Layout of office space and talent are not conducive to collaboration and in-office technology, IT, etc is a poor representation of the service offerings available to even low-end clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the office environment through remedial in-office improvements (both flow and cosmetic), technology integration and amenities. Remove the myriad tiers that any one engineer or manager has to work through to achieve a single task (trim the fat) and strengthen the position of existing mid-level (associate to Sr associate) managers to help guide the good, young talent in the office. Remove the onus of sales pitches from the engineers and move to the marketing department who should be populated with technical-minded people.


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