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Ecology and Environment Reviews

Updated October 27, 2017
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  1. "Good company in transition"

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

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment full-time

    Pros

    Great people. Many long time dedicated employees, and a new cadre of young smart folks. Working on a broad range of projects and geographies.

    Cons

    Old-school in the policies. Management stuck in outmoded ways of motivating staff and leading to a new future. Compensation quickly lags after hiring. Benefits in the low end.

    Advice to Management

    Practice more positive leadership and demonstrate the vision through action.


  2. "If you are looking for a company for the long term to develop your career, look elsewhere."

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    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ecology and Environment (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you are new to the field and interested in gaining some work experience for a short few years, there are some good project experiences and some good staff and mentors to learn from.

    Cons

    This company feels like a poorly managed company out of the 1970’s because that’s exactly what it is to this day. Senior management 3-martini lunches while remaining completely absent. LOTS of highly-paid positions for lifers who contribute nothing, but who presume to direct those who are demonstrated revenue generators.
    This company is not looking for innovators or leaders: it is looking for people willing to follow direction given by the same small group who have been doing the same thing, the same way, for decades, and who see no reason to ever change. Because this company absolutely rejects new blood in upper management, the people who are the problem with this company are the only ones who could effect change, but they don’t know how, and wouldn’t change if they did know how. Management who succeed the founders are no better, because they have never worked anywhere else, and learned all that they know from the founders.
    Old, tired, and outdated management is incredibly distrustful of staff, and as a result, they maintain ‘systems’ that require you to continuously ask permission to do your job, and if they are unresponsive, the process stops. This adds delay and costs that clients must endure, and truth be told, inefficiencies that clients pay for.
    Nepotism, cronyism, and favoritism overshadow everything, and characterize hiring and promotion decisions. It is blatant, and pervasive, from the Board of Directors to new hires. In one office, the only people who received career advancement were family friends of the office manager’s kids before joining E&E (or even starting their careers); it was their first post-college job; they had never worked in the industry before; and, there were several people with considerably more industry experience, tenure with the company, and diverse jobs supporting their subject expertise before joining E&E. They went unconsidered, because favoritism was the only thing that mattered, regardless of impact to the staff, office, and company. E&E simply doesn’t know any better, and won’t change as a result. They can’t.
    Senior management are distrustful of the very staff who are charged with generating the revenues, and control every step in the proposal or project process. As a result, they force you to be less responsive to clients, and slower and more expensive when you do respond, costing you productivity and making you less competitive. Silos, knowledge hoarders, and controls posing as management systems are everywhere, adding overhead costs and delays, and serving no real purpose. To the senior staff and process controllers in Buffalo, respect is something demanded but never shown – they see no need to treat you as the professional adult that you are. Protocols are to be followed, and not challenged or questioned. Your suggestion or improvement is not welcome. The combination of arrogance and incompetence is stunning. The disdain and contempt shown to non-insiders and non HQ staff is equally discouraging and misplaced. It’s almost as if they believe that they are the ones generating the revenues.
    Each successive generation of managers who scoffed at the disastrous arrogance of the generation that preceded them, then exhibits the same kind of arrogant incompetence. From selecting the Board of Directors to choosing office managers or placing new hires, there is no act of favoritism that is beneath this company. This is because upper management is horribly inbred: none of them have ever worked anywhere else, and they’ve been doing the same things, the same way, decade after decade, and with no intention of ever altering their ways. They learned from the preceding generation, then operated in precisely the same manner, making precisely the same kinds of decisions because they are incapable of seeing an alternative, and wouldn’t know what to do with it if presented with one. Adaptability and the capacity to see their mistakes are just not in this company’s DNA.
    Then there are the wholly unjustifiable billing rates that result from distrustful senior management micro-managing every process and then expecting to pass bloated overhead onto clients. While they claim to be a “knowledge-based network”, nothing could be further from the truth. Instead, there are silos everywhere, at the top of which is a gatekeeper who is more interested in making you ask permission to do your job than he or she is at serving clients or providing good value.

  3. "Solid Company"

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

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    ENE is a great company to work for. Management has always been easy to approach and there's a unique level of professionalism without the typical pretentiousness. Compensation is on par or slightly above market average. Corporate is always extreme helpful. Educational stipends are excellent.

    Cons

    - The insurance benefits are not ideal.
    - You're limited to the branch you work in. Many branches work in specific environmental industries and rarely expand subjects.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities are available. ENE could be a bit more entrepreneurial to build relationships and acquire new contracts.


  4. "Unsatisfying"

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

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I learned a few things on the job.

    Cons

    Company culture is lagging behind by 20 years. Very stiff environment. Work is uninspiring.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees.


  5. "Great People, Lost Leadership"

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

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time

    Pros

    Great people, doing great work for their clients. Some of the smartest, nicest people to work with. Office environment was good ( I was not at HQ, which I would avoid), work was interesting and great learning.

    Cons

    Leadership changes are needed at the senior level. Many have been around for too long, too much infighting and politics. Fresh ideas without politics are needed. Hard to move up, hard to get a raise, hard to get senior staff to listen to new ideas. Regional offices should be tapped for new ideas and markets, but power is centralized at HQ, which is hidden away in Lancaster NY.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your regional offices. Get out of HQ and see what is happening..... Hire new blood and retire out the staff who have been around since the Nixon era.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist/Project Manager in Tallahassee, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist/Project Manager in Tallahassee, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great people to work with. Learned valuable skills from very smart people.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for growth. Benefits could be better.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Consultant"

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

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility, opportunity to work on a variety of projects. Not quick to lay off or fire without cause. Reasonably enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    So-so pay. No bonuses unless you are mid to upper level. Mediocre pay. Mediocre health insurance. Some staff have trouble staying chargeable, however this is not unique to E&E.

    Advice to Management

    Bonuses company-wide would help morale. Better raises would help too. Christmas party can go. Put the money into bonuses.

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    "Environmental specialist"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ecology and Environment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Office full of great people, learning a lot and gaining a lot of experience. Always busy, get to travel and work in different kinds of places/ecosystems. I havent run into any serious safety issues, health and safety seems to be important within the company.

    Cons

    Traveling makes it hard to plan but as long as you go with the flow and adapt it can be fun. Definitely good for single people.

    Advice to Management

    More training is always a good opportunity for juniors and staff in general. The overhead spent will be worth having hifhly trained professionals to work on your projects.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Needs better communication"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ecology and Environment full-time

    Pros

    The nature of the work is very interesting. They have some great assets in terms of the talent available within the company.

    Cons

    There was no clear management plan. There was incredibly poor communication between management and the workers. There was very little mentoring of junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your communication plan. It felt like there was no clear communication of expectations or overall corporate strategy down to the junior staff. This may have improved with the new management, but under the old management it felt like we were working blind.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company and great people

    Cons

    Insurance that would benefit single healthy people such as an option that isn't high deductible with all costs up front.


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