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"Avoid this company as it's an old boys club with a ridiculous bureaucracy"

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Current Employee - Project Manager in Hayward, CA
Current Employee - Project Manager in Hayward, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

-Work on large projects, including private, local, State and Federal work
-Okay benefits
-Okay employee stock allocation (if you last 5 years to be fully vested)

Cons

-Low moral and a general feeling of discontent among the majority of employees
-To stay for the long hall at Kleinfelder you absolutely have to toe the line, join the 'old boys club', and become an owner, which requires singing the praises of the company at all times.
-Questionable ethical practices that have resulted in the company being excluded from numerous municipal entities; mostly regarding the companies opaque billing practices.
-Poor senior management and constant restructuring
-Very bureaucratic with an obvious distrust of employees

Advice to Management

Respect and listen to your very hard working employees. Offer promotion through merit and not just through blind loyalty, which may re-energize the company, raise moral, and turn around the companies slow growth.

Other Employee Reviews for Kleinfelder

  1. Helpful (9)

    "Disappointed by bureaucracy for mid-sized firm"

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    Former Employee - Group Manager/Area Manager in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Group Manager/Area Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Midsize firm with access to large projects
    - Integration of multiple services (environmental, geotech and materials)
    - Annual technical seminar promotes information sharing and employee development
    - Nationwide resources available for projects
    - Multiple federal contracting vehicles
    - Good use of on-line performance review resources
    - On-line career development resources
    - Good benefits for size of company

    Cons

    - Poor employee morale due to multiple layoffs over the past 5 years
    - Complete overhaul of organization every 2-3 years
    - Upper management is primarily "good old boy" network
    - Struggling to transition from offices everywhere to regional centers
    - Senior management lack of connection to staff except for financial metrics
    - Lack of senior-level commitment to safety (all talk, no action)
    - Poor overall safety record results in missed business opportunities
    - Utilization requirement is high but lack of viable plan for additional business opportunities creates high tension among employees.
    - Firm is showing lack of operations management skills with panic-based layoffs and lack of realistic planning during low point of economy.
    - Construction Testing Services suffering due to incompatibility with union (PLA) wage agreements
    ( time to sell off this unit)
    - Antiquated time/accounting system
    - 2015 Plan requires acquisition of other firms, which necessitates internal layoffs due to debt loading.
    - Separation of delivery versus marketing sounds good but only when backlog can support the isolation of the two groups.

    Advice to Management

    Plan for growth during lull in economy and be open to hiring external leadership with authority to change the internal systems. Majority of current senior management has limited experience outside of Kleinfelder and is managing by financial metrics only. Invest in business development personnel and reinforce investment of time to develop business relationships for all senior personnel.


  2. "Solid Vision"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager I in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager I in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunities are endless if you work hard and if you have an advocate.

    Cons

    The evolving structure clouds things a bit.

    Advice to Management

    communicate

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