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"Good company, but still victim of the many pitfalls of consulting"

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Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in North Atlanta, GA
Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in North Atlanta, GA
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at URS Corporation full-time

Pros

-Decent pay
-Good people to work with
-Plenty of opportunities to get outdoors and not be cooped up in the office

When there's work to go around (more on that later...) it's a pretty good place to work. The projects are interesting, the clients are definitely not bottom of the barrel, and the coworkers are good.

Cons

-Always feeling like there's a noose waiting to cinch around your neck
-Inconsistent work load, contributing to the first problem
-not many opportunities to advance beyond being "the field guy".
-like 20 managers for 3 field geologists/scientists.
-laughably expensive insurance if you have a family

Just like all engineering consulting companies, if you aren't billable, you're costing them money and liable to end up on the chopping block. You can't really help this, as it's the responsibility of the project managers to bring in work to keep everyone busy. They consistently fail at bringing in steady work. You'll be booked solid two months in advance, but after that you might be looking at a whole lot of nothing. Also, it seems like there are a huge number of project managers there and only a few actual "do-ers". The pyramid seems inverted to me.

Advice to Management

Be more aggressive at bringing in a consistent work load. Keep everyone busy, keep everyone happy.

Other Employee Reviews for URS Corporation

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Follow the Rules Only when Convenient"

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    Former Contractor - Operations Shift Manager in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Contractor - Operations Shift Manager in Niskayuna, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at URS Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Never had a check bounce. I have heard that my bad experiences are do not exist in most of the company. Good way to get into Department of Energy (DOE) complex.

    Cons

    No accountability which causes problems in pretty much every area. Common practice to ignore rules because of schedule pressure or laziness. Constant struggle to take the extra 5 minutes to do the right thing.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good when there is work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great people, lots of knowledge

    Cons

    when there is a downturn in economy they lay off big, and fast

    Advice to Management

    try offering 32 hour work weeks during downturn

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