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Engineering Consulting Services Reviews

Updated October 2, 2017
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Pros
  • good company, good people, nice atmosphere (in 9 reviews)

  • Upword mobility, flexible work environment, supportive senior management (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, hard to reach engineers or project managers for answers despite having cell phone numbers, equipment is not kept in good shape (in 12 reviews)

  • long hours , little recognition except for certain people (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "current employee"

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

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time

    Pros

    good company, good people, nice atmosphere

    Cons

    long hours , little recognition except for certain people.

    Advice to Management

    notice everyone, not just a chosen few.


  2. "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chantilly, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time

    Pros

    good people, intense experience, wide variety of work

    Cons

    sad salary, extremely long hours, unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Set up a good training, pay more, quality >> quantity.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pretty casual and independent work environment

    Cons

    Management only cares about making money and does not seem concerned that things are very understaffed and employees are not happy

    Advice to Management

    Raise pay, show genuine appreciation for employees.


  4. "Technicians are used to gather data and perform sampling of various construction materials to be studied by the lab."

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    Former Employee - Cmt Technician in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Cmt Technician in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There is plenty of room for small raises within the firm is you stick around and have a willingness to learn and succeed. Regular classes arm you with the knowledge you need to pass exams and become a more qualified technician. The benefits package is also not bad for full time employees.

    Cons

    Technicians are not effectively field trained before being sent out on jobsites solo. Mistakes in sampling and data collection are fairly often occurrence and many times a Technicians job is a learn as you go by making mistakes type of job. It becomes important for the tech to frequently contact the Project Manager while keeping pace with the busy environment on the jobsite.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time training technicians on the jobsite, there is only so much to be taught in the classroom.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior environmental project manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Project Manager in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Project Manager in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The few local personal were awesome. Unfortunately all but 2 either quit or were fired by upper management for no reason.

    Cons

    Terrible upper management. No local upper management...ALL located out if state. My senior manager consistently made decisions that negatively impacted my role, to the point I was doing NO project management, but instead had been relegated to nothing more than a field technician role. He repeatedly sent me negative and condescending emails, even though other upper management gave me positive feedback and atta-boys. He has no clue. Of the 6 other people employed at the location in the last 6 months, all have quit or been fired, leaving only 2 remaining employees. ..one of which has been there less time than I was.

    Advice to Management

    Resign. You have ruined what I understand was a good place to work before you became the manager. Your method of 'management' is not functional nor helpful for anyone. The bottom line is not always the answer.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Going Down Fast - Former Tech"

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    Former Employee - Field Technician
    Former Employee - Field Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting experiences
    Good bonuses

    Cons

    Rude department head who talks to you like you're stupid. No upward movement. Not always getting hours. Low pay. Not always being trained in the best way. Only get schedules the day before so no planning anything.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not a good place to work - lots of fake reviews on here"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fairly steady workload with only brief periods of low billability. However during those periods of low billability you will be looked at as a drag on the company bonus system.

    Cons

    Lots of hours are mandatory, if you are not putting down 55 hours on the timesheet weekly you will eventually be let go. This is not a professional company but is one geared for working with the construction industry. There are plenty of PEs, but that does not make this a professional company.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the bonus program and pay folks a fair salary to begin with. Its like working at a used car lot.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great growth opportunities, wonderful people, and flexible schedule within reason. ECS is a company that takes care of its employees.

    Cons

    They work you to death. You could work upwards to 60 hours a week multiple weeks in a row, and if you have 1 week with 40-45 hours, you can get backlash for not working enough hours.


  9. "Good entry level experience. Not for full time"

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    Current Employee - Field Technician in Chantilly, VA
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Chantilly, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of work always going around.

    Cons

    Less salary given to field technicians

    Advice to Management

    Care for your employees


  10. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Engineering Consulting Services full-time

    Pros

    valuable experience and opportunities to advance

    Cons

    unpredictable work schedule can be good and bad at times


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