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Updated January 19, 2018
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Gary M. DeJidas, P.E.
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Pros
  • Coworkers are great, hard working people doing their best under less than ideal circumstances (in 2 reviews)

  • The CEO is a good person but the upper management under him will destroy all his hard work (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Traveled 95% of the time and this caused work/ life balance issues (in 4 reviews)

  • Unable to communicate with upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A good place to grow"

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    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Civil EIT in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Employee owned company, engaged management, opportunities to learn and expand skill set, wide variety of projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes long days are required (as at most engineering firms)


  2. "Okay Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Location, clients, coworkers are great, some flexibility in hours

    Cons

    Constantly Reorganizing, High Management Turnover, high level of required billing percent without time to market, hard to get continuing education

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are under the right manager, you will do all of their work and will gain a lot of experience for below par wage and zero opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    You will gain experience to go to another firm.

    Advice to Management

    Review your existing managers, a lot of them can't even tie their shoes when it comes to permitting.


  4. "Solid Company - Great Employees - Dedicated Leadership"

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

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Employee-owned (ESOP); opportunities for career advancement;

    Cons

    Experiencing some growing pains –


  5. "50/50, but a nod toward the positive"

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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - GIS Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great leadership. Would always have your back when others in the company did not feel that a task could be completed in a certain manner.

    People always willing to help in completing the task at hand. Was always open to allowing new thoughts on how to achieve goals.

    Cons

    PTO is subpar compared to other places. It is a combined policy so sick, personal, and PTO comes from one bank of time.

    Must remain billable no matter how slow the work flow. I understand it is an employee owned company but cannot always foot the bill to down time to clients with larger budgets. Stop bidding smaller jobs with razor thin profits and expect to win long term clients. This will come back and get the company at a later date.

    Advice to Management

    Continue keeping people in the loop and have their backs. Something that I will miss is the ongoing support given to me.


  6. "Solid company with growth opportunities in transportation"

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

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Company values employees and does small things to show that you are more than a number like holiday parties and monthly birthday celebrations for employees. Good compensation and benefits with opportunity to move up and advance in the company.

    Cons

    Turnover in HR seems to be an ongoing issue, as well as work balance across the different departments.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Civil Engineer 5+ Years"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a decent gym across the street.
    Costco is close. Locations in Homestead and Murrysville make the commute from east of Pittsburgh easy.

    Cons

    Treated like just a number.
    Development doesn't matter.
    No work life balance, worked until midnight too many times and it wasn't appreciated, it was expected.
    Seems like the plan is to keep you so busy with work that you do not have time to stop and think that your career is going nowhere.
    If you come in as an entry-level engineer, get your experience, stay 2 years MAX.

    Advice to Management

    Management acts like it cares, will hold meetings to see what your thoughts are, how they can do better; but nothing changes...ever. Lip service can only work so long before it falls on deaf ears.

  8. "Engineering Manager"

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

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very entrepreneurial company looking to grow. Good diversity of projects and clients. Good teamwork with a client first mentality. Good PTO policy. Excellent bonus potential as company is profitable. Strong ESOP.

    Cons

    Company needs to work on the diversity of staff.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Unprofessional Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Technical staff are wonderful and IT staff are hard working and fast. Location to Pittsburgh is a plus.

    Cons

    Nepotism within the Executive staff and "handing" positions to people based out of relationships instead of true leadership skill and experience runs thick within GAI. Many of the leaders and directors within the walls of the company are not true leaders and lack management know-how and people management skills.
    Because of this, many talented employees are overlooked and overburdened, often discarded and not nurtured in their career development.
    The company expects loyalty and hard work without giving anything in return.
    GAI has lost many employees who were truly worth their salt if only they had the chance to be heard instead of just seen.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house! Eliminate the under-skilled, unprofessional, and dead weight at the top and start looking at your staff, their skill set, and background, not just who they know or how long the have worked there by staying under the radar.
    Communication! Managers should be involved in all aspects and discussions of decision making, especially within their own department.
    Also, stop throwing around the phrase "we have to do more with less". Truly doesn't work.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Communication Says It All"

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

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Lower level staff is great. A lot of great employees
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Unable to communicate with upper management. The women that run the office are cruel and catty. They have chased off at least 4 admins that were wonderful people. Too many chiefs and not enough indians


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