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GAI Consultants Reviews

Updated May 15, 2018
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Gary M. DeJidas, P.E.
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Pros
  • "GAI is an employee-owned company, so after two years, you have the option of buy stock" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Coworkers are great, hard working people doing their best under less than ideal circumstances" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Not a lot of support from upper management" (in 6 reviews)

  • "No work life balance, worked until midnight too many times and it wasn't appreciated, it was expected" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "A good place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    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. "Director"

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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

    Company maintains stability by employing an ESOP, structured to smoothly transition leadership. Employees all share in the Company's success. Numerous offices in the Pittsburgh area allow convenient commuting options, and multiple offices around the Country allow future movement. Excellent IT department and function.

    Cons

    I don't know of any cons at this time.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointing..."

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

    Pros

    Steady pay check. The local folk are genuine and good to work with.

    Cons

    If you are not in one of the main offices such as Pittsburgh, Cranberry, or Orlando, your opinion, work, and contributions won't count. You can pretty much expect to be forgotten after they get you in the door. No career development tract or educational development or assistance. EXTREMELY corporate attitude (you don't matter - only the deliverable does).

    Advice to Management

    Spend a little time getting to know your employees. Quit focusing so much on the dollar signs and remember you have actual people, not numbers, working for you.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "GAI has fallen off the wagon"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Environmental Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of good people all over the company still, but most of the best talent has now left in the past 4-5 years. They are flexible with your schedule. The pay is competitive, not great, however you will not get more than cost of living increases, ever so it makes a good stepping stone to a better company. The MBA program is nice, but be careful because they will use the payback obligation to trap you. If you don't mind paying for the whole thing (GAI pays about $10k and so do you up front deducted from your paycheck, you have to pay GAI's $10k if you leave within 5 years of graduation).

    This USED TO BE a GREAT company. They have sacrificed their values to make a buck.

    Cons

    They sell the ESOP as being great, but it owns a progressively smaller piece of the company each year because the earnings are given to senior management in the form of stock bonuses. 95% of staff are getting diluted by senior managers in both ESOP and Direct stock. They use the direct stock ownership agreement as a form of entrapment because they will not buy your stock back immediately. They hold onto it for up to 5 years. Same with the ESOP. They use non-compete agreements, the shareholders agreement, the ESOP program, and MBA agreement as forms of contractual obligations to penalize you if you were to ever leave rather than carrots to reward you to stay. They don't use them as incentives like they say they do. Be CAREFUL if you ever go work here because they will use every bit of leverage to try and crush your life if you try to leave. They absolutely DO NOT CARE about you or your family. They care about the dollars in their pockets. They stopped saying they were 'not a bottom line company', so maybe they have enough of a conscience they can't tell that lie anymore.

    DONT trust these people. DONT sign any agreements with them.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on being real people and treat people like more than cogs in the wheel of your money machine. Make sure your market sector managers are honest and trustworthy and treat people with respect. Fight nepotism. Follow your own Ethics policy (the one that a client required you to make). Behave ethically, not just within the law. Make sure you have the staff/shareholders best interests in mind rather than your own pocketbook. I see conflict of interest issues in how the company and ESOP is run, so I think there needs to be changes in who is allowed to be on the board of either/both. Since you will be holding onto my stock for years, I suppose I will see you all at the annual shareholder meeting.

    GAI Consultants Response

    Jun 7, 2018 – HR Team

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. GAI is currently experiencing unprecedented growth, and we recognize that ongoing achievement requires a commitment to continuous improvement by... More


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Engineering Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    Variety of project types, ESOP program, Nice offices, good IT support.

    Cons

    Hierarchy puts all the power in a few Market Sector Managers (MSM), who tend to have poor management skills. MSMs only have the ability to bring in work, but are poor managers, or power hungry, or don't understand project management and/or engineering process.

    Advice to Management

    Empower middle management by: providing overhead budgets, defining expectations, providing objectively measurable incentives (bonuses), provide more PM training and training in general.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Never again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    They kept you busy for the most part

    Cons

    Horrible management in Southpointe survey department, no respect for employees, long travel stretches, extreme case of nepotism from assistant survey manager, at one point 4 of his kids work there and had free reign of the place


  7. "Engineer"

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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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good place to work

    Cons

    Sometimes long hours at the office

  8. "Good Consulting firm with some outdated practices."

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Homestead, PA
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Homestead, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GAI Consultants part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice place to work. Well organized management and easy work flow process.

    Cons

    Holding on to employees who should be retired, that don't really contribute to the company anymore. Hard to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more growth from your long-term younger employees.


  9. "Okay Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  10. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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