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GAI Consultants Reviews

Updated September 17, 2017
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  1. "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 –


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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.


  6. 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.


  7. 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

  8. Helpful (1)

    "GAI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GAI Consultants full-time

    Pros

    A lot of seasoned engineers with great experience.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up.
    Not a lot of support from upper management.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good points, and Bad at Homestead, PA"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Homestead, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Homestead, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GAI Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous PTO; health insurance is company owned and there are many deductible choices; most employees are overtime eligible; atypical client base with strong environmental permitting bent; growth and financial management of the company is impressive; office facility in Homestead, PA is well-beyond any consulting firm office I've ever seen.

    Cons

    Over-aggressive internal demands for profit and need for justification of every hour of overhead time; excessive internal organizational changes; general queasiness/uneasiness for employees as a result of stringent business demands; Company in general is not very experienced with typical design-bid-build projects; internal jockeying and politicking over personnel and projects; layoffs and firings.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to make employees feel they're less disposable and make it a better, comfortable working environment.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "A Small Company with Unrealistic Goals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My coworkers are a diverse group of people with technical backgrounds.
    The CEO is a good person but the upper management under him will destroy all his hard work.

    Cons

    Management, it's that simple. Upper management does not accept the fact that GAI is a small employee owned company and act like this is AECOM or HDR, etc.There is a constant emphasis on growth instead of strengthening the company as is. With that said, there have been so many layoffs that the proof is in the pudding. Upper management does not respect the employees or the clients that make them money, yet they expect GAI to grow. The middle management is also set up like a large company. There are so many managers that do nothing except milk the budget and then the highly skilled staff gets the axe. At this rate there will be lots of unskilled managers with no designers and therefore GAI will continue to sink because all the skilled employees will be working for the competition. Shame on you for your giant egos. Management continues wasting money on new offices instead of broadening their potential clients and working with realistic goals. Once again this is a SMALL company.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the basics. Meaning a Project Manager with a host of skilled workers. This idea of a PM who does little work with a manager supervising this person and another two managers with one or two people on the team obviously doesn't work for a small company. There are so many managers supervising one or two people that it is absurd the amount of unskilled overhead costs. Check your egos and admit that this is a small company and maybe you can save GAI.


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