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GAI Consultants Reviews

Updated April 17, 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)

  • Not a lot of support from 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. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Engineering Manager"

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    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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. "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


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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

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    • Senior Management
    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 –


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