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GEI Consultants Reviews

Updated August 14, 2018
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GEI Consultants President and CEO Ron Palmieri
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Pros
  • "Flat organization, opportunities for advancement, and employee-owned" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Interesting coworkers, great place to gain experience, just be prepared to move on in a year or two" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "This has brought many positive changes, but growing pains have definitely played out" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Career development for entry and mid level staff can be slow, but there has been a push to improve this" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "GEI is My Best Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Green Bay, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are a tight-knit group that encourages collaboration between our offices. We always are looking toward the next 5 or so years, keeping our eye on organic growth. Downsizing is not in our vocabulary. The staff is treated quite well with good salaries, good benefits, and stimulating opportunities.

    Cons

    We could use more bench strength to support some of our projects and service lines.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the focus you've had of hiring young talented individuals, especially before the senior staff all retire.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GEI Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working here has been amazing and one of the best choices I have made in my professional career. I have a fantastic manager that has taken the time to review my skills, and encourage me to move toward learning and studying for additional professional licenses, and continued higher education.

    The working environment has been extremely positive. I find that our office has a wonderful team spirit. I have been here just over 1.5 years and I have found the people here to be warm, friendly and extremely talented.

    Cons

    GEI is growing and expanding not only in people numbers, but also in core business disciplines. It will be exciting to see where we are in one year, then two and so on. I find growth to have some challenges... but at this time there are no CONS.

    GEI Consultants Response

    Aug 14, 2018 – President & CEO

    Thank you for your enthusiastic feedback. It’s wonderful to hear that you have a strong relationship with your manager where you are both focused on your growth and development. Encouraging strong... More

  3. "New hire"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Geological Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Geological Engineer in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture is extremely welcoming, good range of ages and genders, small enough office to make it feel like a close group of people.. I interviewed with multiple companies around the Bay Area and felt most "at home" with GEI, also the salary was equivalent to my other offers. So after lots of research and interviews I decided it was the best fit- and I am very happy with my choice!

    Cons

    Not opposed but does not encourage working from home

    GEI Consultants Response

    Aug 14, 2018 – President & CEO

    It’s wonderful to hear that you feel “at home” with GEI. We are dedicated to creating a collaborative, inclusive work environment where everyone feels welcome and it’s always great to get... More


  4. "Water Resources / Agricultural Engineer -- Varied, Interesting Work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Professional [Level 3] in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Current Employee - Project Professional [Level 3] in Rancho Cordova, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GEI Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked part-time for GEI while finishing up graduate school and recently started full-time. The diverse skill-sets and backgrounds of coworkers allows for great learning on the job.

    There are many opportunities to get involved in a variety of projects and learn new skills. My supervisor(s) have been very supportive of learning new skills and provide interesting work.

    Overall, a great company in my opinion.

    Cons

    The Sacramento Office is growing rapidly. This has brought many positive changes, but growing pains have definitely played out. Overall, nothing negative to say.

    Advice to Management

    Not great at retaining young talent. But this is likely because most of us [millennials] are complainers. Need to create an environment that keeps some of these folks around, though.

    GEI Consultants Response

    Aug 14, 2018 – President & CEO

    We are thrilled that you worked for us as a student and chose to return to us as a full-time professional after graduation. Getting the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects and... More


  5. "Great for career growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GEI Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative work environment, plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Have not had any yet.

    GEI Consultants Response

    Aug 14, 2018 – President & CEO

    Thank you for your comments on our work environment and growth opportunities. Our clients provide us with rich opportunities to work on an interesting mix of projects in our five key markets: water... More


  6. "Senior Professional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people at all levels of the company - joining GEI is like joining a family and everyone is supportive of each other and has a great time together.
    Interesting projects - I have worked at GEI for almost 3 years and all projects are interesting and offer different layers of challenge and complexity. Prior to joining GEI, I didn't know companies like this really existed. Everything about the company is pro- people, culture, interview process, focus on diversity, interesting work, compensation, employee ownership, etc.

    Cons

    Location of current office is far from the local city. Commute is 45 mins-1hr.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!

    GEI Consultants Response

    Aug 14, 2018 – President & CEO

    Thank you for taking the time to comment on our culture, projects and total rewards package. We focus on cultivating a work environment where everyone treats each other as partners, in... More


  7. "Staff Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get experience

    Cons

    Very top heavy and has some growing pains

    GEI Consultants Response

    Mar 27, 2018 – President & CEO

    We’re glad to hear that you were able to gain valuable experience while working at GEI. As we grow, we have experienced some growing pains, but those growing pains mean that we’re successfully... More

  8. "Favoritism"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good vacation accrual although it is for sick leave as well
    Casual office atmosphere
    Coworkers willing to pitch in to help

    Cons

    Absolutely zero growth opportunities for support staff. Only engineers allowed to work from home
    Support staff not appreciated
    Some supervisors do not know how to supervise - just demand utilization without any recommendations on how to increase percentages.

    Advice to Management

    Do not reward great engineers with supervisory positions without training them. Lots of frustration for those under them.

    GEI Consultants Response

    Mar 27, 2018 – President & CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoy our culture and time off benefits. We do allow some of our employees to occasionally work from home on a case-by-case basis... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Place to begin Career, Limited Retention"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Glastonbury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Professional in Glastonbury, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GEI Consultants full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High diversity of projects opportunities and career growth; Many excellent mentors; Great co workers and potential for project teams;

    Cons

    Competition for work between offices; disconnect between junior and mid-level Staff and Senior Management; Claim Diversity and Flexibility without support

    Advice to Management

    Building excellent professionals also requires working to retain them. The current culture pushes mid-level professional to other opportunities, specifically with claims of supporting flexibility, while this in reality is limited, and dependent on the objectives of branch and/or company leadership. There is a disconnect in communication and acknowledgement of the expertise and client/project development taking place my individual professionals/managers. Need to improve cross regional practice development.

    GEI Consultants Response

    Mar 27, 2018 – President & CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate you recounting your positive experience with our people, culture and projects. Collectively, we work hard to cultivate an engaging work environment rich... More


  10. "project engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    good people and a good place to start and learn out of school

    Cons

    limited opportunities based on what projects are available. so projects are extremely bland and require tedious and physical work

    Advice to Management

    needs to look for growth opportunities for those with great qualifications and replace mundane tasks for less qualified personnel


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