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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Environmental Consultant"

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

    I have been working at GaiaTech full-time

    Pros

    Some good coworkers. Relaxed work atmosphere. Able to work from home if needed. Travel to different places.

    Cons

    Travel can wear you down. Project budgets often don't meet expectations. Business attire in office when no clients come to the office. Cubicles.

    Advice to Management

    No need for business attire at the office. Reduce workload on managers so they can focus more on the team and training the general employees.

    Speed up the process switching to RPS. The process seems so messy and unorganized.


  2. "RPS GaiaTech: For Challenge & Fun!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My first couple months have been so satisfying. Beautiful offices, caring employees and my boss might just break into the top five of my lifetime. It's a very quiet office until Friday afternoon and then all bets are off. Last Friday was the annual boating excursion and it was easy to spend time with people I don't know very well because they are amazingly friendly.

    Cons

    What's not to like? Amazing people, historic LaSalle St building, riding Metra makes more sense than the Red Line, diverse and odd food trucks for lunch, farmer's market twice a week and Kristkindlmarkt in the winter. This job is wonderful. OK, I'll dig deep....they don't let me use color ink in my printer.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Environmental Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GaiaTech full-time

    Pros

    Management staff is great, no one bothers you as long as you get your work done well and on time, get to travel to some pretty cool places

    Cons

    sometimes the travel is overwhelming


  4. "Good entry level experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get to know the industry, get exposure to different operations and training opportunities.

    Cons

    Short deadlines, difficult budgets to manage due to travel expenses. Lack of clear employee growth paths and mentoring. BD was only seen as something to be handled by select few and little BD training was offered.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in more BD training and employee growth pathways.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "The worst experience of my career"

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

    I worked at GaiaTech full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quite honestly, to me the only good thing about the company is that there are some very good people working here.

    Cons

    Senior management is by far the worst I have ever encountered. The CEO is a micro-manager who makes every day difficult. Deception is common. Technology is laughable. Revolving door on the employee side with the majority of the good people leaving for ERM and others.

    Advice to Management

    At this point, the only way this situation gets fixed is for new management to be brought in at the C-level.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Employees treated without respect"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GaiaTech full-time

    Pros

    Good place to learn the environmental side of M&A. If you show initiative and ability you will be given more difficult work. Senior staff are generally great teachers and extremely knowledgeable. The people (even most of the senior managers) are great to be around. There is probably not a single bad-hearted person at GaiaTech.

    Cons

    Senior management apparently has limited business acumen. Hundreds of thousands are thrown away chasing ideas, and when the ideas don't pan out, more money is thrown at it. Too many generals and too few privates leads to constantly changing way of budget tracking, employee expectations, and methods of evaluation. Senior management expects junior staff to work harder and harder to make up for money blown on bad ideas.

    Staff turnover is high, so the company is frequently understaffed. Senior managers demand that employees work long hours because work cannot be turned away or cherry picked for only the most lucrative work. Several times a year it's "sorry guys, we've got a heavy load right now and need you step up." Typically the staff are already logging 50-60 hour weeks, but when these rushes come, you are expected to work around the clock. The work product obviously suffers. When it comes time for recompense, you would think they'd be glad to share some of the profits made by your hard work, but they drag their feet.

    Raises are few and far between, and small when they come--even for employees that are doing well. There are no annual cost of living adjustments. They justify not giving raises because they do typically give an annual bonus (you can expect a couple thousand if you meet their extremely difficult utilization goals), but the bonuses are neither tied to company profitability nor employee performance. They keep hiring new/additional senior managers, who arrive with big ideas that typically fall flat. The added senior people only serve to absorb profits that could have been passed on to the extremely hard working staff. The business plan appears to be: milk every employee for everything s/he is worth. If the employee quits, raise expectations for the remaining group and have them train up a new staff member.

    The benefits are ok at best. Three weeks vacation/year with no sick days and a low accumulation cap (on a whim, they recently decided to pay out any hours accumulated over 80, with no notice or discussion). The health insurance is also ok but very unspectacular.

    They are currently trying to sell the business to a larger firm. The most recent attempt failed, but another is on the horizon. Things will change, but change at GaiaTech tends to be to the detriment of the junior staff.

    Advice to Management

    We understand that you put in serious time and effort to build this company, and you deserve to reap those rewards. But understand that your employees are not building a company of their own; their rewards are limited to salary. Inflation is typically 1.5%. If you can't afford give cost of living adjustments to the people that make the backbone of this company, you should be embarrassed about your ability to run a business.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to be with to learn about the M&A business from an environmental perspective"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compared with other technical consulting companies GaiaTech is a much more professional atmosphere and as long as you are willing to contribute you are treated flexibly. They will give you a lot of responsibility when they see that you are able to do the work and meet schedules.

    Cons

    Like all firms in this space the environmental consulting business is demanding and requires some long hours and travel and meeting deadlines. If you don't want to do these you are in the wrong business

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the achievers and get rid of the whiners and gossipers

  8. Helpful (4)

    "A company run by handout-seekers"

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

    Pros

    Located downtown. When you leave the building, there are interesting things to see and do.

    Cons

    Everything else. Before believing the positive reviews written by sniveling, spineless little bootlickers (the company has a number of those, since they try to screen for them in interviews), you should know that several of the founding executives of the company have left in the last several years. They had all been there for 15+ years, and were considered "lifers" who had given their all to the company and put up with unbelievable workloads, accomplishing a great deal. But they're gone now, because the culture has eroded THAT badly.

    How? Lots of ways, worthy of book-length pursuit of the kind devoted to the forsensic examination of other companies that collapsed, a fate that will be inevitably be shared by GaiaTech. But just in the interest of brevity, they follow a business model of chronic underbidding, followed by panicky, time-wasting meetings about projects going over budget, followed by more panicky meetings to try to convince the customer to pay more, followed by a new project deal and more underbidding and a new cycle. They don't seem to understand that there might be something amiss with this model. The CEO is a living example that good luck can befall anyone, as he makes bad decisions in multiple succession then runs around like a grade-school kid trying to convince his staff to help bail him out. They also assume that employees will work overtime without additional compensation to help them meet their miniscule budgets. It is a business model based on incompetence, on unfounded assumptions, and on shameless handout seeking.

    Advice to Management

    Those of you who haven't drunk the Kool Aid should look for other jobs. Those of you who have and stay on the sinking ship - start learning to tread water. The business will fail. That isn't a prediction. It is the only possible outcome of managing a company the way this one is managed and refusing to learn from mistakes. Ask Enron.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "There's a lot of better Environmental companies out there. Don't make this mistake."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GaiaTech full-time

    Pros

    GaiaTech does business throughout the country and some international so the opportunity to see some very cool places is there, but that also means you travel to lame areas. Great company to join to get frequent flier miles, rental car points, hotel points, etc. Nothing else is positive.

    Cons

    Poor budgets on all projects. Senior management sells, sells, sells, but end up losing in the long run because they sell work for so cheap. Forget about bonus, raises, or starting out making more than other environmental companies because none of the three are available. Senior Management sells a lot of work but doesn't pay their staff (Who actually do the work) enough to make employees stay around. High turnover rate, very low pay. Not a fun company to work for. Senior management and department managers pretend to like you, are not approachable, and you will not enjoy going into work in the morning.

    Advice to Management

    Actions speak louder than words. If your going to say you or the company is going to do something, then do it. You guys are all talk.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Company with lots of issues"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As others reviewers stated, the employees (not management) are great people to work with.

    Cons

    The reviewer who stated that the company keeps mediocre employees could not be more wrong. Many of the long term employees who were integral to the company success have left, including one of the founders. They did not leave because they were mediocre employees. The reasons people leave have to do with poor pay, raises and bonuses that are either non-existent or so low they are an insult, issues with upper management, not be recognized for meeting unrealistic deadlines, low project budgets and the list can go on and on. If you are looking at a job here go to ERM or Environ.

    Advice to Management

    All of upper management needs to be replaced especially the CEO, COO and CFO. Any advice given to management will not be heard. They can always find a reason to blame others for the issues at the company and will never see the problem is them.


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