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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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!


  2. "great employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot here, and the people who work here are friendly and nice.

    Cons

    The pay isn't high enough for the amount of work you're expected to produce.


  3. "Best experience of my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at GaiaTech full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most co-workers are wonderful to work with. Technically competent and energetic. We have great training and sharing of information between groups and offices. The work can be very interesting. Depending on your own ability and ambition, the sky is the limit. I have been promoted and received very fair pay increases and bonuses.

    Cons

    As in any organization, you will find a few complainers and lazy co-workers. Unfortunately their desire to do as little as possible can result in more work for the rest of us.

    Advice to Management

    Make a bold move and get rid of those that are not happy here. You know who they are. They don't deserve the time that is wasted on them. They will never be happy.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Management is a disaster and they treat employees like dirt."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at GaiaTech full-time

    Pros

    Difficult to come up with many pros to working at GaiaTech. However, the internal training provided to employees is excellent. Co-workers are great.

    Cons

    Raises and bonuses are promised but don't happen and when they do they are almost not worth mentioning. Company only focuses on numbers and how much money you bring in and it does not matter if the project was underbid the employee will get blamed. Internal promotions don't happen because they look to the outside to find people who can bring contacts with them. Senior management has literally laughed in the face of an employee who asked about a promotion. Upper management is a boys club who do not like working women with children. It's an environmental company that does not believe in telework. Senior management thinks employees will take advantage of the company. They expect employees to travel on their own time and take advantage of employees and don't see that they should be more flexible on schedules with all the travel expected by employees. Too many cons to list.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they try and tell you ways to improve. Don't stick your head in the sand and think everything is OK. It's not bad employees keeping morale low and turnover high, it's senior management. Treat your employees with respect and they will be willing to work harder.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not a female with child friendly workplace at all. subtle but pervasive hostility to females with children."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    decent health benefits with reasonable employee contribution. challenging projects. nice colleagues. excellent office location.

    Cons

    If you are female and desire a company where you can try to balance raising a child and having a career look elsewhere. Senior management becomes exasperated at the slightest flexibility in daily schedule needed to accommodate a child's needs.

    Advice to Management

    what would your wives, moms, or sisters think of you if they knew how you treat women employees with children? they would be furious with you. shame on you.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Forget a promotion unless you have "buddies" within the company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Good training within the company. If you ask they will teach you how to do the jobs of other departments or find you training to teach you new skills to make you more marketable.

    Cons

    You can train others, create new work, get new clients, do every job in the book, take on more jobs than you know what to do, work weekends, work evenings, get new certifications, and do everything they ask... but if you aren't buddies with the big-boys then don't even think about a promotion. (Especially if you are a woman)

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take your employees seriously when they ask for promotions or raises. Or you can keep loosing them one by one.


  8. "Environmental Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  9. "Good entry level experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The worst experience of my career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Employees treated without respect"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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.



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