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Hisham Mahmoud
139 Ratings
  1. "A company past it's best"

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    Current Employee - Geologist in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on interesting projects.

    Cons

    Low pay, awful benefits, unable to retain experienced staff, bonuses mostly a disincentive, poor work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more money. Associate heavy, and are all long-time employees, thus making up below average salaries through large stock dividend payouts. This means you're unable to attract outside talent with >10 years experience and retain anyone who's joined with more than 5-years experience. The result is graduate hires only and the constant brain drain. Associates aren't affected by the low pay and terrible benefits...

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    Golder Associates2019-05-10
  2. "Interesting Experience for Junior Consultants"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    * Learning curve is high * Interesting projects * Smart colleagues * Great space in Mississauga * Great professional experience for those early in their career

    Cons

    * Open space for those that find it challenging to work with noise * Managers/senior leads that do not take responsibility, and let those below them take the heat for something that has gone array * Poor behavior that would have lawsuits in another industry but is tolerated at an engineering company (eg. like being yelled at). It increases stress levels and does not get the best out of teams. * I worked 60+ hours

    Advice to Management

    * Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Make sure that the work environment is safe and respectful (eg. which means that employees are not being yelled). Leaders need to be hired because they excel in communication and leadership.

    Golder Associates2019-05-08
  3. "Civil Design & GIS"

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    Current Employee - Civil Designer in Ankara
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Employee owned company, friendly athmosfere

    Cons

    low salary, benefits should be more satisfied

    Golder Associates2019-05-03
  4. "Geotechnical"

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    Current Employee - Geotechnical Engineer 

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    I met a lot of brilliant people here

    Cons

    In spite of smart people, the management is very bad here

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your employee

    Golder Associates2019-04-28
  5. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    Good management Extracurricular activities for team building Wealth of people to refer to for complex problems Good starting out job

    Cons

    Immature Junior staff Tendency to overcomplicate work Arrogance Underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Make career paths more accessible, or you will lose more people

    Golder Associates2019-04-11
  6. "Loving it"

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    Current Employee - Senior Hydrogeologist in Milton, Queensland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Good benefits to their employees

    Cons

    Limited parking at certain offices,

    Golder Associates2019-03-29
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Laboratory Technician/Marshall Lab Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Asphalt Lab Supervisor in Whitby, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Highly challenging work, high productivity demands and high rewards. Great opportunities for advancement. Great benefits, opportunity to transfer within the company.

    Cons

    Big city living isn't for me.

    Advice to Management

    When there's a direct link between a new hire and increasing overall efficiency and productivity threefold; raise that new hires wage threefold. Just saying...

    Golder Associates2019-03-22
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Bleak Future"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Good people Care about H&S Challenging work

    Cons

    Industry pays significantly better, Benefits decreasing every year, Inept human resources, Poor accounting Abysmal senior management Golder has a unique employee share structure. If you want to join them, its important you read on as you will need to live with the reality of opening your wallet to buy shares. When I started buy them about 7 years ago they had a made up value that was anchored in some reality...

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    Advice to Management

    Didn't want it before, don't need it now

    Golder Associates2019-03-22
  9. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Hydrogeologist in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Reputable in its field. Talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to industry. Tight budgets and deadlines for projects

    Golder Associates2019-03-20
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Health and Safety is a joke to this company"

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

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Watching the office shrink in my rear view mirror while I drove away for the last time.

    Cons

    I was brutally attacked while on assignment in a foreign country. I was badly injured, covered in blood, in shock, and barely able to move for days. They knew this because I emailed and also told them. Their response: "Your ride will be there in the morning to pick you up and take you to the work site." They didn't care that I was attacked. They didn't care that I was badly injured. A few months after returning...

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    Advice to Management

    Pack your bags. Management should be fired.

    Golder Associates2019-03-17
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