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Golder Associates Reviews

Updated May 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance highly emphasized with a plethora of extracurricular activities and events (in 27 reviews)

  • The feel in an employee owned company is so much better (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work life balance, long hours (often evenings and weekends) or many days (sometimes up to 3 weeks) away from home (in 19 reviews)

  • There is not development or active involvement in the growth of junior staff (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Salary and Benefits are so-so"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Saint Charles, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    401k automatically adds X%, and will match an additional X% of what you invest. Comp time is nice. The atmosphere is amazing! People are happy with their jobs.

    Cons

    Salary is well below average for environmental engineers, health insurance is nothing special. Overtime is only straight time or comp time. No company phone compensation, even for field employees.

    Advice to Management

    I have no major complaints, I enjoy the work I am doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Consultant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Marquette, MI
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Marquette, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Create a path to make your own way. Company is for go getters, don't except things to be handed to you. If you reach out and make yourself available you will move fast. Plenty of work and opportunities to move around if that's what you like.

    Cons

    Staff is strong with excellent experience and expect the same, if you are looking for a 8 to 5, 40 hour a week with a daily schedule handed to you, this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it Up


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Who will save your soul?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing people, interesting and challenging work, good benefits

    Cons

    It's been tough times for Golder the past few years and changes were necessary, but many feel the staffing changes are completely spreadsheet-driven and do not take into account the impact to the culture of the organization, which was what always made Golder a great place to be and differentiated it from its competitors.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "It really depends on who your supervisor is..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were awesome in the Denver office! Most of the people were as nice as could be. The office was in a great location.

    Cons

    I was hired at a low level with the understanding that the job was a full-time position. However, my particular supervisor only had about 3-4 months of work for me. I moved across the country for this and it turned out to be a disaster. My supervisors "explanation" was "go find work from other supervisors in the office." They didn't know me at all and were not prepared to take on another employee they were not asking for. The supervisor was also an abusive narcissist who expected people to work for free.

    I mostly blame the supervisor who hired me of course, but upper management was not very sympathetic. I mostly got the "Gee, sorry to here that happened to you" talk. (This was not true of everyone).

    Advice to Management

    Watch over your middle managers. If they hire someone - make sure they have work for the new employee. If you consistently hear bad things about a middle manager - make them accountable before they ruin a person's career.


  6. "It's an ok place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, you really get to feel like you a part of a team.

    Cons

    The office is located in an area that is too expensive for most to live so long commute is a must, They say flexible hours and telecommute availability but that is only for some positions (not all, even if it's completely possible)

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible with your telecommuting options. Trust that your employees are grown ups and can work without supervision.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Mid-Level Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Mid-Level Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good project and internal networking opportunities for junior and mid-level staff through the Golder Professional Development Group. Good comradery. Several technical groups to subscribe to supplement technical knowledge and stay connected to other employees with similar interests. Mentoring from senior staff, growth and advancement for motivated self-starters. Compensation time is a good incentive for junior and mid-level staff to work over-time hours.

    Cons

    As with most consulting companies, project opportunities vary depending on the economic markets (construction, O&G, mining, environmental, etc). Restructuring has affected morale in some offices, but the company is re-equilibrating and leaving room for advancement for some. Pay is average. Work-life balance can be difficult at times, but is manageable depending on the standards set by individuals - very common for most consulting companies.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "A great company on the skids"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good technical staff and casual work environment.

    Cons

    Incompetent management with short term focus.

    Advice to Management

    Quit playing games and sell the company.


  9. "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for. Excellent flexibility and employee ownership.

    Cons

    Pay is under-average and there are major changes to the organization that has happened. Hopeful for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on paying employees based on their worth and competitively. Sometimes the titles that are given to employees aren't titles that are easily recognized by others and aren't inline with industry standards. Ensure that the changes that you are making are inline with the Golder culture and not just beneficial to the bottom line. The bottom line is important but, so is the culture and the employee ownership aspect.


  10. "Great Employee Owned Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Tucson, AZ
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist in Tucson, AZ
    Recommends

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offices across the U.S. offer a diverse range of opportunities if you are willing to travel for field work.

    Cons

    The travel requirement does not stop or slow down in order to maintain chargeability.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Very easy going, smart and talented people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity, employee ownership, competitive salary, room for growth, good progressive culture, fun people, growing client base, awesome work life balance, employee events

    Cons

    Not the best at integrating new employees into processes, engineers aren't the best to work no matter what company, new CEO so company is going through changes


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