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Golder Associates Reviews

Updated January 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Employee owned; flexible work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Golder is a private employee owned company which allows you to purchase shares in the company (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • Which can strain work/life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Healthcare is high deductible 20/80 without any out of pocket max i believe, making it unaffordable for junior staff with families (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company with Great People"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BIM/CADD Lead in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - BIM/CADD Lead in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work with some great people. Golder has been a fantastic place to work over the past several years. I have been able to interact directly with management at all levels. This is a consulting firm that has remained true to the entrepreneurial mind set. If you have an idea that has some synergy with the company, you can find support to pursue it. The new CEO and COO are changing the flavor of the company, but it seems to be in ways that are healthy.

    Cons

    As a consulting firm, there is a heavy, but natural focus on utilization. When you combine this with a "build your own organic business" mindset, it can be a tough environment to feel like you are making ground. It is currently difficult to innovate as everyone is asked to focus on utilization.

    Advice to Management

    Get some skunk works going. Develop KPIs that focus on profitability rather than changeability and let us lean into that profit to innovate.


  2. "CQA Technician"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Work can be slow in winter months

  3. "Excellent Work, with Work-Life Balance Cons"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Golder Associates full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, challenges, opportunity for investment

    Cons

    Extremely long hours, frequent cuts/lack of stability


  4. "Principal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Principal
    Former Employee - Principal
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vision for continued employee ownership. High quality technical personnel in geosciences, mining, and environmental.

    Cons

    Culture transitioning to short-term profit-driven focus. Lack good project management and client development.

    Advice to Management

    Be strategic in the retention of top performing personnel.


  5. "Senior Scientist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people and good work balance

    Cons

    Issues with leadership and retaining employees


  6. Helpful (1)

    "IT/BIS"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT/BIS
    Former Employee - IT/BIS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Always busy. Supported highly technical, disciplined users in geographically dispersed, global environment.

    Cons

    The continued "restructuring" of the company has caused morale to decrease significantly. Most users keep wondering when their termination will occur.

    Since the offshore outsourcing of all IT/BIS related services, the overall quality and level of support has drastically diminished, leaving the user base to deal with what the new management regime has decided would be their best options for support.

    Advice to Management

    Call the help desk, submit feedback of your experience.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great people and great opportunities for a variety of projects."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Environmental Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Environmental Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the best in the business technically. Good focus on health, safety, and the environment. Most can find good job security within the company, just being willing to work slightly out of your own comfort zone.

    Cons

    Added stress with global realignment of company structure. Lots of good folks let go in the process. A few good folks choosing to leave due to the restructuring and potential fear of poor company future outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop, mentor, train, and promote from within. Don't scoff at getting personnel professional training when asked about, if it&s within reason.

  8. "Project Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, good mobile platform

    Cons

    No employee development, No training


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collegial, Professional Atmosphere, Interesting Projects

    Cons

    High Cost Employee Ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Make Employee Associate Level more affordable to retain young engineers.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Not the Place it Used to Be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multi-discipline format provides the opportunity for junior personnel to find the area of this field that they can excel in.

    Cons

    It was a great company a decade ago, but with senior management changes became too focused on money and power. The teamwork across disciplines that fostered the cooperative work environment that grew the company has devolved into nepotism and favortism resulting in groups fighting each other for work. If you don't have a Principal or at LEAST a high-level Associates on your side, no amount of good work will get you anywhere. There are far too many yes-men (and women) mucking things up and good people are either forced out the door or decide that they are done living in the toxicity.

    Advice to Management

    Redefine your management structure to focus on the VALUE your personnel contribute, instead of being degree-snobs who only care about rank.


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