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Hisham Mahmoud
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  • "Breach work life balance and focus on mental health but non existent in practice(in 26 reviews)

  • "lack of caring for junior staff(in 21 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Bend you over"

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

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The people I worked with.

    Cons

    Found glass door too late, observed I was making 20k less than the lowest reported salary for my position. Felt ignored over the years, asking for certain training, constantly told next year, next year. watched new employees get said training within a year of hire. Got pigeonholed too. Healthcare is high deductible 20/80 without any out of pocket max i believe, making it unaffordable for junior...

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    Advice to Management

    Don't care now. Making more $$$ now and have more rewarding and involved work.

    Golder Associates2017-07-12
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    There are diverse opportunities for experience serving on project teams and various types of clients. Your contributions will be valued in the culture if you are technically apt and apply yourself well. The company culture includes a lot of very good professional people, and if you're a good fit, you will be supported in pursuing a long and interesting professional career. Current restructuring of management and business...

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    Cons

    Golder probably shares many of the same cons as typical companies of its size. Recently, the company has been experiencing growing pains related to its size and exposure in some market sectors that have experienced economic contraction. However, some of this is typical and cyclical and business can be expected to revive. The senior management of Golder must now restructure and change its approach in many ways since the...

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    Advice to Management

    Change and grow the culture of training, mentoring, and accountability of junior staff. Change the approach to stock valuation to be less optimistic and backward looking. Improve manager and reviewers' accountability with respect to staff performance management.

    Golder Associates2015-12-29
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Midwest, WY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was a great place to work with great opportunity. Decent health care. Flexible schedule. Great experience for junior staff that can multi task

    Cons

    Company went downhill quickly. The people at the helm ran it into the ground and the fix was to drive faster. The new CEO seems to be caning house and competent people are leaving at an alarming rate. Junior staff are piled on as the junior to senior staff is greatly inverted. 1to 4 in my early years

    Advice to Management

    No sure the management can right the ship. Sell now while you still have some value

    Golder Associates2015-12-02
  4. Helpful (7)

    "A good place to start, but grows stale quickly."

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall Golder was a good experience for me. They have good coverage around the globe and in the U.S. and they have excellent technical knowledge in certain areas. It is a really good place to work for a few years before leaving for another company.

    Cons

    The downsides have grown in the last two years with the company taking some serious hits. The company is too reliant on certain sectors, such as mining. They do not grow and evolve quick enough to be competitive. Managers are more willing to watch the company suffer rather than to try something new. The P&A system is flawed and secretive. It also turns into a "club" and heaven help you if you're not in the club. The company...

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    Advice to Management

    Remember that the junior staff will inherit the company someday. The management system needs to be rebuilt.

    Golder Associates2015-09-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work but could use some help with management"

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    Current Employee - Staff Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee owned - the company tends to hold on to employees even when times are tough. Diverse client base with lots of work in economy proof areas. Work loads tend to be fairly steady and aren't the feast or famine varieties found in other consulting firms. Golder has some real talented people and exciting new divisions.

    Cons

    Meager pay increases and paths for promotion within the company. Many times the only way to get ahead is to find a job elsewhere, and threaten to leave. The company stock system seems questionable, and difficult for junior staff to afford to be part of. Management is slow to deal with problem staff, and promotions/raises seem to have little to do with performance. Communication...

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    Advice to Management

    Try actually listening to the average employee and not just the other Ps and As. Find new ways to reward employees for doing and excellent job, and don't be afraid to move people out of positions where they have struggled for years. It shouldn't be a surprise that often Geologists and Engineers don't make great managers...

    Golder Associates2014-02-04
  6. Helpful (9)

    "Slow growth and low compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Golder Associates

    Pros

    A vast array of opportunity for field work in exotic locations all over the world and exposure to a variety of interesting projects if you stay with the company. Great people (many of them). Some amazingly talented and competent people mixed in with the average ones you find at any company. It is rare but not impossible to find incompetent or poor performers here - a definite plus. Most of the offices allow for an ok...

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    Cons

    Very loose management and professional culture. A lot of flag waving and social activity goes on and many buy in to it, but much of the upper management (Associates, Principals) have no real teeth or direction. The senior managers are all experienced project engineers, and many of them are great salespersons, but they are not necessarily experienced corporate managers or business people - and it shows. Important corporate...

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    Advice to Management

    A true understanding of a healthy corporate culture must be gained, and that healthy culture must then be pursued at all costs. Bring all of the individual groups and offices together to one common direction on important issues. Some individuals may not like the changes, but this type of evolution will take Golder to the next level and keep them competitive. You can bet that other successful companies are not sitting...

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    Golder Associates2011-03-15
  7. "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
  8. Helpful (6)

    "Beware"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Perth, Western Australia
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will meet technically gifted people and learn a lot in a short space of time about a variety of industries. You will do well if you fit in and are male with a big ego and are prepared to sacrifice your work/life balance and morality to succeed. Otherwise prepare to work hard for little reward and empty promises and make sure you can tolerate a bit of colonialist or sexist 'banter' now and again.

    Cons

    Don't expect a supportive environment. Management style is poor. Managers are often in positions due to length of service and are incompetent at managing people. 'Breadcrumbing' to junior staff is common place.

    Advice to Management

    Succession planning? Recognise your people, don't wear then out to the point of mental breakdown, then leave them totally unsupported.

    Golder Associates2018-08-28
  9. Helpful (7)

    "Principal Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Principal Scientist in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Salary good. Support staff and junior staff were mostly good. Good office space.

    Cons

    Poor management. Associates and Partners mostly protecting their turf. Technical firm run mostly by closed-door introverts. Stock ownership for privileged. If you are outside of stock, you are not part of decision making, no matter level of technical seniority. No real vision in my office or in my department nationally. Company spent too much time playing musical chairs planning moves and occasional parties. Partners...

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    Advice to Management

    Yea, bring in outside staff with new ideas. Oh, and maybe read your 10 page memo on subject. But then you should also listen to these people. (I was one of them.) Maybe listen next time instead of just optimizing office space and doing SSDD.

    Golder Associates2018-05-29
  10. Helpful (4)

    "Profressionals"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good client base, good technical skills and good opportunities

    Cons

    Toxic 'clique' in the team where back stabbing, delusions of grandeur and exclusion prevails, senior levels to junior staff involved - I would not advise joining this company

    Advice to Management

    stamp this type of culture out, its not nice and only leads to strife

    Golder Associates2017-12-22
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