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Ground Engineering Consultants Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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  1. "Good Company, Interesting Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Loveland, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Small company that cares about their employees on a personal level. Jobs are interesting. You are your own boss to some degree. Company pays for certifications and gives you a raise for everyone you obtain. Lots of overtime.

    Cons

    Little opportunity to move up. Work can become repetitive. Pay is not great.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the incentive plan going and continue to provide more training.


  2. "An nice opportunity to work."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westminster, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great small company. Pays great and benefits are ok. Must check it out if you are in the inspection business.

    Cons

    Can mislead a bit. Do not get injured or you're toast. Disappointed that things had to end the way they did.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about everything. Put more policies in place to protect employees more.


  3. "Active, engaging work, long work week"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials Tester/Construction Inspector in Commerce City, CO
    Former Employee - Materials Tester/Construction Inspector in Commerce City, CO
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to work as many hours as you want - being paid hourly will earn you 1.5x your base pay.
    Management encourages you to earn certifications in concrete testing, soils testing, and asphalt testing. They will pay for your tests and will typically adjust your pay rate accordingly.

    Cons

    On many construction projects, the work begins from very early in the morning (before the crack of dawn in the summertime). Testers need to be on site to test the concrete at the time of the first concrete placement.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Englewood, CO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company is great, IF you're a hard worker. While they certainly expect competence and a decent work ethic they are not over bearing. Very family oriented and they compensate they're employees quite well for a job well done. Bonuses occur yearly as do performance reviews. Benefits are good and full benefits occur after 1 year with a 401K match of up to 5%. They are also extremely flexible and pay to certify there staff/technicians. They also treat the entire staff (plus spouses) to several outings a year, including baseball games, paintball, the extreme race, etc.

    Cons

    Some of the middle management does not have great interpersonal skills. Also, because it is a construction/engineering firm, work can slow when weather conditions worsen.

    Advice to Management

    My only real advice to management would be to make sure they reach out to employees to see how things are going on a regular basis. And for those in middle management that struggle with interpersonal skills, make sure you're working to improve those skills regularly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Construction Materials Tester"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Field Technician in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Construction Field Technician in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of hours
    Decent about time-off requests
    Minimal supervision
    Company will pay for and encourage new certifications if you can prove an ability to pass tests.

    Cons

    Minimal training.
    Excessive hours limit work/life balance.
    Lack of transparency.
    High turnover rate leads to slow pay increase and slow rate of earned respect/trust from management and experienced technicians. The company is geared to become more fruitful toward employees after 3-5 years with the company.
    Inspectors are generally not warmly welcomed on construction sites. (Doing a thorough job can make for contention on job sites)
    Management and office atmosphere generally has an oppressive, disingenuous vibe, with ample expressions of stress and exhaustion.
    Unwillingness to travel is often a deal breaker, or can limit future opportunities and promotion consideration.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more training.
    Hire summer seasonal employees to minimize overtime (sometimes 70+ hrs/wk) so technicians can work less hours, and the company can afford to provide higher hourly wages. This would reduce the stress and exhaustion sentiment within the office, help balance employee work/life ratio, and possibly reduce the turnover rate.


  6. "Civil engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Benefits and vacation after one full year. Most of the work is civil engineering.

    Cons

    Civil engineering so it could be slow during the winter because of the weather.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Underpaid considering my resume"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Field Tech in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's better then sitting at home, or working for Terracon, or selling drugs, or collecting welfare. Office was kind of nice. Coffee was better then industry standard. They make an effort to keep you at one jobsite.

    Cons

    Not just Ground, but most Colorado geotechnical companies try to get away with underpaying their field personnel. They have kids fresh out of college doing inspection-level work (for $40K a year) and hire underskilled guys to do nothing but test concrete for $12/hr. For these hours and these working conditions, a field tech should make no less then $18/hr. And too much field paperwork - that's what engineers are for.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire guys just to fire them when they ask for a raise. Invest in your people


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience, if you can handle all of the stress!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Englewood, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great intro into the industry, you can learn lots in a matter of months if you are proactive, lots of hours if you like overtime, work on your own in the field, company will pay for certifications

    Cons

    Dealing with MLM on a daily basis can make you want to quit, the lead tech/scheduler especially is the worst manager I have ever worked for and management knows of it but makes no change, scheduling is erratic and can be used as discipline, ie. less hours if you make them mad for any reason, training is sub-par and is dependent on the quality of the tech that trains you, tools and equipment are in need of repair and nothing is ever done about it due to cost involved, extremely hard to move into upper level positions unless you are part of the "in crowd", unfriendly office atmosphere, hard work earns more work to do but laziness and mediocre performance earns a steady schedule and hours??, you have to ask for Saturdays off, they are not a given day off unless requested

    Advice to Management

    Office environment is very uncomfortable unless you are part of the "in crowd", MLM needs direction from upper management to make techs feel appreciated not just overworked, lead techs need some serious management/ office etiquettes lessons or you will continue to lose good employees because of his confrontational nature, training needs to be stepped up, techs are looking foolish in the field with improper training, paperwork review and submittal process needs to be changed to be more productive and less time consuming, should not have to wait hours only to review daily paperwork, should not have to request Saturdays off, especially if you are salaried


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great learning experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Former Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the highlights are, great if you like hours, rewards field technicians/employees for obtaining certifications, easy to discuss conflicts with MLM.

    Cons

    A massive work load generates lots of hours but smaller than required windows to perform tasks. Working with a few of the department heads can be difficult but I assume that it comes from their high turnover rate. My second year there was much easier and I found that if they knew you were gonna make the cut you are respected... but that took a long time and a lot of snow days sitting at home. Senior field staff like RP, RW, EC, & JS were sometimes difficult to work with at first but in time became some very valuable encyclopedia's of information.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to police the ranks and recognize potential of new hires, before the MLM sees it and puts the breaks on it. It is a comic case of too many chiefs and not enough Indians.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Very interesting work. Very difficult mid level managers (MLM)."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Field Technician in Commerce City, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ground Engineering Consultants full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You will learn a lot very very quickly. The company will throw you into certification and continuing education programs as quickly as you can absorb them.

    The foreman, scheduler and fellow employees are mostly helpful and terrific. This is important as the training goes for about a week and then you're on your own. It's a sink or swim environment. You are responsible for knowing or being able to find specs depending on geo location and job type. You will very quickly learn how to read plans.

    Company is currently upgrading trucks (new ones are very nice). Shared equipment is generally poorly maintained. Your personal equipment is your personal responsibility and will be in the shape you keep it in.

    Company is currently upgrading computer system. In theory this will make paperwork much easier and faster going forward. Currently this item may actually be a con...

    In the summer there is as much overtime as you want. Most techs get at least 60h. It's possible to go a lot higher.

    Culture - the guys who actually do the grunt work in the lab and in the field are enthusiastic, helpful and encouraging. This makes working at ground a lot of fun in spite of the demanding work and even more demanding MLM.

    Cons

    Mid level managers (above the foreman and scheduler) spend very little time in the field. They know very little about about actual time requirements or staffing needs on the job. You will often go into the field without an address for the location, correct specs, plans, scope of the work required, equipment, etc. Knowing this it's possible to correct for it (most jobs are scheduled the day before - leaving time to get the right information).

    Time cards - field techs are hourly. Doing the job correctly usually means scrounging info from other techs, spec books, online, etc. This time is free to the company. Lunch is mandatory (and taken off the card) although you will rarely get it.

    Temps - many of the techs are temps. These guys are the first to get laid off in the slow season (with no unemployement ins). Temps get no benefits, no days off, no bonuses and are treated rather poorly by mid level. Advice - get off temp status well before fall.

    Hazing - this is common for new guys. Management considers it a feature to weed out people who cannot do the work. There are only a few goldbrick techs (most are excellent) but these guys really pile the work on the new guys. Stay away from Z if you're new.

    Computers - company is rolling out a new computer system. This will likely help us out in the long run. In the short run having two systems is causing all sorts of problems as both have to be looked at to know what's going on with jobs. The guys without the new machines have no way to see what the guys with machines have done.

    Paperwork - it's endless and can easily take up a quarter of your day if you have a lot of jobs on that day. MLM are very against automation. The new computers may help in the mid or long term. Currently this is just something that needs to be sucked up.

    Culture - the entrepreneurial culture of the old ground is long gone. There is a rather heavy and somewhat ominous culture of fear in the ranks in regards to MLM. Even the construction supervisor and foremen seem to act in this way. Friends of MLM get better jobs. Non friends of MLM get tough jobs or cuts in hours (worse). It's easy to have multiple bosses and conflicting instructions. To hear someone say thank you - good job happens as rarely as sighting hen's teeth. A thick skin is required as there is a lot of talking down. Some MLM seem to think that this is motivational.

    Advice to Management

    TL and TF could really use a Carnegie course. Anonymous surveys of employees could help a lot in solving this sort of problem.

    A financial audit of MLM could be useful. Some of the policies are so wasteful a reasonable person might suspect fraud.

    Micro management by guys who have not seen the field in years is counterproductive.

    Information sharing is a good thing. MLM holds info so close to the vest one (and several people have wondered this to me) could wonder if this is done to justify some of the MLM positions. Getting requested information out quickly would also be helpful assuming there is a good business reason to ration it in the first place.


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