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Groundwater Environmental Services Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  1. "Greatest Employment Situation"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Wall, NJ
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Wall, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great folks to work with. Wall office has a great team. Very energetic and team focused. LOts of experienced folks to learn from.
    GES is the land of opportunity, they handle all aspects of investigation and remediation. GES provides its employees opportunity to develop expertise in areas of their choice and develop their own path.
    Employees are evaluated based on their performance and have opportunity to advance quickly.
    Business is doing very well, opportunities abound.
    In sweet spot, small company capable of big things. Dynamic, efficient, responsive and cost effective.

    Cons

    Difficult to get the A/C temp. right. Cleaning crew comes fairly early in the evening.


  2. "Culture and Morale Has Changed a Lot"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Neptune, NJ
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Neptune, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Groundwater Environmental Services full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nimble company and good people at the office level in most offices. Good place to get some experience before moving to a more professional and ethic culture. Nice working for a private company compared to a public company. I really like my co-workers.

    Cons

    The culture and capabilities of the firm has changed a lot in the past 3 years. Private ownership (two people, including the CEO) are hands-off and the president and COO seem lost. The company lost a lot of the client facing and strategic leadership ~ 2014 and new COO was focussed on "Shrink to Grow" messaging, which I still don't understand as most employees wonder how much shrinking occurs before you become profitable again and start to grow again. Up to 2013, the company always seemed to be growing and was constantly adjusting to new markets and technical opportunities for growth. I think the company had grown to over $130Mil in gross revenue at the time, but is probably down to $60Mil-$70Mil within any profit. The management team that left seemed to be the ones helping to grow and were the most connected to clients. The COO seems to rigid in internal procedures and policy and they is no longer any external strategy or connection to business sectors. It's a shame because GES had a great reputable and culture until a few years ago. It used to be a fun place to work and there would always be confidence that the leadership team knew what they were doing. Each of the any offices seems mostly interested in their own small region and do not work together a lot - still stuck in the 1990s consultant model of P&L by each office. The company used to do a lot of strategic partnering with other firms, especially on the technical side, but that stopped a couple years ago. Some regions, especially in FL, MA, and CT, always seem to be more unethical and unprofessional, making it very difficult to collaborate with - so I'd focus on making the company more collaborative and professional. Too many stories about a divide in leadership at executive level.

    Advice to Management

    Either sell or change-out the COO and president as they couldn't be more lost. They maybe could run a company when it was more retail oil and gas based, but that stopped a while ago and I've seem no vision or strategy to help evolve and lead the company. There seems to be two sides in executive leadership, with only a couple people who have confidence in the current COO/president who run the company daily because the CEO/owner is mainly in that position for the tittle only.

  3. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Wall Township, NJ
    Current Employee - Corporate Manager in Wall Township, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent health and safety culture, as well as advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Continue to improve technology and increase foothold in other market sectors - chemical, manufacturing, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to provide stretch opportunities to junior hires - this has worked out well and allowed employees to get promoted quickly.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Scientist at a Large Consulting Company"

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    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Groundwater Environmental Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Acquire experience to build your resume and network with other environmental agencies, consulting companies, and industrial/commercial businesses.

    Cons

    Not much of a company culture, morale, or ethic. The focus is mainly on making clients happy at whatever cost, which usually involves having to do high quality in unreasonably short time frames and budgets with little to no training. Often thrown into new job tasks with no training and expected to perform at the level of an experienced professional. No sense of community within the company, everyone just shows up to work, does what they're told, and doesn't interact except when necessary for business. There doesn't seem to be any sense of interest in employees' career goals or interests, you will often be shuffled around from manager to manager and used to get assignments done as quickly and cheaply as possible for the client. Management is not involved in their employees and does not offer any motivation or praise for high quality work. You will often be told that you have to work off the clock without pay just "to get things done" and because "that's just how it is."There is no introductory training or education on the complicated industry that you're working in, and you're expected to take time off the clock to "Google things" and learn them yourself. Not recommended for anyone who actually wants to feel important at their job or if you want to feel like you're making a difference.

    Advice to Management

    Actually act like you care about your employees and their career goals, the skills and talent they offer, and their well-being. Stop expecting employees to be thrown into new jobs and assignments with little to no training or follow-up. Offer training up front to educate employees on the industry and all aspects of it.


  5. "Sub Par Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in East Haven, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable bi-weekly deductions for healthcare.

    Cons

    Cadestrophic policy only since deductibles are high and all costs are out of pocket.

    Advice to Management

    Revisit the way policy is written.


  6. "Not my best job"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Westford, MA
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of work with a variety of clients, especially if you like gas stations. You will be given as much as you can handle.

    Cons

    The management has a tendency to blame other employees for their own shortcomings. I saw one gentleman get professionally censured because of his supervisor's work. I would not suggest working here if you can avoid it.

    Advice to Management

    Take responsibility for your own shortcomings, and support your staff when they have their own issues. Don't bad-mouth former employees because it just makes you look bad.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "GES Windsor, CT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MA

    I worked at Groundwater Environmental Services (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Good start for someone right out of college looking to gain experience in the environmental field

    Cons

    Upper management micromanages everything. Long hours, over worked

  8. "It's Ok"

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    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in Tampa, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Groundwater Environmental Services (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy work environment, great employee relations, don't have to deal with complicated office policy, a good job to get your foot in the door, you get a mixture of office and field work. not very strict on the billable hours (80% + is acceptable). If you like to settle, this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    forget about mentorship, you learn on your own with poor training and minimal instructions. high turn over rate with field technicians, so there is little room for you to advance, hard to get you on new projects even if you have are interested (limited budget, PM don't have time to teach you) you will get to learn the basic tasks and just expect to stay at that level for a long long long long time before any sort of advancement can happen, if you are lucky

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employers, make them feel fulfilled when they leave at the end of the day, hire the right people to reduce turn over rate, so others can advance instead of having to fill in all the time. Lastly, PM needs to delegate, the current system is too heavy on the top, leaving entry levels always have nothing to do all day.


  9. "Good place for entry level experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Neptune, NJ
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Neptune, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Groundwater Environmental Services (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good experience with client interaction, project management, sampling tehcniques

    Cons

    Preferential treatment, restrictive management, slow growth

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to employee's strengths and promote based on ability


  10. "Geologist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neptune, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Neptune, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Groundwater Environmental Services full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start and live through a fast pace but reactive consultant operation. Strong health and safety culture. If lucky, you will pick up some technical expertise as well. Good and valuable people to work with up to the management level.

    Cons

    Poor management structure or very few real managers. Client says jump, your manager tells you how high. Different group for each major oil client, and another group for "industrial Projects", each group only learns client driven procedures for that one client. Low level employees become assembly line workers. There is not much opportunity to contribute to the established details.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to select group managers that are capable of communicating with each other where they collaborate on at least a few projects. Cross-train junior employees for company-wide utilization. Utilize H&S infractions for improvement as preached


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