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3.0
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27 Ratings
Pros
  • "remediation(in 4 reviews)

  • "health and safety(in 4 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "It's a shame because GES had a great reputable and culture until a few years ago(in 5 reviews)

  • "This would result in lower bonuses for the Project Managers(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Greatest Employment Situation

      Jun 28, 2016 - Program Manager in Wall, NJ
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Junior Environmental Scientist

      Aug 9, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      GES offices in the Marcellus Shale are good places to work if you are amenable to intermittent travel and want to test water quality in a fast paced environment with long hours.

      Cons

      The exemption status of my position (and many like me) was found to be classified wrongly by a department of labor investigation. GES claims it was unintentional, but the fact remains that they saved a significant amount of money by the mistaken classification. Any company that has to have repeated meetings to try to convince employees that working 70+hour weeks without time and a half is a company to steer clear of, but in fairness we did all sign the employment contract and we were informed what our pay schedule would be, just not the ridiculous hours required of us after hire.

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    3. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Sinking ship

      Apr 29, 2015 - Associate Environmental Scientist in Windsor, CT
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      Pros

      Salary was competitive for new hire. Management procedures were laid out very clearly. Very little room for error. Tuition reimbursement program is generous/

      Cons

      Health and safety program is beyond bureaucratic and invasive, to the point where GES is cost-prohibitive. For 3 years I did the same exact job, and was never made aware of promotion opportunities. Senior management was quite apathetic and routinely gave contradictory information. GES is overly reliant on petroleum sites, which are slowly disappearing and new clients are scared off by high overhead costs. I was also actively discouraged from using sick time, including being reprimanded for using a sick day during a blizzard when highways were closed. This place is a sinking ship.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee

      Good people to work with. OK to average benefits. Old school Sr. management style.

      Apr 24, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      People and co-workers at GES are great. Allows for good advancement in career path, especially if starting as entry-level employee.

      Cons

      Sr. Management is not very progressive and seems to be playing catch-up with what is going on in the environmental industry right now.

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    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Decent place for a recent college graduate to gain experience, very little room for career advancement.

      Oct 9, 2013 - Associate Environmental Scientist 
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      Pros

      Groundwater & Environmental Services (GES) is a decent place for recent college graduate to learn and practice environmental consulting. The field staff is primarily tasked with groundwater and soil sampling, data entry, and "writing" reports off of a template.

      Cons

      There is little to no diversity in client base; most sites are predominantly ExxonMobil and Shell (retail petroleum). There are frequent schedule changes with no additional compensation (1.5x pay) for working 2nd & 3rd shift hours. Management demands a minimum of 90% billability; when business is slow it can be difficult to attain this goal, management is actively aware that business is slow yet will still place the blame on the field staff. There is not room for advancement; the company is known for its "revolving door" with employees, in my 6 months on the job I had 4 coworkers that came and left the company. In addition, GES has adopted the safety programs of their two primary clients, ExxonMobil and Shell. The safety program, Loss Prevention System or LPS can become extremely redundant at times; the field staff will be tasked with wearing an overabundance of unnecessary PPE (i.e. long sleeve shirts, kevlar gloves, and a hard hat during groundwater sampling can produce exceedingly hot conditions in the Florida sun), conducting "loss prevention observations" which can take in excess of 2 hours to conduct and write up which does not count towards your 90% billable goal (so be prepared to give GES that time for free), and field observations whereby project managers spy on you from afar during field events. These conditions do not cultivate a happy/productive/safe workplace, most of the field staff is constantly on edge. The company preaches health and safety until it is inconvenient for them; I was once told by my project manager to not use proper traffic control (cones, flags, and caution tape) to provide protection from oncoming traffic on a busy site because the client was unhappy with my presence on site. One of the perks of being a project manager at GES is receiving "bonus" pay for hours not billed towards their projects. This practice causes project managers to become extremely frugal with budgeted hours and often leaves the field staff with not enough billable time to allocate towards their 40 hour billable goal. The field staff typically works excessively long hours with no additional compensation. The company offers "overtime" at the rate of 1.0 times the base of your hourly pay, however you must exceed your 40 billable hours worked so most employees do not typically earn any overtime pay.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Culture and Morale Has Changed a Lot

      Feb 4, 2017 - Program Manager in Neptune, NJ
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      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.

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    7. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Consulting Firm with Growth Pains

      Jan 23, 2011 - Senior Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Mostly hands-off management with independence at the local level. Strong health & safety culture. Strong client program mentality. OK benefits programs.

      Cons

      Some of the corporate departments are really poorly managed, especially HR. Communication within the company is either non-existent or poorly done. Senior management is composed almost entirely of long-time employees with no other work experience than GES, and have no ability to adapt to changing business markets. Too many bandwagon jumpers claiming success for someone else's efforts.

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      3 people found this review helpful
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