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Updated Jun 10, 2016

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3.0
62%
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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. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great Place to Work!

      Jun 10, 2016 - Corporate Manager in Wall Township, NJ
      Recommend
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      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.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Geologist

      Oct 23, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Neptune, NJ
      Recommend
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      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.

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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. 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
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Uneven tenure at a middle-to-lower tier consulting firm with some problem areas

      Dec 28, 2011 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong technical people in certain positions and locations. Satellite offices operate fairly independently and more nimbly than corporate offices, and provide some opportunities for growth and promotion. Emphasis on health & safety of employees, and performing job functions safely.

      Cons

      Inconsistent senior leadership, with several marginally competent people in corporate leadership positions. Really poorly-managed Human Resources and benefits programs, with especially poor communication. Employees treated inconsistently, with evidence of favoritism and lack of respect. Emphasis on patented technologies rather than real solutions for clients.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Consulting Firm with Growth Pains

      Jan 23, 2011 - Senior Project Manager 
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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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