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Updated Apr 28, 2015

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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. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Junior Geologist

      Apr 28, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It is a very good company to start at and to retire at. Good benefits if you do not have a family. Everyone is very social and nice and willing to assist you with anything

      Cons

      The middle years of the career are highly unpaid and the communication between the project managers and field workers are not very good.

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    2. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Terrible. The company was out for the company.

      Mar 16, 2015 - Junior Geologist 
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      Pros

      At first, the office culture was positive, but it declined quickly. You did receive quite a bit vacation time, but were frequently asked not to use it because it would affect your billibility numbers.

      Cons

      As an hourly employee, I was asked to not charge for my time spent in meetings or trainings because it would affect the office billability percents. This would result in lower bonuses for the Project Managers.

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    3. 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
    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Three Ring Circus

      Oct 3, 2012 -  
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I no longer work there. They paid me every two weeks.

      Cons

      Office politics are ridiculous. Our office played heavy favorites. Pay and benefits are low for industry. Incompetent project managers expect you to read their mind.

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