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  1. "Positioned right now for growth and expansion"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great group of professionals, culture of the company is very family oriented. New leadership is moving the company in the right direction, positioned for growth and expansion.

    Cons

    Infrastructure needs to be upgraded; company needs rebranding based on new direction.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making all the positive changes and listen to the employees; they are what make this company great!


  2. "Family but Professional!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working here for almost one year. There is a unique balance here between a true family atmosphere and a professional work environment. There are many employees who have been here over 10 years and I feel that is a testimony to the company. The new CEO has been making alot of changes, and there are more great ones to come!

    Cons

    No current 401K matching, but I know it is in the works to coming back soon.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving forward in the direction we are in now


  3. "They Mean what they say!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family Atmosphere, Dynamic turnaround, Talented Professionals, Great Work-Life Balance, Exciting time to be employee, New CEO is inspirational

    Cons

    Some equipment and furniture a bit outdated, was skeptical promised changes would come, they have and still coming

    Advice to Management

    Continue what your doing, we can feel the positive vibes and know we are on right path toward greatness


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  5. "A company that makes you feel like "family""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Compliance Specialist in Fort Pierce, FL
    Current Employee - Resident Compliance Specialist in Fort Pierce, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been with K&S for 32 years, which should say something in and of itself! Good employee relations and fair treatment. Supports training and learning/development. Incentives for years work for company and management acknowledges hard work.

    Cons

    For the ones of us that live out of the corporate office range, we don't get a great selection for insurance coverage for our area. Of course, dealing with health insurance is a challenge anywhere, at any company. That said, sometimes the insurance carrier that is selected for the southern area does not work well for the northern area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep progressing forward.


  6. "Metamorphosis underway - quickly improving"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Family Atmosphere, talented professionals, exciting improvements underway and becoming fun place to work again! New CEO encourages honest open communication

    Cons

    401k Matching not yet restored but will be soon

    Advice to Management

    Keep seeking and listening to honest feedback and implementing changes needed to make K&S truly the Big Local again


  7. "A family environment, a company that cares"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined a short while ago but already am very impressed with the family environment and culture here. Each month they celebrate birthdays and work anniversaries, and the average employee has been at the company for over five years - which is saying a lot for a company of 120 people. One person has been at K&S for over 30 years, and a few well over 20-- I think this says a lot about the positives of the company and its culture.

    Cons

    With many folks located in the field or outside of the headquarters office, you can't get to know everyone face-to-face. The company needs an image update (marketing-wise), which they are currently in the process of doing.

    Advice to Management

    Stay open to change.


  8. "All Talk & Promise"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administration in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Administration in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Keith and Schnars full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Family oriented firm with a high amount of moral from employees. The company possesses a great atmosphere with respectful, dedicated and helpful staff. Large amount of flexibility with time off and emergencies.

    Cons

    For years the company has possessed a raise freeze without paid overtime. Benefits grow slimmer with every year and while the company will state that match 401ks, there are empty promises. HR is unprofessional and divulges personal information to fellow employees without seeking out to correct misbehavior. The company holds on to old time engineers that are behind in the times and lacking up to date knowledge in today's technology, hindering progression. Newer engineers brought on are immediately stunted with the inability to grow. Administration is stretched thin, with various employees moved around the office to compensate for lack of assistance and their Marketing is put through grueling hours without overtime compensation, proper equipment and lack of support.

    In a matter of 1 month, the company has lost over 10 employees seeking greener pastures and within the first half of 2015, they have lost more than half of their competent staff to competitors.

    The company has had great promise over the years and runs only on reputation at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Rid themselves of incompetent Directors and Project Managers and replace with a newer age of Engineers that are fresh and willing to expand and learn. Invest in newer technology.


  9. "Behind the curtain."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Associate
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Corporate Office: Great atmosphere to work with people from within the departments and intradepartments. Majority of people are nice, curtious, respectful, helpful, and professional. There is flexability in days off to take care of personal business, the percentage of UT is within reason and its not pushed upon employees as a means to grade their success. Performance and meeting and exceeding deadlines is the means to measure success, not how much UT has been accumulated.

    Cons

    The company is behind the curve on use of technology regarding equipment for reproduction and software compared to other leading competitors. Also, there is preferrential treatment between office on who gets the latest and greatest equipment, and software which creates a nonhomogenous flow and inefficiency of work between office. For example, to make 20 copies of a construction set of documents that has 20 sheets, the company has someone to manual make copies of each sheet with a machine dated from the 1980's and organize by hand which could take approximately 4 hours or more. Instead should purchase an OCE 500 where any individual can feed the complete set, and program to make how many sets and its done in 30 minutes or less, keep track of how many copies made inorder to bill to the client. The company doesn't have standardized policy and procedure of software (ie CAD Standards, filing system, and playbook) between departments and other offices.The bottom line, the company is too cheap and outdated to invest in top of the line equipment, software, hardware, and training to maximize production, efficiency, and profit for a +300 size company.

    The company hires and retains inept engineers and professional engineers. They maintain these engineers when upper management is well aware of their unprofessionalism, and inability to perform task, or lead. They remove projects from these engineers and give it to another professional to cleanup while maintaining the employee. Firing of an employee is the last case scenario when the damage is so severe. The company would rather lay off an excellent employee from one department and retain a poor employee from another department instead of letting go the poor performing employee and shifting the performing employee where the need is greater. Also, if one gets stuck with a crappy senior project manager or project manager as a supervisior expect your career advancement to get stuck.

    Salary increase is based upon each Director and/or VIce President from the different departments. If one happens to be in a department where the Director or Vice President hardly gives salary adjustment based upon performance expect this to be for the remaining of one's career in that department. On average, salary increase due to meeting and exceeding performance is between 1% to 3%. Bonus are hardly ever heard of and if so its $500. This is also a reflection of a company being cheap and not investing in their employees for success and performance. More $$$ at the top.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of incompetant employees, and supervisiors, and replace with competant employees and promote within. Invest in employees by rewarding employees who perform well with a salary adjustment of more than the minimum 4% inflation rate (5 to 8% increase in salary), and give justified bonuses. They will be happier for being recognized, and more motivated to work for the company. Invest money into new technology, software, hardware, and training to get a return on your investments (employees and increase performance and production).