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Kleinfelder Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • Upper management does not look out for the people that do the work and make them look good (in 12 reviews)

  • The very top tier direct owners always seem to be financially looked out for, but the ESOP has not benefitted rank and file employees for several years (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Technician II / Progressing Special Inspector"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician II in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Technician II in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kleinfelder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, 401k, HSA/FSA
    Reimbursement for education/Certification Exam.
    KNET, ASTM Portal
    Kleinfelder invests in the future of its current employees
    Accessibility to Testing/Exam books

    Cons

    I think the 'Mentor' program could be better. More one-on-one time with a Senior Inspector to really get into Exam studies prior to testing. Although I don't believe this is so much Kleinfelder not making it happen but falling on the responsibility of the Mentor and Mentee and it not getting done.

    Advice to Management

    A quick Q&A session regarding the 'Mentor' program at the end of a Monthly Tech Meeting may quickly resolve the issue.


  2. "Development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Development in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President, Director of Development in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kleinfelder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    open, honest, non-political, strong technical credentials

    Cons

    some staff still upset about former leadership and are skeptical

    Advice to Management

    consistency, follow-through, hold people accountable for their actions

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Could Have Been Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Trenton, NJ
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Trenton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kleinfelder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Through programs like the Kleinfelder Global Technical Network, Loss Prevention System, Practice Groups, and more, Kleinfelder really attempts to offer its employees the resources they need to advance their careers and network on an international level. These same programs offer the opportunity to become well rounded in the environment and engineering fields with exposure to design, O&M, remediation, construction, and occupational health and safety. For young professionals there are on-boarding requirements that need to be fulfilled, which provides entry level training that is second-to-none. The employee goal setting and review processes are very well structured. Generally speaking, the culture and camaraderie are great. Many people become good friends beyond the office.

    Cons

    If you are a field person, you can pretty much expect to be working 70-80 hours per week with not enough pay to show for it. If you are good and well respected, that just means you get pushed harder and tasked with higher stress projects...again, with nothing to show for it. They preach health and safety, but they'll let you work 15 hours a day and get behind the wheel week in and week out without ever checking in on you. The big disconnect here comes from the fact that mid-to-upper level scientists and assistant PM's don't have any accountability. They are the ones scheduling the work and if you don't have a manager watching out for you, your schedule is at the disposal of everyone at the office while you are in the field. All of the great programs I referenced above are great, but good luck participating while you're in the field. That on-boarding training would be great, too, except for one minor issue: It is completely driven by one big oil client who will remain nameless. So that "training" is worthless with respect to state regulations and technical skills. Long story short, Kleinfelder will completely grind you down and when you ask for help they'll "yes" you to death without delivering.

    The process for approving further education and professional licenses and paying for professional memberships is completely arbitrary. The handbook says it is based on an employee's performance. However, it is really based on the local manager and if your ambitions fit their goals for you which, again, as a young field person will be to burn you out. You might be asking, "if an employee is that good, wouldn't they want to invest in their young talent?". Most companies would answer "yes" to that question, but at Kleinfelder the go-to phrase is "attrition keeps project costs down".

    Advice to Management

    Monitor mid-level management and keep all levels accountable. Don't burn out young staff to the point that they leave, talk to them and care about them. Invest in your young employees. Know what the average apartment is costing in your area, understand that most young people are coming out of school with loans; pay people enough that they can survive, especially if they are putting the hours in to prove they're invested.


  4. "The company has a lot of resources for you to seek help for your engineering questions."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Water Resources Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Staff Water Resources Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kleinfelder full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There were a lot of interesting and complex projects to work on. The people in the company were very helpful.

    Cons

    The roundtrip commute was between 5 and 6 hours a day. The were too many mandatory inter office meetings which took up too much time.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good but not for me"

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    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Reno, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Kleinfelder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management is great and willing to talk with and teach younger staff.

    Cons

    Pay is what i would consider less than average and long hours (50+) are not compensated for.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on projects at hand that will turn a revenue and less on services and projects that cost more money than they are worth.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity and chances for advancement.

    Cons

    Bottom line relentlessly being watched all the time.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up !


  7. Helpful (8)

    "21st Century Company?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kleinfelder full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Low level to mid-level employees look after and take care of each other.

    Cons

    "Frugal" mode equals small to no raises, no training, hard to get equipment needed to do work.
    "Redneck" attitude and practices concerning employees with disabilities, use of racist terms/jokes comments, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Try a more modern approach to management. Be more honest with your employees. Treat employees with more respect.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Projects Not Great Pay"

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    Current Employee - Staff Professional I in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Professional I in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You'll find yourself working on some of the most high profile projects especially in the water resources/systems industry. There's a lot of experience in the company, and most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    The positives with the company are as much as many people could wish for, but the negatives can weighs heavy and create stress; specifically the financials, salary, and culture. Financially, the company seems to be skating by with meeting and missing goals, but no excellencies. Stock prices have diminished in the past five years, and there's not much upside. Pay is typically below average unless you're a specialist. Managers are reluctant to review highly, raise salaries, and/or reward bonuses (there typically aren't). The culture seems to be lacking, and appears that every local office is an individual company. Employees aren't informed of new hires, there are few team events, and there's a lack of communication between offices.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Upper management does not care"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kleinfelder full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are some great people that work for the company,

    Cons

    Upper management does not look out for the people that do the work and make them look good

    Advice to Management

    Look at the people that are making you look good


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Not Impressed.."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kleinfelder full-time

    Pros

    Worked with some extremely smart, friendly and great people. Senior technical staff is very knowledgeable. Good opportunity for entry level engineers to learn a lot. Employees are hard working and dedicated. Some interesting projects and clients. Qualified Project Manager track available. Flexible hours and schedule. Free lunches. Nice office.

    Cons

    Next to no training or mentoring programs or focus on learning in general. No clear technical leadership track for engineers. Disconnect between service lines and offices. No clear direction for business development, going after projects that company does not have experience/specialization in. Company is in a time of transition and if you wait it out it, it certainly may pay off, but I did not want to. Large amount of employee turn around. No overtime or comp time. Unclear employee bonus program.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on what the company is good at and has a record of success. Revamp bonus program and make clear to employees how it works. Focus on guiding and investing in employees and technical staff. Make career path clear to employees. Standardize training programs for employees. Senior management should reconnect to projects and lower management staff to understand how things are working and not working. Less acquisitions instead focus on developing current pool of talent.


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