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METCO Environmental Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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  1. "Good starter job for college grad"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at METCO Environmental full-time

    Pros

    Great people
    Fairly relaxed work environment
    Decent pay
    Quick promotions for those that try hard

    Cons

    Long work hours (sometimes)
    Overnight travel is not rare
    Equipment is often broken

    Advice to Management

    Invest in new equipment more often to increase employee moral and company image to clients


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company to start out at"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at METCO Environmental full-time

    Pros

    They hire entry level candidates at a respectable wage. It's hard but satisfying work and they allow you to progress quickly if you demonstrate ambition and competency. There is no waiting in line.

    Cons

    They reimburse expenses so you'd better have a good credit rating before you start working there. Equipment is dated and the transportation needs to be upgraded as well. an be a thankless job at times and while you are guaranteed 40 hours every week there are lots of slow times during the year.

    Advice to Management

    Bid for more jobs, allow for your employees at other locations except Dallas a shot at real leadership positions, upgrade/replace your equipment and vehicles to increase employee morale.

  3. "Good first job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at METCO Environmental full-time

    Pros

    This job pays great for when you first graduate.

    Cons

    100% Travel can get old very quickly.


  4. "Hard job to find continued motivation for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The job starts off as something new and different. You get to see a lot of different places. The people you work with are a pretty good group of guys. Promotions can come quickly with some effort. The benefits are average. A lot of knowledge can be gained in a short amount of time. You can leave early on Fridays if you have 40 hours.

    Cons

    The job is a specialized type of work that does little to prepare you for or gain you experience for another job. The job gets old very quickly. A lot of work in petrochemical facilities. Long hours. There is no training program. Expenses are paid out of the employees pocket and reimbursed later. This is not a good job for someone with a family. Your wives and/or girlfriends will hate it. Travel is 90%, and the travel schedule doesn't come out until late the week before you leave. Even when you are in-town, you will be working long hours and will not be home until late most times. Management doesn't seem to care about employee safety. Finishing the job is the most important thing to them. Many of the offices are understaffed due to high turnover rate. Equipment is old, outdated, and doesn't always work. Pay doesn't become decent until one works 55 hrs/wk. The compensation rate doesn't keep up with the workload once one receives a promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees better. Put more money into proper equipment. Be honest in interviews about travel requirements. Attempt to create a schedule that gives more than a three day lead time before people have to travel. Train your employees better. Teach why certain equipment needs to be tested. Incorporate the actual regulations into the training material. Treat the satellite offices the same as the main office.


  5. "Not for everyone"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Dallas, TX
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can keep up, you will learn a lot in a very short amount of time. Metco will expose you to a multitude of industrial environments. You will likely get a behind-the-scenes tour of everything from petrochecmical to manufacturing. Just about everyone in the company started at an entry level position. One of the few places that will take on new hires that have little to no experience.

    Cons

    Long hours and lots of travel when you hire on. Industrial work environment (hot, loud, dirty) from time to time.

    Advice to Management

    Addressing the work/life balance issue might reduce the high turnover rate.


  6. "This company is a good company for someone starting out fresh from college."

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company allows for employees to advance quickly through their "supervisor training program", and you get to see many different places

    Cons

    Travel 90% of the time, long physical hours, time away from home is almost unbearable, live your life out of a suitcase, equipment is shoddy

    Advice to Management

    Put more money into your people instead of lining your own pockets


  7. "The extensive travel was fun at first, but eventually became tiresome and hard."

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, good coworkers, decent pay.

    Cons

    Long hours in all types of weather, poor equipment at times, long travel distances across the country.

    Advice to Management

    Buy better equipment before it needs constant repair.

  8. "METCO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at METCO Environmental full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Field personnel are an awesome group of guys.

    Cons

    Travel is 75-95%, corporate influence is becoming large (TestAmerica)

    Advice to Management

    Be honest during interviews with job description and DO NOT sugarcoat the demands or travel requirements.


  9. "Good Job To Start Out In"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist III in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with
    Lots of on job training
    Can be fast tracked to Project Supervisor quickly if you show promise.
    Management is understanding on giving employees time off if you request it well in advance.

    Cons

    Can have extremely long weeks when it gets busy
    small raises that are extremely spread out

    Advice to Management

    give the employees a good salary, and give straight time for overtime, so that when you only get 40hrs, you still get a decent paycheck, since the only way to get a decent paycheck is to work 55hrs per week.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A well designed trap"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Average benefits, there is a lot of sitting around time you get paid for, mostly an Monday – Friday job, you go to alot of plants so you meet alot of contacts for advancement opportunities inside of those facilities. If you’re in the office on Fridays and have over 40 hours you can leave an hour or two early.

    Cons

    This is an extremely stressful job. Expect to travel out of town 90% of the time working long hours 5 days a week with weekend work occasionally. You will not know where you are going until a day or two before you actually leave. Job safety is a very questionable issue. Every employee is supposed to have stop work authority, but that never happens. Focus is on getting a job done quickly rather than safely. Advancement opportunities in satellite offices are not given near as frequent as in the main office. Pay is low for a college graduate. Each step up the ladder brings a lot more work responsibilities than the previous step with very little difference in pay between the positions. Employees are generally reluctant to move up the ladder because the pay/amount of work and stress difference is not worth it. Communication within the company is virtually nonexistent, especially from the main office to the satellite offices. Upper management frequently lies about numerous issues. They tell you what you want to hear vs. what is really happening. The office space is less than ideal, but does not matter due to how infrequent employees are in the office. You have to pay for your own expenses which can be very hard on a recent college graduate. You have to keep track of your expenses because it is not uncommon for expense reports to get lost in the main office, leaving the unprepared employee out of a thousand or so dollars without even knowing it. Be warned: once you get in, it is very hard to get out. Most of the places you will work do not allow cell phones. This makes it very difficult to coordinate alternative employment options. Since the job is very specific most of the stuff you learn is useless except for another company that does the same thing.

    Advice to Management

    The base pay needs to be increased. You can’t expect somebody with a college education to be happy starting out at $13 an hour and over the next 4 years only increasing to $15. “Pay raises” should not mean working more hours a week. Get out of the stone age with your equipment. Keep up with technology like your competitors before they pass you up. Make more realistic schedule time frames. By now you should know that nothing ever goes as planned and there is always some sort of delay no matter how small the job is. Put more stress on accurate results and getting the job done safely before someone gets hurt or killed. Give crews more time to do so or these will never happen. Treat everyone fairly, not just the people you have to see every day in the main office. Stop lying to people in interviews about advancement opportunities and travel. Realize that the high turnover rate and low morale are for a reason.


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