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Malcolm G. McLaren, P.E.
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Great Place to Start Your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Structural Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Structural Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management truly cares about your success. I could not ask for a better advocate for my success than my manager. Projects are diverse and interesting. Young employees are given opportunities to step up early in their careers and assume as much responsibility as they are able. These creates a fast-paced and challenging work environment.

    Cons

    Finding a place for yourself once you have your PE and a few years of experience can prove challenging. Opportunities to step up like those available to junior engineers evaporate once you've progressed to a certain point. You are not given any autonomy to take ownership of your projects and make decisions to keep them moving forwards.

    Advice to Management

    Please consider adding a middle management structure. This will help take some of the technical work off of the upper level managers' plates and allow for growth and will also reduce frustrations for employees who are ready to grow into new roles but are being stifled in their attempts.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible and unhealthy place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The majority of the other entry level employees are very kind and have the same craving of learning in the real world.So it's a way to meet new people your age. However.... it's hard to create lasting friendships between coworkers since the turnover is insanely high.

    It helps teach you to be a stronger person since there is a lot of yelling, aggravation and low morale throughout the office.

    Cons

    1. Leadership is extremely poor. There is no guidance and when you ask questions or need help, you are looked down upon. I can only name one or two people that were actually willing to guide me in my early years as an engineer.
    2. Severe lack of life/work balance. It is not acceptable to the Owner that a worker have a life outside of the office. Therefore, it is looked down upon if you need to see a doctor in the middle of the work day or if a snow storm keeps you from being able to drive 45 minutes to the office (even if roads are closed and it is extremely unsafe).
    3. While I am all for being thrown into an assignment as a way to learn, there is no training for new employees, let alone employees who are right out of college.
    4. Had to buy a $2,000 computer out of college to use at work. And yes, HAD to. They claim they would provide a desktop but I had never seen anyone utilize it. If that were the case, wouldn't more do that and not spend the $2k?

    Advice to Management

    Overall, almost everything needs to be changed. And even though it has been a few years for me, I know nothing has changed.
    After leaving and getting a new job, I realized just how bad it was. It was amazing to see in my new job just how many "Nice job" or "Great work" I got before I realized it was normal to hear those things. My advice to management: Compliments go a long way. Treat others as you wish to be treated.

    Also, the false posts on this site to get the ratings up is appalling.


  3. "Senior Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is driven, competitive and in a growth mode. The type of engineering work is far ranging and challenging. You will be exposed to a multitude of engineering disciplines; a terrific place to develop your technical capabilities and career. Those that are driven to excel will be rewarded and allowed to chart their course. The ESOP has empowered all of the company's employees to think like owners and care about the bottom line. Accountability and individual performance is taken seriously.

    Cons

    Management policies and decisions sometimes have a short term view at the expense of long term growth and productivity. Company lacks a defined path and corporate structure that is scalable for the future. Some senior management staff do not show a propensity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Must do a better job of listening to the employees. Be willing to buy into the growth mode of the firm; leave your comfort zone and stop thinking like a small shop. Empower your dedicated senior employees with greater responsibility and roles. Set a clearly defined path and transition plan for future growth and scalability on a division by division basis and overall corporate structure basis for the decades to come. If this is done, the sky is the limit.


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  5. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Nyack, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Challenging Projects, fair compensation, nice coworkers

    Cons

    Workload, upper management, clients, guidance


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Out of the box thinking, high responsibility."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility, quickly. Varied projects with multi discipline engineering. Great opportunities.
    Work expected is on par with industry, and the people are great. Well organized office. Employee stock owned benefit

    Cons

    Leadership needs improvement and they are working on that with the ESOP plan. Not enough people stay a long time, jr engineers usually step out in 4 to 5 years.


  7. "Growing Firm...Lots of Opportunity"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity for staff interested in the challenge. Great diversity of work. Good camaraderie among staff. Involvement in many markets keeps work interesting. Employee owned so staff see direct benefits of their work.

    Cons

    Heavy workload although that is part of growing and a result of recent successes. Lacking enough senior staff to guide the ship.

    Advice to Management

    Develop cohesiveness among varying disciplines and the firm will grow even more than it currently is.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Emloyment at McLaren Engineering Group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately,there are no significant pros to list, just negatives. Perhaps convenient parking availability at the office building could be listed and also the congeniality of most fellow employees.

    Cons

    Low pay and poor treatment of employees. Low morale of many employees. Business and profit comes first with top management with little concern for engineering and professionalism.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your relations with rank and file employees. Treat them as professoinal engineers and not just as marketers or profit making entities..

    McLaren Engineering Group Response

    Feb 22, 2015 – HR Generalist

    McLaren has reviewed and compared its compensation package to the industry averages and found that we are above average with the added benefit of employee ownership. Only 47% of Americans have an ... More


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Absolutely Horrible Place To Work...Stay Away!!!!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Former Employee - Junior Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McLaren Engineering Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are not bad and the projects are different and interesting. There are some very talented and knowledgeable people that work there who are really great at what they do. There are barbeques every other Friday during the summer months and there is plenty of parking, so commuting is not an issue. Also, there are company parties for Thanksgiving and Christmas which can be fun.

    Cons

    Management does not know how to distribute work among the workers and they are often scrambling to find people and time to get things done. For example, they had a co-worker of mine, who is an engineer, drafting while the draftsmen, the guys who are actually hired to draft, sitting at their computers with nothing to do. Basically, in the end, due to the lack of organization, things don't get done and management wonders why so much time is wasted. Management then points fingers at others, other than themselves, and they play the blame game. By their actions, it is pretty obvious that they do not know what's going on and they don't want to teach or to help anyone. They would rather throw you to the lions, blame you, and point fingers at others rather than to help you, support you, and to improve their ways.

    There is no support for anything whatsoever, from HR to accounting to IT and management. You will get zero help from anyone for anything. From the first day you walk in you are pretty much on your own and if you don't do things the way they want, they will be quick to criticize you and to shut down your ideas or suggestions. They kill any sort of motivation you may have to work hard and to do a good job.

    IT is also very bad in terms of fixing things and getting your computer to work. The laptop program is too good to be true and not worth it that is if it even works properly. My laptop went bad after two months and IT took about one month to fix it when in reality it should have only taken at most a day. How does management expect employees to do their work and to be productive when IT cannot even get a computer to work properly? The way management, IT, and the company as a whole does things defy logic and common sense.

    Overall, my experience was absolutely horrible. I would have never imagined that a company could treat its employees in such a poor way with no respect to them or their ideas or to what they have to offer. Avoid this company at all costs even if the offer looks great, because in the end the frustration you will feel will not be worth it no matter how much they pay you.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together, otherwise people are just going to not work there anymore and leave. Listen to what your workers say, and place people in positions where they know how to perform the work. Therefore, you will stop wasting time and stop playing the blame game. If you don't, then the workers can just easily find another job and work somewhere else. People are willing to work hard for you but only if you work with them and encourage them to do so. Otherwise they will be unmotivated to do anything.

    A company is not just a name, it is the people that work there that make it or break it. With the way you’re doing things in terms of just cranking out projects at the expense of the worker's moral and comfort, I don’t expect this company to go farther than it already has and it will eventually decline and fail if it keeps going on the path it is on now.

    McLaren Engineering Group Response

    Feb 22, 2015 – HR Generalist

    It is difficult for any employee to fairly and accurately access any firm in under one year time. However, while your duration at the firm appears to have been short, your comments will be taken ... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work--if you can afford all your own tools."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Nyack, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Nyack, NY

    Pros

    Challenging, high-profile projects. Divisional BBQs in the summer. Good pay and bonuses. Smart people. Good people! Almost enough parking.

    Cons

    Cheap. Engineers are required to purchase their own computers (and are paid back on a monthly basis; it can take up to a year to recoup the expense). Engineers are not provided with the necessary tools to perform their work, namely software We have it, but not enough; engineers have to fight for licenses! Time is wasted, morale is lowered, etc. Better a machine or a piece of software should run idle, rather than a high-quality employee.

    No one represents the interestes of the employees. HR is overwhelmed. Accounting is petty.

    Advice to Management

    Remember--you're not only competing against other firms for the contracts. You're competing against the other firms for EMPLOYEES.

    Engineers are a very queer breed--the good ones want to work as hard as they possibly can; as hard as you'll allow them, really. Why you'd hobble your staff with a cheap and nonsupporting policy is beyond comprehension.


  11. "Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McLaren Engineering Group full-time

    Pros

    Great environment that fosters growth both intellectually, professionally and personally. Diverse culture with many exciting divisions/projects resulting in a work place where one is never bored.

    Cons

    Not enough time in a day to take in all the firm has to offer.....days seem like seconds and each one presents new challenges and work experiences.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work...continue to hire additional mid and senior level technical managers to foster continued growth and open doors to new business markets.


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