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O'Brien & Gere Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "great"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Broker in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Broker in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good balance, great incentives, accommodating environment

    Cons

    low base, could be better benefits

    Advice to Management

    keep it up


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company with Good Potential, but..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    • Interesting work – Most of OBG projects are interesting and sometimes challenging. Our work not only solves problems for clients but helps the environment.
    • Friendly work culture and sociable employees – OBG is a company that works hard and plays hard. Coworkers frequently socialize by going out to lunch or happy hour after work or attending company social events. It is not uncommon to make lifelong friendships or even find a life partner at OBG. There are many couples who met and got married while at OBG.
    • The friendly and sociable work environment is great for entry-level or junior engineers/scientists to start their careers.
    • Very knowledgeable engineers/scientists – If you’re in the Syracuse/Liverpool office, you can almost be guaranteed to find answers to any technical questions.

    Cons

    • Top heavy – This is the other reason why OBG is a great starting point for entry-level or junior engineers/scientists (somewhat of a pro for potential entry level hires). They’re always looking for young engineers/scientists and the chances of getting hired are higher if you or your family knows someone in the company. The top heaviness also means that many of the mid-level/seasoned employees are either stuck at the level below management or have left the company. There’s been higher attrition of mid-level/seasoned employees in the last year.
    • Boys Club and Clarkson “elitist” in the management level of certain groups in the company – Despite the effort to move away from this image, the Boys Club and Clarkson “elitist” culture is still prevalent. If you fit the “mold” – a white male graduate from Clarkson University and you made it into the “clique” – you can almost be guaranteed a fast-track to higher level positions compared to your peers who don’t fit the “mold”. This mentality also means that there are glass ceilings for women depending on which group they’re in.
    • Management lacks accountability – The company has made significant enterprise operations (HR, finance, IT, etc.) platform changes over the last few years, some with major transition issues that not only decreased efficiency but posed serious risk on relationships with suppliers. 180-day payment turnaround anyone? Those VPs still got promoted and got their bonuses.
    • Inconsistent pay and recognition from group to group – If you’re still quite new to the company (less than 5 years), be sure to periodically check your pay rate with those of your peers, especially newly hired peers.
    • Inconsistent training policy – mostly on-the-job training. If you’re looking for or need specialized/focused training that will help your work but will cost money, there is no clear policy or dollar amount on what will be approved. Higher dollar (more than a couple hundred) training will likely not be approved unless you’re a VP or you have the backing VP who controls the budget or your manager advocates strongly for you.
    • Lack of identity – In the last decade, it felt like the company was trying to grow from a small town company to a big-time corporation overnight. Although the friendly work culture is still there, the close-knit culture of the company has been eroding. In the process of trying to be more corporate-like, there have been unchecked increases in spending to brand and sell in the latest “hot” markets and in an ever-growing list of corporate jargons and acronyms.

    Advice to Management

    • Keep fostering the friendly and sociable work environment.
    • As a consulting company, your knowledge base – people – are your greatest assets. Now that we’re experts in managing projects, management should focus on managing and retaining people, address the lack of diversity in the management level, and make VPs and managers accountable.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Pleasant Work Environment but Poorly Managed"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, engaging and inclusive work environment, interesting clients and projects, manageable size, established in the industry, generous bonus and expense policies, effective safety culture,

    Cons

    Poor project delivery due to low accountability and undisciplined management, weak corporate values, more sales oriented than results oriented, satellite offices disjointed from the rest of the company

    Advice to Management

    Extend leadership to project-level and hold employees accountable for the quality of the results they produce.


  4. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in East Norriton, PA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in East Norriton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Culture allows for professional development and opportunities to advance your career. Pay scale is good.

    Cons

    Working out of the remote offices (not Syracuse) can put you out of the loop on some decision making processes.

    Advice to Management

    Continue focusing on growth outside of the New York state.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company with Strong Values, Talented People"

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    Former Employee - Scientist in East Norriton, PA
    Former Employee - Scientist in East Norriton, PA
    Recommends

    I worked at O'Brien & Gere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management embraces vision and values
    Warm, personable, talented scientists and engineers
    Ample responsibility given to younger employees who seek it
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Promotion-advancement system is extremely slow
    Feast-or-famine nature of work in some divisions can make meeting billing goals very difficult
    Although roughly equivalent to market standards, pay is not great


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Company View"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company is family oriented, the atmosphere and relationship between employees are positive.

    Cons

    not much diversity, communication within the company slow.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Technician in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for when there is projects in your area. Good play, and benefits.

    Cons

    Be more blunt with things...If there is no work coming up say it...I know it is hard to know 100% but people need to know their future.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall a good company to work for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule within reason. Good selection of benefits.

    Cons

    Employee ownership is only thru a KSOP. No opportunity for non management staff to purchase company stock.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability and recognition are critical to employee moral. Forcing employees into vacancies you've created may only create more turnover. Some people just plain excel right where they're at and that's not always bad for the company. It's not that change is bad. It's that not all things have to be changed.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ENGINEER-1 in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - ENGINEER-1 in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at O'Brien & Gere full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, very understanding with family matters, very helpful in meeting your career goals or getting you involved in projects that most interest you.

    Cons

    Some divisions are rare in giving spot bonuses while others hand them out.

    Advice to Management

    If it isn't broke, don't fix it. The company is going through a couple changes such as structure to more align with comparable companies.


  10. "Vice President"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Science in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Science in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Family feeling, secure environment, good secondary managemenf, management listens, water, environment, muni, energy, water, energy advanced manufacturing

    Cons

    Too much change at once, stagger change, hire the right executive level, focus on core competencies, too much focus on change and growth

    Advice to Management

    Stick with a plan, look beyond the immediate timeline, take a long tem view, focus on employees and their satisfaction


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