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Partner Engineering and Science Reviews

Updated February 7, 2018
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Partner Engineering and Science Chief Executive Officer Joseph Derhake, PE
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Pros
  • Opportunity to work from home occasionally (in 4 reviews)

  • Partner has a low turn over rate and a good culture- they promote and live up to their mission of being the best home for talented professionals (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Pay and benefits aren't the best (in 3 reviews)

  • Some people expect national due diligence firms to act like a small mom and pop engineering firm (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is by far the best environment I've ever worked in. The culture is open and collaborative. The people are helpful and engaging and leadership cares about the people. This is demonstrated in the way leaders interact with employees day-to-day and the things they invest in (e.g. celebrations, recognition, learning & development).

    Cons

    Nothing to add - I love it here!

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for creating a home for our talent and being committed to continual improvement!


  2. "I enjoy my job."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Partner Engineering and Science full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, hours, location, training, continuing education

    Cons

    No overtime pay and you work a lot of overtime hours.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees for their overtime. Its hard to work 14 hour days when you have no motivation.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Worst twelve months of my career"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eatontown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Informal dress code, free coffee, free milk. Really struggling to find something to say to make the twenty word requirement!

    Cons

    After a great interview experience, joined the company with high expectations. From day one, when I received an email about the (previously unmentioned) quota I was expected to meet the job went down hill. I worked in the Eatontown office which was one of the the most oppressive regimes I have ever had the misfortune to come across. Every move monitored by computer spyware. One manager even sat by the door making notes of when everyone came and left, from what I could see that was her only function in the company. She must have been good at it as she kept getting promoted! The work load set is impossible to meet in less than 60 hours a week. The inevitable failure is used as a reason for the 2% annual pay raise and the $1000 annual bonus for the lower level employees. Constant emails about being expected to meet ever expanding work quotas while the management have "seminars " in nice warm beach location five or six times a year. This is not a good place to work , both your emotional and financial health will suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Share the profit made off the band cbc is of the low level employees. Manager's should be appointed for what they contribute to the work environment not because of who they know.

    Partner Engineering and Science Response

    Dec 11, 2017 – President

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We are sorry your experience at Partner did not match our intention of being the best place you have ever worked. We take feedback seriously... More


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Partner"

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    Former Employee - Construction Support Specialist in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Construction Support Specialist in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of really fun and nice people to work with in any office that you go to. Marketing does a really good job at planning events for the whole company, or individual offices. It is very laid back and you can dress pretty casually.

    Cons

    One of the major issues that Partner has is their management. There are a lot of people higher up who are good at what they do, but have no clue how to manage a group of people. And if you go to HR with complaints, they will speak with the person you have issue with first instead of coming to you, which only makes for a much more uncomfortable work environment. They are also inconsistent with whom they allot favors to. If you are a friend of management, you are much more likely to be able to ask to work from home, or move offices. Be prepared for the construction group management to deny any such requests. There are very few incentives to do a good job. Years of experience and hard work don't go very far. There is very little room for growth, especially for the females in the Construction Support Specialist role. Don't be surprised if you see your male counterparts getting promoted to Project Manager, or new hires in those roles, who have similar/less experience than you.

    Advice to Management

    1. Get a more professional HR team. It discourages people from speaking up, when they go right to the person the complaint is against.
    2. Let your employees know you appreciate their hard work. If you are allowing some people certain favors, and not others who work just as hard, it makes them not want to try to work as hard anymore.
    3. Have management training that is required for anyone who manages others. Invest time in having people in charge who don't scare away good employees.


  5. "Awesome Company"

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

    I have been working at Partner Engineering and Science full-time

    Pros

    Great collaborative team environment that keeps you working hard but you never feel like you're drowning!

    Cons

    nothing that I have seen


  6. "Growth Has Created Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Torrance, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Partner keeps growing and getting into new things. The is creating a lot of opportunity for professional growth.

    Cons

    Growth comes with a lot of challenges.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Don't Bother"

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Santa Anita, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Santa Anita, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The work place atmosphere is fairly relaxed and open. Most of the people you will be working closely with are under the same pressures you are and will be happy to share their tips and tricks.
    - Dress code is pretty lax also. As long as you don't look like you just rolled out of bed, you may wear whatever you want.
    - There is no time clock you have to punch. Just show up at a consistent time every day, do your work and go home. Just remember to track your hours for the time sheet software.

    Cons

    - The management does NOT care about you. Your only function is to do what they tell you without complaint.
    - The workload is intense. Expect to work upwards of 9 to 10 hours a day, especially at the beginning and no one will raise an eyebrow.
    - There is no real training. Most of the people they hire are expected to know their business and so the expectation is "here is your desk, get to work." You may get about three days total with a higher up to show you some of the ropes. After that, you are on your own.
    - The entire focus of the company is "We want your business!" with no regard to how it gets accomplished. Keep this in mind. You will get all the blame if something goes wrong while management takes all the praise when something works out well.
    - You will NOT be paid what you are worth, especially if you already have the experience they want. At the end of each twelve months, you will be given a pittance of a raise that barely keeps pace with cost of living while management gets lavish trips and vacations.
    - Inquiring about how much you are getting paid relative to everyone else in your department is actively discouraged and frowned upon by management. This is illegal. Know your rights under the National Labor Relations Act.
    - Expect to pay a big chunk of your wages toward the benefit package, especially the health insurance.
    - Management will come down on you if you express "too much" negativity. Partner only wants happy people working there.
    - Turnover is high. Between long hours, thankless labor and low pay, Partner replaces its staff about every 9-12 months.
    - None of this will be apparent at the interview. They want your skills and are willing to obfuscate their designs to get you. Expect an hour to hour and a half grilling on your work history, what you did and explanations on process. It was this reviewer's suspicion they are looking for ways to improve their performance output without paying for it,.

    Advice to Management

    pay your people what they are worth, especially if they come to you with many years of experience.
    If someone comes to you with a problem, there is something wrong. It is not a nuisance to be swept away.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "A Total Nightmare"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Partner Engineering and Science full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you need the experience in performing Phase I environmental site assessments, you should be at Partner for no more than a year. You will get tons of experience because you will work non-stop to reach impossible goals set by management. If you want to continue doing Phase Is after that year, the experience will help you find work in a better company that values you.

    Cons

    If you have experience, do anything you can to avoid this hellscape. They will work you to death in a Phase I ESA sweatshop with ridiculously high revenue targets that will have you working constantly. They will not mention these targets in your interview(s) or in your offer letter; you’ll find out when an ominous email arrives from the accounting department on your first day asking “if anyone has talked to you about revenue goals”. Surprise! They will then use that revenue target as a club to constantly beat you with as you struggle to stay afloat because Partner has very high productivity demands that require you to complete far more site assessments in a month than is possible without putting in lots of extra time.

    The sales force seems to price projects without considering their complexity. You’ll work night and day and still be berated for not meeting your targets, yet the sales person will get credit from the client for delivering such a nice product (based upon your lost free time and thankless labor).

    There’s little good to say about the people that work at Partner either. The pressure seems to create a suspicious arrogance among the workers and a hazing mentality among management. It’s every man/woman for themselves and cooperation is rare.

    Bottom line: Partner is not a good company to work for. The pressure is relentless; the rewards are few and the management is cruel. If you can find anything better, avoid this place at all costs.

    Advice to Management

    The positive reviews here have Partner HR fingerprints all over them. Try harder to conceal that.


  9. "Environmental Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Partner Engineering and Science full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to create your own schedule and work at your own pace

    Cons

    "Churn and burn" mentality in regard to production


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Partner Engineering and Science Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Partner Engineering and Science full-time

    Pros

    Company has an aggressive marketing and sales machine that does a great job of generating business and getting the company name out. As a result, the company has grown really quickly in the last few years.

    Cons

    The company is too focused on sales, branding, and growth. They are great at getting the work in the door but come up short when it comes to performing the work. There is a major lack of quality and technical capability within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a quality control program that works. Don't sell work that you can't do. Don't sell more work than you can handle.


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