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Patrick Engineering Reviews

Updated March 29, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not your average engineering firm"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have been here for a year and I can almost guarantee I will be here for 20 more. Patrick is not watered-down with useless people who look good on paper; it is comprised of individuals with talent that is unheard of, who want to positively shake the industry and change how it is perceived. It has a start-up company mentality but with years of experience. Innovative ideas are acknowledge and implemented, while negativity is not tolerated.

    Cons

    The cons are temporary. Benefits have been improving since I started.


  2. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back, fun, flexible and overall great group of people.

    Cons

    Benefits can be better but they are not terrible

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with Room to Improve"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Civil Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, bright and fun colleagues, wide variety of projects, active Young Professionals Group

    Cons

    Below average benefits (vacation and 401(k) match specifically), no incentive to work extra hours even though management preaches as such, occasional micro-management, no desire to keep up with technology

    Advice to Management

    Improve benefits (overtime, vacation, and 401(k) match), make an effort to use new technologies


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Average Company - Good intentions"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are good to great to work with. Flexible hours. Great company president. Good intentions and ideas. Various and challenging projects. Good project training management program. Good safety program.

    Cons

    The good intentions and ideas often are not followed through to fruition due to lack of commitment or change of focus and/or personnel. Benefits average, 401(k) match not great. Profit sharing and bonus fall short of what they present as possible. Some people and groups can be difficult to work with. Getting to the size where the bureaucracy sometimes gets in the way of production. Accounting not transparent.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company, great growth opportunities"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees and the chance to work with some of the best and brightest. Company is well respected and able to compete with much larger players. President walks the talk when it comes to doing the right thing and treating employees with respect. Learning opportunities abound for those willing to take advantage. Fun social events, very active Young Professionals Group

    Cons

    Great engineers don't always make great managers. Be quicker to replace weak managers with strong leaders. Pay is competitive for engineering positions, but benefits could be better.

    Advice to Management

    Company is on the right path. Need to recognize the contributions of ALL employees, not just engineers. Keep filling your pipeline with great talent.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pathetic!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    This is a poor company not worth of your time.

    Cons

    Management likes to micromanage employees. This starts with the CEO. The CEO doesn't even have a basic understanding of technology. Some of the technical groups are driven by sales people, not technical people. Don't expect to get the resources you need to develop yourself. Below average benefits. Vacation policy is horrible. Management is chaotic, communication is poor, formula driven, will embarrass you if they see fit, not support you, defers to customers interest over employee's interest, and so. Avoid like the plague!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid the CEO. Learn how destructive micromanage is to employees. Get a clue about technology, modernize benefits, and so on. Never mind, engineers don't ever listen.


  7. "Fast paced work environment with mostly negative comments and very few praises from management."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Waukesha, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment with focus on safety. New employees receive newest equipment and there is a number of company vehicles available.

    Cons

    Little positive praises from management. Expected to learn new design techniques in your own time. Lack of organization for project management. No incentives to put forth extra efforts.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to invest in your employees with on the job training and encouraging professional development. Recognize when employees put in extra effort and offer constructive criticism. Don't just focus on CM. Have better organization in the QA/QC process and take the time to actually make sure the documented process is being done.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -HF"

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

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities to work on a wide range of projects and learn new things if you are interested. Great people with various backgrounds and interests that are enjoyable to work with.

    Increased communication with employees has helped in the past year. Patrick has definitely been striving to do a better job of acknowledging employees, assisting with career growth/goals, and creating more of a unique company culture. There has been a more concerted effort to create a unified vision for the company's future that is focused on employees as the most important piece of that vision. These things already appear to be boosting morale and are encouraging employees to take more responsibility for their roles in the success of the company.

    Cons

    Reviews/raises/bonuses have been intermittent and unclear in the past, and made employee development difficult - recent developments may improve these issues. Poor communication at all levels in the past. Direction from managers has been unclear or completely lacking at times.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with better communication. Be flexible. Continue focusing on improving the benefits and career development for employees. Implement more training of new employees at the beginning to prevent problems during larger projects later on. Develop groups with a range of personalities and capabilities and encourage groups to interact with other groups more often. Advise managers to be more involved with their employees career development and be more direct about expectations.

    To reiterate what someone wrote 7/23/15 -
    "One of the benefits of Patrick is that the leadership team knows most of the staff by name and face. Don't lose the personal touch as the company grows." AGREE.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company with"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Work on a variety of projects, work with lots of different people and diverse clients, great relationships built between coworkers, very supportive and helpful

    Cons

    No overtime pay, unclear bonus system, does not recognize employees for the extra work they put in, benefits poorer than average, too much upper management, high employee turnover

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees for their hard work


  10. "Great Place to Work and Learn"

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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

    I have been working at Patrick Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Friendly staff and Supportive management
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Low Salary
    No Over-time paid

    Advice to Management

    Great Going
    Keep it up
    Identify hard working and efficient people and acknowledge them with compensation ;)


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