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Primera Engineers Reviews

Updated June 30, 2017
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  1. "After 1 month...."

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lisle, IL
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    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very flexible office hours, management cares about their employees, pay is good, benefits are average, work/life balance is highly promoted, 3 different committees to socialize and help out the communities.

    Cons

    The power division has so much work, they're struggling to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Be more observant to workload of the employees.


  2. "Commitment to a quality workplace and a quality product."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Primera has a very diverse, talented staff and is very supportive and accommodating as long as you satisfy the requirements of your position.

    Cons

    It seems as though the workload is typically either really busy or really slow, but I think that's typical for most construction-related companies over the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty good about communicating strategy and progress, but I think most employees would appreciate more communication regarding where future work is coming from.

  3. "Great quality."

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Positive workplace environment and a great commitment toward the employees.

    Cons

    Low pay. Salary is not competitive with today's average annual income of equivalent positions. Other companies pay better.

    Advice to Management

    Could compensate better.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "In retrospect a great place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible to outside schedules and truly care about a work/life balance.

    Cons

    It's difficult to implement bigger changes due to an attitude of if it ain't broke don't fix it.


  5. "Great"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company culture and values

    Cons

    Not too many interesting projects


  6. "Electrical Engg"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, independent work, not many layer of management

    Cons

    Pay not competitive, growing pains of a new group


  7. "Fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
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    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Primera Engineers full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management at Primera goes out of their way to make the office culture relaxed and fun. Flexible work schedules are a perk.

    Cons

    Sometimes the relaxed atmosphere is a little too relaxed... As with any flexible and relaxed environment, there are those that take advantage of the trust.

    Advice to Management

    Management should be focused more on results within the business and not get so lost focusing on ISO procedures.

  8. "Solid Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Attractively designed Chicago Office.
    Many long term respected clients.
    Management does seem to care about employees professionally and personally.
    Wellness program exists. Fine Marketing department.
    Great Loop location and Lisle office convenient to expressway.
    Technologically current. Well staffed and skilled IT department.
    Lots of very skilled employees who are easy to work with.

    Cons

    Logjam to advance to PM and Group Manager
    Client Diversification needed.
    Chicago fun quotient trending downward.

    Advice to Management

    See if a smiling face greets you when you enter the office. Visit Friday happy hour more often. Bring a Vision consultant in the office for better reports.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Nice environment, low pay"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Primera Engineers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a great place to work and most of the people are a pleasure to work with within the company. People maintain a positive attitude throughout the day and get along well which is a great thing.

    Cons

    Salary is near insulting, and management doesn't maintain transparency with a majority of their decisions. The wages in Power Delivery are extremely low.

    Advice to Management

    Give the employees what they are worth.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Overall OK Experience - Suburban Lisle Disfunction - Steppingstone Company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Lisle office for just under 1 year of time as a Project Manager/Water Resources Engineer.

    Overall i think this place could be destined for greatness. There is a desire to establish a strong technical leadership and a positive culture. There are many chances for developing your skill sets here, since there is a good variety of work that comes in the doors.

    That being said, there is no training provided in the front end and certain managers are too busy protecting their own head and blaming junior staff for defunct programs to ever meet their potential.

    Cons

    There exists some dissension between the Lisle and Chicago offices. During my time there i witnessed management in the suburban Lisle office not working along with the Chicago office. There was almost a 'I can do it without you' mentality there that was counterproductive to achieving the mission I believe Primera had set out. This attitude permeates through the organization, so certain managers (from what i witnessed) do not practice communication or clarity, which direly affects employees.

    Since the Lisle office relies on work from one client (Large Utility in Illinois), when things would go bad, management would take out their frustrations on their staff. These frustrations dealt mostly with promising schedules that were never achievable due to lack of resourcing, not enough work for certain departments and severely underbidding work.

    This is never the correct environment that will allow for success in technically complex work.

    I also witnessed 'preferential promotions' where family members were being promoted without any credentials or technical achievements, which demotivated the staff that had worked so hard.

    Advice to Management

    One of the top managers in Chicago needs to reel in management in Lisle. With the separation of the offices, the executives in Chicago have turned a blind eye to the managers in Lisle who are driving their company into the ground. They are not properly QA/QC'ing the work thats delivered to clients (managers in Lisle had promised schedules that were never achievable). In order to save their own head, they are delivering inferior designs to the client.

    Also, hire and properly train people so, that in the end, you will have enough staff to properly QAQC the work that is delivered to clients.

    Management: Follow the guidelines that are written in the employee handbook. You will lose your employees trust if you change the rules within the handbook out of the blue.


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