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Primera Engineers Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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  1. "Fun/flexible workplace; Unorganized company overall"

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

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time

    Pros

    The flexible schedule and laid back environment
    Definitely no micromanagement - great for self-motivators
    Potential for your voice to be heard in a small company

    Cons

    Lack of training leads new employees to be "thrown into the deep end"
    Blurred lines of responsibility/workload leads to stress/confusion
    Follow through on changes is slow/nonexistent


  2. "It's best to stay away"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Primera Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Fun and friendly co-workers.

    This could be a pro or a con depending on who you are: The work is super easy.

    Cons

    Instead of trying to retain talent in a positive way, management does things that seem like they're trying intimidate people from leaving.

    Work is too easy (could also be pro)

    Pay and benefits are poor.

    Management clearly does not believe in promoting from with in or developing their own talent.

    Checklist, Checklist, Checklist, Checklist, Checklist, Checklist, Checklist, Checklist

    Work and Quality procedures are FAR from optimized for the work being done. This leads to procedural log jams, missed schedules, and mediocre quality. But on the positive side, they are ISO 9000 compliant so who cares.

    Advice to Management

    Take really long look in to the mirror of self criticism.

  3. "Lack of Trust & Lack of Progressive Responsibility"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The original founders created a truly incredible corporate culture which valued employee contributions, provided opportunities for social responsibility, and fostered great relationships among staff and with clients. Sadly, recent disruptive change within the company has shattered this somewhat, but it could be regained. The staff genuinely cares about each other.

    Cons

    The recent ownership change and resulting shake-up had an incredibly damaging effect on employee morale. Many employees have left within the last year.

    Favoritism is rampant and hard work and talent are rarely rewarded. Pay is significantly lower than industry standards for much of the staff.

    Change happens reeeeeaaally slowly, if at all; promised "upcoming" promotions often take 1-2 years to occur, if they ever happen. Be suspicious of promises of advancement, as they appear to largely be unrealistic. Similarly, there are a lot of broken promises of advancement that spontaneously and arbitrarily are given to someone else, rewarding people on favoritism or dutiful process-following instead of talent or dedication.

    Worse, though, is that staff are so often pigeonholed in repetitive tasks (frequently far below their level of experience or education) that do not provide challenge or new skills. It's a shame, because many intelligent and talented people work here; it appears that many have been driven out by the utter lack of progressive responsibility and challenging, meaningful work.

    Advice to Management

    Speak with honesty. Follow through on your promises. Recognize and reward talent where recognition is due, before your best employees bail.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  5. 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.


  6. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours. Casual office environment.

    Cons

    Salary is not competitive. Benefits are next to minimal. No training. No room for career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all your employees equally. Pay your employees what they are truly worth. Provide adequate training.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good Culture, Inadequate Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, laid-back culture, autonomy, flexible hours

    Cons

    average to below average compensation for industry standard, work is sporadic (normal for consulting), too many eggs in too few baskets as it relates to clients causing instability and large employee size fluctuation

  8. "Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. My coworkers were fun and easy to get along with. Good overall culture.

    Cons

    Management is incompetent and unprofessional. Lots of bureaucracy. Cannot retain talent.

    Advice to Management

    Management could highly benefit from ethics training.


  9. "Designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Primera Engineers full-time

    Pros

    Started to work with other clients other than ComEd

    Cons

    Some people get preferential treatment

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate everyone properly by the talents they have


  10. "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
    Recommends
    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.


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