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Primera Engineers Reviews

Updated March 23, 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. "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.


  3. "Fun environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  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. "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.


  8. "After 1 month...."

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    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.


  9. 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.


  10. "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


  11. 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.



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