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Psomas Reviews

Updated May 31, 2017
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  1. "Great Company with Welcoming People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good People
    good quality work
    great place to learn

    Cons

    i was just an intern but I don't have any cons


  2. "Staff Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Psomas full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work for, nice people, nice policy, lots of learning opportunities

    Cons

    small raise for internal promotion

  3. "Like any other firm, you're a number"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comparable pay and benefits (so low, and minimal) to other firms this size and industry. Not really a pro, but not a con either.
    People are generally nice, some flexibility in work hours.
    Has a good ethics reputation, so definitely won't be a black mark on your resume when you move on.

    Cons

    You're a number, you need to meet unreasonably high utilization goals, and there isn't always enough work, so you end up using your PTO just to get paid.
    My vacations are unpaid time off because I end up needing to use my PTO accrual almost every pay period.
    Seniority plays big here, so if you're new to the team, expect to get the worst projects.
    Promises of bonuses that never materialize, minimal raises (not even COL raise, sometimes) and high turnover in some departments. So basically like every other engineering firm in California.

    Advice to Management

    You can do better. Pay better, offer more benefits- take care of your staff. Otherwise you'll always be the "alright" firm to work for.


  4. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Learn a lot from many professional engineers.

    Cons

    Timesheets can be stressful. Projects can be lengthy.

    Advice to Management

    Reward with bonuses.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at Psomas (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company culture. Great commute. Transparency from CEO down, very personal culture.

    Cons

    Top-heavy management; not a lot of younger employees working.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to cultivate culture of Psomas, but do a better job at hiring better employees and paying them more.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Negotiate initial salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Psomas full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun environment, flex schedule.

    Cons

    Lower salaries than industry standard. Be sure to negotiate upfront, b/c raises for underlings are minimal which produces high turnover. Management is older and out of touch with staff and current technology.


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    "Ok to work for as long as you wish to remain in the same position"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Close knit family atmosphere (in the smaller offices). Everyone helps out. Great camaraderie.

    Cons

    As someone else stated, promotions and raises are extremely hard to come by. The mind set is that you should perform the responsibilities of whatever position you are trying to achieve and then the company will raise you to that level. Most often that does not happen and an employee performs above their pay grade for a while without the benefits of a promotion or salary increase. Younger employees have no choice but to look elsewhere. The other thing that is lacking is immediate leadership. I'm also agreeing with a previous review that stated our managers seem to be lacking leadership, people skills and overall knowledge.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your younger employees better to avoid the high turn-over and make sure the managers are well trained.

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    "Fun work environment but lack of employee development"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun people to work with - close family environment. Company did well and grew while I worked there which was great. Company supports you if you take the initiative to learn new things and go to training.

    Cons

    Lack of development for younger employees. Engineers are treated as drafters and not given very much responsibility. This results in no growth for the employee and the company. Some managers are not trained in how to lead and project management is given complete priority and rewarded over people management and leadership. The pay is lower than industry average - benefits are decent.

    Advice to Management

    Give more responsibility to your younger employees. They need the experience so that when the older employees retire, they are ready to take to move up and take their place. Offer better pay. Listen to your employees and support their ideas on how to improve the company and if you don't, they'll leave and you'll lose your best employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Professional Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Current Employee - Professional Engineer in Santa Clarita, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers and management. Good opportunities for learning and developing your skills.

    Cons

    Ok raises but difficult to get promotions. Even with hard work I've had a hard time getting paid what I deserve.

    Advice to Management

    Show your employees that they are needed by giving them the appropriate salary.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work at"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Fullerton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Psomas (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome culture and value to employees. There is a genuine interest in seeing employees grow and benefit from firmwide success

    Cons

    Commute, it takes more than 2-1/2 hours sometime to go in and out of the office. However, flexibility of work place is an option.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up and increase cohesiveness among teams


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