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Updated January 11, 2018
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  1. "Great place to work!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Psomas full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with throughout the company. Very entrepreneurial. Management is very open; financials are shared with everyone. It's an ESOP so everyone is an owner of the company. If you work here, you're an owner with shares of stock after 1 year of employment (I think that's the timeframe) and then additional stock every year after that.

    Cons

    Some of the bad apples need to be weeded out more quickly.

    Advice to Management

    A few too many overhead people at the most senior level.


  2. "Company with talent but with unreasonable expectations"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Psomas full-time

    Pros

    - Smart people to work with
    - Will learn a lot, can advance in your career if you put in lots of time
    - You’ll learn to work under high pressure

    Cons

    - Requirement to be 100% billable. This calls for a lot more hours required of you to finish tasks but you are expected to list only 40 hours on your time card. The extremely tight budgets and short deadlines don’t allow room to breathe when complications on projects come up (which is almost all engineering projects). You are expected to fix the problems no matter how long it takes but can only charge a few hours just to meet the budget. No one likes working for free!
    - Micromanagement. Managers will be breathing down your neck on your assignments. Plus they will question the time you spent on each task when going through your time card with you.
    - Stressful. They preach about work/life balance and not burning you out but you are expected to work way more than 40 hours/week.
    -A few snobby managers (probably due to the stress)
    - Long climb up to management

    Advice to Management

    - Lower the requirement to be 100% billable. We are not robots who can work at 100% efficiency every single day of the year.
    - Regularly hold management training. The way some of the managers speak to you doesn’t even fall under constructive criticism. Felt more like personal attacks when they pointed out personality flaws.

  3. "Too Many Non-Productive Bosses - Great Place if you are a Surveyor"

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

    I worked at Psomas full-time

    Pros

    Pretty flexible with work hours. Most people are friendly.

    Cons

    Psomas started as a surveying company, so if you are not a surveyor, then you get little credit for accomplishments, and blame when it goes south. They tend to look down on non-surveyors and assume they are carrying the other disciplines. The funny reality is though, surveying is a means to an end, its not the end. Nobody wakes up and decides, hey, I want to spend thousand of dollars on a survey just because. Surveying supports the design of projects that provide something useful in the end. Some of the specialties though, such as water, are managed by people with little vision. They just want to make it to retirement. without rocking the boat. Difficult to compete using that approach when other firms out there REALLY want the work and are willing to actively seek opportunities.
    Finally, there were too many highly compensated bosses who provided no useful benefit to a project, but nibbled on the budgets to remain billable. Loading the worker bees down on the Friday before their 3-week vacation with directives to have it done by the time they return, so they can deliver it to the client and be the "hero" got old quickly.

    Advice to Management

    They should probably shed the distractions and focus on the one or two things they do best, surveying and probably land development, even if they are cyclical businesses. Get rid of at least half of the managers to cut the overhead. If you are successful at winning work, you won't need to wring your hands over weekly charge ability and force the staff to lie on their time sheets. Stop beating up the project managers for doing what it takes to get work, like cutting the budget, and then running over because of a high multiplier.


  4. "Mid-Level Employee Review of Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company has a decent ESOP plan, average medical benefits, very good flexibility for those who need or want it, a large variety of clients and types of work within the environmental discipline. Management has a mostly even balance of not micromanaging or under managing too much. Corporate over-structure is generally supportive and allows a high degree of independence within business units of the company. Quality control is a very serious principal and quality work is highly prized. Safety is another major concern and the company takes great care and strides to ensure a safe working environment.

    Cons

    This company is very silo-ed with a high degree of difficulty working with other teams or groups that you are not specifically hired into. Transition pathway from general staff to management is very vague and seems excessively long. Rates of pay are highly dependent on the team lead and can lead to lower than average rates over time. Acquiring any kind of bonus for above average performance is virtually impossible.

    Advice to Management

    De-siloing the company can best be achieved by eliminating all "Teams" and only deferring to "Groups." A fair number of people are being held back in performing work they are interested in because it doesn't benefit their specific team.
    Create a clearer pathway to management for those who desire it.
    Create a clear standard for acquiring performance based bonuses.


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  8. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Psomas (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Culture with great people to work with. Seem to care about the people of the company

    Cons

    They have a lot of rules


  9. "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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Overall good"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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