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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rutherford + Chekene full-time

    Pros

    *Interesting and innovative projects
    *Your coworkers are smart people
    *Flexible work schedule

    Cons

    *Lack of raises and promotion opportunities


  2. "Their employees was the best thing about the firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Rutherford + Chekene full-time

    Pros

    The long-term employees (over 20 years) treated everyone as part of the family and genuinely cared for each other. In the end the people were the best thing about the firm. I would say there are probably five principals who are just amazing in every sense, and whom I will always respect and appreciate.

    Cons

    The company used to be more about their employees and as a result the company did well, but once the new CEO took over it all became about profit and dollars. It unfortunately became a competition among principals and senior associates and much less about the rest of the employees. By the end of my stay at this firm there weren't any raises, bonus or 401k matching because they have to fund the retirement of the senior principals. It became a cut throat corporation when it used to be such a nice, warm firm.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees, not only the principals and senior associates need raises and bonuses.


  3. "structural engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rutherford + Chekene as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    great people, great OSHPD project

    Cons

    two many politics, two many groups but not really help each other

    Advice to Management

    condensate groups


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  5. "Great place!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rutherford + Chekene full-time

    Pros

    Bater is a intelligent agency.
    Master
    All good.
    Benefits
    Paid vacation

    Cons

    unPaid salary
    Lost revenue
    Terrible oder
    Monkeys in places

    Advice to Management

    Try making the work environment easy to do when there a lot of people squished together. They did not have a lot of room.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people but not a dynamic work place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Technically challenging projects.
    Very smart and engaging people.
    Felt cared about as a person.
    Small office feel.
    Many long term employees....

    Cons

    R&C seems reluctant to grow. The have been the around the same number of employees for years.
    They have great loyality among the senior staff but that creates a barrier for advancement in the firm. You can count the number of people who have to retire before you can advance.

    Advice to Management

    Take a risk, upgrade your management skills and grow to allow growth of your junior employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "They left a very bad memory in my mind"

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    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Structural Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rutherford + Chekene (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very genius engineers

    Cons

    - 70% of the company is people who have been there for more than 20 years.
    - Don't have time to train new hires. Expect them to know everything.
    - Hire people with different backgrounds as temporary to use what they know and then release them for a phoney reason of lack of work.

    Advice to Management

    - Young generation is your asset as your associate principal AHK said in the appreciation meeting and the end of year 2014. So give them opportunity to grow.
    - Do not hire people if you are not experience enough to evaluate how many future work you may get.
    - Do not lie on the interviews to candidates that you will be assigned to this group or that group, and then force them to create spreadsheet or help CAD department for months and lay them off at the end due to lack of work.
    - All people with over 30 years of experience should retire or become part-time so you can create work for young generation rather than lay them off.
    - If you don't assign a new hire to work under supervision of an associate and principal, he/she cannot improve.
    - Your new hourly paid hires must not be floating persons to beg different principals for work to be able to fill out over 30 hours time sheet.

    And many many other advices


  8. "Average"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Rutherford + Chekene part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good working environment and colleague relationships

    Cons

    moderate pay and benefits, less promotion oppotunity

    Advice to Management

    Nothing.


  9. "Seemed great at first."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Rutherford + Chekene full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company's top management have been with the company usually over 12 years.

    Cons

    No room for growth and no raises.