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Updated February 2, 2017
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  1. "Staff Professional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at S&ME full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great opportunities if you're an honest hard worker. Easy to get along with others

    Cons

    there is a lot of pressure from upper management to constantly be billable, it can get a little stressful on slow weeks in the winter

    Advice to Management

    Start appreciating the people that go above and beyond for the company more so that way these people stick around


  2. "Business Development Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S&ME full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and flexible work schedule

    Cons

    Continual worry that your job would be eliminated.


  3. "Stepping Stone"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Professional
    Current Employee - Staff Professional
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at S&ME full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small group structure allows me to schedule most projects as I wish. You get benefits and 2 weeks vacation at your hire date.

    Cons

    A lot more travel than is advertised. When it's busy forget about your personal life. All that matters to the higher ups is profits. Not willing to negotiate time off, pay, etc. Have worked with professionals from other firms who view the company as a "stepping stone".

    Advice to Management

    Archaic company values need updating. Adapt to keep young talent.


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  5. "Engineering Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at S&ME full-time

    Pros

    Company provides truck, iPad, and will provide any necessary PPE without hesitation; job provides variety; company incentive program awards employees with cash bonuses when new certifications are achieved

    Cons

    lack of communication within the company at the local level; members of management not on the same page; do not always provide proper training prior to performing a task on a job site

    Advice to Management

    communicate effectively with each other and technicians; provide job training


  6. Helpful (4)

    "They have problems, and they are great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering/Technical Staff
    Former Employee - Engineering/Technical Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at S&ME full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A solid company, with good intentions and approaches to a number of endeavors. Very good CEO with a vision and plan, very affable man, easily approachable, even among us low-level nobodies. Firm has been growing in recent years, expanding its footprint and acquiring additional staff (via buyouts) to augment capabilities in different market segments.

    Cons

    Despite being a relatively strong firm, management at the regional office level is incredibly lacking. There is a clear disconnect between several members of management and their staff. A basic lack of technical knowledge among those in management is also a clear problem. Have witnessed outright unethical (and beyond that) behavior among management in certain locations and their treatment of employees.

    There is far too much emphasis on specific market segments. While this in of itself is noble, it is done at the expense of expanding capabilities in other segments. This is typically an issue at the regional office level. Too many offices serve as outposts for specific markets, and do nothing to market themselves to other potential segments in the same geographic region. While this is good when that office's specific segment of interest is doing well, it is catastrophic when that specific market hits a down turn, as there is basically no other work in the back log for other potential markets. These offices are specifically set up this way, and services are marketed to potential clients this way.

    I also have an issue with technical management being too involved in business development, and dedicated business development staff having absolutely NO technical expertise at all. I clearly understand the concept that a good salesperson can sell anything to anyone, but a clear lack of knowledge of the product being marketed is an issue.

    There is, as I previously stated, a severe issue with ethics issues within specific areas of this company. I do not know how isolated these incidents are, or how much the upper management is aware. It is my personal belief that the upper management (starting with the CEO) is professional enough to not engage or otherwise condone this sort of thing. I believe the problem is systemic, but it is isolated and concealed at a more regional level. This is unfortunate, unethical, and a few other things that I will not mention. I mean, just outright lies and misleading comments. It almost seems that people are set up to fail intentionally. I realize, that's a bold statement, but I have a difficult time seeing it any other way.

    Opportunities for advancement are lacking incredibly as well. Staff have this concept pounded down their throats, yet nothing is put in place to actually assist them in accomplishing it. Management at the regional level has little to zero interest in promoting this concept. They appear to only be in a mindset that will protect themselves personally, and to place themselves on a pedestal. At times, it almost appears that there is a deep level of paranoia among some (not all) management staff that by promoting career growth among younger staff (some of which are clearly more qualified than the actual manager in question), that they are actually putting their place in the firm at risk. This is a long, convoluted way of saying, it appears that those who can/want to excel, are intentionally held back so that they cannot surpass those ahead of them in the food chain. This is not how things are supposed to work, but unfortunately I think this happens more often than people want to admit.

    Advice to Management

    Regional office/area managers and their underlings MUST be reigned in. A number of them require formal management training (something engineering firms are notorious for not doing), conflict resolution training, business development training, training in business ethics, and the need to acquire basic people skills. Employees are NOT commodities to be bought, sold, traded, etc. They are real people, with real lives, real issues, real needs, and real problems. A number of these middle-management types have NO understanding of this, or they simply do not care. This is unacceptable. I would seriously consider evaluating management staff on an individual level, and being cutting the fat, so to speak. I would start looking at the new wave of management potential, a layer below the current management staff. I would start training and grooming these folks to become the next group of people who will lead and direct the future of the firm. There are too many old school ideas in this company, a systemic problem in a lot of engineering firms. It's time to start preparing for the future, and to prepare the next generation of leaders, while smoking out those who serve no valuable purpose to the firm.

    Safety is an incredibly important topic to this firm. This is very noble. However, there are far too many staff members who serve no purpose but to "enforce" this philosophy. The philosophy of safety should be directed and heavily influenced by those who actually do the work that places their well being in harm's way. The folks who walk job sites, who inspect projects, who test concrete, who work on drill rigs, etc. These are the people who know what really happens in the field and in the real world. There is a heavy layer of fat in this firm that consists of people who just travel from office to office, buying pizza for staff, and showing a PowerPoint of current safety topics. It is a waste of money, resources, and everyone's time. A much more efficient means for dealing with this needs to be incorporated.


  7. "Overall good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job site experience and research.

    Cons

    Lift heavy things like concrete.


  8. "Good to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Soil/Concrete (CMT) Technician in Spartanburg, SC
    Current Employee - Soil/Concrete (CMT) Technician in Spartanburg, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at S&ME (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and willingness to train individuals

    Cons

    Very busy and not much opportunity for management and employee interaction

    Advice to Management

    Try to spend more time interacting with technicians and giving them feedback on performance wether good or bad. To take an interest in the individuals working under them.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not a career option"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at S&ME full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very limited micromanagement, you are generally free to work without oversight. The company rarely gets ride of employees, not much worry of job loss.

    Cons

    The benefits the company has and that are listed on glassdoor are not accurate or available to all employees. Financial & Retirement, Perks & Discounts & Professional Support are particularly incorrect.

    If you are an hourly employee you will not receive certain benefits, to list a few (Company Car, Commuter Checks & Assistance, Professional Development, Tuition Assistance, Job Training, Apprenticeship Program, Volunteer Time Off, Sabbatical, Reduced or Flexible Hours, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, Performance Bonus, Equity Incentive Plan, Work From Home). These items are generally for a select level of professional employees.

    There are other benefits which are partially accurate. There is a 401K Plan, but it is paid for by the employees and has 0% matching from the company.

    As an hourly employee you are essentially a second rate employee with no growth opportunity. There is not growth plan, option, opportunity, skill, or level of education that will allow you to change that. This is also true for a portion of salaried employees.

    Advice to Management

    The company has an established growth plan and mission statement. It should apply to all employees.


  10. "Administrative"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Administrative in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very forward thinking company interested in employee growth and development. Also appreciate that long term planning is a big priority to ensure the company is successful/profitable.

    Cons

    New employee training/on boarding process could be improved.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  11. "Certified Industrial Hygienist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at S&ME (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very good local and corporate support for independent field and office functions of an industrial hygienist. Name recogntion good in the state.

    Cons

    Pricing too high for small jobs which is much of the market in south carolina. Necessary to target only large business and government entities. I was alone in my office.

    Advice to Management

    Expand environmental division to address local mold remediation market. Need lower paid staff that can address residential and small business.f



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