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Updated June 18, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Staff Professional"

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    • 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. "Fast-Paced, Challenging Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Your peers are highly qualified, want to do an excellent job, and are willing to jump in and help out when a problem arises. Opportunities to work on many challenging and interesting projects in a rapidly growing metropolitan area.

    Cons

    Pace of work in Nashville is pretty crazy, so there's a lot to juggle. This is not always a con, but something to be aware of. Project teams sometimes get stretched a little thin.

  3. "Staff Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule which allows working from home when necessary. Good benefits including health insurance, dental, etc.. The company is large enough that it gets large scale interesting projects.

    Cons

    Archaic vestment and promotion structure. Managers seem reluctant to promote staff professionals to avoid hiring new pro's. It also seems that the company follows an out dated model for advancement in general. For example, it appears that regardless of talent all employees are advanced up the totem pole at the same rate. Also, the company uses something they call "Half-time overtime" in which the employee is paid half of their hourly rate for any hours worked over 40 (which is very common).

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible. Work to retain talent through new programs. It would be great to see a comp time program implemented instead of very weak "half-time overtime" program.


  4. "Not a Good Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S&ME full-time

    Pros

    Medical benefits are reasonably priced with decent coverage.

    Cons

    If you take time off such as STD, they will make things difficult for you and find a way to fire you when you return to work. If you are not a higher level employee, you do not get bonuses, are underpaid and are made fully aware that you are considered expendable. There is constant back stabbing and nepotism. And, if you speak your mind or defend yourself you will be fired.


  5. "Its okay at best"

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    Former Employee - CMT in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - CMT in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at S&ME full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management was decent to work for.

    Cons

    Not very concerned with work/life balance at all

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to better train techs (especially in soils) that sand box by the shop is a joke. Work Techs up so that they can stay at a site full time, I've nearly crashed going from site to site at 3am too many times. Techs are usually young, and have families with small children, you don't think they want to see them at some point? you guys have to do better with work/life balance. During the bad weather season, allow for employees to put money into a savings of some sort, you cant believe how many techs barely get by.


  6. "Business Development Manager"

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    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.


  7. "Stepping Stone"

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    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.

  8. "Engineering Technician"

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    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


  9. Helpful (5)

    "They have problems, and they are great"

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    • 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.


  10. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job site experience and research.

    Cons

    Lift heavy things like concrete.


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