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Updated December 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Flexible work schedule, comfortable relaxed work environment (in 6 reviews)

  • I feel like they are making great strides to become a truly great company (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor management, disorganized company with a lot of growing pains (in 3 reviews)

  • There is also quite a bit of office drama, and managers bringing their own personality faults into the work environment (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Safety comes first!"

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Professioal in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Professioal in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at SWCA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Annual safety meeting was great! Its great to be with a company the cares about their employees to go to the extent that ALL employee stay safe - whether working outdoors or in the office.

    Cons

    No "cons" on this subject


  2. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and great environment

    Cons

    none that I've encountered so far

  3. "Payroll Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SWCA full-time

    Pros

    The 11 years spent with this company were some of the most challenging and yet rewarding experiences I have ever had. I wish them nothing but continued future success.

    Cons

    No comment as each individual experience is a personal reason.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work with a great group of people

    Cons

    Lots of last minute tasks - but that is how consulting is


  5. "Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at SWCA full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, technical science is tantamount.

    Cons

    Find ways to retain quality talent and not let the competitors have them.


  6. "Top-notch Marketing and Proposal Group!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SWCA's corporate marketing and firmwide proposal group is by far the most supportive, communicative and organized marketing group I've worked for. They supported us so our voices were heard and genuinely respected in the company. The corporate marketing group has made a huge effort to provide tools, feedback and direction for the marketing and proposal coordinators company-wide, and it shows! They also like to hear what areas of the job you are most passionate about, and help foster your development in those areas.

    Cons

    The workload and responsibilities for a marketing/proposal coordinator are substantial, but I always felt like my voice was heard when raising red flags concerning lack of capacity. It helped that the corporate marketing group worked tirelessly to help manage workloads within the coordinator group.

    Advice to Management

    Allowing technical folks more flexibility with non-billable work would pay out in the long run, with better business development and proposal content.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive, respectful, and appreciative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I work in the Sheridan, Wyoming, office, which embodies SWCA's collaborative culture. I appreciate and respect the expertise and commitment of my supervisor and coworkers, and I believe, based on my interaction with them, that the feeling is mutual. Employee ownership of the company seems to positively influence employee engagement. As a result, I greet each day without a sense of dread and sign off each night with energy to spare, which is refreshing, I am grateful for the opportunity to work for such an outstanding national firm while enjoying the quality of life that rural Sheridan offers.

    Cons

    I have no complaints to share.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "chasing unicorns and rainbows"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SWCA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Corporate seem like they genuinely want their staff to be happy

    Cons

    This company is going through some pretty serious growing pains. The people at the top don't have a good understanding of some of the key service areas, which results in bad business decisions and makes it difficult for even well-intended efforts to be successful.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible, dysfunctional, and abusive environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Honestly, there aren't any.

    Cons

    Long hours, intense misuse of resources and employee talent. This company has in more than one instance, put the lives of people that I know and myself at dire physical risk, oftentimes asking employees to work for stints of up to 100 days in a row without any time off. They are often passive aggressive and never truly give the employees insight into what is happening with a project. Lastly, the archaeological ethics of the Broomfield office are suspect at best, ethically compromised at best. My best advice: don't ever work here.

    Advice to Management

    Management should work on collaborating with and understanding the field experience of their employees, not ignoring it and using them.


  10. "Great atmosphere, not great pay"

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    Current Employee - Cultural Resource Technician II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Cultural Resource Technician II in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SWCA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere at the office. Great office parties. Great office swag.

    Cons

    Everyone complains about the pay and most are actively looking for other jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more and you'll keep your good employees.


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