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SWCA Reviews

Updated June 15, 2018
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Pros
  • "I feel like they are making great strides to become a truly great company" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Great people working for the company" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior Management was a bit disconnected from the rank and file" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Extremely low pay and benefits are weak" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Good office. Dedicated on-the-ball managers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SWCA (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Highly professional. As a new employee, they were incredibly efficient at getting me set up for training and orientation. The internal website is excellent at keeping staff up to date on issues etc.

    Cons

    None yet. Similar to a lot of national companies, the health of organizational dynamics may vary by local office, and I’m in a good office.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.


  2. "Love this place"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - GIS Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee-owned, high quality of work, great culture, values employees, science-focused, lots of different types of jobs

    Cons

    Lower salaries due to other benefits including an allocation of funds to a retirement account, slow upward movement

    Advice to Management

    Business is great—paying people even a little bit mor, or offering cost-of-living wage increases, will go a long way in employee satisfaction

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No Better No Worse Than Any Consulting Firm"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great people, interesting projects, good experience and SOME opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled by the employee ownership. There is a very small group of owners. Yes, you receive shares (if they are available), but there are few available. You have no voting rights. The board is appointed in a very opaque manner and until very recently, made up of a majority of employees and executives. Promotion to senior management is even worse. Unless you are a women, a sycophant or have a present or past connection to the Albuquerque office don't bother. A lot of "new" ideas or directions come from executives that are inconsistently applied and/or abandoned for no logical reason. Little to know collaboration between offices. Most office care only about themselves and breed the same into their staff. Staff cares more about there sales credit than their performance.bInconsistent application of job responsibilities and authority (see previous comment regarding Albuquerque).

    Advice to Management

    See Cons. Just be straight with people. Figure out a plan and stick with it. And remember the body rots from the head down.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "There are better companies"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Current Employee - Team Lead
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice office space, that's about it

    Cons

    Not good to staff and directors bully

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting rid of the good staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Payroll Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

  8. "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Top-notch Marketing and Proposal Group!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Supportive, respectful, and appreciative"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    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.


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