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SWCA Reviews

Updated September 22, 2018
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  • "Senior Management was a bit disconnected from the rank and file" (in 4 reviews)

  • "SWCA is unable to retain its best employees due to poor management and toxic work environment" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "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"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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. "Great company. Poor management."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people and the mission.

    Cons

    Career growth isn't fostered.
    Many managers are good at their chosen area of expertise but not trained to manage people.
    Employees are not treated the same. For example, some are allowed to work from home or work remotely and others aren't.


  4. "Admin"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at SWCA full-time

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere, great coworkers, great benefits, fun place to work

    Cons

    Lower pay and slow growth


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    Former Employee - Field Director in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Director in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall the company had great benefits and conducted quality work with quality deliverables.

    Cons

    Like many companies, there was an issue with internal cliques instead of a structured, informed, and up-to-date performance review of staff. Performance reviews were subjective and out of date and did not accurately represent staff performance, leading to promotions of undeserving staff and layoffs of quality staff. Overall this led to a poor work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a modern, up-to-date, staff development and performance review process which eliminates personal biases and cliques within offices.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Bad experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I was treated well at first, but...

    Cons

    I had the worst experience of my entire career due to the following:
    - Lack of teamwork
    - Poor mentorship
    - Billed many hours over 40 per week without recognition
    - Treated unfairly, used, and lied to by management
    - Ineffective HR Department

    Advice to Management

    Treat staff like human beings


  7. "Did not have a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SWCA full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers and several good team building events per year.

    Cons

    Benefits weren't that great, no 401(k) match, bad managers

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No Better No Worse Than Any Consulting Firm"

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    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "There are better companies"

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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.


  10. 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


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