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Updated February 10, 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
  • Senior Management was a bit disconnected from the rank and file (in 4 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. "Great atmosphere, not great pay"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are generally enjoyable to work with

    Cons

    Low pay and no benefits


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Foot in the Door at Best"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the people there were nice and cared about you. Due to a high turnover rate, it is relatively easy to get a job here. It is a good place to get some experience before moving to a better company. Benefits are good (if you are able to secure a full-time position), pay is decent.

    Cons

    SWCA is unable to retain its best employees due to poor management and toxic work environment. Managers from the bottom to top of the company have little to no business acumen and are therefor unable to lead effectively. Motivation within the company is nonexistent. Employees doing the same job will often not be paid the same rate. There is little significance or variety in the tasks being completed, there is no developmental feedback, there are no goals set, there is no definition of the roles people play. There is no formal training for any position, so employees will often be asked to complete tasks without being provided the necessary tools to be successful.


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  5. "Cultural Resource technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SWCA part-time

    Pros

    Nice people, treated well, cares about employees

    Cons

    Not paid enough, that's basically it


  6. "Admin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great boss, and relaxed work environment, no micromanaging.

    Cons

    Unorganized at times, focus on proper spending in proper locations.


  7. "Good company - bad supervisor"

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

    Pros

    Benefits, ESOP, Bonus program, flexible hours

    Cons

    Off-site supervisor not in touch with his employees
    No chain of command to discuss issues in office

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in employees work so that those that believe they have something to gain don't cause problems with exemplary employees.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Exhausting"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employee ownership is nice, if you make it long enough to be vested.

    Cons

    Perhaps running lean isn't the best strategy. But that won't matter if you're in the thick of things. I've never worked for a company that has tried so hard not to appreciate the employees they have on hand who have the knowledge and skills to move a department to the next level. Instead, they keep a "business as usual" attitude and wonder why some employees aren't as engaged as they should be when they are clearly overworked. What's the solution? Bring on new blood then clean house and hope for the best. This is a very short-sighted attitude and is still not getting to the root of the problem: your managers are drowning and your executive staff is hands-off and uninvolved.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long, hard look at structure. The amount of work you are asking of employees is unreasonable and setting them up for failure.


  9. "management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Love this company, great team, great work, great opportunities.

    Cons

    Can't think of any, this is a great company.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. "SWCA"

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    Former Employee - Archaeological Technician in Sturgis, MI
    Former Employee - Archaeological Technician in Sturgis, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at SWCA (More than a year)

    Pros

    Laid back, respectable, fun, exciting, great co-workers

    Cons

    The travel began to wear me out.

    Advice to Management

    none


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SWCA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work atmosphere.
    Strong technical staff.
    They really support their staff. Overall a good company to work for.

    Cons

    Senior Management was a bit disconnected from the rank and file. Texas business group was laser focused on mid stream oil and gas. This seems to have improved with expanded services and key hires.

    Advice to Management

    Connect the senior management to the rank and file and let them know the goals and directions of the company. People are more connected when they know their place in the universe.



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