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TRC Companies Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work, good work-life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Depending on which office, there are a number of projects for which entry level personnel can gain experience (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Supervisors don't care about there employees, low pay and long hours (in 6 reviews)

  • Disorganization, little to no on boarding (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Distribution Engineering Sector"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distribution Engineer in Franklin, MA
    Current Employee - Distribution Engineer in Franklin, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    *** Work Schedule Flexibility*** (best thing they have to offer)
    - Decent Benefits
    - Well developed office culture

    Cons

    - Non-Competitive salary (15% below Average)
    - No room for vertical growth
    - Non-negotiable raises
    - Turnover rate is about every 6 months

    Advice to Management

    Re-organize your sectors. You are significantly lacking in the HR frame. There are literally zero company programs to promote workforce empowerment, healthy living, stress free lifestyles, etc. Your upper management sector is 100% political, all to do with who you know and how long you've been in the business. Your low-level engineers are 100% structural with non negotiable salaries and nowhere to progress to. Your mid-level management is about 50% structural, 50% political with no leadership skills whatsoever. They delegate all their assignments onto their engineers and then go play golf. The symbolic frame of the organization is non existent. They don't make anything feel meaningful and their leaders are easily replaceable. Essentially it's a good job to start at and an even better job to leave once you've been fully trained.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall not a bad company.

    Cons

    Specific office in Chicago was a mess. Too many managers, not enough staff. Not enough work to go around. Sexist comments thrown around. Very disappointed with my time there. Unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "PTRRC Agent for Conoco Phillips"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - PTRRC Agent in Kenedy, TX
    Former Contractor - PTRRC Agent in Kenedy, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TRC Companies as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked independently on many projects. Support available if needed. Good communication of required parameters was provided. Team work atmosphere was present.

    Cons

    Lots of management changes presented some difficulty in transition.

    Advice to Management

    A more stable management team would be helpful.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to Recommend"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Woburn, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The benefits are decent but that is really it for positives.

    Cons

    The bad vastly out weights the good. You often don't know where you are working until the next day. Have know idea when you will get to go home. Forced to work in terrible weather. Some people are nice but others are not kind. All the driving puts unnecessary miles on your vehicle. They will try to convince you to work a double shift and often force you to work bad night shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Don't force employees to work overtime. We are people not mere numbers in your scheme.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Decent Option over unemployment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geologist in New Providence, NJ
    Former Employee - Geologist in New Providence, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits were respectable. Depending on which office, there are a number of projects for which entry level personnel can gain experience. Some larger projects with open-ended budgets are treated as a "blank check" and allow for raking in the overtime if you can get put onto it.

    Tuition assistance is provided for those that want to continue their education, but realize that this continuing education is completely on your own and can not infringe on your projects or

    Cons

    Open-budgeted projects are treated as "blank checks" where management and some staff would take advantage of the client. This, in turn, would result in the loss of large, long-term projects - which are often won by lowball numbers due to cheaper billable staff.

    Pay seems to be significantly lower than its competitors (20-30% lower a few years back, 10-20% recently), and there is a steady flow of entry level employees being hired to replace mid-level leaving for outside promotions and fair compensation. Recent salary adjustments brought entry level employees within striking distance of industry standards, but left the majority of mid-level (1-5 year employees) only a half-hearted raise above those with 0 experience.

    Career progression is not clearly designed or expressly demonstrated considering a nationwide, publicly-traded company of several thousand employees. Promotions and advancement are at the discretion of supervising PMs and Directors within the office. Employees within certain groups (under specific PMs/PDs) see significantly faster career progression, while others remain stagnant. In these situations, taking a proactive approach by specifically asking for a clearly defined path forward and what training or work would lead to this progression is dismissed with generic statements such as "making yourself available" and "working hard." In those cases, advancement is accomplished by seeking another employer after securing enough experience.

    Staff is often sent out into the field early on to gain experience, as is the standard across the industry. However, more often than not, female employees are selected for office duties while their male counterparts are often chosen preferentially for field assignments. Most Jr staff, regardless of position, are often put onto a specific task (writing reports, analyzing data, overseeing soil borings, GW sampling, etc) and pigeon-holed into that role for moths or years. Often field staff on larger projects are left out in the field for months or years on end and seem to be forgotten. There is very little "rotation" of activities, despite being sold on this idea in an initial interview. Because field personnel do not get the experience required to write reports, coordinate with subcontractors, or deal with budgets, they are often overlooked when it comes to advancement.

    Locally, the office is clique-y and often socially divided by project. This is not necessarily a big deal personally, but is detrimental to the organization professionally. This is subconsciously encouraged by Sr staff and PMs who occasionally discourage seeking billable work outside of your project group (even in times when you are light on work) for fear of bumping the statistics of another PM's utilization and making yourself unavailable if/when billable work comes in for your group.

    Advice to Management

    Draw up a clearly defined path for career advancement and reward those who strive to succeed. Fairly compensate employees according to industry standards, and reward those that progress personally and professionally with raises and promotions before they receive an offer elsewhere. A counter-offer is a last-ditch effort, and most employees who go through the trouble of seeking another position, interviewing, and making the decision to resign, have often already committed to leaving; emotionally and mentally. If you let the employees who are motivated enough to go through that process while they already have a job, you will often be left with mid-level staff and management who are there simply because they haven't had the motivation to leave.

    I can not stress this enough: Promote from within. Do not be short-sighted and look at long-term goals. If a position for a PM is available, look within your staff to train those you already have at your disposal and prepare them for the role you eventually want them to fill. TRC could become a major player, but only if it develops the talents of those it hires.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Drafter"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, ME
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Free Bagels, company outings, some coworkers where friendly

    Cons

    Supervisors don't care about there employees, low pay and long hours. Was not a friendly work place, the worse place I have ever worked in my life.

    Advice to Management

    listen


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Associate project manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager/Field Engineer in Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Associate Project Manager/Field Engineer in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Flexibility. Pleasant, friendly office environment.

    Cons

    Low salary. No annual one-on-one performance reviews.

    Advice to Management

    Correct the salary issues.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good people, so-so company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Environmental Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some great people at TRC that are a pleasure to work with. Locally, there is an emphasis on allowing some flexibility in your hours, but that may not be true for all offices. My manager was very supportive and displayed a great deal of confidence in my work.

    Cons

    There isn't much that sets this company apart from other consulting firms and the brand is not well known. Management is often too busy to complete reviews on time or just check in on how you're doing. Room for advancement is limited and my office did a lot of the same kind of projects and work became cookie-cutter. There was limited sharing of work between offices unless it was absolutely needed, regardless of how overloaded some staff became. I often felt under-challenged by the work that was available and my office was not able to deliver when I asked for bigger challenges.

    Advice to Management

    On a company-wide level, better training and greater career development opportunities would help retain top employees.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Poor Mangement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - CAD Drafter in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - CAD Drafter in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    So-so insurance. Good staffing culture.

    Cons

    I offered to take time off without pay till things picked up, but was denied. Unimaginative senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and try new things.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn a lot of different things as a contractor

    Cons

    Little to no advancement or salary increase


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