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Terracon Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and retirement matching program (in 16 reviews)

  • Good place to start out with a solid, but manageable workload (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Extremely low pay for type of work (in 16 reviews)

  • There is no room for advancement unless you're a PE (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Technician I"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    From my experiences in several different offices Terracon has always provided great resources and equipment for my job to be done well and safely. Being a large company, there is a lot of room for advancement.

    Cons

    Slow seasons during winter months in the norther states can lead to less work.


  2. "Materials inspector 3"

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    Current Employee - Materials Inspector III in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Materials Inspector III in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Working various projects and sites.

    Cons

    Great job and advance opportunities


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company and office culture, somewhat lacking in upward mobility."

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    Former Employee - Staff Environmental Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Staff Environmental Engineer in Atlanta, GA
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to start out with a solid, but manageable workload. People within the company are friendly and easy to work for and with. Good benefits and retirement matching program. Management seems to genuinely care about their employees. Compensation is good for the most senior positions within the company.

    Cons

    Entry and some senior level salaries are really not up to industry standards. There are opportunities for advancement in project responsibility and difficulty, but compensation lags behind competency growth pretty significantly. Good place to start out and learn the industry, but you may hit a ceiling within the first few years depending on the office. It's a large company, so to the corporate guys you are a data point with productivity numbers you are expected to hit. These numbers have a huge effect on raises and bonuses allocated to the offices as a whole, with less emphasis placed on technical proficiency or work quality.

    Advice to Management

    Non-chargeable time is viewed as a uniform block with no differentiation between productive (training, client development, quality and efficiency development, safety) and and unproductive (non-work related conversations, internet browsing, etc.) time. Would be good for time sheets and productivity metrics to better reflect the difference between these.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Facilities Division"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    So many great, smart scientist and engineers employed by Terracon!

    Cons

    Too many lingering employees, as specially at a management level, awaiting retirement and not accepting of new technology and methods. Lots of closed doors and limited participation in service Clients.

    Advice to Management

    Visit your offices, correspond with the people making money for you, be realistic about the IIF program, and get engaged with the market! It's shameful to have to leave this advice. Should be part of the overall business plan!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "big company"

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

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

    Pros

    Large company offering a variety of locations to work

    Cons

    Everyone must conform with the company way.

    Advice to Management

    Try to develop people for other uses.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Environmental Field Engineer"

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

    I worked at Terracon full-time

    Pros

    Decent amount of responsibility. Laid back office, with good people.

    Cons

    They do not make it worthwhile for younger employees


  8. "Great place and people"

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

    Pros

    Great place for young professionals to get experience

    Cons

    This company has no cons


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Decent place to be"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good place to start out. Plenty of chances to learn new things and experience construction engineering.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be slow, and hours available change with the weather. Get it when its good because its not always going to be there


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Staff Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Staff Engineer

    I have been working at Terracon full-time

    Pros

    Good Client Base and network

    Cons

    Less Recognition and interaction with other offices


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Terracon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to start to know about soil and concrete testing. That knowledge will help a long way in the inspection field. I also recommend for students in college to do an intern or work part time. They contribute well to people where in school and hours were flexible for such schedule, especially if you work in the lab. Great starting point for anyone with no knowledge of construction. I recommend starting off in the lab it will have you overly prepared to work in the field as a technician.

    Cons

    Pay was not that great

    You have to force them (especially as a student who is eager) to give you an opportunity in other areas of the company so you can expand your knowledge and gain adequate experience for yourself.

    Advice to Management

    There should be programs for interns that you hire. Do not just place them in the lab and leave it at that. Put them on a program that help advance them and maybe some students may stick around. Show interest in all employees not just the ones that work 50+ hours.



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