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Terracon Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Low pay, always on call but not compensated, safety culture that looks to assign blame rather than find the cause (in 18 reviews)

  • Working long hours suck especially when your level of compensation is not matched for your contribution to the company (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Terracon bought NOA"

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    Former Employee - Special Inspector in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Special Inspector in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    NOA is no longer recognised, but they were 1 of the best geotech companies you could work for. As an inspector you would work for engineers who would actually help you get your job done. Special inspectors sometimes get forgotten on jobs-you end up handling everything on your own, which is never good in a business sense. As a sac area inspector, that was never the case for me. And I cant speak for corporate offices, but in CA (Sacramento) the boss figures seem to genuinely care about their employees. The pay is not amazing but it is comparable to what you will get around sac valley and lets be honest, you dont do special inspections to retire 1 day, you do it because you enjoy the work.

    Cons

    As I mentioned NOA was this amazing company which brought together some of the best engineers in the state to pick up work and help the inspectors get things done. After being acquired by terracon, new rules applied. The difference between a big company and smaller 1 is money. Big companies have money, but you always lose the "family feel" as you grow. Terracon has rules for just about every activity, from driving to climbing a ladder to wearing shoes, violate them and you are "written up." Also those rules are not local, they are set by corporate offices away from west coast. So thats about the worst of it, but every big company works that way, so its not surprising.

    Advice to Management

    Theres a lot of graveyard work, maybe offer an incentive (slight pay increase) to work those shifts


  2. "It's hard work with growth potential"

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    Current Employee - CMT Field Tech II in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - CMT Field Tech II in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Out in the field all day, on your own, company vehicle.

    Cons

    Bad weather means no work.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Students and non-P.E.s beware"

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    Former Employee - Eng Tech in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Former Employee - Eng Tech in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Terracon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits package, weekly PTO credits, resume-builder for civil/environmental engineers.

    Cons

    Poor communication with middle management, apathetic upper management, absurdly high turnover, no prioritization for internal hires/promotions, inconsistent hours, well below industry average pay, hypocritical/contradictory educational opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your employees and encourage them to succeed. Focus on doing the contracted jobs you already have right, as opposed to winning every single bid under the sun and doing them all wrong.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to meet people"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Wheat Ridge, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers and a few good managers. Access to certs if you're willing to put in the studying on your own time.

    Cons

    No job growth. Pay is way under average, but they do pay for your certifications and as much overtime as you want if it's available. False promises, raises based on how much butt kissing/begging you're willing to put up with, unequal treatment. Benefits are provided as an incentive rather than employee status. It is possible to get them after 30 days if you ask as part of your offer letter. Get everything in writing! The halls are filled with people who were promised and later told "I never said that." Hence the extremely high turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Stop lying to people! Stop accruing large projects unless you're willing to keep good people. Good people = people who show up ready and able to work. Stop being stingy with your bonuses and do what's right- put money in the pockets of the little people who are out there in hazardous conditions and brutal weather building up your reputation. Listen. We notice you ask the same questions every time you see us. Basically, stop treating good people like they're worthless nobody's. Treating people like they're stupid will never make them stupid.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Large Consultancy"

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Get to work with great people at the local level.

    Cons

    Each office tends to have a focus on either construction engineering or environmental science with a certain level of facilities management. This is great if your local office is balanced toward your field, not so great if it isn't. I worked on the environmental side of an engineering-heavy office. Business development left a lot to be desired and the end came from out of the blue. Here today, gone tomorrow. They took the work I was doing and gave it to lower paid newbs, who are expected to put in endless hours to stay on top of caseload.

    Advice to Management

    Using low paid, inexperienced staff doesn't put a sellable product on the table. There's no loyalty from the company to lower or mid-level employees .


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Interview: Lenexa Kansas"

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

    Pros

    Seemed like a relatively progressive atmosphere from the outside looking in. They do a large number of Phase I jobs that are their bread and butter.

    Cons

    They are looking to cherry-pick talent and contracts from other companies. Happens all the time but with no real apparent vision to go along with the ambition.

    Additionally, they have a small-scale mindset that prohibits larger-scale contract acquisition at least on the environmental/compliance side of things.

    Rather sketchy interview process that lacks professionalism. (Three interviews later). They never bother to call back or send a letter informing you of the decision making process.


  7. "Engineering Technician"

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

    I have been working at Terracon part-time

    Pros

    Make contacts in construction industry, learn how to read building plans, less busy job sites have a lot of down time, learn how to use/ value your time as you have to account for all of it.

    Cons

    On call: Work dependent on weather and what's available. May be notified the night before that you have to drive 3 hours round trip at 3 am in the morning only 8 hours before hand (1900 the night before).

    Advice to Management

    Make it a point for the potential clients to know that they must notify/ plan jobs with more notice given to dispatchers and thus the technicians.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Little to no appreciation for overhead positions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Local management allows some flexibility on workday arrival and departure times, which makes life easier for those with young families or longer commutes.

    Upon manager approval, Terracon has a generous tuition reimbursement program.

    Cons

    Next to no room for advancement, which means if you want a job with additional responsibilities, you pretty much have one choice, leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Remember, without your overhead positions, the phones wouldn't get answered, the invoices prepared and mailed. Take some time to acknowledge the efforts of overhead personnel - Accounting, CSRs, Marketing, IT, etc.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company... lacks opportunity!!"

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

    I worked at Terracon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are great!!
    Environment is very positive and caring!
    Safety and care and concern are #1!

    Cons

    Lack of growth opportunities and advancement!

    Advice to Management

    Follow through on advancement opportunities!!


  10. "Challenging high demand construction based company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big company benefits include having many resources for questions. Decent benefits. And chances to advance if you want. Stock options good. Safety is important.

    Cons

    High demand and stressful work environment. Minimal job specific training. Need to wear many hats. Overall working morale is low.

    Advice to Management

    Look at what makes the numbers. Not only the numbers on a week by week schedule. Big changes take time.


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