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The Davey Tree Expert Company Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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The Davey Tree Expert Company Chairman, President & CEO Karl J. Warnke
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Pros
  • employee owned awesome company to work for (in 9 reviews)

  • Very thorough work and makes sure job sites and work environment is always safe (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours during the summer months, what office you're at/who is in the management role will greatly impact the experience you have (in 5 reviews)

  • Management is disorganized and do not care for work life balance because Davey is all that matters all the time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Kent, OH
    Current Employee - GIS Analyst in Kent, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management, employees opportunity to grow

    Cons

    Pay is lower than I'd like and benefits are not that great


  2. Helpful (3)

    "OK but not ideal"

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    Current Employee - PHC Technician in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - PHC Technician in Wilmington, DE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is a good first job out of school. You learn a lot, and you get experience working with people.

    Cons

    The pay is low and there is not a lot of communication between the management and the sales/production staff. There are not opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Nurture current employee development if you don't develop good employees they will leave.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good for entry level positions, bad for a long term career"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Kent, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Kent, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable company, great entry level positions, great coworkers, transfer within company service lines is easy

    Cons

    This is a stepping stone company. Come in entry level, get experience, then find a career with a better outlook.

    Most employees are over worked, salaries are not competitive, poor teamwork environment, not an innovative company, poor leadership all the way up to the VP. Vacation and sick policy is below average. Don't believe the company stock sales pitch. You won't get paid enough to buy much or make significant 401k contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive on replacing poor managers, it's not worth losing a dozen great employees in order to avoid dealing with a poor manager. Provide opportunities to employees, pay them for taking on increased responsibilities, and be competitive with salaries and benefits. Increasing qualified management staff is essential. Fund managers that are actually trained and educated in management , not just promoting the most senior field employee.


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  5. "Consulting Utility Forester"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consulting Utility Forester in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Consulting Utility Forester in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work outdoors, very easy going schedule wise, employee owned

    Cons

    lots of travel, company can be cheap


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Highly dysfunctional and cheap management with no imagination or innovation."

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Long standing company with good track record of science based tree care. Strong team effort in the field crew. Knowledgeable and eager arborists that provide good service and customer relations with little help from management.

    Cons

    Poorly maintained equipment. Safety is second to profit. Old ropes pulled from retirement and reused as climbing lines so management can save a few bucks. No effort from management to personally engage team. Sales reps with no goals.

    Advice to Management

    Making a genuine effort to know the people that you work with pays dividends. Exploiting them for your annual bonus and penny pinching depletes moral and will have negative consequences.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work here"

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    Former Employee - Tree Trimmer C in West Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tree Trimmer C in West Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun job, learn to drive big trucks, climb trees, use chainsaws.

    Cons

    It will destroy your body. Then when you get injured they will try to brush it under the carpet. Then their insurance company will drop your claim and tell you to get an attorney.

    Advice to Management

    Take ownership of your responsibilities


  8. "Office Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Loved working here. The team really cared about providing our customers with the best care for their trees and shrubs.

    Cons

    the corporate office didn't always support the local offices in a manner it should.


  9. "Field tech"

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    Former Employee - GIS Field Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - GIS Field Technician in Houston, TX

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company and benifets. Get to enjoy the outdoors and travel to new places.

    Cons

    The job can wear you down. Physically demanding. A lot of variables can make it less enjoyable

    Advice to Management

    They seem to know wha they are doing. Growth is relatively slow. They do not micro manage. Pretty much just give you a task to run with


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great job for recent grads"

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    Former Employee - Data Collection Technician in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Data Collection Technician in Austin, TX
    Recommends

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Management is very helpful & competent
    -They will provide you with a company vehicle, lodging, and per diem
    -Get to travel a lot (can also be a con)
    -Working outside with minimal supervision
    -Can be a lot of fun

    Cons

    -Long hours
    -Dangerous working conditions (snakes, working out in the middle of nowhere with no cell service, crazy landowners, trekking through hazardous terrain)
    -Can be very stressful, mostly due to the reasons above.
    -Lots of travel

    Advice to Management

    Provide a more professional dress code with some kind kind of badge we can display on our person. I could never display my ID on my person out of concern that I'd lose it trekking through heavy vegetation.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "No way to advance"

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    Former Employee - Administrator in Kent, OH
    Former Employee - Administrator in Kent, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Davey Tree Expert Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Come and go as you please
    Easy work
    No clock in or clock out system
    Mostly hangout time when work is slow

    Cons

    Mirco managing at times
    No way to advance unless you know someone
    Management not qualified
    No real livable wage
    No more employee fun things like Christmas gifts, Halloween and Thanksgiving
    Benefits now suck

    Advice to Management

    Stop the 2020 billion dollar campaign. Give more to your employees.


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