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David J. Cohen
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  1. "Mom & Pop Mentality Hurts Them"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The I-Grace Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Incentive program for employee referrals and for bringing in new business.

    Cons

    The owner of the company is far too involved in the small details of the day-to-day operations of the business. There is no trust in the staff that they know what they are doing and letting do their jobs. Extreme sense of paranoia throughout the organization starting at the top. No documentation of policies and procedures, this leaves new hires wandering around lost as to how things are done at the firm. No direction or training on simple processes. No employer match on the 401K. An archaic sense that the later you sit at your desk the more productive you must be. In other words, if the owner sees you in the office at 7:00 pm that's good. If you walk out the door at 5:30 pm that's viewed as lazy. Extremely high turn-over rate of staff.
    The owner is still trying to run the firm using a hands-on, small business format. This is no longer viable for this firm as they are no longer considered "small".

    Advice to Management

    Let people do their jobs and show a little trust in them. After all, you hired them because you believe that they know what they're doing. Stop micro-managing, it is counter-productive and unnecessary.


  2. "Good benefits, but not the best work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Long Island City, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Long Island City, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The I-Grace Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It is an okay starter job, but would not suggest staying there for long.
    It is also a great job for people who are well established in this business.

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate effectively and unfortunately they are very sneaky. It is a very paranoid, stressful, and uncomfortable environment.

    Advice to Management

    Life is too short to focus on the petty things. Wake up.

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    "The I Grace Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Pay is okay, benefits are offered. 401k was offered when I was there. Paid holiday and vacation time was offered.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor building and construction knowledge, high employee turnover. The main means of communication with supervisors, coworkers and management is through interoffice email which can seem a bit too impersonal at times. Lots of overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Upper and middle management should refrain from making the company more complex than it needs to be. It's not necessary. The company as a whole additionally needs to work on building better relationships with their employees and coworkers


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great potential with not enough drive."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I.Grace can be an exciting place where one is confronted with pretty interesting and unusual projects. Then again this was when the economy was at its peak. Now, due to the recession and decisions made by upper management projects are small in comparison.

    Cons

    I came to realization that majority of the upper management has marginal construction experience and that it occupies its position at all costs. This creates a rather toxic atmosphere where upper management is helpless in assistance, while maintaining illusion of their purpose to the owner who is not involved in daily operations. With this in mind, prospects of growth are slim to none and there is a big turn-around on mid to lower level management. In addition to the management coming from accounting/business sector, decisions may seem right in short term, but not in long term - particular to treatment of clients.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps it would be useful to realize that this recent lapse in economy clearly separated home construction builders into two categories: ones that are doing it because they build and ones that are in it for the money. (Building vs. billing). Latter ones are dropping out.


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