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Valdes Engineering Company Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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Robert Valdes, P.E., S.E.
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Consulting Engineering Company with Strong Customer Base"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager of Projects in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Manager of Projects in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The management has been able to get talented employees that take on accountability for work. Employee impact can be seen on all levels. Management is receptive and pays attention to concerns of employees. Strong list of existing customers and aggressive pursuit of new additions. The company is looking to move in exciting new directions. Have recommended company to several acquaintances.

    Cons

    Flexibility may be limited at times due to the nature of consultant work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to develop and grow the company along with listening to employees and implementing their suggestions for improvement.


  2. "Good Stepping Stone"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, friendly employees, Very open to help you understand scope of work

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate, needs better management/direction to expand

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Client centric engineering company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time

    Pros

    Valdes Engineering Company:
    -Provides superior service to core customers
    -Expands via a disciplined model of growth both in terms of customers and employees
    -Has a structured safety and quality program

    Cons

    -Actions with regards to hiring, tool development and training is not always aligned with growth strategy
    -Growth limited by internal systems of control, information flow and accountability

    Advice to Management

    -Continue to drive accountability to the lowest level possible
    -Empower employees with the information necessary to drive growth


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Showing Improvement Recently"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Griffith, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Griffith, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    After several regime changes over the past couple years the company seems to have stumbled into a great management team. Top-down communication has improved vastly and business has been strong recently. Most senior level technical employees and department managers are very knowledgeable. Company offers average to above average compensation and benefits and excellent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Business has been good recently; no data on how the current iteration of this company will react when a downturn occurs. Turnover has always been an issue but has slowed significantly in the past year or so. Some project managers still don't understand proper workflow and will agree to unrealistic schedules or budgets when pressured by clients.

    Advice to Management

    Never stop soliciting feedback from employees. Try to turn quarterly town hall meetings from pep rallies into open, honest conversation about company performance and plans for the future. Focus on translating tribal knowledge into written company procedures and policies and emphasize training new staff.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Past Year and the Future"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time

    Pros

    Current management team has improved life here at Valdes dramatically during the past 1 1/2 years. Valdes seems much more stable now and management seems to have learned the meaning of life balance for the employees.

    The high rating above is for the past year and prospects for the future at Valdes.

    New key personnel have been brought to increase the different types of work we can do and to expand our geographical reach.

    Management has opened up communications with breakfasts, lunches and quarterly meetings.
    Free coffee!

    Cons

    Being a part of the consulting engineering business, there is still some volatility associated with work load. But, that is why engineering firms exist - to help clients through projects and lulls.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and do not become complacent. Finding the right people, training them and keeping them engaged in meaningful work is a non-stop endeavor.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Beware. Bad place for workers and clients."

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent starting point as a company. Plan to leave within three years to find better, more stable employment.

    Cons

    Company reflects owner’s beliefs. Owner hates his employees and his customers. Vindictive environment with questionable stability. The future is not bright here.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to another firm that can manage it properly. End the nepotism and cost impact of family employees who are not competent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Changing for the better!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Flexible work hours
    -Family environment where you matter
    -Growth opportunities
    -Knowledgeable employees/co-workers
    -Ethical, good values
    -Company perks like after hour parties, etc.
    -Community involvement such as volunteer activities
    -Half day Fridays

    Cons

    -Sometimes longer hours are needed because of the smaller environment. However, that's expected working in this industry.
    -There's still room to improve in communication from the top down. However, it is improving.
    -Don't sweat the small stuff. Focus on bigger picture items.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great momentum with the culture change. Getting rid of the bad apples has helped to bring up morale and make it a pleasant environment.
    Continue to communicate from the top down. Make sure communication is not lost from upper management to the next tiers.
    Continue to update and change outdated company policies such as the dress code.

  8. "Solid experience. Has some great managers"

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

    I worked at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -My manager really cared about passing on knowledge/experience to me
    -Work hours/loads are doable and company has improved a lot giving people flex schedules
    -The projects are pretty much what I expected they'd be when I joined

    Cons

    -managers could do a better job of letting people know in advance if they have to travel
    -safety meetings used to be pretty long and repetitive about the different ways we could get hurt, but they got better in the last year or so

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving employees space to do their work confidently and you'll see good results.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Consulting business is not for the meek"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lombard, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valdes Engineering Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Willing to pay well for good talent.

    Cons

    Constant turnover in upper management. I had three bosses in five years. Ownership does not have a decisive direction on how to grow the company.

    Advice to Management

    Let you managers manage. Be more open to and trusting of employees and what they can do for the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good for “Just a Job” not a career place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valdes Engineering Company full-time

    Pros

    Overall good salary and location in Northwest Indiana is nice.

    Cons

    Lots of Layoffs and turn over that seems to be 60% new faces every six months to a year.
    Seen someone get hired in and laid off five weeks later.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to train and motivate your employees instead of putting fear in them that they will be fired.