Ability to take on responsibility and gain excellent experience very quickly. The Tallahassee office has a good variety of environmental consulting and construction work allowing newly graduated personnel to gain a very wide skillset. Also, the non-managment personnel are some of the best in the business, so there are quality mentors available to new personnel.
Managment treats employees as unessential to operations. Everyone is disposable - so be prepared to be layed off at any time. Additionally, managment does not reliably recognize quality performance. They are very cliquish and unfair - only those "popular" with senior managment get promoted, even though senior managment is located elsewhere (they appear to base decisions on rumors rather than reality). Complete lack of leadership both in Tallahassee and in the headquarters in Tampa - many personnel at this company simply operate in a void. Also, professional personnel are expected to work 60 hour weeks - and as professionals, there is no overtime pay for most work. This equates to a 50% pay cut.
Advice to Management
Treat employees with respect. Share information professionally. Understand the engineers, geologists, and scientists are professional and expect to be treated that way. Set a better example for personnel - it is typical to see Senior Managment blatantly waste thousands of dollars while at the same time expecting "lower" personnel to penny pinch and do without.
I worked at WRS Infrastructure & Environment, Inc. full-time (More than a year)
A place to work, while you look for another job. Don't plan on a career here! Initial compensation is good, but you won't get annual reviews or a raise, or anything else in the Employee Handbook that benefits the employee. You'll just be ignored! Best thing here is that you do get MLK Day off!
Company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August! Make sure you take your PTO before you leave, because they won't compensate you for any accrued PTO after you resign. Some employees didn't see pay increases in five years before they left, and bonuses are mostly recruiting propaganda and rumors. Little appreciation for what employees really contribute, or don't contribute. Everything managed from Tampa, from the Inner Circle, and by a very few others. Poor corporate communication, particularly as things went down hill towards bankruptcy.
Advice to Management
Time to leave and turn everything over to someone else. Maybe they'll get it right!
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