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Western Technologies Inc. Reviews

Updated March 16, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Working at WTI"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Special Inspector - AWS CWI in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Special Inspector - AWS CWI in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Western Technologies Inc. full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to train in multiple areas, the company supports self motivated and driven individuals. If you want to excel in the field you have to do the work but they will support.

    Cons

    Still use paper forms.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Calibration Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Western Technologies Inc. full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, pleasant work environment

    Cons

    Large backlogs and sub-par personnel management


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Special Inspector/Construction Materials Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Special Inspector in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Special Inspector in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Western Technologies Inc. (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very good place to start for introduction into the industry. Plenty of challenging assignments. All necessary equipment, basic training, and company vehicle provided with emphasis on safety. Middle management staff are very knowledgable and accessible. Decent benefits for full time employees. Great work environment.

    Cons

    High turnover rate due to low wages. Work load may prevent and/or complicate ability to pursue additional certifications and training. Opportunity for advancement within company seems to be very limited.

    Advice to Management

    Better compensation! This issue perpetuates the idea that the company is simply training its competitors!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering Tech"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Entry Level Engineer in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Technologies Inc. part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of different tests to complete and many different opportunities to pursue.

    Cons

    No oportunity to move up even if you have a masters degree. I was promised a full time position with benefits and increased pay. Four months later I was told this would not happen until I got my EIT. I was working on getting my EIT but felt they had bad ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Offer someone coming in with great potential a future position IN WRITING (good pay and benefits). This way they will stay and want to work for a company that cares about them.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Must be a Self-Starter to Excel Here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Services Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Geotechnical Services Coordinator in Flagstaff, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Technologies Inc. full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits; middle management intelligent and thoughtful of employee needs; opportunity to advance and possess autonomy in one's position IF one is a self-starter who does not need a great deal of guidance and is not afraid of admitting to and learning from one's mistakes.

    Cons

    Low rates of starting pay; difficult to advance career without significant effort; limited number of career advancement opportunities; training opportunities often abrupt or non-existent due to work load; upper management/CEO has little practical knowledge of his employees, what the business is about, and doesn't care, as long as he makes his $$.

    Advice to Management

    Get more people in Corporate who really know what the business is about, who don't see skilled and willing employees as replaceable commodities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Run."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Western Technologies Inc. full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your paycheck will clear every two weeks.

    Cons

    Antiquated HR policies. You have to sign payback agreements for industry required training and licenses. Vacation time earned annually. If you leave employment (either by your own accord or by termination, they keep your vacation time and take out the cost of any training you received/participated in. No incentives to excel. Employees are seen as commodities to be replaced. Not a place to make a career.

    Advice to Management

    Update your HR policies, Treat employees as a valued resource. You are actually marketing your employees capabilities and experience, not the firm's. Allow for personal and professional growth of your employees without strings and one-sided agreements. As consultants, you should offer your clients trust, confidence, a professional relationship, and experience. It's difficult for employees to hit that mark when management distrust it's employees, has little confidence in the firm's abilities, treats employees as replaceable, and only management is allowed to grow professionally.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Summer Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Intern in Flagstaff, AZ

    Pros

    Western Technologies did provide you with a lot of knowledge very quickly and gave you a lot of skills that would take years to learn from school alone.

    Cons

    Things were thrown at you quickly with little to no guidance, a sink or swim type of scenario where you don't have a chance to make any mistakes because of lack of guidance.

    Advice to Management

    The internship wasn't a bad opportunity, but I felt taken advantage of at times as if they were using interns for cheap labor during the busy season.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Basic starter job but lacks the compensation and hours to pursue your life."

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Flagstaff, AZ
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Flagstaff, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The best reasons would be if you are interested in construction testing, or are having a hard time finding work elsewhere. They always seem to have openings, but there is a reasoning behind this.

    Cons

    The hours can be very long and the compensation is not really up to par. Expectations of you without proper training seemed to ve prevalent.

    Advice to Management

    Employees that want to learn and are willing to take on more complicated jobs should be allowed to do so. The internship position really needs to be revamped or retitled to the job that you will be doing, otherwise it is very misleading.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work and learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You learn a lot about the industry and get a lot of exposure to materials testing

    Cons

    Difficult to move up the ladder and sometimes challenging to be able to work on projects of choice


  11. Helpful (1)

    "NCI (National Calibration Inc)- Dishonest Sub-Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician
    Former Employee - Calibration Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say about this company. Terrible benefits, organization, and company.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, dishonest supervisors, disorganized, "off-the-record" workarounds so as to not upset off the accounting department, not paid for airport travel, no per diem unless you're away for 24 hours (even if you work 23 straight hours). Terrible pay. A lot of politicing going on. If you try to make improvements, you're bound to step on toes and hurt egos.

    Advice to Management

    Organize and standardize the company! Processes are way too chaotic and there is not a set way of doing tasks.


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