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Good pay & benefits... the rest is below average.
Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  MarylandDecember 2, 2017
Good pay, good benefits... but you have to give them a lot in return.

Management operates a clique culture a couple of favorites who they talk to but the rest are kept in the dark. High producers are paid at the same rates as those who under produce.

There is little opportunity for career advancement, other than using the experience to win a job with the client. Davey does no periodic job reviews, offers no annual raises, and provides no incentives from within. Sub-standard equipment, & very low per diems compared to peer companies (Davey often keeps MOST of it to add profit and leaves its employees with little to eat off of). For an employee owned company, they really place very little value on their employees.

The client seems to care a whole lot more about their people, (even the contractors) than Davey does. Most of us love the client we work for, but tolerate working for Davey.

The pay & benefits are good, tough to beat for this line of work, but the Company is a job, not a career.
Pros
good pay & benefits
Cons
away from home, no personal life, crummy company vehicles, low per diem
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When Corporate is Personal
Urban & Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Kent, OHNovember 8, 2017
Davey has a balanced corporate/personal workplace culture. You get the employee benefits of a large corporation but the individual attention & advancement opportunities of a small business. All my supervisors had already done my exact job & understand the challenges & duties of the work I do. They express appreciation for a job well-done or good production & quality job done.
Pros
fair wages, employee benefits, stock & 401K, advancement opportunity
Cons
Davey is employee-owned & Non-union so wages are lower than industry standard
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Certified Arborist (Current Employee) –  Kent, OHSeptember 28, 2017
Davey was a good place to work. I was treated very well, there was just no easy way to advance without changing jobs. I would recommend they anytime. w
Pros
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Cons
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Engaging outdoor workplace with stress-less work
GIS Project Assistant/ Onsite Manager (Former Employee) –  United StatesSeptember 1, 2017
A typical day of work can start fairly early, generally with a small meeting to divide up the land plots to be surveyed and mapped. The rest of the day is held at personal pace as long as mapping and data correction quota are met.

I learned a range of skills with DRG, from mapping to damage response.
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Out of state work but fun
Field Auditor I/Repair Lead (Former Employee) –  IowaAugust 29, 2017
Most of the work is outside of your home state depending on the contract. Davey Resource Group and field managers made sure we had what was needed. There are too many pros too list.
Pros
Per diem, paid lodging, work truck, fuel card
Cons
Out of state, away from family
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very fun workplace
GIS Technician (Current Employee) –  San Antonio, TXAugust 24, 2017
the job was very fast paced. You were required to learn fast. Once you showed an aptitude for your position, you were given freedom. They don't micromanage you. It was a kool job.
Pros
free lunches, family oriented
Cons
young growing company
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Requires a lot of driving and walking during all seasons
UTILITY PLANNER (Current Employee) –  Kent, OHAugust 21, 2017
A lot of driving as walking different conditions during the year.
Experience in how interact with people
Position doesn't required a lot of supervision
A small contact with others coworkers
Lack of team work
A little grow inside the company
Pros
Vehicle and laptop
Cons
Salary
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Roving Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Kent, OHJuly 19, 2017
Davey really allows you to operate independently, and if you show you are willing to work hard then movement up is possible. This company is worth working for.
Pros
Enjoyable work
Cons
Living out of hotels
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Great for a short term job
Utility Systems Technician (Current Employee) –  New JerseyJune 7, 2017
Iv'e worked here for a little over a year and the pay and the employees were great. I would 100% suggest this for someone just coming out of college looking to start somewhere like me.
Pros
Schedule our own days
Cons
working in every kind of weather
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Working outdoors with good variety of assignments
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Santa Cruz, CA and Albany, ORMay 15, 2017
I was able to build my skills in many different areas. I learned about the utility industry as well as learned more about utility arborculture. Although I didn't obtain a utility specialist certification, DRG offered plenty of resources for study.
Pros
People I worked with were friendly and helpful
Cons
pay
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Good place to start a career in the utility industry
Assistant Project Coordinating Arborist (Vendor) (Former Employee) –  Springfield, MAApril 24, 2017
This company allows a lot of exposure to the internal Vegetation management team of electric utility companies. Lots of continued education opportunities as well.
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Good entry level position if you like working outdoors
Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  MichiganApril 18, 2017
This job allowed great freedom and independence. It can get lonely at times since you only see your coworkers a few times a month and you work in inclement weather unless hazardous. It is difficult for management to communicate effectively due to the remote nature of the work. Don't take this job if you need someone holding your hand or if you don't like working outside.
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GIS Utility Field Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Des Moines, IAApril 4, 2017
Management is extremely micro managing. Does not treat all employees fairly or the same as others.

Example is perdiem pay for each employee. Some received more then others,

Long work days make for good overtime/pay
Pros
Overtime
Cons
No life always traveling and working. Terrible management.
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Great for Resume, Zero Work Life Balance
Utility Field Technician (Former Employee) –  North CarolinaMarch 27, 2017
While this is a great starter job, the high turnover rate makes it clear that it is not a sustainable work culture. There is non-existent work life balance, as management cares zero about lower level employees. You are a number on a spread sheet and expected to have no life outside of Davey. The way to advance in this company seems to be by pushing everyone around you down, very negative work environment and low moral that is handed down from management. Great job if you need to build your resume but not a good company to work for unless you have no other options.
Pros
Good benefits
Cons
No work life balance, negative company culture, horrible management
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A very nice company
Project Coordinator (Current Employee) –  MontanaMarch 26, 2017
Davey Resource Group will compensate you well for your efforts. There is plenty of opportunity for overtime and quick advancement if you show good potential early on.
Pros
Overtime, per diem, lodging, gas, and company vehicle
Cons
Relocation for each project.
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don't believe the hype, management sucks
Utility Systems Technician (Former Employee) –  FloridaMarch 22, 2017
I worked for them for 4 months and I will never work for a company that doesn't treat there employees good.... unless your in management...............
Pros
decent benefits
Cons
look elseware
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great people
Team Lead - Enhanced Trimming-Work Orders (Former Employee) –  glenbard ilFebruary 26, 2017
DRG is a fun place to work with great managers and advancement. Education is available, Hard working team members, must be computer literate, able to read maps, Some groups work 4-10's other work 5-8's some ot available
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Underutilized
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Rockford, ILFebruary 7, 2017
In a my opinion the leadership does not provide guidance that leads towards the employee being utilized to their full potential and achieve their higher goals. Positive feedback is not used to help support the work environment. A high turnover rate is not conductive to a team environment.
Pros
Achieving utility experience
Cons
disconnection of management / workforce goals
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Good job
Inventory Arborist (Current Employee) –  Bethel, OHFebruary 5, 2017
Good reliable job, enjoyable work. Good people and good workplace culture. Management works hard to keep stability and provide opportunities for growth to employees.
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Excellent company for beginning your career
Vegetation Management Technician & Team Lead (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 10, 2016
DRG is a great company to begin your career. You can advance in different projects if you are willing to move or lucky enough to join on an advanced project. Nothing not to like about this job or the types of contracts the DRG pursues.
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