Meter Reader (Former Employee) – Victorville, CA – April 29, 2015
A day at work would be going to class to learn everything there is to become a meter reader. I learned alot about how to work around gas meters and other issues there mite have been. Management was fair. My co-workers were really good and easy to get along with. The hardest part of the job was testing. The good part of the job was making good hours and money.
Utility locator (Former Employee) – Roseburg, OR – November 29, 2016
Its fast paced work and very important to know what you are doing. My supervisor was great and I stepped into a field I had never experienced. However, I was unable to maintain the standards quick enough. It was nice to have an experienced locator there to help me when needed. The hardest part of the job for me was understanding the ticket information and then knowing what and where to mark. Locating gas utilities is very important, someone could get hurt or possibly die. Having that in the back of my head at all times was pressure some. It was a really great opportunity and the company gave me a chance that I highly appreciated. The most enjoyable part would the hours, pay and they supplied everything to do the job.
its great if you like overtime and like working on your own outside
Lead Tech (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – November 20, 2013
up in morning download work on laptop. then organize and route myself get in truck head to first locate and go from there to next one handle emergency calls and damages audits training. management is ok must of them young not to experienced. Co workers very good to work with helpful. the hardest part of job is trying to complete long project tickets and cover all other calls. the most enjoyable part is being out on my own and working out side
Locator (Former Employee) – Pleasant Hill, IA – August 26, 2013
I loved all my time at this job until the very end. I loved how 13 hour days felt short, an di loved meeting contractors and learning the importance of the job. This is a contract job, so work is dependent on having a contract, and it is a cutthroat business. Competing companies put pressure on management ( that are contradictory and at times lazy). I had one or two good bosses, but that did not make up for the lazy ones. Work is busy, that if you don't stay on pace you will fail to finish work, or cut corners. This leads to damages of the utility lines that you are locating.
Fast paced good pay
Managment can be lazy jerks, and sometimes not enough workers to finish jobs or take a vacation.
Route Locating Technician (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – April 2, 2013
Daily contact with utility managers, crews, homeowners, and contractors discussing locate issues. Prioritize work by going through all locate requests to determine routing. Read and understand utility provided maps to assist in identification of underground utilities. Work in an unsupervised situation and have the ability to solve problems. Knowledge of underground utility construction and the area is preferred. 90% of job time is spent in field environment with some administrative work required and exposure to all field hazards. Occasional lifting of materials up to 50 pounds required. Office hours and schedule may vary. Required up to 5 miles a day walking at least twice a week.
Productive and simple. Driving around going house to house or business to business checking the gas meters
Central Riser Inspector (Former Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – January 14, 2013
I learned what and how a gas meter is supposed to look and how it is supposed to work. The management was great and extremely helpful, and my co-workers were not usually with me but during our weekly meeting they were friendly. The hardest part of the job was dealing with dogs, going into someone backyard and not realizing they have a dog can be scary!
Long hours and severely over worked with little compensation
Locator (Current Employee) – Phoenix, AZ – May 10, 2012
I have worked for ELM for a year now and I normally do not gripe about a work place but this has been the most horrible experience I ever had working for anyone. The amount of hours that you work is crazy and they tell you that you have certain days off then they take them away and make you work 70 hour work weeks with little pay. Their benefits and HR are the worst that I have seen. I still have yet to get paid for a holiday that was 6 months ago, they did not pay my medical bills for 5 months when I had gotten attacked by a pitbull and all they could say is how quickly are you coming back to work. All they care about is themselves and have no concerns for the health of their workers, as of right now I am going on 2 hours of sleep since I have been on call and all they could say is well you got 2 hours isnt that enough. These people are the worst and I highly suggest to you that no matter what your job situation is do not, DO NOT work for this company as it will be the worst decision you have made. The only good part about the job is your fellow co workers which they also share the same views about the company. Just be smart and look elsewhere.
management is horrible, no benefits, no sick pay, long hours etc..