Senior Scientist (Former Employee) – Grand Junction, CO 81506 – September 18, 2016
I worked for a smaller firm that was purchased by Olsson. For the first 5-6 years, I thought Olsson was great. The leadership had really great values and vision. Over the past few years, it seems like they have forgotten what built their business and why they exist. It may be better in one of Olsson's key markets, but out here in the west they seem to have forgotten about us or written us off.
Lab Manager/Senior Engineering Technician (Former Employee) – Lincoln, NE – July 13, 2016
Nice people, a lot of new and interesting things to learn. This was a new direction for me and I loved learning something new. Advancement and bonuses were very well distributed. Any openings were offered in-house to anyone interested. It was a good place to work
some of the working conditions were all that desireable (but were fixed)
Field Technician (Current Employee) – Olathe, KS – July 27, 2016
A generally enjoyable career where you can gain new skills and certifications. I work alone and with other technicians to test soils and concrete. The hours can be frustrating, such as when you have to work overnight.
Project Engineer (Former Employee) – Omaha, NE – December 1, 2012
Olsson seems to be a fairly typical civil engineering firm. While not a terrible company, I wouldn't say they stand out in any way either. The company is quite inefficient, and doesn't seem willing to make investments to improve productivity. Management seems rather inept when it comes to using foresight, or making important decisions when they are needed. The focus here really appears to center on extorting clients and exploiting employees. This is reflected by an extremely high turnover margin.
Olsson is too big of a company to write a fitting review that may really be applied to everything. Their team structure means that your experience here will really depend heavily on the quality of the team leader you work under. As management doesn't seem to push out poor quality team leaders, its your roll of the dice.
casual, friendly atmosphere.
poor quality product, lack of concern for employees.
Tightly knitted firm very family oriented to be a large firm.
ASSOCIATE TECHNICIAN (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – December 15, 2012
The typical work day consist of project updates daily between all teams and clients. Either by phone,email or face to face. The management where updated on teams progress during weekly meetings. My co-workers where well organized and worked hard to accomplish project before projected due date. The hardest part of my job was resigning. The most enjoyable part of my job where reviews received for clients for a job well done.
not important (Current Employee) – omaha – March 27, 2014
Olsson seemed ok at first, then you get the job and find out the real story.
I agree with “Unspectacular” above. Employees come last here. Olsson is focused on getting more and more from clients and gaining clients. Actually serving clients or providing quality service is not a priority (no follow through). I have seen employees that they have just overworked and burned out. I saw another get forced out because they just didn't like them even though they were great and a hard worker. When a position opens up, they can't seem to fill it either...unless it's in the office. If it is in the office it will get filled as soon as possible. Trying to help I even went out of my way to refer a friend and they screwed that up too. Sorry I went out of my way for them because it made me look bad to my friend.
If I had it to do over again, I would not work here. Almost zero chance of moving up and too much is expected for what you make and how much you are gone.
pretty relaxed at times
working with people that don't know what they are doing
Work would normally consist of working on multiple projects out in the field. The best part about the job is working out in the field and it usually never the same repeditive thing, someting different.