CONTRACTOR TO VERIZON (Current Employee) – Herndon, VA – March 11, 2018
This position is perfect for your first real job after school, there is nothing really intimidating or challenging about the job. I would not recommend staying long as there is very little chances for advancement.
CAD Technician (Current Employee) – Littleton, MA – March 18, 2018
For a newcomer, things get really stressful after the training period. Then if you make it as a permanent employee, things start getting repetitive after 6 months. That can be a good thing but when you start realizing that the skills you're learning there aren't transferable to other drafting/engineering jobs, that takes a lot of motivation out of you because you'll find that they don't pay you that well. If this is your fist job out of college, everyday that you're there is another day to forget everything that you learned in school thus making you less marketable and harder to find another job to offset the low pay that they give you. I would also like to note that the company takes drafters with the lowest education (technical diploma/certificate) as well as new engineers and architects with 4 year degrees and pay them according to their education levels. This sounds ok but everyone starts out as a drafter. For the most part engineer graduates do good but with the architecture and drafting graduates it varies. But it doesn't matter if the drafter or architecture graduate is really good at the job, engineering graduates will always get paid more.
Stable environment, lots of work, job security
high volume of work at times, low pay, improper training
CAD Technician (Current Employee) – Mansfield, MA – January 30, 2018
- Micromanagement - Very poor pay - Computers provided to Drafters are downright embarrassing for an "engineering company" - Unobtainable time exceptions are still required to be met even with improper equipment provided - Weather policy is downright dangerous, office only closes under state of emergency - Still expected to come in with even 1' of snow on the ground - Very limited opportunity for growth in company - Engineering degree should not be required for the drafting position but is (drafting experience should be a necessity) - Company is looking for quantity over quality in work that is preformed - They do not do a good job screen employees before hiring before hiring, resulting in poor talent being brought in - Management not willing to help when work backs up - In general, drafting here will likely not count towards any real experience in the engineering world - You will be told to do work above you position and pay grade and will not be compensated for doing so. Sometimes for extended periods of time
Draftsman 1 (Former Employee) – Mansfield, MA – January 5, 2018
demands alot done in a short time frame. expected me to become 4 times quicker within 2 weeks... was able to dubble my speed in 1 week but struggled to get the seccond dubbling of speed so they terminated me
Power Engineering Technologist 2 (Former Employee) – Columbus, OH – December 21, 2017
UCS has been a great opportunity for me. I got hired right out of college. Their training program was awesome, didn't throw me to the wolfs likes some other places. Work output expectations are reasonable. They do a good job of creating a working environment where everyone can succeed.
The only thing good about this job was that it was temporary
CAD Tech (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – October 26, 2017
Absolutely no training was provided and you felt like you were pestering off-site people to give you a 30 second answer, if they were willing to help and not bounce you around to someone else. The manager at the time had incredibly unrealistic expectations and a personality not healthy or supportive to the employees under him. A lot of times, it felt like I could never relax at work. Everyone was micromanaged to a t (had to notify management if we had to leave to do permit runs, and then notify them when we got back). This was a very stressful work environment and not sustainable for myself, maybe others thrive off of this.
The benefits were pretty horrific too. Health insurance was practically catastrophic coverage. 401k match was only 2%. Pay was extremely below industry average. Was only given 2 weeks paid time off, inclusive of sick time. The one perk about the job was that they REALLY hated spending money on employees, so OT was not an option, meaning I got to go home after 40 hours. Management was unethical about this once in a while. I, and others, were asked to come in a half hr early on our first day, but when we billed the time, they demanded we not track that half hour because it was OT and they didn't "authorize" it (why tell them employee to come in early then?!).
Benefits were bad, micro-management, lack of training, unethical managers, nepotism and favoritism
Design Specialist II (Former Employee) – Johnstown, CO – September 19, 2017
This review is for Loveland/Johnstown CO.
I worked here for 2 years. Was stressed the whole time. They have next to no training for new employees. Employees that are liked have it easy. When they want to fire you they overload your work load so they have grounds to. Saw it happen multiple times and they did it to me. I had 102 projects on my desk at one time when the rest of the designers had 50 or less and wrote me up because I couldn't keep up with updating sheets weekly as well as designing and contating customers. They then threw me under the bus to Xcel to save their own skins. I hated working there and even lost 11 lbs in the first 2 weeks after I was gone. Not a good work environment and poor leadership.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) – Ontario, CA – August 21, 2017
Uc Synergetic was a great environment to work in. I would go in at 6AM and smell the coffee brewing every morning. Management always cared for their staff and made it a very fun and healthy environment for us. I would say the hardest part of the job was keeping the work flow at a steady pace considering all the work we had coming in daily.
always had a lunch in at least once a week. allowed us to communicate more.
Good people, nice culture / No room for growth, depressing office
Communications Field Technician (Current Employee) – Mansfield, MA – August 14, 2017
If you're looking for a foot in the door in an engineering firm, this is not the place to be. A majority of the positions are technician positions with high turn around. The managers prefer speed over quality, and when it comes to missing deadlines, technicians always get blamed even if it wasn't directly their fault.
The culture isn't too bad, and the people are overall good folks, but there's some "behind the back" trash talk that goes on every now and again; Managers bad-mouthing technicians, and vice versa. We only get 30 min for lunch, and two15 min breaks. Little to no opportunity for advancement, and only 2% annual raises (which is next to nothing if you're starting off at $17 like everybody else).
The building itself is very depressing. The front area looks nice, but once you make your way into the building you quickly notice things are outdated, cheap-looking cubicles, computer network constantly losing connection, there is only one men's room for over 200 male employees, and 3 snack machines (one of which is always out of snacks).
Overall, it's the perfect place to learn a basic understanding of office life and how departments interact, but beyond that you won't get much more out of it unless you love communications.