Measure Tech (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – February 9, 2017
good money at this job but you have to get your hand dirty and put a lot of time into this job. if you don't mind work long hours everyday and looking at a big pay check at the end then this is for you.
Junior Engineering Technician (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 16, 2017
For the Pole Load Analysis work group, they are flexible with your time so long as they aren't on crunch time or coming close to a deadline. If a deadline is coming, expect that you will be held accountable for every single minute that you put in. They keep track of your time down to the minute during crunch time.
Training is lousy, but if you catch on quickly, it doesn't go unnoticed. The issue is professionalism. Not many people here have it. Management is hit and miss, and there are some serious cases of favoritism going on. Several people working here are family members.
There is little to no advancement available.
Nearly everyone is friendly, but there are always exceptions to be had.
Job security doesn't exist. If they have a lot of contracts, they hire a lot of people. When they run low on work, expect waves of layoffs. They tell you that work is seasonal in this way as well, which is somewhat true. Due to the outdoor nature of what you are analyzing, work slows down during the winter. But they have contracts in Southern states too, so.... (I would guess that they actually suck at bidding on jobs, but I wouldn't know)
Full Time Employee (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – March 31, 2016
Pros 401K match. Because the workload is small, they don't expect a lot out of you work wise. Cons ZERO work life balance. They give minimal PTO (none for your first year). You're expected to use your PTO for sick time, bereavement, jury duty, vacation, etc. Favoritism is definitely a problem here (if you know someone or get to be friends with your boss, you're set). Minimal advancement opportunities. Lack of respect among employees leads to a hostile environment. They are overstaffed for the amount of work they have, so it's not uncommon to see people sitting around on their phones or talking. They don't pay you according to market and give minimal raises. They don't respect you or your time.
Show Less Advice to Management Management needs to be held accountable for their actions that affect the entire company. It shouldn't be acceptable to point fingers the other direction when something goes wrong.They also need to be on the same page when implementing policies, not giving conflicting messages. Respect goes a long way with employees and it has to start from the top.
Still a very young company with a lot of growing and learning to do. Bottom line: Stay far away from this company.
Bad management, bad work environment, minimal vacation, bad pay
Groundline Laborer (Former Employee) – Washington, DC – September 29, 2015
Safe work environment. Staff and employees are great people to work with. great company to work for. Good Benefits and a competitive salary. if anyone is seeking employment in this industry great company to work
Utility Asset Engineer (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – March 25, 2013
A typical work day is walking your walking your grid and inspecting utility poles. I have learned every aspect of a utility linemans job, but do not get his pay. Management was good, just is unorganized. I have great co-workers. Hardest part of my job is carrying the tools I would need for the day because I am walking around with an extra 60 pounds. The most enjoyable part about my job is that I am in the field all day seeing diferent things and getting exercise at the same time.
very unorganized, not sure when you will go to work and get a paycheck.
Field Collector (Former Employee) – Arkansas – December 10, 2012
The company hosts a "revolving door" of new hires, nearly as soon as they're hired they're out the door. Lost business contracts, false policies and very little transparency keeps business practices hidden from those who they affect the most - field operations workers. Management and communication are poorly structured, but the insurance benefits are excellent.
Very nice people, no advancement opportunities, very disorganized, and zero employee appreciation
GIS Technician II (Former Employee) – St Louis, MO – January 30, 2014
I worked with the company for just under 2 years, started out very excited about the prospect of actually helping the GIS/IT department change some things, hopefully institute new and improved methods. After a few months I realized that was completely out of the question and the way we did things was pretty inefficient and management didn't seem to care.
The management shares no information, whether it be with other managers/supervisors or even the relevant employees so I always felt completely in the dark about any changes to policy, or even to day-to-day work flow.
There is some incredibly unprofessional behavior with some of the staff that it just accepted by management, however if you haven't been there as long as these people, you can be written up for relatively minor things.
That said, other than a few very unnecessary rules (there are permitted break times, and you shouldn't be taking any breaks outside of those times, and now you can't even leave the property during those times) it was a decent place to work. Decent salary and benefits. Just don't expect to get a job here and advance your career in any way, for me it was a complete standstill for almost 2 years while I tried to find another job.
Nice people, decent pay
Disorganized, Unprofessional, unnecessary rules and regulations, horrible communication, no advancement opportunities
Senior Utility Inspector (Former Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – March 27, 2012
A typical day at work here included inspecting utility poles for power companies based on their specifications. The job itself is not hard at all and you learn a great deal about electrical transmission and wood restoration. Management is where I would say this company has a major problem. My immediate supervisors were proficient at their jobs, but the line of communication between them and corporate was dysfunctional at best. The hardest part of the job was moving around so much. For some people, this is not an issue, and for me it wasn't for about 1.5 years. But being married and going from hotel to hotel is not pleasant. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting paid weekly and the lack of supervision on a daily basis.
Power Pole Inspector Supervisor (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 12, 2014
A typical day of work is to excavate and analyze each pole to know either they are good or bad. I've learned how to manage a small crew and how to use a tough book to enter in data and additional services that has been done to the pole. The management is depended on the person cause most of them are sub-contractors. the hardest part of the job is to be away from your loved ones long periods of time. The enjoyable part of the job is to travel the country and see different states and meeting different people.
Inspector (Former Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – September 20, 2013
This may seem like an easy going job on the surface, but deep down, it's a job with pretty brutal standards and tasks to perform. There are maps that you will do that will have straight aways that have poles right at the roadside which is the easy stuff. However, there are also many maps that you will do where you are going through cornfields, soy fields, cattle fields, backyards, and deep woods all by yourself with no one to help you if you're injured. There are poles that are in deep grass and thick thorn bushes that you have to cut through with only a machete and a pair of clippers. It will sometimes take 20 minutes to get to one pole, but yet, you're expected to do 75 poles a day. Impossible standards, mixed with terrible management who don't care about their workers and travel that will have you leaving your family behind for weeks and sometimes months at a time, will tell you all about this job. Mandated 10 hour days 5 days a week. Weekends are free (which is nice), unless it rains, or you call off, and instead of just being docked the pay, you have to lose your Saturday.
Company vehicle, gas card, cell phone, paid hotel rooms
pole inspector (Former Employee) – st. louis. mo – October 2, 2013
This company won't tell you your last day on a project until the last couple of hours your working then expect you to get up and move. I had one manger that was the best manger I've ever had, that was Adam. But the mangers back in the office in St. Louis don't care about anything besides them selves and trying to get themselves promoted. You will never move up. I pretty much got demoted even though I was the top inspector on the project before. I would never recommend this company again unless your on a project with Adam.
vechile to drive, great boss adam
low pay, bad boss, contract work, cheap hotels, walk through jungles
A great hands on job in the field of power and distribution systems.
Safety Inspector (Former Employee) – Fenton, MO – November 13, 2014
As a power line safety inspector you would arrive every Monday to the main office for brief weekly updates then head out to work locations were ever your are at the time. You are expected to check 360 power lines a week and should be in the field by 8 am every work day. I learned the power system for starters and then you learn a lot of while traveling through out the state of MO or IL 80% of the year. You typically work with a one to two man crew or by your self sometimes. The hardest part of the job would be the weather conditions or depending on your location loss of signal which is vital to your work. The traveling would be something to enjoy on this job and another great things is after you check 360 power lines which depends on the worker could take you 3 days or 5 days but when your done you could go home for the rest of the week or keep working and every pole after 360 was extra pay for each power line so most workers would try to get like 450 to 500 a week for extra money.
free gas and hotels, get to travel with company truck
Data Analyst (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – August 11, 2014
At Utilimap, my job was to virtually build existing power poles in a given city, based on heights and angles using Utilimap's software system. I learned very quickly how to use this software, and was exceeding expectations in no time. After the data had been uploaded, I analyzed each pole making sure that there were no clearance or safety violations. I then created a proposal with any changes that needed to be made to the existing pole, including where I wanted them to install the Google Fiber. I collaborated with other data analysts to be sure we were consistent within maps, and also worked closely with quality control to be sure the work I was doing was correct. Management was incredibly helpful, and willing to give constructive criticism and accolades wherever needed. My co-workers were amazing and like-minded individuals that made coming to work very easy. The most challenging part of my job was organizing my work to ensure first-in, first-out, but I adapted quickly. The most enjoyable part of my job was the job itself, really. I thoroughly enjoyed the work, and was always learning something new. Even though I felt I was underpaid, I really enjoyed working there and felt that was reason enough to commit to the job.
Visable, helpful managment and a flexible schedule
When Google floundered on their end of the bargain, several employees were let go. Grossly underpaid for the work load, and all you were required to learn.
Inspector (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – June 8, 2014
a typical work day is 10 hours. I receive a map and inspect every utility pole on that map. its helped me further my knowledge in the energy field along with my schooling. hardest part of the job would be making sure you identify any sort of problem with a pole or its equipment to make sure it is safe for the public and lineman. The most enjoyable part of the job would be that I get to work outside.
Laborer (Former Employee) – St. Louis – May 16, 2014
I worked there for almost a year when it first began it was a horrible job. Never expect to move up and always be ready to be thrown in the garbage the second they get caught up on there maps. The managers are incompetent and have zero idea on what there doing. Zero stars for being stupid!!!!
Sound and Bore Inspector (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – January 14, 2013
Typical work day starts at sunrise and ends at sun down. I organized and uploaded inspected poles daily averaging 50-60 poles a day. I managed my self inputting specific days and hours worked and amount of poles done each day. Very physically demanding and enjoyable.
Really great co-workers, great support from supervisors.
Utility Pole/Quality Control Supervisor (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – May 14, 2012
The company has a really great training program. A typical day consisted of either going right out to the field and Quality Checking utility poles, or heading into the office to turn in those QC reports and receive more maps to QC.