Decent place to work...with some issues with upper management & organization after the owner passed away
Marketing/Business Development admin (Former Employee) – Emeryville, CA – November 6, 2017
It was a good job but since the owner passed away, there was no clear leadership & organization so it became a less desirable place to work. The amount of satisfaction that one gets from a certain job depends on the management at all levels, which begins at the top. The new "leader" of the company just didn't have any experience at leading a successful company.
Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) – So. Cal – August 4, 2017
Very clearly a family feel and atmosphere. Relaxed and fairly easy going with a team spirit and company loyalty. Most employees have been with the company for quite some time. Very close knit group. New employees are welcomed as part of the family, all the way to the top of the organization. Vali Cooper is a company with high values and integrity...and a pleasure to work for...
Materials tester (Former Employee) – Various locations in CA – June 26, 2017
A typical day at work would include showing up to the office, preparing what needs to be done on the job site and in the office to set priorities correctly in order to do everything needed in a timely fashion. The most enjoyable part was interacting with some great people within the office and other companies that worked along side us.
Management could have handled employee needs better
Project managers over worked, unable to cover all project sufficiently. Pay and benefits are adequate.
Construction Inspector (Former Employee) – Emeryville, CA – June 17, 2017
Field staff lacking suitable support. Minimal job load for field staff, long off time between projects. Upper management does work well with field staff although very unresponsive. Benefit package good with profit sharing.
Manager (Former Employee) – Emeryville, CA – February 20, 2017
Seemed like a great, well organized company from the outside. Once employed there it was an absolute joke! Lots of folks "work from home" and typically are never to be seen! Management does try to pull it together to look like a cohesive company....but that couldn't be further from the truth. Upper management make sure they are super well paid, but from what I saw put in a minimal amount of work. The guys in the field are the ones holding it all together.
Inspector/testor (Current Employee) – Central Valley – August 4, 2015
What can I say about a company who's main interest is for the corporate exec. to stay employed all year and have multiple retreats while the field personnel continues to put forth the effort and tries to ascertain more work to stay employed.
work truck w/ gas card
No management skills, lack of attention to personnel
Senior Lead Inspector (Former Employee) – Emeryville, CA – July 16, 2014
A typical day of work is usaul night work because public agencies will place consultants in their least disirable shifts. I learned to keep records for over 3 years and show up at the jobsite at least 20 minutes early and get a gas receipt or cofee receipt from the nearest gas station because the client agency will try to throw you under the bus by saying your not on time. VCA Management will not back their people even if the client makes damaging staements against their staffs reputation. VCA co-workers are some the best recommended people in civil egineering, but rarely perform to their potential because how poorly public agencies are staffed The hardest part of the job is trying to keep a project compliant to the contracted requirements or regulations and your clients supervising engineer allows the contractor to vary his scope of work, with out your knowledge. The most enjable part of this work Is completing a project and later driving over a realigned Highway/Bridge/Drainage System/Box Culvert or Tunnel and being able to tell my family, friends or fellow californians that I played a big part of delivering that project.
VCA has long list of prime and on-call agency awarded contracts
No guarntees of working when submmited for on-call projects