ACRT, Inc. Employee Reviews

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If your future isn't looking at trees
Consulting Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Fresno, CASeptember 3, 2018
Job can be fairly stressful, especially when we fall behind. The number one concern between everyone is we don't get paid enough for what we have to deal with. You start at 14, have the chance to get a dollar raise early on, and don't expect anything else. Unless you either want to become a certified arborist or already are one.
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Set days, 4-10 Hr Days, Benefits
Cons
No raises, stressful
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Excellent Job that plays an important part in keeping our state safe.
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Fresno, CAAugust 23, 2018
Working as a Consulting Utility Forester (CUF) is a great job, with great co-workers that are always wiling to help you grow and learn in your position. However, management is not so pleasant. It is the primary topic of conversation among the CUFs about how poor the management is. I experienced this firsthand when I followed my training to a "T" and even had help from coworkers on a judgement call for a tree removal prescription, and management reprimanded me for doing the job "too well," which left my coworkers and me scratching our heads. Management is confusing and constantly contradicting the training they give you. Other than that, the job is an excellent position.
Pros
Good hours, working outdoors, friendly coworkers
Cons
Poor/cut-throat management
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Bad management in California
Utility forest consultant (Current Employee) –  Placerville, CADecember 30, 2018
Bad management in California. Think they know everything, but really are good at fluffing and full of.....many better places to work. That pay way better and treat you good.
Pros
Work alone
Cons
Working with the staff
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Outside field work with much freedom in daily schedule.
Salt River Project contractor (Current Employee) –  Tempe, AZSeptember 3, 2018
If you are a self started who is committed to completing quality work, and enjoy working outside with all the freedom this job entails. You will enjoy the opportunities this company offers.
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A good place to work.
Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Abilene, TXJanuary 9, 2019
It was a great place to work. If you do your job correctly you'll be awarded for it. There is also potential for advancement and they always have openings across the country.
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ACRT - Great Company
Business Development Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Akron, OHAugust 7, 2018
Often times companies talk the talk, but do not walk the walk. ACRT is not one of those companies. When they say they are an Open Door company...they mean it. When they say Safety First...they live it. When you are on the team, you are family.
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ACRT Pacific is great work experience
Senior Cunsulting Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Sonora, CAJuly 28, 2018
While working outdoors you work independently and collectively in your daily duties. Opportunities do occur in other areas of the job to gain experience to move up in the company.
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Horrible management
Supervisor (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaApril 14, 2018
Managers are fast tracked that shouldn't but because of the constant turnover and stressful nature of the supervisory positions quality employees don't want to move up or leave the company. Managers throw lower level employees under the bus for their mistakes. Pay is weak. Most supervisors sit at their desk watching fleet apps and watching everyone's moves. The managers give misinformation and then expect everyone to lie to pge about these mistakes as they collect their bonuses.
Pros
Truck. Some automous freedom.
Cons
Low pay. Stressful. Poor benefits. Horrible managers. Constant turnover. No support.
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A great place to start a career
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  TennesseeMarch 7, 2018
Great place to start a career, but probably not a good long term option. The pay in this industry not very good. Not bad, but not good either. Depending on your contract, ACRT is a great place to work.. You treated like a person, not a number. ACRT is great about working with its employees in realizing that you do have a life outside of work to attend to. If you love the outdoors, and getting to meet a lot new people, ACRT is great. The work culture is great. Everyone from top down are personable and fair.
I would recommend this company to anyone.
The down side is that this IS contract work. Loss of contract to a competitor will mean relocating if want to stay on board. The insurance is not very good. There is not much room to advance.
Overall, a great start!!!
Pros
Company truck, Great work culture
Cons
Insurance is not very good, Not much room for advancement, Pay is just okay
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Not a good company
Consulting utility forester (Former Employee) –  TennesseeJanuary 8, 2018
Management and training is non existent ..ACRT hires you for contracts with utilities and expects them to train you,which they do not like. Typical day is going up and down power lines trying to figure out what the utility company wants.
Do not work for this company if you can help it. Benefits and pay is just ok at best. The utility is paying more than double for you to ACRT. They are currently losing large contracts they have had for years , leaving employees out in the cold. And not to mention the lawsuits they are constantly involved in.
Pros
Good people to meet at the utility companies
Cons
Expected to second guess the managers with little training. And no feedback
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A great place to learn fundamentals
Consulting Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Sacramento, CAFebruary 22, 2018
A good place to work, overall good environment. Opportunity to take on special projects and train new employees. The job as a whole is not extremely difficult, but does require attention to detail.
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Self-Motivator
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Stockton, CANovember 9, 2017
The company does a poor job in training. Such a poor job that when you are left on you're own, you may not know what to do. Management can also be poor because communication with your supervisor varies which can lead to you not be able to do your job in an efficient manner. Overall, if the company had regulations put in place that made sure that every forester was ready to go and do the job on their own, then the company is fantastic. The people are great to work with. With great benefits and hard work, there is room to grow in the company. It's the extremely poor management in this company that prevents people to do their best which can result in poor employee review.
Cons
Poor management
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Terrible place to work
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  New EnglandOctober 6, 2017
This company is all about the money and does NOT care about the future development of their employees. The work is incredibly boring and management does nothing to increase morale among employees. They will promise you increases in pay and advancement opportunities, but they will never come. One manager for the entire east coast is completely ridiculous. If you have an education and are looking for work, look elsewhere because this is not where you want to be.
Pros
Company vehicle, gas card
Cons
poor management, low pay, no future advancement
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Poor Managment
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Davis, CAOctober 17, 2017
They promote only friends or buddies that hang out. Good supervisors are out numbered 2 to 10. Low pay, poor communications, lack of appreciation for its workers, only good thing about this company is your fellow co-workers.
Pros
co-workers
Cons
low pay, poor management, poor benefits, favoritism
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Steady work. Company truck
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Placerville, CADecember 15, 2017
Fun outdoor work. Not much pay. Ohio office is out of touch with California reality. Too profit driven, they don't care about innovation or retraining employees. .
Pros
Truck, gas card
Cons
Low pay
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Not the best
CUF (Current Employee) –  Stockton, CAJanuary 3, 2018
The pay is terrible but it is pretty relaxed. They hire based off of quantity not quality. Outrageous turn-over rate do to not financially motivating their employees.
Pros
Easy Job
Cons
Terrible Pay
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Fellow employees are nice and you get a truck, that it.
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJuly 20, 2017
Overall, my work experience at ACRT was far less than enjoyable. The only positive feed back I have after working there for the better part of a year is that the other employees at the same level as you, are great.

Everyone one else, aka the supervisors and management team, they do NOT have your back, as you'd hope an employer would. There were multiple instances of employees being treated like criminals by upper management, without even having a chance to defend themselves.
Pros
work truck
Cons
literally everything else
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Great environment but terrible compensation, benefits and management policies
Utility Arborist (Current Employee) –  Central TXJuly 21, 2017
Any holidays that occur during the work week, you are required to work your days off to "make up for." Although your work day is 10 hours, you only get paid 8 hours for any of the few holidays they recognize. If you are sick, you have to work one of your days off to "make up" for it. Insurance policies are very expensive and the deductibles / copays / coinsurance ensures the insurance will pay nothing.
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Terrible place to work
Consulting forester (Former Employee) –  FloridaJuly 18, 2017
If you like to be micro managed and talked down to this is the place for you.Acrt let's the utilities treat you like live stock and don't protect their employees.their is no advancement with in the company.managers also like to get rid of employees that have been their for about 5 years so they don't have to pay out benefits.
Pros
Vehicle to drive home
Cons
Terrible pay terrible management and no advancement
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Contract work
Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Nashville, TNJanuary 1, 2018
good job, but contract work so no job security. We worked in this contract for 15 years so that shows the kind of work that was done to keep a contract this long.
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