Barr Engineering Employee Reviews

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Relaxed atmosphere, flexible schedules
Sr. Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNFebruary 18, 2018
Flex time has been in place since 1966.
Relaxed dress code.
Demanding, perfectionist engineers and scientists.
Management doesn't seem to care about administrative staff anymore.
Pros
flextime
Cons
stressful
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Great Place to Work
Geoscientist (Former Employee) –  Bismarck, NDNovember 17, 2017
No real set schedule so they treat you like an adult and expect you to handle your responsibilities. Very relaxed atmosphere. Exciting and challenging work. Employees can turn down work if they are too busy. Company truly cares about its employees.
Pros
schedule, lunches, office get togethers
Cons
none
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good place to work
Civil Engineer Technician Surveyor (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNAugust 29, 2017
knowledgeable company who cares about there employees and offers in house training. work as a team even with many different departments. Everyone seems very happy with there job.
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Very poor management. Age discrimination.
Concrete Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Columbus, OH 43213July 16, 2017
Very poor management. Age discrimination. Too many people trying to play supervisor. One person wants things done one way and then somebody else wants you to do it their way. Totally unorganized and unprofessional. They consistently put the employees at risk.
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Employees and Managers were very fair.
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee) –  Santa Fe Springs, CAMay 25, 2017
Payroll with Compusource software. Filing, Switchboard when the receptionist is on break or lunch. Good management. I also worked in the dispatch department when the employees working in that department went on break or lunch.

They had great Christmas parties. About 5 or 6 employees would go to the store to shop for Christmas presents. Always had very nice Christmas parties.
Pros
Some lunches, Benefits
Cons
It was a nice place to work and most of the people were very nice.
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Great place
Installer/Technician (Former Employee) –  Santa Fe Springs, CAMay 16, 2017
Great place to work at other than the morons in the installations department. A bunch of rednecks that are racist and cant communicate with humans at all they need to learn how to become human beings
Pros
Great hours
Cons
Idiot redneck installs team
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A lot of good people; offers challenging opportunities
Senior Consultant (Former Employee) –  MichiganMay 4, 2017
Challenging opportunities and ability to collaborate with multiple disciplines. Free market system of finding work internally can be difficult to navigate.
Pros
Great benefits and ability to balance work/life
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Great place to work for smart, autonomous engineers and scientists
Administration (Current Employee) –  Edina, MNApril 30, 2017
Rated a great place to work by engineers and scientists
Loyal clients
Stable, employee owned
Challenging place to get new ideas considered
Modern facilities
Great benefits
Pros
Smart co-workers
Cons
Corporate functions not as valued
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Client-focused firm, great training program, friendly atmosphere
Training & Development Assistant (Current Employee) –  Bloomington, MNMarch 20, 2017
Barr Engineering has been rated a great place to work in 2016. I agree with this statement. There is ample career path opportunities for those in the environmental engineering and scientist roles.
Pros
Superior internal training, growing company
Cons
Not much advancement to offer those in administrative careers.
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Fast paced Environment
Project Accounting Administrator (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNFebruary 2, 2017
A typical day at work includes plenty of emails and phone calls regarding project/proposal set ups, invoice issues, and collection initiation. You must also run reports to make sure that project budgets are being maintained and also notify the project managers if budget amounts are close to depletion. I learned about prioritizing and managing a large workload. The workplace culture is generally friendly and they offer doughnuts and fruit every other Wednesday for their employees in an attempt to encourage camaraderie. The hardest part of the job is finding the work life balance since you are expected to take work home and work until it is finished. I mostly enjoyed having my own office, learning a vast variety, and the benefits package.
Pros
Wages, benefits, flexible schedule
Cons
Workload
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Always exposed to new and exciting learning experiences.
PROJECT ENGINEERING AIDE (Current Employee) –  Green River, WYDecember 11, 2015
The hardest part of working for Barr, for me, is networking. My co-workers are mostly located in Minneapolis, MN, while I work full-time on-site for a client and live in Wyoming. Funding to go to the Minneapolis office is limited and thus, so is my exposure to the central hub of the business. Due to this limitation, finding work for additional clients and opportunities within my company is difficult. I enjoy working in client services and meeting client goals gives me great personal and professional satisfaction. I love that everyday brings new challenges in my daily tasks and that I occasionally have the opportunity to work with a few of my co-workers when they come to the client site.
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A collaborative culture with smart, friendly, hard-working people.
Principal Engineer (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MNJuly 14, 2015
The people are top-notch and team oriented. The work is interesting and technically challenging. The diverse client base has provided resiliency during challenging economic times. The company consistently finishes strongly in the Best Place to Work evaluation, when it applies (odd-numbered years).
Pros
Professional development and coaching
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Administrative Assistant
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Santa Fe Springs, CAApril 30, 2015
• Provided general administrative/clerical support to project managers and sales team
• Acted as relief for receptionist by answering multi-line phone system and routing calls to appropriate departments
• Maintained client files in an orderly and well organized manner for ease of access to pertinent documentation
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Interesting Place to work
Environmental Engineer (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis, MinnesotaJuly 1, 2013
The majority of people are well rounded professionals with diverse backgrounds. In the right setting an individual can learn and thrive here.

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Excellent workplace
Project Accounting Administrator (Former Employee) –  Edina, MNJuly 13, 2012
wonderful work to life balance, Flexible hours, great benefits
Pros
fun people
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Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Duluth, MNJune 6, 2012
Work over company lines. Fast paced. Hardest part of the job was the flat organizational structure, not having clear tasks. The most enjoyable part of the job was having access to training.
Pros
employee owned
Cons
flat organizational structure
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