Davey Resource Group Employee Reviews

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Seems sketchy from the start
Utility Systems Technician (Former Employee) –  New York StateAugust 8, 2018
A typical day is driving to an assigned geographic area in a work truck (mine had 170k and looked like it had 270k) and recording every utility pole via iPad. Work is straightforward, but there are things to learn if you're unfamiliar with utility lines or GPS applications. You get one day of field training and a few visits from a direct supervisor to nullify errors and further explain things.

Management is questionable beginning your first week, really making it feel like you can be let go at any time. The "entrepreneurial spirit" discussed in interviews glorifies management's poor treatment of lower level employees. You're essentially a machine that can audit X amount of poles per hour. My production was determined to be insufficient on my, get this... twelfth day.

There's a big emphasis on safety for insurance purposes, so much that you get a warning for taking a turn too quickly or turning around too quickly in a culdesac. They also track you via the same device. Don't expect to get paid for online training.

The pay can add up if you work 50+ hours a week, as you get per diem on workdays and stay in company paid hotels. If you don't possess any transferrable skills and don't mind entering data into a tablet while walking 5+ miles a day, then maybe you'll find the hourly rate worthwhile. I came from a similar data collection job and found this one to be extremely subpar. I've worked several labor-intensive jobs and this was by far the most monotonous; I've also never been treated with such disregard in a work environment. Good luck.
Pros
Per diem, monthly phone allowance, comfortable hotel
Cons
Sweatshop style management, feeling of low job security, have I mentioned the bad management?
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Na
Utility Vegetation Consultant (Former Employee) –  Ardmore, OKJuly 22, 2018
Dave’s Resouse Group is a great company with great benefits and people. They provide competitive insurance and pay. The company does busy by contract though. When the contract is up, one could be out of a job.
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3.0
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Tolerable and Fair
GIS Senior Field Technician (Current Employee) –  multiple locationsJuly 1, 2018
My experience with DRG has been mostly positive. If you have no dependents, few specific skilled qualifications, are looking for a ways to earn field experience, and save away income, it is pretty good. DRG will take basic care of you as an employee. You'll be able to get lots of hands-on experience with project management, working independently or in a team; you'll get work work outside of an office, and travel to different parts of the country, and with relatively flexible hours/ vacation. Not in the office, but in the field at least, workplace politics are kept to tolerable levels and everyone has each other's backs.

You'll have to learn to roll with management being in perpetual disarray, never knowing where you'll be until a week before you start (if you're lucky!), being low-balled on wages and per diem, zero concept of work-life balance, etc. Overall, pretty tolerable if the rest of the job market doesn't look good.
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Not the best
FIELD AUDITOR (Current Employee) –  New York StateJune 21, 2018
Was not a bad job but the dynamic between management and the workers actually making the company happen was not very good. Seemed like management was not looking to support or encourage their workers but rather would throw them under the bus if anything came up.
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You get to travel, but you work like crazy
Pole Loader (Former Employee) –  Napa, CAJune 18, 2018
You work 60+ hours a week moving from hotel to hotel. Minimal advancement in the company, you just have to get lucky it seems. You never see your managers because they often live in a different part of the country so your work goes unnoticed. The free living expenses was nice but it's almost impossible to make any friends or relationships with how often you move. Can be a very unhealthy lifestyle.
Pros
Travel to various parts of the country on their dime
Cons
Move around often
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Productive
Field Service Engineer (Former Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAMay 27, 2018
Great place to work. I would recommend this company to anyone. Would love to work for them again. Hopefully they contact me again. Management was great and our benefits were very good.
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Good Starter Job
Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMay 22, 2018
Great job to hit the ground running right out of college. Met some great people and learned a lot about the industry. Felt like a number in a huge company.
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Not a stimulating job with very little opportunities for advancement
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  FLMay 14, 2018
This job is very solitary and not mentally stimulating. There is very little communication with the managers and you don't get feedback or opportunities to learn. I would only recommend this job to someone who is looking for something very relaxed and not looking to advance.
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Laid back atmosphere
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Alpharetta, GAMarch 22, 2018
I have no complaints except that I do not see an opportunity for growth or advancement in the company. Everyone strongly believes in working together and covering for you if you need to take time off.
Pros
Small teams and awesome manager
Cons
Pay is low
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Decent Entry Level
Utility Systems Specialist (Current Employee) –  Kent, OHMarch 11, 2018
A typical work day is pretty simple. Sync your data twice daily, send out 3 messages a day with your location, and drive to your given location to complete your work. You will have alot of travel time and hotel stays.
Pros
Company Vehicle, Flexible hrs, Benefits, Lodging Card
Cons
Poor Communication Semi Micro-management
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What i learned
Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Atlanta, GAMarch 7, 2018
Unfortunately at Davey you are just a pawn in the grand scheme of things if you are a forester, for a job that requires a four year degree and willingness to travel and essentially not have a home or regular routine, the pay is awful. if you work 60+ hours a week that is the only way not having a life and pay balance is ok. Make sure you get an offer letter or you can get screwed over in any situation.
Pros
Per Diem if you travel
Cons
almost no vacation, terrible supervisors that do not communicate
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Ready To Travel?
Senior Field Tech/Team Lead/Trainer/QA & QC (Former Employee) –  Kent, OHFebruary 24, 2018
Typical work week: (after completed training) would be spent working completely alone in random locations, you can work as many hours as you want so long as you keep producing high quality data

Hardest part of the Job: your working outdoors endlessly, so expect to deal with insect bites, poisonous or thorny plants, harsh weather

THE BEST PART OF THIS JOB!!!: career can only be found by a single person with ZERO children/family/personal ties to any particular place, and who doesn't own a vehicle or home. This company will pay for hotels no matter where you go, will provide you with a new or nearly new 4x4 light truck with a gas card, tools, training, and paycheck...it's great big world out there, and Davey will pay you to see it!
Pros
uncapped overtime
Cons
garbage health coverage
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Great team to work with.
Database Management Specialist (Former Employee) –  Oakland, CAFebruary 21, 2018
The people in my team were great, very helpful and gained a lot of new knowledge. Had to multitask and be organized all the time. Communication is the key to succeed in this company. Something new will always come up and if you don't communicate this can cause a huge stress on your work load. A great company to work with. Human resource is always there to help when needed.
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Independant and solitary
Utility Mapping Specialist (Former Employee) –  Livingston, MTFebruary 20, 2018
The work was easy once you got the hang of it. However once you were set on your own the job was intensely lonesome and solitary. Not being hounded by boss or annoying coworkers to deal with is nice. You get a truck with liberal driving allowances
Pros
independence, truck
Cons
hotel life, loneliness, lack of pay raises, hours
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Positive work environment
Consulting Utility Forester (Former Employee) –  San Ramon, CAFebruary 19, 2018
The DRG is a great place to work. All employees and employers are down to earth and easy people to work with. It also is nice that they provide you with a company car and gas card so you don't have to worry about putting miles on your personal vehicle or pay for gas for project related travels. The only downfall is the pay is significantly low compared to other environmental jobs. Also, be aware that they do not provide kaiser as a healthcare option. If that isn't an issue for you and you like traveling many places and doing work in the outdoors this is a good job option for you
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You have to be very productive in your daily work schedule.
Utility Systems Technician (Current Employee) –  Albany, NYFebruary 19, 2018
Work day are long and very productive. You have the chance to produce positive results for both the company and company's client as well. This is mind set needed to be very productive in this job.
Pros
You are a lone worker.
Cons
Being away from your family for months.
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meh
Geospatial Field Technician (Current Employee) –  MichiganJanuary 22, 2018
Independent work and fast paced. Expected to collected many features with little incentive for job performance. Very numbers based. High turnover and the management basically treats you like cattle while claiming to have a family atmosphere.
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Good first career option
Data Technician (Former Employee) –  MichiganJanuary 13, 2018
Your experience really depends on your work location and the manager you are assigned. Work can be very physically demanding and requires a lot of travel.
Pros
Work Truck, Paid Lunches
Cons
Pay, Travel
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Good pay & benefits... the rest is below average.
Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  MarylandDecember 2, 2017
Good pay, good benefits... but you have to give them a lot in return.

Management operates a clique culture a couple of favorites who they talk to but the rest are kept in the dark. High producers are paid at the same rates as those who under produce.

There is little opportunity for career advancement, other than using the experience to win a job with the client. Davey does no periodic job reviews, offers no annual raises, and provides no incentives from within. Sub-standard equipment, & very low per diems compared to peer companies (Davey often keeps MOST of it to add profit and leaves its employees with little to eat off of). For an employee owned company, they really place very little value on their employees.

The client seems to care a whole lot more about their people, (even the contractors) than Davey does. Most of us love the client we work for, but tolerate working for Davey.

The pay & benefits are good, tough to beat for this line of work, but the Company is a job, not a career.
Pros
good pay & benefits
Cons
away from home, no personal life, crummy company vehicles, low per diem
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When Corporate is Personal
Urban & Utility Forester (Current Employee) –  Kent, OHNovember 8, 2017
Davey has a balanced corporate/personal workplace culture. You get the employee benefits of a large corporation but the individual attention & advancement opportunities of a small business. All my supervisors had already done my exact job & understand the challenges & duties of the work I do. They express appreciation for a job well-done or good production & quality job done.
Pros
fair wages, employee benefits, stock & 401K, advancement opportunity
Cons
Davey is employee-owned & Non-union so wages are lower than industry standard
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