Land Surveyor (Former Employee) – Salem, OR – February 7, 2018
My typical day as a surveyor was to get topo or property information by meeting with the project surveyor almost every morning before heading to the field. We would typically travel all up and down the west cost and eastern Oregon and Washington. We would set project control points, setup instruments and proceed to conduct the type of survey (often) topo surveys ranging from slides to highways, intersections, bridges, substations, BPA transmission lines etc.
I loved the daily and weekly travel. I found DEA to be a great place to work but was unfortunately laid off due to lack of work.
Travel, managment, positive working environment, team atmosphere
A few bad elements in project management are bringing down the Ontario office and other California region offices.
Laser Scanner Processor/BIM Modeler (Former Employee) – Ontario, CA – November 13, 2017
A good work culture in general with many good managers. A few bad elements in project management are bringing down the Ontario office and other California region offices. They let production people take the fall for their poor project management and abuse their power in petty ways. Many, many complaints about certain project managers over a long period of time have been ignored by upper management to the point of causing good employees to quit.
Although my direct supervisor specifically was an excellent Project Manager.
A good place to build your skills with opportunity for growth. As long as you can survive through the dramatic ups and downs of available billable work and particular poor elements within project management who seem to get off scott free without fail, despite the mass of complaints against them from the production crew.
Good work culture in general.
Certain Project Managers, Dramatic ups and downs in workload.
Program Manager (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – July 23, 2017
DEA has one of the best employee benefit package I have seen. Great employees to work with. However upper management is often misguided and makes very poor decisions that has costed the company some serious money.
CAD Designer (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – November 30, 2016
Great employer, the group is exceptional in realizing and implementing the best scenario possible to attract talent. Life balance options include working flex schedule, a nine day work period with every other Friday off.
Hydrographer (Former Employee) – Vancouver, WA – July 10, 2014
Typical work is data processing in the winter through the summer months until the large contracts being for the summer survey season. I learned to think quickly on my feet. My co-workers were hard working and reliable. The most difficult part of the job was communicating with upper management. The most enjoyable part of the job was traveling to new places and discovering new underwater treasures.
Poor work life balance, communication, inability to move up in the ranks.
Office Manager/Document Controls Specialist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 12, 2014
Make sure all supplies were up to date. Handled computer backup monthly and weekly, sent backups to Iron Mountain and main office. Handled all UPS deliveries. Managed all IT equipment and made sure employees computers worked efficiently. Co-workers were pleasant and helpful. Management was on point. The hardest part of the job were learning to handle the filing system. The most enjoyable part of the job was interacting with all the employees.
Environmental Construction Inspector (Former Employee) – Bellevue, WA – September 24, 2012
I have worked with a few people at DEA in my past and hope to get to work with them again. Since it was a temp job, based on a single project, I really never got a feel for the company, just the couple people I worked with directly.
Mail Center clerk (Former Employee) – Portland, OR – May 3, 2012
It was a great place to work and I loved having every other Friday off. Everyone was approachable and just a good place to work. I was sad to be laid-off but I understand it is just the times. It wasn't nearly busy enough and that made for some long days. You always learn new things from the people around you. My coworkers were the best in just one year I have made some lasting friendships. The hardest part - Not enough work, thats why I was laid-off The people by far was the most enjoyable from the president to the guys in my department