Field Technician (Former Employee) – Green Bay, WI – June 27, 2018
I was new to this type of work, which I have factored into my evaluation.
A typical day involved driving a company vehicle to a few job sites and testing plastic concrete. You'll need to pick up concrete cylinders at some point, too. The company vehicle was a large perk. The Green Bay and Neenah offices offered this perk while I worked there.
It will help to know how to perform air content tests and slump tests for concrete. The company will teach you these tests, as well as how to prepare concrete cylinders. However, you'll need to be completely competent in performing these tests by yourself within a couple weeks, or you'll start getting negative feedback from management. You'll do proctor tests on soil samples as well, though this will generally be done with documentation and other technicians available for reference.
Toughest part of the job was the highly distracting work environment. Workplace culture is fast-paced, since you are constantly being monitored by the client on construction sites. You will spend a lot of time on construction sites, and you'll be expected to work quickly.
My fellow technicians were the most enjoyable part of the job for me. Training with them was an enjoyable experience, and I learned a lot.
Company vehicle if you work for the Green Bay or Neenah offices
CMT-(construction material tester) (Former Employee) – Buford, GA – May 30, 2018
You will see buildings get built from the ground up, see new places, experience the full spectrum that construction has to offer. Great job for people with no experience to a seasoned veteran, theres a role for everyone with a clear path raise and promotions.
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Roanoke, VA – May 17, 2018
ECS is a great place to work with fast pace and variety in day to day tasks. If you want to learn, there are many opportunities to expand your knowledge. Great work environment without a lot of drama and the ability to work from home when needed.
Construction Material Field Technician (Current Employee) – Carrollton, TX – April 21, 2018
They rather use and abuse you to the point you want to leave rather than pay you fairly and develop the employees. Even if you are not included in the schedule, released one day prior, they will tell you to leave your day free in case they need you last minute, and question why you would make personal plans when you are not being paid. No company trucks, so expect to abuse your personal car and have it only usable for work. You get a lot of experience in the construction field, but within a year, it's time to move on.
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Chesapeake, VA – April 7, 2018
I enjoyed working at ECS. They were structured and organized when it came to scheduling different jobs sites. Once they felt you were comfortable with the job responsibilities and duties there was more independence and freedom to conduct your day. They went through the correct parameters of training and gave constructive criticism about your job performance and made sure that your morale was at a positive state.
Business Analyst (Current Employee) – Raleigh, NC – March 14, 2018
Good work-life balance but lacks proper workplace culture. The management is super motivated to do a better job every day, and it really affects everyone at the office to bring the best out of themselves.
Field Technician (Current Employee) – Carrollton, TX – March 5, 2018
Constantly harassed by project managers to finish the job as quickly as possible leading to low working hours per week and no benefits because you aren't at 40+ hours. No work truck provided for a construction job involving sampling concrete and soils is ridiculous.
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Wilmington, NC – February 27, 2018
I never knew what the next day was going to be like until 1700 the day prior, unless I had to be up at 0200 the next day for a concrete pour. If the weather was bad I didn't work. I found myself subsidizing my income with my millage stipend.
Technician (Former Employee) – Frederick, MD – February 7, 2018
Not the worst job out there by any means, but not paid enough to make it worth staying. Field technician work is a very chaotic and too-fast-paced environment without enough support because there are way too many technicians and projects for the project managers to keep up with. There was virtually no incentive for doing a good job as opposed to cutting corners and doing a poor job. So much money is coming in and going out that there is little care about the quality of each job. The atmosphere promotes rapid completion of a job simply to have the job complete and begin again.
Easy in, decent pay compared to fast food, possibility of flexible hours
Not much room to move up, poor accountability, management is too busy to care for people under them
Field Technician (Former Employee) – Manassas, VA – January 3, 2018
a typical work day it will be performing concrete and soil inspections you'l learn how to perform this during training class that they will provide you, the hardest part of the job is probably the weather exposure during winter and summer time and with a really poor management office.
Long hours, no overtime for salary employee, stressful
Project Manager (Current Employee) – Chantilly, VA – September 11, 2017
Everyday i learn, that is one big benefit, i'm rarely bored or have nothing to do. But as a salary employee, i get no overtime and work regularly 50 hour weeks. It is very stressful, and people always throw their work at you to do with little guidance. Terrible management and they don't provide you any support.