Elite Contracting Group Employee Reviews

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Horrible Management
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Warrenton, VAFebruary 11, 2018
Run, don’t walk away from this company! The owner is sexist and demoralizing. Poor structure.
The mood there can switch on a dime. Very unorganized. DOL would love to get a hold of them.
Pros
Co-workers were nice
Cons
Everything else; Hours, benefits, pay, environment
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Maintenance of Traffic (Former Employee) –  Manassas, VAJanuary 23, 2018
Company is terrible. The managers are racist. The work hours are very long, and the work that needs to be done is usually easy because there isnt much to do. so once you do all your work they will tell you to find something to do while on the clock but you its never enough for them. Alot of stand by days at the shop, waiting to go out. Hoping to have a productive day.
Pros
good pay
Cons
long hours
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Dont even stress yourself out working here
Service Technician (Former Employee) –  Petersburg, VANovember 20, 2017
Managment knows more about football than they do their job, no consideration or incentive for workers, and belittle the laborers and crew leads. only good thing was getting paid everyweek
Pros
pay
Cons
everything else
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Great place to work.
Crew Leader (Former Employee) –  Petersburg, VANovember 20, 2017
I loved it there and would go back. The people are good at heart but leave friendships off the clock. Very fast driven company growing everyday. Many ways to advance your knowledge at this company. I learned so much and enjoyed going to work.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
No 401k or retirement
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its cool
Company Driver (Former Employee) –  Petersburg, VASeptember 19, 2017
its good job security the only issue I have is that its majority of seasonal work so its best to have a back up job for when the seasons change for winnter
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Terrible management
Laborer/ electrician helper (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAAugust 19, 2017
I worked down at the ERO for about a little over a year. Management is terrible, no communication at all. They belittle there laborers and micromanage.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Worst management I've seen and not treated fairly
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Stay Far Away
ITS Technician (Former Employee) –  Manassas, VAAugust 7, 2017
Long hours, low pay and dangerous working conditions are just some of the conditions you will experience if you work here. Management is so cheap that they refuse to heat the employee area of the shop. I had to ask them to please buy toilet paper and soap for the employee restroom. Poor benefits in addition to a management team that boarders on insanity. My advice is to look elsewhere.
Pros
50 hour weeks of you can call that a pro
Cons
Dangerous working conditions. Poor benefits and a joke of a management team
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Caution
Employee (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAAugust 5, 2017
Pressured to complete work in unsafe environment. However, will call you out if you bring safety up. To safety officer left in short order because Elite didn't want to be held to safety standards. Talks a good safety game, but in practice TERRIBLE!
Pros
Pays good
Cons
Work safely, work/life balance
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Very unsafe employer
Electrical Technician (Former Employee) –  VirginiaJune 22, 2017
This company requires you to work a minimum of 50 hours a week with hardly any breaks. They will try to guilt you into working unsafe. The culture of the company is toxic. Management is quick to tell you how you should do your job without any clue on how to complete it themselves. I strongly recommend you look at other employers. If you have a family, you will never see them. This employer is best for those who are single with no other obligations.
Pros
weekly paycheck
Cons
work safety, unknowledgeable management, pay
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Fair warning
Laborer (Current Employee) –  Richmond, VASeptember 17, 2016
There are pros and cons to any company, Elite included. Advancing is possible but the more you climb the more you are exposed to the insanity of the back office. Pay and benefits are 4 out of 5 but it comes at a cost. Again, no company is perfect. Just prepare yourself for an environment of leaders who are in constant fear or in self defense mode. Moral across the board is low and the company culture is borderline toxic. The person who will do well here as a leader is someone who can rule their job or crew with an iron fist but stays meek around the owner/vp. Be warned, confidence is desirable but don't allow the executive team to feel like you can do something better than they. As a laborer or tech, survival is the name of the game. Learn as much as you can, take any chances you have to advance, but see above to prepare yourself for the insanity. Also, safety is preached from the top but not in the field. Watch your own back and be prepared to be at odds with foreman who won't always look out for your safety. If you can survive at Elite you can do well anywhere. If you excel at Elite, you can be a superstar anywhere. Believe it or not, this is not a bash on Elite. They do some things well and they struggle in other things. Elite is growing tremendously and has more room to grow. But it is a machine that feeds off of people. A prospective manager should also note that one of Elites customers is very difficult to work with and can be as much a source of conflict as the internal issues are. Again, the right person will do well here. Just know that when you join you need to prepared  more... to survive first and thrive second. Take the insanity for what it is and suck up as much experience as you can so you can perform well when a true career opportunity comes along elsewhere.  less
Pros
Great learning experiences, some good team members, constant churn and burn, opportunity for advancement
Cons
Toxic company culture, low moral, spotty safety, zero work life balance, borderline insane management team
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A job, not a career
ITS Technician/Fiber Optic Technician (Former Employee) –  Virginia Beach, VAJune 4, 2016
I worked for this company for over 2 1/2 years at their Virginia Beach office. I was an ITS Technician, fiber technician and basically did anything/everything they asked.

Pros: Decent pay and you're paid every Thursday.
Excellent coworkers. Some very intelligent guys work at this location and everyone is more than happy to help each other out, share knowledge, etc. The techs that work at this location are top-notch.

Cons: Every level of Management is completely inept. No idea how to manage knowledgeable, educated, experienced technicians. The way they speak to their employees is extremely unprofessional.
Communication from management to team members is basically non-existent. You literally have no idea what is going on from day to day.
No idea how to plan. You are constantly being juggled between different projects. Very rarely will you finish a project you start. You'll work a day on one project, get put on a different on the next day while someone else picks up where you started. This results in confusion and a lack of efficiency. Their lack of planning affected every project I worked on while there. The people who bid/plan the jobs have never done the work and order the wrong parts, not enough parts, and usually allow for way too little time to complete the project.
Safety is non-existent. Safety is preached and training is conducted, but it is thrown out the window if it will impact getting something done as fast as possible. Basically, just get the job done, no matter the cost. If you don't feel safe
  more... doing a job and the safety manager agrees that it is not safe, they won't make you do it. They will chastise you for not doing it and find someone else who will.
Work/Life Balance is terrible. If you work for this company, you live for this company. You WILL work a minimum of 10 hours a day. That is company-wide policy. You will also be required to work nights after working all day. This goes back to the lack of planning and communication mentioned above. Management will know that night work is schedule for the following week. Instead of letting the technicians know what is coming up, they will tell you the day of, or the day before, that you need to work a night shift. Additionally, most technicians are issued a company phone in order to communicate while in the field. You are required to answer this phone 24/7/365. I personally worked over 90 hours/week on multiple occasions. The record for this office is held by the Master Electrician at over 105 hours. It is not unheard of to work 10, 12, 14 hours and not get a break or be allowed to eat lunch.
Benefits consist of Medical/Dental. That's it. Both have extremely high co-pays/deductibles and the medical insurance is very very expensive. This job is extremely dangerous and there is no short/long-term disability. There also is no 401(k) plan. For 2 1/2 years they said they were working on it, but it still had not been implemented when I left in June 2016.
Upper management is extremely rude and have no social skills. I personally had the Operations Manager (3rd in line from the top) completely ignore me and brush by me when he came to a job site and I attempted to introduce myself.
Training is non-existent. The day you start work, you are issued a hard hat, safety glasses/gloves and a safety vest. There is no overview of company policies, no overview of what they do and what is expected of you. There is no safety training of the many, many hazards you will experience in a normal day. The only reason new techs learn anything is because the existing techs share their knowledge. The Regional Supervisor has no clue how to work on most of the equipment, but will try to BS you with some technical jargon that makes no sense to anyone who's ever worked on electronics. Nothing is documented as to how to do something. There are no formal procedures or standards.
The equipment you are given is in generally poor condition. They refuse to properly maintain their fleet of vehicles.
Job security is pretty good. They are quick to write you up, but it honestly takes quite a bit to get fired.
Advancement is non-existent. If you're hired as a tech, you will always remain a tech. If you are hired as a laborer, you will always remain a laborer. Some of the laborers are intelligent and want to move up to being a technician, but they are not afforded the opportunity.

Overall, the work is interesting, the pay is decent (only because of the mandatory overtime) and the company is terrible. It's a good resume builder because you will work on various projects and get experience on a lot of different equipment. The owner of the company is great guy, but I believe he is kept in the dark on a lot of the issues that are going on within the company.
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Pros
Decent pay, weekly paycheck
Cons
Inept management, terrible work/life balance, extremely dangerous, lack of communication/planning, terrible benefits.
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Good Stepping Stone Job
M.O.T. / Gate Tech (Current Employee) –  ManassasAugust 9, 2015
I enjoy working in the field, and keeping busy, learning new additional information needed to get the job done. Working as a team, and getting the task done each day was the goal. I learned alot from this company so far, looking to advance and take my knowledge to the next level.
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Great Job/ Lack of Structure
Senior Technician (Former Employee) –  Petersburg, VAApril 9, 2015
Good Place to build a career, not a good place to finish one. You will work day and night 100% of the work is out of town. only off basically two days. not a good place if you have a family. I personally worked 96 hours there.
Pros
free room and board
Cons
no breaks, rude guys, management rude, not very helpful
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ITS Field Technician II (Current Employee) –  Manassas ,VAMarch 6, 2015
I would not like to comment on the company, It has not been a comfortable place to work. Very serious issues overall, I do not recommend employment here.
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