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This company lacks management and is often behind Bc of it over all it’s nice to pick out when you can work but now it’s getting to the point that management won’t let that happen anymore and really they are taking all the pros away from working here
Pros
Pick what time you start
Cons
Management is awful
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Official response from Hydromax USA
November 13, 2019
Thank you for taking the time to write this review and your feedback has been passed on for consideration. If you would like to discuss your concerns (confidentially) in more detail, please do not hesitate to reach out to us directly, we would welcome the dialogue. – HUSA HR
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Productive and fun
The only issue is that you only get a small dog mace can. Needs more protection for it's employees. I've encountered people's houses and own 3 large dogs. A small can isn't enough.
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Great and easy job
Cons
Minimal protection against dogs
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Flexible workplace, management can be lacking
Hydromax is a small company that has grown fast. Management can be demanding at times, requiring long hours when jobs run over or the workload exceeds manpower. Some departments have issues with maintaining the workforce and limiting employee turnover. This is partly due to the struggle for the technicians to have the equipment they need for their job, partially due to training that can be rushed and lacking in depth followed by demanding management that fails to understand poor training leads to poorly performing employees. In my opinion some departments in Hydromax have a consistent failure to provide continuing education which is key to some aspects of the job.
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Decent job overall
My position had me out in the elements every day at work, inspecting gas lines and meters. If you can tolerate the elements year round, and hustle so you dont fall behind on work load, you will do good here.
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4.0
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Engaging and Challenging, Flexible, Tight Dynamic
It's a good job that will encourage you to grow. It's impossible to advance if you're not driven [like everywhere], but a real desire to move forward is respected and supported [unlike everywhere].

Almost every role is less task oriented and more results oriented. If you'd want a list of tasks with rigid timelines, that's not what you'd find here. You should expect that you'd often manage your own time and meet broad goals, self-directing on how to accomplish them. HUSA is easily a stepping stone to project management, engineering, and consulting careers.


The leadership is more approachable, flexible, and accepts change and even criticisms with alacrity more than I've found in other organizations.
Pros
Great flexibility, friendly office, engaging challenges
Cons
Pay at lower levels
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Great work environment with potential to move up.
Have a good time working for Hydromax USA. Treated fairly, paid well and company is starting to put more attention on employee satisfaction. Moving in the right direction.
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Great place to work if you want to apply yourself
It has been a great experience working here thus far and I have definitely seen a lot of growth opportunities as well as challenges that were exciting to tackle. The company has been growing very rapidly and this has created growing pains, but overall the management is trying to better everyone's work life balance and make sure that fair compensation and good benefits are at the top of their priority list.
Pros
Interesting work, company vehicle, learning new skills.
Cons
Benefits
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Not good long term
Perfect company if you just want to get started in the industry, but the work culture is atrocious. The corporate office and the projects have very little communication and accountability, with policy revisions sometimes coming daily and different old policies being pulled out and applied to the "good old boys" who have been with Hydromax since before the Seattle project. Projects have also veered away from safety and now focus entirely on collecting billable footage versus inspecting for and finding crossbores. I know, my department that I lead was the final word on these. The work culture is cut throat, with management actively pitting employees against each other and promising things to employees that they can not deliver on due to their hands being tied by corporate. Work hours are very long, between 50-60 hours a week. Raises were canceled last year due to lack of funds, although the Seattle project was doing well our budgeted raises went to new hires at the corporate office and company bonuses for management.
Pros
You get paid and there are lots of hours. Work here if you enjoy that.
Cons
The work culture, management that has no experience in management, lack of clear direction, lack of consistent policy, lack of vision
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Great company to work for, but...
Work for the company for about a year. Pay was great and the company is flexible when it comes to work-life balance. The only down fall is communication with management is pretty poor. Overall the company is an average company to work for.
Pros
flexible work-life balance
Cons
management
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Worst company to work for
Lied to employees about raises and time and a half for extra hours worked. Did not provide promised rain gear until half way through Washington States rainy season. Would blame employees for equipment failure.
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They require a bachelor's degree but do not pay accordingly
I just started working here and was wanting to read reviews from people who had been there a while. Too bad I found some.

The work is okay and most of the people are nice, but the pay is terrible and demoralizing. A company tells you how much they value the work you do for them by the pay and it is clear after just a couple months how little they care about their people.


I'm already looking for other jobs. Don't waste your time here, it's not even a stepping stone to something better. Hold out for a job that will pay you what you are worth.


Four years of college to make $400 a week!
Pros
None
Cons
Lack of decent pay
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Good environment, but pay is disappointing.
First, let me say that the culture at Hydromax is great. The office has around 50 employees and everyone gets along very well. That isn't to say that everyone is best friends, but there never seems to be any of the problems a person might normally expect in an office this size. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun. The hours are flexible and a person can to a certain extent make their own schedule.

Now, the reason anyone has a job is because they have bills to pay. This is where Hydromax fails. The pay is quite a bit lower than it should be for the education and skill level of the employees needed to do the work. Some employees in the office have to have a second job just to get by. Raises are few and far between and a person doesn't really know what they should expect. I know this leads to much resentment among the workers, and I have no doubt that much productivity is lost because employees are worried about how they are going to pay their bills. I have overheard several employees talking about finding other jobs because the pay here is not what they need to live.


Other reviewers have talked about the opportunities for upward mobility, but those opportunities are vague for most of the employees. There is not a clear path for a person looking to advance to follow. Promotions are rare, and there is no real standard that determines what a person needs to do to gain a promotion. It seems some people receive promotions while others in different areas who are doing the same type of work do not. This too leads to frustration and resentment.


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Pros
Good environment, hours and people.
Cons
Lousy pay, a building with inadequate bathroom facilities, no clear path up
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4.0
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Growing company
The industry and the business is definitely picking up across the country. Hydromax is experiencing growing pains currently. Doubling in size every year the past 5 years.
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Growing company
Company is growing but slow to respond to specific needs and resources. Apply yourself and you will learn the company and your place in the company. Management still lacks specific initiatives and direction, take the word of other people instead of finding out for themselves. The culture is ok at this point, but I feel will improve once growth is able to be properly managed and specific directions for each division are outlined. CEO and the other two leaders of the company are great individuals.
Pros
Relatively new company in specific divisions enabling the opportunity for rapid growth
Cons
Benefits, "Boys Club" type working environment, Personnel
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3.0
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Terrible management, good pay
The management is terrible and is more concerned with production than anything else, but the pay is good. The hours are long and the work can be rough and smelly. Occasionally, you can feel rushed getting from one appointment to the next, but other times you have a lot of down time.
Pros
Good pay, nap time between appointments
Cons
Management
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Go to Mickey D's instead
Not an entry-level place, not a mid-level place. If you're above that level, do what I did and start your own GIS firm. Management is notoriously rude and worthless. Pay is horrible, and work-demand is exhausting.
Pros
none
Cons
Pay, Atmosphere, Benefits, Work-load, Management
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4.0
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Decent Company, management needs to get much more organized
Starting pay is decent for having no experience. Fast raises, friendly management, if you treat them right, they will do the same. Orginazatiom falls short and management had a serious problem getting along
Pros
Good raises, friendly management
Cons
Disorganization, management sometimes at each other throats
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Horrible company to work for
I have worked for this company for almost two years.They have so many management issues both in the office and in the field. They will send you out with no training to do a job that you are not qualified to do. The lie to there employees. They will tell you something and then deny telling it to you to keep them from looking bad. Raise are rare. I was told for 3 months your raise will be on your next check but it never came. If you have issues in the field then you might as well forget about help from mangement. If something tears up then it because you didn't take care of it. The mangers talk bad about other employees behind there back to other employees then deny it. Thé list goes on and on. They have the highest turn over rate I have ever seen. They are so desperate for people they will absolutely hire anybody. They have hired people that have taken there trucks and sold everything on them. So if you get a job here you better watch your back and your personal belongings. Always have a recording device going when you are talking to someone because you will need it.
Pros
Easy to get a job with them. All you have to have is a pulse.
Cons
Bad management. Not dependable work. Two weeks on the road and then two days home.
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Misleading
Don't deliver on what they promise. Lead employees on to squeeze what they can out of them for before they realize there is no upward mobility. Pay is low.
Pros
weekly pay
Cons
almost everything else. Some good people there, but culture is all consuming and destructive.
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Call Center
Growing company with growing pains, fun people to work with but have to do a not pleasant job of calling people and explain how the gas company may or may not have damaged their sewer system and now HUSA has to go camera it.
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Working in the field and taking the work home. It never ends.
Working for Hydromax USA is an interesting job to say the least. A typical day at work consists of pulling toilets, cutting off cleanout caps, plumbing sewer lines, and scoping them with a camera. Co-workers were the best part of this job. The most enjoyable part of the job was finishing up the day. The hardest part of the job was that you don't have any peace of mind. At any time you could be called to inspect a sewer line from either 5 to 50 miles away. I learned that if you are single, this job is decent but this job isn't for those with significant others because you take work home with you. The day isn't over until the last report is done and submitted, which could be over 11 hours from when you started.
Pros
Driving from your house to appointments, weekly pay.
Cons
Everything else.
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