SWCA Environmental Consultants Employee Reviews

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great company to work for
Biological Field Technician- Nest Monitoring (Former Employee) –  Lake Havasu City, AZJuly 9, 2018
Supportive company, paid what the job deserved, enjoyed working for this company. Hard work in a tough environment. Learned new skills and felt fostered in my efforts to learn.
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Project Assistant (Current Employee) –  Texas Gulf Coast, TXJuly 7, 2018
Don't be someone who stands up for themself, isn't a 'yes-man', or pushes for change. There is a company-wide ethos of not directly addressing personality or responsibility concerns; preferring to take the 'grapevine' approach and involving several (non-HR) persons in the issue.
Compensation is subjective and does not follow any experience/education guidelines that are implied. Low pay is 'justified' by staying competitive or that you aren't providing value to the company (i.e. you aren't selling new work, but rather completing the work we already have).
Pros
Decent benefits package, well known name
Cons
No 401k matching, undervalue non-sales employees
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5.0
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Fast Pace but productive
Accounts Specialist -Temporary Position Only (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJune 3, 2018
In a few short months I work there the production level was very high consistent. Project managers and accounting Consultants worked very close to ensure that all billing invoicing was done properly for all T&E
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3.0
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Consulting Work
Environmental Specialist (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXMay 20, 2018
Boom or bust. No guarantee of hours. Occasionally long periods of time away from home. Some on short notice. Schedule is never consistent. Some extended weeks in the office. Opportunity to learn new skills and work largely with minimal supervision.
Pros
Field work is exciting and fun.
Cons
no guarantee of hours
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4.0
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Not Bad
Environmental Scientist (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NM 87109May 7, 2018
SWCA was a decent place to work. They are a true bunch of scientists and work on some incredible projects. A great place to cut your gums if you want to get into industry eventually.
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Horrible, cut-throat place
Planner (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaFebruary 14, 2018
Everybody comes and goes, they have no compunction about slashing jobs and offices. All they cared about was getting the project with no regard for completing anything properly. All in all a very bad experience. Terrible, manipulative people. If I could give it no stars I would, as would the droves of others I worked with who also left.
Pros
nothing, in retrospect
Cons
everything
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4.0
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Work Environment varied from Project to Project
Cultural Resource Specialist/ Crew Chief (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMJanuary 31, 2018
Who ever was the project manager set the tone for the entire project. The crew chiefs are typically an extension of the project manager and usually the projects were enjoyable. The office I worked for was a bit gossipy and that was disappointing at times. The pay was good since I was out in the field often, but time in the office was stressful.
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4.0
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Enjoyable work environment
Biologist / Environmental Monitor (Former Employee) –  Las Vegas, NVJanuary 10, 2018
Days working were long and often inconsistent. I learned about environmental monitoring on a construction site. I was also able to gain the experience to become an authorized biologist.
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3.0
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Fairly productive work environment
Archaeology Technician (Former Employee) –  Longmont, CONovember 8, 2017
Most days were pretty straight forward with being out in the field for about 10 hours a day, but randomly management would just decide to not have us work on certain days. Also I was told that having a historical background would guarantee me a job but 2 weeks later I was doing my exit paperwork from the company. jobs and work don't seem to be very steady at the company
Pros
Work is engaging and you get paid decently with overtime
Cons
Jobs can be unreliable
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4.0
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Culture and mission of the company
Payroll Specialist (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 6, 2017
Strongly supported the mission, vision and values. The diversity and support was wonderful. I would recommend this environment to anyone interested in getting into the Cultural, Natural resources supported by this team.
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2.0
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Good Employees - Poor Management
Office Support (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 24, 2016
This company seems to have a high turnover, maybe more so in the Phoenix corporate office. In every office there are people that should be fired and people who are worth retaining. Trouble is, the fickle management doesn't seem to know the difference. Good employees seem to be dismissed way too often; even when it doesn't seem to make sense. Just don't count on job security.
Pros
Nothing comes to mind.
Cons
Doesn't care about the employees.
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Horrible
Accountant (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 18, 2016
Horrible place to work, no leadership, no advancement , no team work. Seasonal work. No set processes or procedures. Benefits are mediocre. Employees at a certain level are not held accountable.
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Not a team environment
Project Billing Specialist (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZAugust 17, 2016
Not a team environment, no advancement. Employee owned, a lot of turnover. No set processes and/or procedures. Small company. No leadership or support from upper management. Goals were not realistic at times. Work was based on the field and seasonal at times.
Pros
small
Cons
no advancement
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Not a good place to work
Field Director (Former Employee) –  Salt Lake City, UTJune 13, 2016
SWCA was a lousy company to work for. Project Directors regularly threw underlings under the proverbial bus in order to cover their own ineptitudes. Good archaeologists & biologists were regularly replaced & overshadowed by less skilled, but more ambitious & cutthroat coworkers. SWCA also regularly overcharged clients, purposely did shoddy fieldwork, & arbitrarily changed pay. Out of the several Cultural Resource Management firms I have worked for, as well as other places of employment in other fields, SWCA was easily the most unethical, devious, & all around negative work environment.
Pros
Field work
Cons
Ambitious coworkers, unethical practices
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4.0
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Great CRM Company
Archaeological Technician (Former Employee) –  Tucson, AZApril 7, 2016
As a seasonal archaeologist, the project goals were clear and additional information regarding the project area were available upon asking. Overall, the Tucson office had a great morale and work ethic .
Pros
Great supervisors, good flow of information
Cons
CRM - techs are seasonal/temporary
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5.0
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Productive and positive workplace providing superior environmental assessment and permitting services.
Environmental Specialist / Ecologist (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXOctober 24, 2015
Supportive management and interesting field projects to be a part of. Company supports personal and career development for employees.
Pros
Senior management support for career development
Cons
Moderate salary ranges.
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4.0
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Its all right not enught hours
Natural Resources Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Albuquerque, NMAugust 19, 2015
Its all right It just does not provide enough hours needed to make a living. If you get hired on part time its more interment so its when ever they need you. Which makes it hard to find a second job and be far to both employers.
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4.0
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Field work is fun
Field Biologist/Botanist (Current Employee) –  Pasadena, CAJuly 21, 2015
This job is really fun and the work load is just enough were you don't feel overwhelmed. Although the work is project based, so some times it gets really slow. For example I had a couple weeks where I only worked 5-8 hrs. The Management is awesome.
Cons
not enough hours
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2.0
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Management needs some work
Safety Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZOctober 2, 2014
The company is in a niche market with very talented individuals, but they need a lot of formal training (e.g. supervisor, project management, etc.) to grow and expand to the next level.
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3.0
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Good people
Cultural Resources Technician (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 11, 2014
You can learn a lot if you are willing, a lot of very talented people at this office in Houston. The management is fair and understanding.
Pros
Good work when there is field opportunities
Cons
Being a temporary on-call employee.
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