Engineer (Current Employee) – Lombard, IL – December 15, 2017
Definitely has a family feel. You can tell they try hard to make you feel included and have a connection to your coworkers and the projects. The hours sometimes are long depending on the job, but I never feel like it's unfair or not part of the job's expectations. We seem to be getting a lot more projects and clients so I'mlooking forward to when we can kick off after the holidays. Company is trying to do more social activities and employee awareness/highlights. I think some management changes have been good, but they don't really affect me.
Engineer (Former Employee) – Lombard, IL – August 19, 2017
Good pay. Zero job security . Once you there for a while, you'll leave or get let go. Just ask people in your interview. Virtually no one stays more than 5 years. Management changes constantly, and doesn't get better. Once your there, your just buying time until you leave. Save yourself the trouble.
The workers are nice, but that's it.
No training. No senior level people. No one to learn from. Sweat shop mentality.
Project Engineer (Former Employee) – Griffith, IN – January 5, 2017
I worked here for about 10 months before being laid off due to lack of incoming projects. Valdes pays well, has good benefits and places a high emphasis on safety. Most employees actually care about their work. The clients supported by the Griffith office are in the O&G industry.
The company seemed to be undergoing constant changes to work process organizational structure, which made it seem very unorganized at times. Even employees who had been there several years seemed to not truly understand how the place was run. Additonally, turnover seemed very high, even for an EPC firm. Every month there'd be layoffs and hirings, so there was always a new face walking around or an old one you couldn't find anymore.
No strategy, high turnover, hire-fire mentality, no career development
Engineer (Former Employee) – Lombard, IL – January 3, 2017
Family owned business, the family is nice and all, but I do not think the legacy will last. There is no business strategy, no long-term company goals - projects are small and there is no real room to grow. One of the senior leaders in one of the offices leads by threatening people's jobs - in public. He has his favorites and he has others that are not and it shows. He constantly talks about his personal life and it makes people feel very uncomfortable. Not a good characteristic of a leader. The other senior leader in the other office is a good leader with integrity and character, the CEO just does not see it because he is not a suck up like the aforementioned senior leader. They hire people, take people away from competitors and then lay them off. They laid a bunch of people off right before the holidays, they just don't care about their employees. they just care that they are making the money.
Family overall is nice - but not good employers
Hire and fire - don't leave your job if you already have one
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) – Whiting, IN – October 21, 2015
It is a small company with little room to move up. I left because of the lake of opportunities. Benefits are fine and health insurance is pretty good. Not much opportunity for over time on the small projects they run.
Project manager (Former Employee) – Lombard, IL – April 4, 2015
Interacted with discipline leads and document control to provide design documents per the schedule created for each project. Client needs never were the same yet all wanted the end product to be perfect.
Needed more senior electrical engineering resources
Piping Engineer (Former Employee) – Lombard, IL – June 8, 2016
minimal interaction with manager, left to work independently. however, they hire and fire in large waves. provide adequate training for computer programs to be used in projects if you have no prior experience.