Valdes Engineering Company Employee Reviews

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Bad company to work for
Senior Piping Designer (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILAugust 5, 2018
Very bad management and work planning, I never felt welcomed to the company, I felt discriminated and I never felt I belong to that company. It's the wrong place to be at and work at.
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Looking forward to 2018
Engineer (Current Employee) –  Lombard, ILDecember 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.
Pros
a lot of young people, good mentoring
Cons
managing client expectations and project changes
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maintain experienced personnel to much turn around
Site Engineer & Construction Manager (Former Employee) –  clients siteNovember 30, 2017
Needs to maintain their season engineering staff. To much revolving door with personnel especially seasoned professionals. Clients are questioning with the numerous changes on projects.
Cons
To much turn-around of personnel
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slave drivers
Sr Piping Designer (Current Employee) –  Lombard, ILNovember 24, 2017
they want all this work done on YOUR time. No overtime is paid and they WANT you to spend YOUR weekends to get work done. HR is clueless on benefits.

It feels like a ball and chain enviroment!
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Hire & Fire Culture
Senior HR Business Partner (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILSeptember 26, 2017
Family owned business. Hire and fire culture. Toxic environment. They are horrible at communication, they were secretive about things that were unnecessary, and there was absolutely no mutual trust.
Pros
ok benefits
Cons
Poor leadership, high turnover, secretive about everything, poor communication.
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Principal Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Griffith, INAugust 26, 2017
Ok place to work
The leadership did not seem to have the client and the employees best interest in mind.
Very attention was given to what the client wanted.
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Run don't walk
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILAugust 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.
Pros
The workers are nice, but that's it.
Cons
No training. No senior level people. No one to learn from. Sweat shop mentality.
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Good Place to work, but somewhat unorganized.
Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Griffith, INJanuary 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.
Pros
High Pay, Decent Benefits
Cons
Low Job Security
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No strategy, high turnover, hire-fire mentality, no career development
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILJanuary 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.
Pros
Family overall is nice - but not good employers
Cons
Hire and fire - don't leave your job if you already have one
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Good stepping stone into industry
Piping Engineer (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILJune 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.
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Small company
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Whiting, INOctober 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.
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Summary
Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Joliet, ILJune 26, 2015
A typical day includes reviewing technical drawings, and ensuring the design meets the clients intent and specifications. Communication with superiors is vital to business success.
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Good place to work
Project manager (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILApril 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.
Pros
Team atmosphere
Cons
Needed more senior electrical engineering resources
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Everything was good there
Lead Piping Designer (Current Employee) –  Griffith, INDecember 30, 2014
Work hard and you shall get paid.
Very Flexible.
Good managers.
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Generallly nice people
Executive Assistant (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILAugust 18, 2014
Everyone works very hard. Lunch is short but allows us to end the day somewhat earlier than most others.
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Communication
Senior Accounting Specialist (Former Employee) –  Lombard, ILApril 23, 2013
Lacking real leadership & communication
most co-workers were easy to work with
employees needed to feel secure and you never did
Pros
can't think of any
Cons
always feeling on edge
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It is like working in a new, cubicle partitioned library.
Senior Electrical Designer (Former Employee) –  Griffith, INFebruary 26, 2013
Valdes Griffith office has a quiet and clean work atmosphere.

Employees are helpful and with few exceptions, pleasant to one another.

Managements business plan is simple enough to follow, though constructive criticism of it is not accepted very well.

Very few improvements would be needed to make this an excellent company at which to work. But still improvements.

I would be content to work there again.
Pros
warm in the winter, cool in the summer, emphasis on safety, pays well
Cons
dental and optical insurance could be improved upon
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Good
Piping Designer (Former Employee) –  Griffith, INDecember 28, 2012
fairly new company when I started working there the workload was not quite there so I moved along other than that I thought it was a good place to work
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