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Zero stars

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Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Northeast, NY (US)
Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Northeast, NY (US)

I have been working at Louis Berger full-time

Pros

The best thing I can say about Berger is that they kept me employed through some lean years when a lot of engineers are out of work.

Cons

Where do I begin?... It's real easy to blast an employer so let me list some specifics. This is a company that cares very little about their employees. They work their people very hard--frequently without compensation for overtime. The turnover ratio is crazy and clients notice these things. Berger believes they can beat the competition by having the lowest overhead rate. 100% utilization is expected. If not, layoffs are on the way ("right sizing" in company lingo). Almost every project goes over budget forcing employees to work on their own time. They preach the importance of doing quality work but don't budget enough to do it.

Health insurance coverage is poor and premiums expensive. Recently Berger has stopped matching 401(k)s with cash and replaced it with company stock instead. No choice. Human Resources is awful. The company does not like to spend money on equipment or employee training--very cheap.

From reading the other reviews here I can see that my office is not any different from the others. There are much better places to work--even in this economy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper management says all the right things but it's hard to trust Berger execs. The company badly needs to change from the top down. Hire some top execs from your competitors and implement their recommendations.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worst Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Baltimore, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Baltimore, MD (US)

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good central location. Nice restaurants nearby!

    Cons

    Unethical and Rude executives, no upward movements!
    Low Pay. Sr Management treat employees like slaves, wants them to work 7am to 7pm everyday.
    Low work ethics - no training provided. Gets work through political connections and does not deliver. Dissatisfied clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better, treat people as equals. Improve employee morals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company's Ego is too big and unforgiving

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morristown, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ (US)

    I worked at Louis Berger full-time

    Pros

    Great people - some extremely hard working and talented.

    Cons

    Very political environmental, and too charged. Long hours, high expectations, and grueling work, often dealing with people who are abusive and out of touch. Major disconnect between offices. This company is not interested in its people - only the bottom line. President considers everyone part of the "1%". Sadly, only a few folks would fit in that category, he being one of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seriously need to take a step back and see what isn't working. Your turnover rate is ridiculous, and a serious waste of your time and resources. People are tired. Try rewarding more of them financially and focus on ways to boost the morale for everyone. Greed will take it's toll. Karma is funny thing, folks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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