- clear water compliance services09.Jun 2018
The employees are knowledgeable and competent. Training is available for those who seek additional responsibility. Occasionally there are company picnics. But the management only pretends to care about the needs of the employees, they take zero responsibility for actually helping employees to succeed.
Support from management
Management is supportive if you are one of their "favorites" I guess. For everyone else, they talk like they will be supportive but then when you actually need something they are not. I was hurt on the job, out medically for a little while, and when I came back they kept stringing me along with promises of "next week we should put you on the schedule - but it will be reduced part-time hours" but after six weeks of this they quietly took my name off the roster WITHOUT TELLING ME. And now they are not returning my calls or emails.
All of the employees (not so much the managers) are willing to help each other out. However, we all work at different sites sometimes an hour or more apart so for the most part we work independently.
Freedom to work independently
They have several client sites in western WA and a few outside the region. You are assigned to a site each day, and you go where they send you with a specified schedule when you are expected to be there. You do the work assigned for the day. Then the next day you may be back there, or they might have you at a different site. And some days you work a sort of "roving" schedule where you might hit five or six sites during the course of your shift. So managers are not directly looking over your shoulder, but they expect thorough reports and good results from each site.
Internal communications are actually fairly good when business is good. Except when there is a need to lay someone off - then they DO NOT TELL YOU you are getting laid off, they simply remove your name from the schedule and stop accepting your phone calls.
A few employees have been there for 15 years or something like it. If you last, there are opportunities to learn and grow, take on additional responsibilities. But because of the "seasonal" nature of the work it is VERY HARD to convince the managers to keep you long enough to get to that point.
Overall compensation for your work
Pay per hour is about what I expect for this type of work.
Office / Work Environment
Depends on your job. "Office" is very clean, very professional. Field work will take you to a variety of places though - mostly construction sites and a few industrial sites. So it is a mixed bag.
They treat wastewater and make recommendations to keep their clients in compliance with EPA and WA State regulations.
Hours are pretty good usually, if you are hired for day shift then you are on day shift 90% of the time without excessive overtime... except that the work is very dependent on the weather and the clients' needs. If there is NO RAIN, then there is no water to treat, therefore there is no work for us to do and employees get reduced hour or laid off. Also, schedules are made DAILY and while they try to keep things consistent so on Sunday you know what the upcoming week "should" look like, occasionally there are last-minute changes.
The company does quality work and has a great reputation in the industry. Just be aware of the deficiencies of the management team and the lack of job security.
There is ZERO job security. And when they lay you off they WILL NOT TELL YOU SO they will just quietly take your name off of the schedule and stop talking to you.
The office is ground floor, but you have to pull the door open to enter. And most of the client sites and work are NOT intended for handicapped. Active construction sites, operating industrial wastewater equipment out of a mobile control trailer, etc.
The office is clean and organized, really they do a good job of keeping it a safe environment. But client sites are only as safe as the clients let them become. We're talking about active construction sites, landfill runoff ponds, etc. so they try but it is never "perfect."
Some days are pretty tough - assembling filtration systems for wastewater treatment. Some days are easy - operating those systems. It depends what sort of client site you are at that day; some are easy to operate while others pose unique challenges.
Suggestions for improvement
- Managers need to do more to retain their employees, and if lay-off time does come they need to communicate with the employees that are getting laid off so we can anticipate it and go seek other opportunities.
What I like about the company
Good reputation. Clean and organized office/warehouse. Hard-working and intelligent coworkers. Quality service. Serving the industry that I went to college for.
What I dislike about the company
Management's handling of temp employees and layoffs.
Daily changes to schedules.
The following benefits were offered to me
- Companyclear water compliance services
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?Former employee