Associate Engineer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 12 March 2018
I came to S&L with experience, but I wish I had come here out of college. I got plenty of design experience on a variety of projects. The employees are friendly, some are standoffish but nice once you get to know them. It’s mostly engineers so that’s expected. The monthly Community of Practice meetings were great for meeting other employees and sharing knowledge. I worked remotely, but I left because there was no advancement opportunities unless I was willing to relocate to Chicago. I would go back if given the opportunity.
Very Organized, Great Learning Experiences, Social Networking, Nice Offices, Good Location
Can be a masculine environment with good ‘ol boy tendencies
Associate (Current Employee) – Chattanooga, TN – 30 January 2018
It's a great place to learn and grow in the engineering industry. It is stressful sometimes, but relaxing others. The management can be hard to deal with sometimes, but for the most part they just try and get the jobs out.
Senior Engineer (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 22 January 2018
In a rapidly declining fossil fuel market, Sargent & Lundy is too used to their old ways to diversify their business and hedge their future. There is a company culture of quelling young talent to keep the aging and inefficient engineers in power.
Pay and bonuses are not based on performance which allows for a large percentage of employees to "punch the clock" every day at work with very few actual productive hours. This leads to a significant difference in work product and resentment between the intelligent, hard working engineers and the slackers. Engineers and project managers who have proven that they cannot complete a project under budget are given chance after chance while their unsuccessful projects eat in to the bonuses of successful employees and hurt the company's reputation.
All of the good leads, project managers, and project directors are so overworked that you can watch the happiness drain from their bodies after every successive "promotion" (aka more responsibility with the same pay). I find that a good way to evaluate your company is to look at your boss or your boss's boss and ask yourself, "Do I want to be in that position one day?" In my opinion, the pay is not worth the unhappiness that I see on all of our Manager's and Director's faces day after day around the office. It is very hard to walk around our office and find someone who is happy.
In the last 4 years, I have watched half of our business group and most of the good young engineers leave the company for better pay and better positions. The fossil business group has lost over 100 of theirmore... employees while our competition is hiring them and growing their business. Every person I talk to here is looking for another job at the moment. Sargent & Lundy refuses to hire experienced engineers and project managers from different industries to grow their company into new markets. The lack of diversification, creativity, and foresight at the top of the organization could be the downfall of this company.
Project directors / VP's are promoted from within which sounds great but does not work in practice. You do well as a detail oriented engineer sitting alone at your desk doing complex system calculations you are moved up to lead then maybe project manager. Now, you need to be great at a whole new skill set: managing teams of people, budgets, schedules, and communicating clearly with clients. That's where most people usually quit or plateau in the company. If you succeed as a project manager you may get the opportunity to be a project director / VP after 25 or so years where now you must learn a third skill set: business development. This is where the Peter Principle really sets in. Most great engineers are horrible at developing business because they have spent their whole career engineering things not cultivating business relationships. This is the fatal flaw in the career path at Sargent & Lundy. Project directors are so busy traveling 4 days a week trying to drum up business they do not have any time to direct their projects. This leads to bad projects snowballing into huge losses for the company. The company needs to hire dedicated business development individuals to grow into new territories and markets.
My advice to upper management: Promote your young, hard working, intelligent engineers and pay them based on their performance so they do not leave, they could be the future of your company. If these individuals are instrumental to the success of a profitable project why should the VP's be the only ones who reap the benefits? The only way to correct this path is to replace the old with the new and usher in a younger generation of engineers who can breath life into this archaic company.less
Document Management System Records Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 19 January 2018
The environment was productive and very fast paced. The role of document control records manager had a lot of repetitive work. The office environment was a nice group of people who supported each other.
Support Staff (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 15 January 2018
The people I work with are top notch. Our management cares about the future of the company and is investing in people and programs to make us more efficient. Management also encourages responsibility personal accountability.
Project Associate 2 (Current Employee) – Warrenville, IL – 11 January 2018
As a part-time employee, I worked approx. 1600 hours per year. I did receive Health Care and about a week of PTO, but no other benefits. The work was stimulating, but never stressful. I was able to work remotely from my home a majority of the time. The management is fair and open. As a part-time employee, my job security was low, and I had no areas for advancement. Overall, it is a good company to work for, especially if you are a full time direct employee.
They provided competitive work assignment and they would listen to your suggestion and tried their best to make you important and they noticed you. The only issue that I saw was traveling to customers site that you could not charge.
They provided competitive work assignment
The only issue that I saw was traveling to customers site that you could not charge.
Computer Support Technician (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 6 November 2017
The people really make Sargent and Lundy worth working at. You can make some really good friends participating in/on one of the many teams/events at S & L. But office politics can (and sometimes does) ruin the work experience. There is little chance, upon you having a suggestion on how to improve an existing procedure, that it will be taken into serious consideration especially if you are a subordinate. Work procedures are near of set in stone. That having been said, many of the employees have been with the company for decades so you'd almost never have to worry about job security. All and all, it's a pretty good place to work.
relatively good job security, good work life balance
Project/Program Manager (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 25 October 2017
The IT organization is moving in the wrong direction. They are replacing the software packages which gave them a competitive advantage with a more "canned" series of packages which are more generic. They should be icorporating a subset of the pnew packages to specifically address shortcomings.
Documentation Aide (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 16 September 2017
Created transmittal letters to be shipped with drawings. Revise and update blueprints into three software databases. Scan, copy and print drawings to be shipped or emailed to customers. I learned how to read blueprints. Management was good. Again, a very diverse place to work. There was not really a hardest part of the job. The most enjoyable part were learning from my co-workers.
Engineering Manager (Former Employee) – Wilmington, DE – 21 August 2017
This is probably the company with the most involvement in the nuclear power generating industry. S&L has the nuclear safety culture and QA program. Most of the projects are small to medium sizes covers from power upgrade, equipment replacement, security, technical analysis or evaluation, etc. You will be able to learn a lot in a short period of time. S&L has an outstanding archive system with all the historical project files for reference. The workload, in general, is not evenly distributed. You may be asked to perform more than you can take. Pending on the budget, you may be asked to work free for OT.
Designer - Structural/Civil (Current Employee) – Chicago, IL – 11 August 2017
Working with engineers to produce structural/civil design drawings utilizing MicroStation and AutoCad. Communicating with clients to make sure that there needs and wants are delivered in a timely manner.
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 14 July 2017
Great organization to work for. It's an incredibly large organization so there are endless opportunities for growth and development for employees. I would recommend the organization to perspective employees.
Sargent Lundy has an outstanding benefits package.
Senior Electrical Engineer (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – 5 July 2017
I highly recommend SL as an employer. The variety of work is both interesting and challenging, with the opportunity for travel. The CEO and managers are highly experienced and able to manage highly complex projects while maintaining a cool head.