Sargent & Lundy

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Productive and Knowledgeable
Coal & Nuclear power plant consultant firm (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL4 August 2016
A typical day at work consisted of creating system sizing calculations & PIDs. At times work can be challenging but with the right team you can easily manage through. IT ALL DEPENDS ON THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH! Being on a huge project I was still able to have a flexible lifestyle.
Pros
Free Lunch & Learns, Work/Life Balance, Flexible, Learn alot
Cons
None
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Good Company
Senior Associate Engineer (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL25 May 2016
S&L is a good place to work with stable hours and a good group of engineers. Some middle management is not great to work with and they do not seem to care for employees thinking outside the box. Fossil Power is on the way out. S&L sees high turnover, however, they are very good at rehiring past employees from what I have seen.
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Sargent and Lundy
Human Resources Specialist, Talent Acquisition (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL13 October 2016
Sargent & Lundy is a global engineering consulting firm that provides complete consulting, engineering, and project development services for all types of fossil-fuel, nuclear, and renewable power generation and power delivery projects. S&L has been dedicated exclusively to serving the electric power industry and related businesses for 120 years.
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Great Company
Structural Engineering Assisociate (Former Employee) –  Cincinnati, OH30 November 2016
This is an excellent place to work. It's a small company filled with extremely intelligent and driven employees. There is a lot of knowledge sharing which makes getting up to speed relatively easy. Great place to work. 10/10 would recommend.
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Good Job/Life Balance
Associate 1 (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL13 April 2016
They are flexible with employees regarding PTO and flex-time and compensation for overtime.
They have one of the better employee benefits packages I have seen.
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Mechanical Project Engineering Lead (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL19 October 2015
S&L is a quality company with good job security and compensation. Work/Life balance is what you make it out to be. I recommend working at S&L.
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Good starting place for engineers but volatile atmosphere
Mechanical Associate II (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL16 January 2013
Sargent & Lundy provided solid training and a rigid structure to the completion and management of system design projects. With standards in place helping one design a system, source the components for said system, and develop all related documentation and control schemes, I quickly improved my system design abilities. However, due to the company's lean hiring practices and volatile power industry, turnover was very high. Advancement seemed luck-of-the-draw, while a full quarter of the company's engineers was laid off in a three month period.
Pros
excellent structure, location, benefits
Cons
high turnover, distant management
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Great training program
ASME Section 2&3 Pipe Stress Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL23 May 2016
Sargent and Lundy has a great training program, however during my time at the company there was never enough work for everyone. Lack of projects and assignments.
Pros
Training
Cons
Lack of projects
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You've been warned, now run, don't just walk away.
You just be an Associate (Former Employee) –  North American Continent27 March 2013
Employment security is totally based upon the kiss factor. Management is totally based upon the intimidation style. If you want to see the world, but not your home, family, or friends, then come on down. Make your ultimate sacrifices, and you'll get your just reward, no good deed goes unpunished. Any legitimate complaint to HR will earn you a door knob where the sun don't shine. Interesting how all the people who have praise for this place are listed as "former employees."
Pros
can't think of 1
Cons
too many to identify
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Technical engineering environment with opportunities to learn
Structural Associate (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL8 August 2015
The benefits and paid overtime are fantastic. However, long hours are expected to meet aggressive schedules. With the technical nature of nuclear power there are many of opportunities to learn from the experts in the field as well as chances to advance your knowledge of code requirements.
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Very professional and enjoyable atmosphere.
Nuclear Drafting Specialist/Designer (Current Employee) –  Seneca, SC6 August 2015
Typical day at work, revising drawings and downloading them into Document Management Program ( Fusion P8 ). Assigning drawing numbers for new documents and inputting information into the Data base. Scanning drawings with PE stamps and wet signatures for future cataloging.

My co-workers are very professional and very knowledgeable.

The hardest part of the job is trying to make completion dates, when a new program is being installed.

The most enjoyable part of the job is the different people you get to work with.
Pros
Assistance with commuting costs
Cons
Location of office
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Great place to work
Chicago Office Operations Manager - CSSD (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL13 June 2013
Great place to learn about the power generation industry and associated technologies. Very structured work environment with clear path for engineering personnel careers. Management is corporate minded but provides open door policy in general. Comps and benes are good and competitive in the industry.
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Solid Company
Mechanical Engineer Associate 2 (Current Employee) –  Delaware27 January 2015
This is a solid company to work for, especially those already in the Nuclear field or looking to enter the Nuclear field. The compensation is almost unbeatable for young engineers fresh out of school. If you perform well they will treat you well. The downside is the lack of interesting work. The projects are different ins a sense that you are replacing or upgrading a different piece of equipment or routing piping from point A to point B (mechanical only). These types of projects have been done hundreds of times and it really is a copy and paste job, with minimal engineering input. Yes you need the correct education and training. Also, the clients the S&L works for are very demanding and unrealistic, they expect us to perform miracles in terms of scheduling. The work/life balance is OK, it really depends on the week, but if you want to be a manager here it is terrible (but that is why they make more money). However, the compensation and benefits are really one of the best in the industry. All in all S&L is a very fair company, and treats their employees somewhat fairly (they do expect you to drop everything you have planned to finish a project).
Pros
Reimburesments for traveling, compensation and benefits, good work environment, field work (walkdowns and outage work) is interesting, teamwork environment within the office (not with the clients thought)
Cons
Work/life balance, work is up and down (forced to take vacation if slow), management is hit or miss
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Ok Place to Work
Associate (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL23 February 2016
The business model is outdated, and environment is slow, but the people are nice to work with, but the managers are often incompetent.
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productive and professional
Geotechnical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL10 February 2015
very productive professional environment, excellent management, excellent working conditions and good pay master with six month rise, quality work and very good client appraisal, provided good benefits including family health insurance
Pros
free health insurance
Cons
none
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Easy going company. People were all great to work with.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL9 January 2013
It was a very easy going company, come in a do what is expected and help others out when you can. The managers acknowledged you when you when out of your way to get things done or helped others.

All of my coworkers were great! They always loved to help and would always stop what they were doing just to answer a question or help you when it was needed.

The hardest part of the job was communication.

The most enjoyable part of the job was knowing what is expected of you and no one hoovering over you..

I learned how to multi task in a fast and oganized manner. I also learned how to deal with people who have no patience and just asking what is needed and I can figure out the rest so that things can get done in a fast and proficient way.
Pros
very laid back company.
Cons
management was not always available to answer questions.
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Contractor for utilities providing engineering and design.
SGI Custodian / Engineering Technical Assistant (Current Employee) –  Chattanooga, TN21 January 2014
Regional office with several clients and potential for extensive growth. Work is largely project driven and can sometimes slow down. Due to nature of the work, extensive overtimes is sometimes required. The office is largely younger engineers and designers, with some senior managemenet that relocated when the regional office opened. At entry level, opportunities for advancement are much greater than once a few years of accumulated experience have been acquired. Once that ceiling hits, an employee is often required to take field assignments or relocate to corporate to advance any further in their career.

Overall, a very good company in an interesting and fast paced industry.
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Very good workplace where leaders are not afraid to teach and train.
Thermal Insulation Specialist (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL10 February 2015
I am a former employee which did make it up the ladder from the bottom up. I began my career as a draftsman in the Mechanical Division working my way up to scheduling. It was then that I moved up to mechanical specifications and eventually to right hand man to the Insulation Section Head in the Mechanical Analytical Dept. The time worked at Sargent & Lundy was the best of my lifetime.
Pros
Not afraid to train personnel into new areas. Each and every project had its excitement.
Cons
None
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A workplace with very high quality deliverable standards!
Senior Structural Associate (Former Employee) –  Chicago, IL9 December 2015
Expectations from employees is very high (for Structural Discipline). Very knowledgeable staff. Over 100 years of experience. Very well reputed!
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Overall a good working atmosphere
Senior Associate (Current Employee) –  Chicago, IL3 September 2014
Overall this company a good working atmosphere. The benefits are nice and the flex time. However, growth within the company can be hard at times depending on projects you are assigned to. It does require travel. There is a mixed age of employees which helps create a diverse working environment.
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Overall rating

3.8
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