Small Arms Technician (Former Employee), Tikrit, Iraq – February 14, 2013
Pros: commaradery / paycheck
Cons: no free time / ridiculous management / rough work environment / never home
Seven, 12 hour days a week. Two-week vacation every 4 months. Outstanding pay and benefits. Some days were extremely slow and others were non-stop. Lots of experience with multiple types of weapon systems, kept you thinking and kept your skills up-to-date. Excellent experience working with all branches of the armed forces and other Private Military – more... Corporations. Absolutely horrid management and leadership. Luckily the shop I was in had three other very talented employees. We taught each other alot and we represented 3 out of 5 branches of service, so we had a fusion of multiple arenas of experience. Dealing with the stupidity was difficult, but looking at your bank account every two weeks and the guys I worked with made it all tolerable. – less
Think carefully.... and get all promises in writing
hired as welder (Former Employee), Albany – February 5, 2013
Cons: lack of job security. top level management is sub par
Company came to Albany in 2011 and a lot of us hope URS may be leaving in 2013 when this contract bids again. Site manager never gets out to meet or greet the employees. Some employees don't even know who he is. Some who have met him say he is rude and distant. Health insurance for GA employees originates in California so it is very expensive. Company – more... is said to be losing money here because they grossly underestimated the bid for this sight. Top managers treat most of us like they are just tolerating us until they can leave at the end of the contract. Most team lead level supervisors are good guys who seem to be taken advantage of by site management. – less
Vice President (Former Employee), East – February 5, 2013
Pros: pay but watch out for what you have to give up
Cons: corporate honesty with clients, respect for employees, business leadership, management and leadership
As a VP I resigned after experiencing constant inter-office fighting for revenue, markets and projects all of which serves to disadvantage strategy and competitive advantage. Low respect for people and consistently placed profits over people. After 14 years serving one client when the program ended all PM's were fired. Business line leaders are incompetent. – more... Pay is good but you have to sell your integrity, values and honesty. I've worked 3 Fortune 500 companies and URS is the worse. Wonderful colleagues and people but leadership does not foster a sense of integrity and respect for people and clients. My integrity means more than pay and profit. I don't regret it one minute. – less
I worked on a team for 3 years and when management / sales didn't generate business all engineering knowledge team members were terminated. URA / APPTIS didn't care about keeping highly qualified trained employees.
Job Work/Life Balance
constantly needingt to stay over and cover others shifts
Fork truck operation, Laborer, Wash Bay (Former Employee), Peoria, IL – February 5, 2013
didnt explain much at begining learned more from other employees and was neglected to be inform of how to apply full time lost two jobs to other that started months after me
Sr. Director (Former Employee), Carlsbad, CA – January 29, 2013
Pros: salary and in-house design capability
Cons: not a construction company anymore
Upon the procurement of the original Morrison-Knudsen/Washington Group by URS - an engineering corporation - the overall view of the contracting world at URS is a bit skewed. The thought that all projects can be with a compliant contract and non-fixed price is unrealistic, and provides an avenue for early retirement for a lot of construction people – more... at this company. – less
Training Coordinator (Former Employee), Stockton, UT – January 29, 2013
Pros: close to home with good pay
Was close to home. Loved working with the public but I felt the company lost a lot of clients due to charges. It seemed like they charged you for something every time you turned around. They focused more on the wealthy clients and forgot about the everyday worker. Made the workplace fun by enjoying the people I worked with and doing things outside of – more... work. – less
URS is an excelent company to work for. They provide an atmosphere of teamwork and safety.
Sr. Maint Technical Specialist (Current Employee), Gulf of Mexico – January 28, 2013
Pros: walk 10 feet to work, eat any food you want, and try not to have too much fun.
Cons: being out on an isolated location for 2weeks at a time.
For my position, a typical day includes managing company expenses and managing material coordination for the oil and gas idustry. I live offshore on a platform structure with over 30 other coworkers. The hardest part of my job is being away from home.
Challenging for a contract administrator, Great professional co-workers
Contract Administrator (Former Employee), Hermiston, OR – January 25, 2013
Pros: great people to work with, company kept promises to employees.
Cons: sometimes politics of client/ contractor relationships difficult.
This project required detailed contract reviews for the extensive lifecycle project proposal. I assisted with the reviews,and it was a challenge to all of the contract parts in propective, and meet the needs of the customer.
I enjoyed the ongoing monitoring of contrct performance, and coordination efforts with the client on the many change cases the – more... contract required.
I enjoyed working on special projects like legal cost reporting, and designing and opertating an electronic floor check system to monitor time sheet compliance for 600+ employees. – less
Accounting Manager (Former Employee), Austin, TX – January 25, 2013
Pros: pay was at or above industry
Cons: austin controller makes work miserable
Employee morale and management support are terrible. URS overall is a great company, but the Controller in the General Ledger department of the Austin Accounting Center is a tyrant. Make sure you ask about prior management turnover if considering a position.
Toll Attendant (Former Employee), Austin – January 22, 2013
Pros: breaks every two hours
Cons: had to sit in the toll booth by myself
Providing the best customer service on the road for the patrons who used the toll roads for faster routes to get to their destination points. A typical day entailed of getting the tour fund, arriving at our assigned lanes, performing the toll attendant duties, taking breaks every two hours, and at the end of the day turn in our tour funds along with – more... the collected cash to balance and cash out.
The hardest part of the job was dealing with the electronic machines which sometimes did not keep up with the fast traffic flow. There were days when balancing out at the end of the shift became a little difficult and stressful since the machines were not playing their maximum role. Also, after working in a convenient store setting for almost 8 years and then working as a toll attendant and sitting in the toll booth all by myself became tiring, because I was used to heavy social interaction with the customers.
Overall, the job helped me see another side of customer service. I experienced that not all jobs will have a setting where there will be a whole lot of customer interaction but in the end I was part of the company and I played a vital role along with my co-workers to provide the utmost customer service. – less