Good for experience, managers need to improve culture
Environmental Scientist (Former Employee) – North America – 29 January 2014
My initial perception of AMEC was poor, in that when I had agreed to a particular salary during the interview, the recruiter/manager attempted to decrease it substantially upon being offered the job (this was a very distasteful way of treating prospective employees).
In general my experience was that managers attempted to take credit for ideas of their employees, or find ways to sideline employees so as to not promote them. Also, management was generally unaccountable for employee mentoring -- for example, management could not understand why it would take some time for employees on the learning curve to complete projects, but would not actually be willing to help to complete tasks or provide guidance. Managers were happy to sign off on quality reports upon completion, however. Communication amongst egotistical personalities often made work difficult. Office manager was purely administrative, had poor people skills and did not add much value to the company. AMEC would at times bully its clients and contractors, and sometimes lay-off well qualified employees for unknown reasons.
Retirement plan was relatively flexible (major bank managed retirement fund and were active in guiding employees) and employer matching began from first day on the job. Annual employee bonus was lacking. Benefits fairly average for the industry. Annual raises miniscule; so more effective to leave for another company for raise, although this is typical of the industry.
Co-workers were reasonable in terms of number of hours worked. Generally were not too pushy about utilization. Also Imore... was able to get good experience in different fields of work and interact with clients, who were often more appreciative of my work than co-workers or management!less