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Well rounded enviroment
Field Technician (Former Employee) –  Barrie, ON15 March 2018
Most by your self for long duration of time and mostly engaging with contractors and clients

Lots of paper work

People help out each other in times of need
Pros
Good people
Cons
Experience required
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Great Environment
Environmental CAD Technician (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB12 March 2018
It was a productive work environment with lots of additional outings for employees. There were lunches, bowling, and Christmas parties. The staff really felt like a community!
Pros
Lots of opportunities for promotions
Cons
Not much overtime available
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Work/life balance unrealistic
Geotechnical Lab Technician (Current Employee) –  Whitby, ON16 February 2018
Instead of having enough staff they'd rather tell their employees to work 12 hour days and weekends to get the work done. If the pay was decent it wouldn't be so bad but with making $2 above minimum wage its not worth the amount of stress, responsibility, and time that the job requires.

This used to be a good company to work for before they restructured it. They employ as little staff as possible and expect everyone to work more to compensate for it, yet they don't show any kind of gratitude when it comes to raises. Going up 30 cents an hour per year is not enough.
Pros
Cake day once a month
Cons
Low pay, no work/life balance mentality
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Great place to work
Administrative Assistant/Trim Project Champion (Former Employee) –  Champion, AB13 February 2018
I had lots of fun working here.

Friendly atmosphere with lots of potential for growth within the company

Would definitely recommend to anybody looking for steady work
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Not great at this time
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB9 February 2018
-No raises or career advancement in the last 4 years
-employee morale is low
-expected to be willing to travel at last minutes notice
-recent cutting of benefits and any travel perks
-no job security
-treated as expendable
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Used to be great
Business Consultant (Current Employee) –  Vancouver, BC6 February 2018
Golder used to be a great place to work and there was a time when I would have given it 5 stars - now, if I could give it 0, I would. It's all about the bottom line and increasing the share value so the CEO and his "dream team" can get sell the company and retire. Golder has gone through years of layoffs and restructuring - some real head scratching decisions were made in terms of who they would let go of, meanwhile they hung on to some staff who obviously don't want to be here (and rarely show up!) and help contribute to the environments low morale. Staff are no longer valued and good people are leaving for much better jobs as we speak. Management are disorganized and disengaged - it's obvious even they don't want to be here. They've cut positions, benefits. departments, you name it. They've cut far too close to the bone, so now more and more is being asked of staff who have no experience in certain areas (logistics, H&S, AP) where they could have people in local offices very busy, helping to keep things moving and flowing seamlessly. Instead, we have inept leaders controlling our various department to help "streamline functions and improve efficiencies", which is the complete opposite of what's been happening. It's embarrassing to see any company operate like this - I will be one of many jumping ship as soon as I line something else up :)
Pros
Some good people are left...
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Solid Environmental Consulting Company
Senior Consultant (Current Employee) –  Calgary, AB4 February 2018
Learned a lot and developed so many friendships for over a decade. Great place to work for - relative to other large consulting companies. Currently going through rebranding and realignment - hopefully for good.
Pros
Great place to work if you are technically strong
Cons
Office Location
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Productive and supportive company
Receptionist/Property Manager (Former Employee) –  Castlegar, BC16 January 2018
Golder Associates is a world class employee owned consulting company. It offers many avenues for advancement and training. A very supportive place to work.
Pros
Educational, sustainable
Cons
none
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Not what it used to be
Geotechnical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Ontario10 January 2018
Golder used to be a great company to work for. Now it feels like you are a number with a sole purpose of making the company money. The company culture is "make money, make money, make money". It's draining. Training is now non-existent. Benefits were recently cut. Pay is now below standard. Things are still constantly changing.

You can find worse companies, but I had to leave for something more stable and healthy for my psyche.
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A professional organization of engineers.
Environmental Health and Safety Technologist (Former Employee) –  Burnaby, BC19 December 2017
This would have been a great career. But I discovered that as a technologist, I was not valued but treated instead as an expendable resource. The office environment was health and safety orientated to a very high standard but my experience was that this hid the underlying sophisticated harassment that was conducted.
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Big Company Operation with local focus.
Internal Auditor (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON9 December 2017
Canadian Based and head quartered global company.
Diverse in staff and projects.
Owned and managed by established employees.
International in scope.
Pros
Very corporate culture, well defined.
Cons
None
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A wide variety of experiences
Environmental Technician (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON4 December 2017
This job has a wide range of tasks and experiences. From days within the office doing busy work to traveling to different towns for field work. This is a fast paced industry.
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Challenging yet rewarding company
IT Support Analyst (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON14 November 2017
Excellent knowledge and experience gained.
Each day presented a new challenge, people made it exciting.
Employee benefits were greatly appreciated.
warm comfortable atmosphere.
Pros
Employee benefits
Cons
none
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Golder is going through turbulence - fasten your career seat belt !
Geotechnical Engineer (Former Employee) –  Canada8 November 2017
Used to be a great company, but things changed in a way that is not in the best interest of an average employee particularly new employees.
You have to be 100% chargeable and yet there is no appreciation. If you are down a few months then you are out the door, is it professional? or purely business?
Everyone is struggling to meet his/her chargeability.
Pros
Global company
Cons
No job security
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An employee oriented and employee owned company.
Administrative Assistant (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON30 October 2017
Great place to work with good benefits and good wages. In my position I had to pleasure of meeting and greeting a lot of clients from all over the world.
Pros
Fair pay
Cons
difficult deadlines to be met
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Office and field
Biological technician (Former Employee) –  Boyle, AB24 October 2017
My hours were a little inconsistent but everyone I met was very nice and supportive. Many people wanted to know me and try to help me move forward in my career.
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Great People but no advancement opportunities
Project Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Whitby, ON13 September 2017
Salary is competitive and co workers are fabulous. Despite lots of talk about succession planning etc. there really isn't a plan to do so. Training is hit and miss. Most of the benefits (education reimbursement etc) disappeared in 2014. No real opportunities for advancement.
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Productive and fun work place
Corporate Financial Controller (Former Employee) –  Mississauga, ON10 August 2017
Good work environment.. Management appreciation for excellent work is really high and work anniversaries are recognized. Social networking is excellent with many sports clubs to join.
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competitive compensation - low job security
EIT - Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB10 August 2017
Great global company for Principles and Associates.
Need to work hard to keep up with the current structure of the company.
Low job security for many employees particularly for contract and non-Ps or As
Pros
Good salary
Cons
Low job security
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Great experiences and amazing learning opportunities yet a little tough on work/life balance
N/A (Current Employee) –  Edmonton, AB25 July 2017
Great company, great staff, great learning opportunities, decent wages and coverage however sometimes it can be a little bit of a challenge to balance work/life.

Great balance of working in a team environment and also as an individual.
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