Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. Click here to learn more

Thornton Tomasetti Reviews

Updated 28 April 2015
50 reviews filtered by
  • Any Location
  • Any Job Title
3.7
50 Reviews
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Thornton Tomasetti Chairman & CEO Tom Z. Scarangello
Tom Z. Scarangello
21 Ratings

Pros
  • I enjoy the people I work with, and there are always interesting projects to work on (in 5 reviews)

  • Projects are high profile, interesting (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • management generally doesn't believe in work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • the long hours, and the amount of stress, the salary and benefits are dismal (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Great learning experience but not much work/life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some pretty nice people who are willing to teach you. I started at this company straight out of school and learned a lot of things from the people there.

    Cons

    However, they are slow to give any raise and expect you to do a ton of work.

    Corporate is kind of annoying. They keep sending people from New York to "guide" you how to network and make the company sound good. They "encourage" you to work on your own projects and if it's good you can even bill it. But then when project time rolls around, they dump all this work on you and your'e expected to somehow manage both.

    Advice to Management

    Give your employees better compensation. I've seen the disparity of corporate and regular employees. Open tabs when the execs from New York is visiting, but in the number of years I was there, my salary was bumped up only 10k -- that's probably just standard of living adjustments.

  2. Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Unique Projects, high rise and long span structure. Flexible work hours, intelligent and dedicated coworkers, fast paced work environment.

    Cons

    Long hours, while not typical for most jobs, can be the norm for some projects depending on client needs.

  3. Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Anyway it's big company to start your career.

    Cons

    They use Engineers to do management, which is terrible.

  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Helpful (2)

    Great firm with high standards, but getting too big

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Medical/Dental/Vision plans are great with great deductible and no premium.
    - 401k matching (half up to 7%) so 3.5% max.
    - Paid transit/wellness/PE exam and study material or course
    - Amazing technical resources (good in house spreadsheets plus experts of all facets of structural engineering at your disposal)
    - Powerful workstations
    - Latest software and a lot of programs available
    - Diverse portfolio- will be working on projects all over the world and all types of projects.
    - Paid OT up Senior Engineer level
    - Strong brand
    - The engineers in this firm are very bright, and they know there stuff. You will learn more in two years than most people will learn in five.
    - A lot of corporate benefits because of the size of the firm
    - Firm is very progressive and cutting edge and usually are leaders in new technologies

    Cons

    - A lot of office drama
    - A lot of turnovers among people with 4-10 years of experience.
    - Salary is on the low end
    - Top heavy, too many VPs and up
    - Because the company is top heavy, the VPs and up are only managing few projects causing them to micromanage.
    - Also because it’s top heavy the VPs and Principals have bosses too (Sr. and Managing Principals) so you feel the pressure from them even more.
    - A lot of brown nosing
    - Many people at rude and disrespectful
    - Firm has an up and out approach, if you don’t meet their “TT expectations” within a few months they will let you go.
    - Long hours mostly because they can’t properly staff projects because a Managing Principal, Principal, and Sr. Associate are all billing to the job. Leaving the producers, the Engineer-Sr. Project Engineers, overworked and underpaid.
    - Promotions are handouts thus resulting to a top heavy firm.
    - Company has about 12 engineering positions- way too many.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you doing, but slow down the growth. Promote less to prevent company from getting too top heavy. Promotion should weight heavily on performance and not just some simple checklist and meeting your year requirements. Also, reduce the amount of positions in the firm. 12 is way too many. Your competitors has only 6-8 positions. Makes billing a lot better and allows your employees to get paid more.

  6. Great group of people working on exciting projects

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very collaborative between offices and within offices, exciting projects all over the world gives the opportunity to travel abroad

    Cons

    The industry as a whole is lagging in compensation & benefits with tech and other professions along with the work/life balance in the AEC profession - not really specific to Thornton Tomasetti though

  7. great experience, good learning, good people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern in Mumbai (India)
    Former Intern - Intern in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - you will learn exponentially during the early phase of your job
    - opportunity to work on global projects(best projects of the world)
    - friendly and cooperative coworkers

    Cons

    - salary is on lesser side(which is justified as it is a core consulting firm)
    - as the company is US based, it faces tough competition from indian companies for design projects being developed in india, thus results in less number of design projects and more peer reviewing.

  8. Excellent firm. Lots of exposure to various facets of engineering.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent peers, access to various technical content

    Cons

    Nothing that affects smooth functioning of your daily duties.

  9. Work is exciting. You will have opportunities to work on challenging and rewarding projects.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Thornton Tomasetti

    Pros

    Great teamwork, and engineers are friendly and resourceful.

    Cons

    Different code standards need to be followed.

  10. ...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team oriented, innovative environment.

    Cons

    it is a bit disorganized.

  11. more financial incentive and it would be perfect!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer Intern in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer Intern in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Thornton Tomasetti part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High standard of design.
    Plenty of resources to enanhce your interest at work, like weekly seminars.
    Counseling with collegues located on different countries.
    Chance to expand own professional network fast and on 360°.

    Cons

    Work-life balance: extra hours are paid, still it might be preferable to spend that time with family instead than working.
    The compensation is a kind of low, when compared to salaries of other companies in the same region.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the hourly tarif.

Work at Thornton Tomasetti? Share Your Experiences

Thornton Tomasetti

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.