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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Environmental Scientist

    Nov 8, 2021 - Environmental Scientist in Chantilly, VA
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    Pros

    The hours are great, great company, easy field to work in

    Cons

    Working on construction sites, hours are early

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Amazing Consulting Business

    Nov 4, 2020 - Technical Analyst in New York, NY
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    Pros

    Small business full of driven and hardworking colleagues. Leadership is amazing and compassionate.

    Cons

    You get what you put in. Work hard!

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great company

    Feb 1, 2018 - Environmental Scientist in Chantilly, VA
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    Pros

    Flexibility, great people, interesting work, and improved benefits

    Cons

    None can think of

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  4. 3.0
    Current Employee

    ECC

    Dec 24, 2015 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Nice, laid back people and atmosphere

    Cons

    Sometimes feels unorganized, not great pay

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    ECC is a great place to work if you have personal drive and ambition

    Oct 22, 2013 - Project Manager 
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    Pros

    ECC operates as a meritocracy and the opportunities for advancement are limited only by the effort you do (or don't) put in. ECC's management recognizes and rewards employees who go the extra mile to understand the business, independently implement projects, and produce quality deliverables on time and budget. As expected, employees who demonstrate these qualities are also entrusted with greater responsibilities. I joined ECC after graduating college in 2003, and by 2006 was responsible for managing several large-scale projects. On the other hand, if you are looking to punch out at exactly 5:00pm every day and only work on the tasks assigned to you without showing the initiative to grow your role, you will probably stagnate early in your career at ECC. As a small company (roughly 20 employees), management has limited resources to allocate across the many projects ECC takes on. As such, employees are expected to take on a variety of roles and step up to take on assignments that may be outside their comfort zone. As a small company, ECC compensates employees very well - particularly for employees with only a bachelor degree. Entry-level pay is not much different from similar firms in the area. However, ECC provides many opportunities for employees to advance internally. I began ECC with a modest salary comparable to similarly sized firms in the area. However, through hard work and by showing initiative in taking on new projects, I was able to triple my entry-level salary within 5 years. Overall ECC is a great place to work if you have personal drive and ambition. The people at ECC are friendly (maybe a little quirky) and everybody is willing to help train and give opportunities to new employees that show promise.

    Cons

    As I mentioned in the previous section, since ECC is a small company, employees are asked to take on a variety of projects. While this provides great exposure and opportunities to employees, it can occasionally result in competing for and overloading of resources. While more seasoned employees can handle managing a workload and dealing with multiple supervisors, this may be intimidating for more junior employees that are focused on keeping multiple managers happy.

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  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Tolerable Until 2008/2009; All Downhill Since

    Jul 30, 2013 - Environmental Scientist in Chantilly, VA
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    Pros

    Unless you are foolish enough to falsify data/documents in a manner that is so obvious that management CAN'T ignore it, you will never be fired. Even employees caught sleeping on job sites (among other things) continue to be employed there to this day.

    Cons

    There is no accountability. Managements loves to bluster when things go awry (which is often), but it has to be quite severe for them to directly confront the employee (no matter how low on the totem pole they are) responsible for it; they also love to produce ridiculous "methods" for preventing recurrences of any problems with draconian micromanaging, which lasts for 1-2 weeks (and then everything returns to however it was). Employees who under-perform gradually get easier and easier and less projects assigned to them. Nothing is done to actually correct the issue, they're just given progressively more menial tasks until they find out at what level they can at least produce mediocre work (and that's where they stay). Meanwhile, while employees who perform well get progressively more workload shifted onto them; eventually they drown and leave or learn to under-perform. This mode of operation got significantly worse once the Director was elevated to President in 2008/2009 and the owner took a hands-off approach. Employee moral and integrity rapidly dropped as a result, because only the untrustworthy employees who had no problem with sneaking out early, not showing up at job sites, and not pulling their weight actually benefited. Additionally, the usual company functions like lunch time BBQs around July 4th, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc. died off because it was always left to the women of the office (of which there were few) to plan, cook, and do all clean-up duty; once they got angry enough to stop bothering, it stopped happening at all. The company-sponsored party at Christmas went from a decent meal at a local restaurant to "mandatory attendance" at an in-house company "parties" (which consisted of a platter of chicken wings, veggies and cookies from Giant and some cheap wine and beer) 2-3 days before Christmas (when everyone was trying to take their trips to be with friends/family). No matter what anyone tells you, there is NO upward mobility. IF you work here, it's only good for paying bills and learning to self-manage your work and stress (assuming you have any personal/work integrity) so that you can add some experience to your resume.

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