Civil Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Civil Engineer?

Civil Engineer in Boston:
Pros: Boston's a fun place to be.
Cons: It's expensive, so I live outside the city and public transportation is not helpful.

Civil Engineer in Los Angeles:
"Design-Build Transportation Projects, Scarce Training Chance."
Pros: Major Design-Build Transportation Projects in Los Angeles County.
Cons: Not much professional growth training opportunities.

Civil Engineer in Everett:
Pros: Lots of opportunities for diverse work experience.
Cons: Need more near term growth opportunities.

Civil Engineer in Richmond:
"Great Work Experience."
Pros: Interesting Projects, Intelligent coworkers, good hours.
Cons: Average compensation level.

Civil Engineer in Miami:
"I love my job."
Pros: Work from home, no pressure from superiors, I make my schedule.
Cons: There is a lot of work, a lot of responsibilities.

Civil Engineer in Durango:
"Laid back culture."
Pros: Access to the outdoors and open spaces.
Cons: Cost of living, commute, isolation.

Civil Engineer in Boston:
Pros: The people in general are great. Nice young office in Boston with plenty of gatherings, and after work activities (company softball team!). Generally feel we are provided with adequate computers and plotters and modern office space. Free coffee is always available. Vast projects that allow you to try and see new things. Flexible office policies. Wifi available to permit no-work internet access for things like internet radio. Dress is generally business casual but is loosely enforced. Jeans and sneakers make appearances many days during the week. Fair expense policies to compensate for expenses accrued due to work.
Cons: Our group in particular is regularly subjected to shift changes where we are expected to go from working days (~8am-5pm) to an overnight shift (~10am-6am) with occasionally less than a days notice to oversee construction or do investigative work. Some projects have us altering our schedules for 45 straight days (weekends and holidays) and sometimes people end up stuck on an overnight shift and are expected to completely remove any work/home balance to support the work. The salaries of the the city employees compared to the rural employees is incorrect with the city employees making significantly less than average salary for the given city. Upper management keeps the best work for employees local to them, not for the ones who have to construct the project. Stress levels are high due to direct client/contractor interactions with a junior title. Work can be flexible when in the office but flexibility is non existent during field work, often meaning canceled plans outside of work hours.