Tetra Tech Reviews

Updated 8 Aug 2020

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3.6
70%
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Tetra Tech Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President Dan L. Batrack
Dan L. Batrack
220 Ratings
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  • "Upper management consists of all older white men who do not engage in work with women involved unless a male is in charge(in 15 reviews)

  • "Very long hours and weekend work(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Flexible work environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Tetra Tech part-time

    Pros

    flexible hours and varied projects, very relaxed work environment.

    Cons

    Limited client base and too much exposure to the ups and down of the one main client

  2. "good place to work with good culture"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Technologist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    good place to work with good culture

    Cons

    lots of workload and can get stressful

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  3. "Ok place to work"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Geologist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tetra Tech full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Large contracts give a huge base to work from. Nationwide project locations give opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    The company is split between different units that are essentially different businesses all together. EMI unit forbade (not in writing of course) the use of overhead charging when out of work - it’s criminal. Difficult to get a substantial raise (over 4-5%) every year 2.5-3% is average and promotions almost never happen for entry level people after 4-5 years.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "No work/life balance"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You can sometimes negotiate work from home, and occasionally there are some interesting projects

    Cons

    no work life balance - I work a minimum 60 hours a week and manager asks - what are you doing with the rest of your time? At one point I realized - i'm working 60+ hours a week, and this guy over here is working 60+ hours a week (neither of us billing overtime) so while the company could use our extra workload to hire more people, improve the job market, instead current staff is just overloaded and burnt out Profits first, nothing else - client relationships don't matter, staff retention doesn't matter, having the best work product doesn't matter - it's how much money you made on the project, period time off with pay is counted against your overhead - crazy!!! meaning your manager can refuse you vacation if it means your group won't meet utilization goals due to your vacation time (no other engineering consulting company counts vacation/sick leave against utilization, it's separate everywhere else i've worked) the DIVs, business units, etc are so siloed and set up to make groups compete against each other - for corporate space, for project work with clients, for market shares - we should be working together to better our client relationships - not working against each other!

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  5. "Great Company!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Helena, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging project work and great team environment.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

  6. COVID-19

    "Unorganized mess."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time

    Pros

    Job Security. Within the Nuclear Industry at least.

    Cons

    Poor management. Project Managers have no idea what they're doing. Win contracts by bidding short schedules that include excessive OT hours and weekend work. No work-life balane whatsoever, ESPECIALLY with COVID. It's expected that you're available 24/7. Each discipline has 60-80 people with one manager overseeing - not structured properly whatsover. Culture is toxic. Everyone undermines each other, even in front of clients.

  7. "Cheap"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer-In-Training in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Flexible work hours unless there are deadlines - Good experience for entry level - Most people are willing to answer questions

    Cons

    - Raises are rare/low - mentor ship is rare - stuck doing repetitive work most of the time

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  8. "Great place to work"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Associate 

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time

    Pros

    It is a Great place to work!

    Cons

    None come to mind at the is much

  9. "Toxic culture"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Tetra Tech full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pros are salary and benefit

    Cons

    Toxic culture, unhealthy work climate, difficult change

  10. Helpful (2)

    "Don't work at Tetra Tech"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - GIS Specialist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Tetra Tech full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One may work with some enjoyable colleagues

    Cons

    As a GIS Specialist at Tetra Tech, I was constantly running into pushback whenever I tried to make my job, or the job of other GIS staff, less monotonous. I was allotted a total of zero billable hours to develop more efficient ways of completing tasks, even if it could save tens of man-hours. This is not surprising, as Tetra Tech is a contractor, and prefers to pay your salary using the client's bank account, rather than their own. Any kind of time-savings seemed to allow Tetra Tech to bill less to the client, and thus was a major no-no. Forget about any kind of work-life balance. There is none. I was expected to be available at a moments notice to travel anywhere in the western half of the continental U.S. for an unknown amount of time. Often, when a project would finish, it would be piggy-backed with another, regardless of who the client was, to keep costs down, keeping myself and those with me in the field for prolonged periods of time. While in the field, it was not uncommon to work 10 to 12 hours a day, nor is it uncommon to be asked to work later into the day at the hotel you’re staying at. Pay was low. Bonuses were rare, and if you happened to get one, it was a joke at best.

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