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    „Honest Review: Come here for health insurance, not work”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter 
    Empfiehlt nicht
    Neutrale Prognose
    Stimmt gegen Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe bei Saiful Bouquet gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Health insurance, that's it. They have an excellent health insurance plan where you don't have to worry about getting killed by the deductibles and co-pay. Hopefully you won't have to use it during your term there.

    Kontras

    1. Work culture is very bad. I saw some recent reviews tactfully putting the sentiment that the young engineers should do their "homework" on their own time, which basically means company doesn't want to pay you to learn anything, which comes to you working 45+ hours on a 40 hour pay (I would encourage you to question the recent "five star" reviews by talking to present/past employees to make sure they are not fake... reviews being written by the IT or HR person). Few managers are terrible (god help you if you end up with them), who shout on young, fresh graduates for not doing something which the manager should be guiding the poor guy on, and not appreciating your efforts even if you pull in 50+ hour week to meet the deadline. This translates into resentment and feeling of inadequacy on the engineer's part that they are not good enough, which no one should go through. 2. Bad practices in terms of paying wages or compensation. The company has 9/4 schedule, which means 9 hours from Mon-Thurs, and 4 hours on Friday, which is very convenient because if engineers were to actually track their time (including the time it takes to learn stuff), we clock in 40 hours by Thursday itself, and Friday we end up working 5-6 hours anyway. I was told that couple of extra hours on Mon-Thurs are not paid because they are part of "professional development", instead of being honest and saying they would rather keep the profits within the upper echelon. Add couple of extra hours from Mon-Thurs, and you will see the engineer put in 11x4 = 44 hours already, which obviously they don't pay because they'd rather appease the client than be fair. The other thing is "banking" hours and the company shutdown during Christmas week, where Saiful will personally ensure that if you don't have enough "banked hours" to use during shutdown (which is imposed by the company), you have to use your hard earned vacation hours, which I don't know if it's legal. Also, if the project is running out of budget and/or you accumulate too many banked hours by the end of the year, you run the risk of losing your banked hours (decided by Saiful himself). 3. Lack of transparency in decision making and company structure. It is well known fact among the people that if you perform well while working with Saiful (by staying late, flattering, etc), then you will get promoted faster, because he plays favorites. Also, all the dubious titles (Engineer > Senior Engineer > Project Engineer > Project Manager > ???) are meant to keep you shackled in terms of compensation and responsibilities, because even after working for 10+ years and having a title of Project Manager, all you are is a glorified engineer, because you don't bring in work (or which is small/unimportant), and everything goes through Saiful himself. There is no time to develop professional relationships for a manager because he has a family, and works 45-50 hours (the additional hours he could've used for networking). Engineers at the bottom of the ladder don't even know what's going on, and they just have to keep their heads down and be okay with it. Unless you're going to promote the company (worth decided by Saiful), forget about attending any SEAOSC, ASCE, or other meetups/events. 4. Speaking of company structure, your experience is pretty much decided on the day you join the company. Whatever team you join, whether it be steel or concrete or any other team, you will be there unless something drastic happens. Company values efficiency (just like any other company), and will keep giving you similar work which won't give you a broad experience when it comes to design problems. This might be okay with you, but some people want experience in all the materials before deciding on something, and this company won't provide you that platform because you're working 40+ hours anyway (without overtime, which won't motivate you to study on your own time), and they don't care what you want, as long as their deadlines are being met.

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    Rat an das Management

    You have lost a large number of talented and motivated people over the 20+ years you've been in the profession, and it seems Saiful's ears are closed in terms of being flexible, which is ironic given that he's trying to change the ways of other principals/managers. Please compensate the engineers well, and don't overwork them without overtime. The faux banked hours will only do so much.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-04-29
  1. „Great Place to Make a Career”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Anonymer Mitarbeiter 

    Ich habe für mehr als ein Jahr bei Saiful Bouquet gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    1. Excellent support and help from project managers and colleagues .The team has a great chain of command and any time I’ve had an issue, my supervisor has always been approachable, a good listener, and gives such great advice. It's a great chance for engineers to learn. 2. Great projects all over the nation and opportunities to grow. Received exposure to a broad range of things. Engineers have chance to work on... the airport, museum, hospital, and hotels. I was lucky to exposure to those high profile projects in my past two years at SBI. 3. Great benefit. SBI provides good health insurance, and 401K match compared to other engineering firms.

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    Kontras

    Hours can get rough when deadlines hit, but that is to be expected anywhere.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-05-29
  2. „Exponential Growth - Holistic Exposure Of Running The Show (Projects)”

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    Ehem. Mitarbeiter - Senior Engineer in Pasadena, CA
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    Positive Prognose
    Befürwortet Geschäftsführer

    Ich habe für mehr als 3 Jahre bei Saiful Bouquet gearbeitet (Vollzeit)

    Pros

    Briefly about me; I worked for 3 1/2 years at SBI. Worked directly with executives, Saiful & Tom and principals Matt & Vernon and often interacted with several other principles. I was a fresh graduate out of UCSD and this was my first full time job. (1) Getting onto the point I feel to be the most important. It was a period of exponential growth for me. I was directly part of much more of what can... typically be expected in that time. These include engineering and management skills attained through working on great projects. I had a holistic exposure of running the projects. Analyzing, designing, detailing, managing drafters, coordinating clients & other consultants, attending meetings and presenting. To mention here, was directly coordinating & attending meetings with Gensler & HP which are one of the largest US architect and contractor respectively. You wont be a person who fails to look beyond numbers been thrown out of a computer. (2) If you remain persistent eventually your hard work will pay off well. There will times of ups and downs. But the resolve to self-improve & maintaining positive attitude to utilize all the growth resources at SBI will cash out amazingly as you being a person who understands how projects run (engineering+management). (3) There is large group of young & smart engineers. They work on all kinds of projects in concrete & steel ranging from airports, high rises, schools, hospitals and commercial plazas in new and existing buildings. And each one of us was a resource of learning for other. This environment of being part of a group of smart peers accelerates the learning. (4) Majority of the people at work are quite friendly and I made some very good friends & work relations there. They were good people to hang around at & outside work. (5) The Pasadena & DTLA offices, both are high tech & fancy offices comparing to vast majority of the big structural offices in US. My concluding remark is that I have practically seen myself and good number of engineers walking in to the office fresh out of school and through persistence & resources available at SBI transform into great project engineers. I have witnessed people growing towards being capable of handling complex projects. And learning that the real world engineering is not about mere crunching numbers & analysis on computers but how to generate workable solutions, talk & handle clients, contractors, plan checks and management skills in general.

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    Kontras

    Need additional time for R&D and a reserved & designed time for personal development. Might sound like a radical idea but is not and this can be big winner for time ahead.

    Saiful Bouquet2019-05-25

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