Overall Reviews at Veolia
Operator | Tampa, FL | Aug 10, 2019
If your expecting fairness and a healthy work environment, Your expecting too much
First things first, there is absolutely no harmony among operators. Everyone is always on edge and highly defensive. The lead operators set the absolute worst tone for this place, you’re subject to their judgment calls, whether they are rational or not, you are expected to carry out any orders they bark at you. They also seem to enjoy putting subordinates (trainees) in awkward positions just to have the satisfaction of feeling that they are in control. Basically, you are at the mercy of the lead guys crack-pot/off-the-wall demands and they make it seem like you don’t have a choice. The Lead operators love putting people on the spot and watching people squirm under pressure. Some of the Lead operators have a psychotic nature and become hostile or abusive at the drop of a hat. The unsettling part is that management is fully aware and embraces these behaviors.
The Morning routine is pretty typical. What’s supposed to start off as a “Morning Meeting” in the control room, discussing agendas, specific job-related issues or concerns about equipment malfunctions, turns into bad mouthing whomever is not in the room. The unsettling part is knowing when you get up from your chair to report to your department, or take care of any essential duties, you’re now the “TOPIC OF CHOICE”
In the timeframe that I’ve been here, I’ve seen a lot of young, smart, talented, articulated people that quickly take inventory, and quit. You can guess what stays behind, misfits that are constantly at od...more
Laboratory Technician | Henderson, CO | Mar 3, 2020
Long hours, high stress, high turnover, avoid this job.
The laboratory at Veolia is a revolving door department - they can't keep people there. Hours are long, the work is thankless, even with doing overtime every week for months the staffing is not adequate for the workload. People get tired of it and quickly move on to other positions.
With poor training, unrealistic expectations from management, no real coordination between departments, the stress level gets very high. A typical day is clock in, already behind, do triage for 10 hours, and still you're behind. And even after a 50, 55 hour week, people will be on top of you for things not being done.
Employees badmouthing other employees, supervisors and managers badmouthing their direct reports, managers badmouthing other managers, the environment is toxic and morale is low.
Don't take my word for it.
1) At the interview, be sure to ask how many lab technicians have cycled through the department in the last couple of years. Normal staffing in department is 3-4 people; at least five people have left, it's probably more at this point.
2) Ask how long current technicians have been in the position.
3) Ask why they think the turnover is so high, and what kind of plan they have to address it.
4) They'll probably give you a tour of the lab and the lab offices. It's a mess. Ask yourself if the work environment really looks like people are on top of things.
I took this job for a 30% raise over a previous position. I took a 20% pay cut to get out and I'm better o...more
Laboratory Technician | Azusa, CA | Jul 30, 2019
Unproductive, unorganized, micromanaged
Laboratory management has a bad habit of micromanaging employees, and showing favoritism to other employees. Provides very little opportunity of upward movement to employees especially when they hire people with a bachelor of science for the laboratory. Starting salary is non-competitive especially in today's job market. Laboratory management has a bad habit of rushing their employees to meet business demand and not enforcing safety. Did not appreciate the passive aggressiveness from senior employees. There was a lot of gossip going around from some senior employees who bad-mouthed their coworkers. Overall did not appreciate the unprofessionalism of senior employees and laboratory management. Senior employees and management also belittled newer employees as if they expect them to work better because of it. They also don't practice a team player mentality when other workers are absent. Senior employees pile on the work onto newer employees and think they have a right to do so because they are "above" them. Overall, a toxic work environment.
| Carnesville, GA | Jan 1, 2020
Management is severely under-trained. Micro-managing is all they know
Its a small biomass plant that is owned by a group of investors that have no clue what they are doing. The plant is built so poorly, running it is a daily nightmare. The operations and Plant manager are so into micro-managing, that its suffocating at the daily level. In a years time, We worked over 500 hours of overtime. Every single individual at this facility has stated that they are having issues at home, simply because you are required to constantly be at work. There is no sympathy or understanding, just the blanket statement "it will get better..." The pay is horrible, and there is no future vision of it ever getting better. This was promised to be a much better job, yet all through construction and start up, management has failed to fully staff the plant. Ive known of companies that would fire managers for this, as this is one of their primary duties, but not here, here they just force you to work even more overtime and make you feel like bad for refusing to work.
Project Manager | Wilsonville, OR | Oct 8, 2018
Qualified Project Manager with proven experience in operations, maintenance, and management. Extensive knowledge of planning, directing, organizing, coordinating, controlling, and striving to achieve operational goals and objectives. Demonstrated knowledge of water and wastewater treatment operations which include pre-ozonation, rapid mixing, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, and chlorination of potable water supply. Possesses exceptional leadership and communication skills, capable of creating efficient work environments.
Conducted research in the water treatment technology, water quality analysis, water quality interpretations and problem solving, and pre-treatment. Conducted both pilot scale studies and bench scale testing. Review, advise on, and recommend alternatives to proposed treatment methods and technical problems.
ProsWell paid and good benefits
Intern | Jackson, MS | Jul 26, 2019
Bad project manager 2019 Jackson MS
I worked there for almost 5 months as an intern and done everything I was asked. I was offered a full time position on a Monday and had told them I had one more semester to finish. At first they were going to work with and they decided not to I was ok with that. So I asked could I stay on as a intern if I chose Not take the position they said yes. I went home talked it over with my wife we decided for me to take the job and on Tuesday was fired for accepting the job. What I didn’t know he was really just trying to get to stay as an intern but when I accepted the job he’s plans were changed so he had to fire me because he had plans to hire his friend son that works in the maintenance department. My manager even told me that I was a victim I told him this didn’t make sense. As long as he’s the project manager I wouldn’t recommend working there but if you do you will see for yourself the war going on between operations and maintenance #victimofpolitics
Operator | Richmond, CA | Jul 18, 2019
Not a bad place to start off if you want a foot in the waste water buisness
As we know it is kind of challenging to get in this buisness I just got lucky....with reports of people having to work 1800 hours for free as a volunteer to even get a paying job in the industry....Veolia is a good place to start and get your basic footing in the waste water world...they promote you learning and growing, they'll pay for classes and anything you need to achieve whatever goal your trying to reach....If your a hard worker they will invest in you ,but if your lazy think your going to work the system they will fire u....Overall I recommend this company they also operate alot of waste water plants and provide relocation fees so you can travel the country and still work for veolia...Overall this is a good company to work for..
ProsYou only need a G.E.D....pays for school, training, and relocating fees.promotes growth
ConsScheduling can fluctuate do to short staffing and be challenging SOMTIMES..
Project Manager | Boston, MA | Feb 10, 2019
Committed to shaping a sustainable future, strong, well-managed company
Veolia is a good mix of young, middle, and older employees from all cultures and walks of life. Veolia's culture is inclusive and supportive. We are encouraged not only to find ways to make sustainability profitable, but also to "walk our talk". We are encouraged to use less plastic, use public transportation when available, find ways to reduce and reuse. I always feel empowered to make an impact. Project roadblocks are dealt with swiftly and effectively. Veolia has a company stock purchase plan, great benefits, has 7,000 employees in North America, and 160,000 worldwide. It has a deep safety culture ("safety moments" are often the first item on meeting agendas).
ProsProgressive, innovative, encouraged and empowered to make an impact
ConsDoes not allow working from home during work hours generally speaking.
Administrator | Houston, TX | Sep 27, 2018
Wonderful company, however, poor Management within the Houston Office
Pros: The company offers great benefits. Stocks, 401k, Health Insurance, school reimbursement, etc. Most coworkers were friendly and helpful. The office environment improved within the past few months. Drinking stations were added as well as an exercise program once a week, and there was an improvement on office seating arrangements.
Cons: There is not very much growth within the Houston office. Many lay off's within the company this past year. Houston management is poor and disorganized. I worked roughly 45 to 55 hours each week. My work load was immense and the hierarchical organization was unclear. It is also close to impossible to advance from within the company. Most employees in my specific department have worked there less than two years- There is a high turn over rate.
Data Entry Clerk | Milwaukee, WI | Feb 20, 2019
Veolia is a good place to work for some, but not for all.
After a co-worker came in and lied about a fellow employee, the dynamics of my job changed and how people looked at me drastically changed as well. There was extreme deframation to my character which lead to me being terminated because I was missing too many days being sick with the flu, but they claimed it was for my tardiness, which included a death of a direct family member. Everyone sticks together there, so I advise anyone who steps thru those doors to keep to themselves because it is a toxic environment. But they do feed you.
ProsIndependent working, remote work on snow days
Constoxic environment, lack of accountability, bad attitudes