Montrose Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Montrose was a California-based hard rock band formed in 1973 and named after guitarist and founder Ronnie Montrose. The band's original lineup featured Montrose and vocalist Sammy Hagar, who would later go on to greater fame as a solo artist and as a member of Van Halen. Rounding out the original foursome were bassist Bill Church and drummer Denny Carmassi. The group disbanded in early 1977.
Chemist (Current Employee) says"Wrongfully firing and harassing of employees on a daily basis. The only good part about this job was the fellow chemists who made it enjoyable to come to work. Other than that, stay clear of this place both as a customer and employee."
Field Technician (Former Employee) says"Lack of safety, lack of training, lack of equipment that works, lack of structure. Honestly, I've been in the professional industry for 20 years and I've never disliked a job more."
Extraction Lab Technician (Former Employee) says"Horrible company, very unprofessional and unorganized. workload is heavy once you get the hang of things. The people are nice but the whole setup and pay is horrible for the amount of work you get. Very stressful. I would NOT recommend this company to ANYBODY."
Analyst (Former Employee) says"I worked for the company, Associated Laboratories, for 12 years before Montrose bought the laboratory. Pre Montrose, the moral and loyalty were high. The owners really cared about the employees and vise versa. The company was thriving. I actually looked forward to going to work. All that ended when Montrose took over. Overnight moral and loyalty went out the window. All were on pins and needles because job security had suddenly become nonexistent. The company put two of the most unqualified and inept people in charge. They are successfully running the business into the ground. The one bright spot Cons: Hostile work environment, inept management, low moral, no loyalty"
Project Manager (Former Employee) says"Disjointed is the best word I can think of. Leadership is top heavy. Lots of people to bark orders to me but few people to stop and train us. Pay is lower end. Demands are higher end. No standards lots of talk by the management on how things are getting better. Cons: Sales Sales Sales"
Field Technician (Current Employee) says"The pay they start their technicians at is laughable. Any other company for field technician starts off at least $3-6 more. Management is a joke you cant trust what they say or you never know when they will stab you in the back and screw you over. Go look for work somewhere else."
Smoke Technician (Former Employee) says"Very stressful environment. Training inconsistent. In order to finish your work you have to work through your lunches and breaks. No organization. Management does not care about you. Cons: Need professional and productive training."
Lab Technician (Former Employee) says"The workforce is mainly 20 or 30 somethings, with some old timers sprinkled in. It's a fun crowd. The place is profit driven, and therefore the pay is low, and very few things are thrown away. All of the instruments are super old, the place is dingy and unsafe. OSHA was called on them by employees because they refused to fix their fume hoods after numerous complaints. Management is incompetent and there is no one there with a strong foundation in instrument maintenance, which has been causing costly blows to the turnaround time. These blows to turnaround time, which are usually because of inexperienced team leaders, are often blamed on the lowest lab staff such as the techs and analysts. This results in a toxic work culture that plays favorites, and good employees are often driven out after illuminating their incompetence. Cons: Everything else."
Employee (Current Employee) says"The work and projects can be rewarding and there are some great coworkers."
Sr Tech (Former Employee) says"Worked for a company that Montrose purchased (they have bought up a significant number of companies and now have near monopoly in many markets). Once Montrose took over they have run most of the companies they purchased into the ground. Ownership and upper management is clueless. Little support for HQ and run more like a circus than a company. Cons: Everything else"
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) says"High turnover rate and terrible management. There is a lot of favoritism and politics. It is not how good of a job you do but how hard you brown nose. They also try and pay you as little as possible. Cons: Alot"
Worker (Former Employee) says"I would never recommend working at Montrose. The culture was once good but now it is spiraling downward. They do not care about employees and they do not listen to suggestions. The stress of this job will not be good for your health."
Analyst (Former Employee) says"They fired any one with experience that they may have to pay and hire unskilled employees. I really don't want to say too much."
Environmental Technician (Former Employee) says"You do get freedom to choose when you work however the site could be far away and most of the time you are by yourself. Yes you can do a lot on your own and it is a job but overall there is no real value to what you do day to day. You have to love your phone otherwise you will hate your job."
Project Manager (Current Employee) says"Montrose consists of 3 young Wharton grads running classroom experiments in an industry with which they have no experience at all. The core belief seems to be that hiring a bevy of superfluous high-level managers, VPs, sales/marketing executives and legal counsel will somehow make up for the poor quality of service. Further, there is little evidence of wanting to improve the quality of service by training and educating personnel, replacing archaic, danger-laden equipment, or retaining their most-skilled employees by treating them with dignity and respect. Rather, a corporate emphasis on marketing and sales dominates, with the apparent goal of beguiling investors with enticing PowerPoint slides detailing their grand designs and a promise of high returns. Cutting corners in order to pay the salaries of their multiple VPs, they offer no 401k matching, provide inadequate and overpriced health insurance - particularly hurtful to employees with families, refuse to invest in the education/training of employees, and continue to operate with outdated, often damaged, equipment. Clients will soon catch on to their current bait-and-switch operation, however, as high prices paired with shoddy and incompetent services seldom results in return customers, no matter how many executive VPs are running the show. Cons: No 401k matching, horrible and exorbitantly expensive healthcare, byzantine amd bloated management structure, no training/education, little opportunity for advancement"
Office Manager (Former Employee) says"i was incremental in transitioning our office into the new accounting software, and helped train other offices. without warning of any kind, 18 months after the acquisition, my "position" was eliminated and sent back to the home office in california. within 2 1/2 years, our location was closed completely, no offer for the PMs or techs to transfer, just bye. upper mgmt has NO clue how to operate a business. it's all just number games for them so they can go public. if our office was actually credited for the dollars we were doing the work for, the location would have been "profitable". our guys were going all over the country doing the work for offices that didn't have the manpower or knowledge to do the jobs. it's a bunch of upper mgmt bs. we were just numbers, not people. Cons: Upper mgmt"
Environmental Scientist (Current Employee) says"Travel is around 80%, with long hours. No breaks or lunches when in the field. Very physically demanding. Office personnel have no clue what you go through, they assume your job is easy."
Senior Field Tech/Project Manager (Former Employee) says"They do not like to promote field personnel to office positions. Cons: work/life balance, lack of growth opportunity."
Environmental Technician (Current Employee) says"I have worked as an Field Technician here for about a year now. I would not recommend working in this role here unless you don't have alternatives."
Lab Technician (Former Employee) says"Montrose had a high turn over rate at the Berkleley location."