Roux’s Work at a Glance

The diversity of work at Roux Associates allows you to be a part of many different projects for many different clients. You can work on projects from start to finish, or start on a project that has been through previous remediation. You can be involved with large projects in New York City, or small scale projects located in a suburban strip mall — one like this former dry cleaner site in northern New Jersey where Roux was needed.

A former dry cleaner site was put into our hands after it was previously undergoing an ineffective remediation for over 10 years under the direction of another consultant. Roux developed and implemented a cutting edge remedial program utilizing pneumatic fracturing using the injection of Zero-Valent Iron (ZVI) and Emulsified Vegetable Oil (EVO) to remediate groundwater and saturated soil, and using Soil Vapor Extraction (SVE) to address unsaturated soil impacts. Our approach was implemented in less than two months, allowing the future tenant to occupy the retail space within the required schedule. In addition, no businesses in the active strip mall were interrupted by the remediation work.

Our remedy was very successful in remediating chlorinated solvents (over 95% reduction in mass), and this project is on track to be closed out years ahead of schedule, at a fraction of the cost of the previous consultant’s far less effective traditional remedial approach.

From our experiences, we have gained a true understanding of our clients’ needs, and we provide them with responsive project management and focused technical expertise. We are able to complete projects on time and on budget.

If you would like to read more about this example of Roux Associates’ work, click here to download the case study.

Choosing an Environmental Science Career

It is important to find a job that we can look forward to everyday, find reward in, and ultimately feel good about ourselves. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what company and what career will help these things become a reality. Here at Roux Associates, we have many career options for someone interested in the environmental field—one of which is an Environmental Engineer. The article, “What is an Environmental Engineer?” from EnvironmentalScience.org, tells you everything you need to know—from what exactly an Environmental Engineer does, where they work, what their average salary is, to how to pursue the career.

For a general overview of careers you can choose in the Environmental Science field, click “Environmental Science Careers.”

At Roux, we will always make room for and welcome talented and motivated engineers, scientists, and support personnel with backgrounds in environmental engineering, earth sciences, and civil and chemical engineering. We love to recruit people with passion.

To learn more about Roux Careers, click here.

Recruiting @ Roux: The Other Side of the Interview

Prior to arriving at a job interview, many questions can cross your mind…

– What exactly is the company looking for?
– What should I prepare?
– How should I answer the questions?
– What is the company really like?

And the list can go on. So we sat down with Brian Woods, Director of Recruitment, and asked him for his thoughts and opinions about Roux and what he looks for in a candidate. This inside knowledge may benefit you when seeking a job in the Environmental Consulting field and better prepare you for an interview.


Q: What are the goals of our Environmental Consulting Firm?

A: Our goals are to help our clients with their environmental liabilities and to provide an atmosphere where people can earn a living, develop their professional skills, and grow their career.

 

Q: What type of people should apply?

A: Any environmentally inclined person or someone interested in the environment that has a degree in a related science or engineering discipline.

 

Q: What do you look for in a candidate? Are there any specific qualities you are looking for?

A: Yes. Beyond the degree and what school you attend, we try and identify qualities that can eventually attribute to becoming a Principal for the firm. We look for a great work ethic as a key characteristic. Also, someone who is organized, detail oriented, and has great communication skills.

Candidates should think about providing examples that show how they have managed tough situations whether at school, in an internship or work experience. We want to get a sense of ambition, initiative, and that they have a sense of business.

 

Q: What makes a strong candidate?

A: When considering a candidate, I ask these questions;

• How would this person make Roux better?
• What skills and technical knowledge can they bring that they can put to use at Roux?

If I can answer these questions strongly, then I look to see if the candidate is inquisitive about our industry and Roux, and if they have the ability to have a good “give and take” when discussing them. Providing specific examples of their academic and work experiences and being able to relate them to what we do is another example of a good candidate attribute.

 

Q: Why should people apply to work at Roux?

A: Working at Roux provides an opportunity to solve the most difficult environmental problems for a wide variety of clients. If you’re a problem solver, then Roux is a good fit for you. For people who have decided to become engineers, scientists and geologists, if their goal is to be challenged and work on those types of projects then Roux is a company that provides a great career.

 

Q: Do you find that new hires are happy joining Roux? What type of feedback do you get?

A: Roux is a place that is welcoming, challenging and very rewarding. Roux gets entry-level staff involved with many responsibilities early in their careers. People are happy because they feel included from the first day. The feedback that I hear is that this type of work atmosphere is not found in most firms. The best part about Roux is its cooperative nature; we are a company that has a family feel.

 

Q: What does it mean to be a part of Roux Associates?

A: You would be a part of a nationally known environmental management and consulting firm working on projects for Fortune 500 companies, attorneys, insurance companies, and real estate developers. You would be able to build a career and develop relationships within the industry.

 

Q: What advice would you give someone before they go in to be interviewed?

A: Some students will say, “I wrote this paper or I took this class…” to highlight their interest in the field. But in order to exhibit the attributes we are looking for, they should take the next step and say something like, “My thesis was on this topic because…” They should give the reasoning why they chose to do something. Or tell us how you went about completing an assignment. This would show the critical thinking and communication skills needed to be successful. Be prepared to provide examples and the background story to each situation. We want to see that creative critical thinking process and how someone has solved problems, and we’d like to see if this can be communicated accordingly.

Also, do your homework! Look up the company that you are going to be interviewed by, and have some questions prepared to ask about the company and/or the industry.

 


Click here to access our Careers page where you can learn more about Roux Careers and apply.

Or if you have any questions about Roux Associates, feel free to reach out to us through our Contact page that provides our office locations and contact information.

Recruiting @ Roux: The Internship

It is important to find a job that we can look forward to everyday, find reward in, and ultimately feel good about ourselves. Sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint what company and what career will help these things become a reality. So when we look for a job, we peruse through websites, company mission statements, and job descriptions—anything that can help create the full picture.

Here at Roux Associates, we would like to help make that full picture as clear as possible by giving you the inside scoop from interns who lived through the process—seeking out Roux Associates, joining Roux, and how they have settled in and became a part of our team. Receiving insight from these interns can be valuable because partaking in an internship allows you to get a taste of a certain job or industry before you dive head first into a career.

Meghan Bruckman and Maddy Wax are students from Northeastern University of Boston, MA, and have taken the opportunity to do their co-op as Roux Associates Interns.

Meghan Bruckman found our company to be attractive because Roux gave her the sense that they value their employees. Not only that, but she has always had an interest in the environment, and Roux does positive work for the environment making this something she wants to do. As an intern, she takes part in many field and office activities to help her gain plenty of experience. She is able to see what environmental consulting and remediation is all about by reading up on ongoing projects, encountering them in the field, going through training, and seeing what operations and maintenance goes into the projects.

Meghan is learning a lot at Roux—not just by seeing, but also by doing. “It is important to have firsthand experience and it is helpful when reviewing material. I am learning a lot observing and having firsthand experience.” At Roux, we allow you to get as much direct experience as possible so you can learn and grow, as well as get to know what Roux Associates is all about. “I hope I can find my niche in the industry. I am interested in both aspects of the industry—overseeing project management and business development, as well as being in the field doing field work in the remediation industry. Roux is a good avenue to see both. It is a learning culture here which is extremely helpful.” As far as Meghan’s co-op, she really sees the benefit she is gaining by interning at Roux, “it’s important to have continued education and training. This is a great opportunity to have in advance of making your career choice.”

Maddy Wax has also had a positive experience with us thus far. “I was always interested in the environment and sustainability.” She has found Roux to be a place where it’s easy to learn and become part of a team. “At Roux, they are very supportive of their interns. You never feel lost and you can really go up to anyone to ask questions. You feel like a real employee at Roux. It is a happy and welcoming environment. Roux values their employees and makes it a good place to work at. You know your work is important and has impact. They invest in their interns and use a lot of their energy and time to help you and your training.” Here at Roux, we want to help you and mentor you. We believe in the growth of our interns and employees, and senior staff is always open to answer questions.

Maddy has found that environmental remediation is exactly what she wants to do. She wants to eventually make her way to project management. Her day to day at Roux involves sampling, quarterly reports, working with senior staff on litigation projects, and doing document reviews. She is able to see the “behind the scenes” efforts that are put into our projects, and this has given her a new perspective. According to Maddy, it’s pretty exciting to work here, “there are no two days that are the same. You never get bored here. There is not one day that I am not excited to come into work.” At Roux, you will delve into field work and office work and become a well-rounded person that not only is benefiting our company, but is also benefiting you and your career. “There is a variety of work at Roux. There are many different field activities and projects that you could focus on. You are all over the place which is great.”

Roux stands out from the rest. We really care about our employees and also care about the environment. We are passionate about our work and Meghan has so far seen that. “Of course with consulting—it is to be profitable and some firms focus on that 100%, but at Roux they care about that, as well as focus on the basics and understanding of the work. They are not just profit minded. There is diversity of work and trust in the employees, allowing them to do more than just focus on making a profit.” Meghan has found Roux to be an environment where she can learn and be safe, “there is an emphasis on learning and safety—these are two important values at Roux. It is very open and welcoming here.”

Maddy can see that our work matters to our employees, “the employees actually care about the environment and sustainability; it’s not just a job to people. People seem passionate about it. It is important in the company to participate in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and to have a role in the community. I like that about Roux.”

We hope that the insight from a couple of our interns helps give you a clear picture of what Roux is all about and how it would be to work here. We are proud of our company and embrace new thoughts and ideas that contribute to our impact. Innovation, hard work, and creativity are fueling forces that help us achieve our goals.

Whether you are a recent graduate who has worked hard to earn your degree, or an experienced professional looking for a company with the resources and interest to invest in your career, you will find the environment at Roux to be welcoming, challenging, and very rewarding—a place where your talents and skills can thrive.

We will always make room for and welcome talented and motivated engineers, scientists, and support personnel with backgrounds in environmental engineering, earth sciences, and civil and chemical engineering. If you are passionate about the environment, and would like to use your knowledge and skills in helping us solve our clients’ most challenging environmental problems, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.

-Lauren Rosella,  Marketing Coordinator
Roux Associates, Inc.