Clark Construction Group

www.clarkconstruction.com
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Clark Construction Group Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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Robert Moser
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Pros
  • Clark has great people to work with which makes the days go by faster and make them more fun (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work on high profile, glamorous projects (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work/life balance (don't listen to how much they preach, it's nonsense) (in 7 reviews)

  • I am not too sure that HR or management actually reads resumes and places new hires where they would be most effective (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Challenging work for minimal compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clark is very attractive to entry level or young professionals because they offer an above average starting salary and regular promotions in the first 3 years. As a young employee you will receive plenty of responsibility and exposure to complex projects. Clark is one of the biggest names in the Mid-Atlantic and has a great reputation in the DMV area.

    Cons

    Most of my time at Clark has been in the preconstruction department as an estimator and the environment is nothing short of toxic. Morale is severely low because employees are not treated with respect by upper management and the workload is very unevenly distributed. The best employees are rewarded with more work and put in 70-110 hrs per week while average employees work the standard 50 hours per week. Clark appeals to young employees with the prospect of moving up quickly if you work hard, but the company has become so large in the past 10 years that it is no longer possible. The illusion of this upward mobility is kept up by (seemingly) arbitrary early promotions, i.e.- the best employees are RARELY recognized. These issues have led to a culture of blame where upper management looks to assign mistakes to employees under them and the younger employees become cut-throat with their peers. However, it would be unfair of me not to note that co-workers have told me the work-life balance on job sites is more reasonable with a consistent 50-60 hour week under normal conditions. I also have heard that there is a better team mentality out on job sites.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the salary but recognize good employees with bonuses. Treat employees as part of the "Clark Team" instead of resources that are to be abused until breaking down or quitting. Distribute workload more evenly or allow employees that work 36 hour shifts to take a half day the next day.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Project Executive

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Bethesda, MD

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - A chance to work on large diversified projects - Steady stable career - A lot of young people running projects - Well established systesm/processes

    Cons

    - Upper management doesn't communicate well with employees about where the company is going, prospects...etc - Upper management is very clickish. You need a "daddy" to advance - You get stuck in the middle of the ladder for a long time with no guidance on how to take the next step - Your work long hours and you are pushed to the limit - Very conservative in utilizing new technologies - No consistency on how to run work between the regions

    Advice to Management

    Less ivory tower decisions and closed doors meetings


  3. Helpful (1)

    Nice try...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Clark Construction Group

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    One of the biggest general contracting firms in the country -- and easily in the Mid-Atlantic. Many intelligent people work here with lots of experience. Good place to get your feet wet in construction.

    Cons

    No regard for the employee and all about the business. It's understood to get the work done, but there are several other ways to handle scenarios and issues in lieu of what was done. Bureaucratic -- probably because of its large size. Almost no chance to to progress in your career if you are dealt the wrong hand in senior management. Some play favorites and really take care of employees -- others act like employees do not exist.

    Advice to Management

    Pete and the extreme senior management is fine and seem to care. It's that lower tier of senior managers that need to wake up.



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