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Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great company but need to get back to Roots!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field/Office Staff
    Current Employee - Field/Office Staff

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The company is great to work for the following reasons:
    - big projects
    - employee owned
    - self-work
    - training

    Cons

    There are way too many cliques in the company. If you are not part of these cliques you are just another "number" in the company. If the cliques were gone it would help the company grow even further.

    Promotions have turned into politics (i.e. who knows who) instead of performance based. Upper management needs to set their egos aside and evaluate the real talent.

    While the S-Unit value is great it's very dependent on the companies year and since the number of units issued to each employee has decreased in the past 9 years it doesn't pay as much as it should.

    Base salary is well below industry standards. Due to low base salary the "A Employees" in the industry are going to other companies to work where Salary Compensation and Quality of Life can actually be applied. This is a shame since this is a great company to work for but without the right salary adjustments the "A Employees" will go elsewhere.

    There is no HR Department which might have worked back in the day but now days you need the HR department to take care of the little things and to work on more procurement.

    Project Managment tools are a dinasor - needs to be retired. No matter how much it changes it will never work. The jobsites are supposed to use it but since the estimators, PM's, OM's, and VP's don't use it that should tell you something.

    The long hours are brutal for your family. The projects never seem to be staffed correctly but this makes since since the projects procurement team hasn't been on jobsite since all of the newer policies (past 5-7 years) have been implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Bottom line:
    - Get rid of the cliques and if you think there isn't any cliques then you are sadly mistaken.
    - Increase the base salary to be competitive and reward your current employees for the long hours logged on a weekly basis.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Good people, ridiculous workload.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I enjoy my job primarily because of the people I am surrounded with. There is always opportunity to further your knowledge of the construction industry by working at Hensel Phelps. HP strongly believes in training, training and more training to develop employees' skills. The company is also employee-owned, presenting many great benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, very heavy workload. Salary is low compared to other similar companies.

    Advice to Management

    Management always emphasizes benefits and perks of the employee-ownership aspect of the company. However, if you have been working here for less than 5 years, you can forget about any additional compensation or benefits based off performance. New hires (Field Engineer and Office Engineer) will be "hazed" for 5 years until experiencing any significant raise. Even after the 5 year point, salary+benefits is hardly comparable to similar companies. This is the sole reason I plan to leave the company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Office Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer
    Current Employee - Office Engineer

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work experience on a variety of projects and a great health insurance plan. If you like to travel then it's the perfect place to move around alot.

    Cons

    - The pay rate is very low for fe/oe. You Will be working to just pay bills and financial commitments.
    - Predominantly white male company; If you looking for a Diverse staff then that's not the place for you. Minority barely exists and where they do, they are seldom promoted.
    - expect to work 60 hrs minimum per week and u will only get paid for 40hrs
    - Promotions take a long time so you Will be working hard for low wages for at least 5yrs before you promoting where u Will get decent compensation
    - old boys club
    - High labor turnover; people quit all the Time and they have a problem retaining good workers
    - The managers are the only ones getting the real benefit of the company; most people especially Women don't make it past PS/PM

    Advice to Management

    -Pay attention to employees complaints, pay fe/oe better salaries, and increase the staff to reduce work load per person. That might help retain your workers
    - Employ and promote more minoritIes to improve the company image
    - stop promising promotions to try and retain employees

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not the company for a woman to advance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chantilly, VA

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    No out of pocket costs for health care premiums - paid entirely by the company. Stock ownership once you attain Project Engineer or higher so end of year payouts are nice. If you like to travel, then this is a company for you.

    Cons

    Long hours and if you're efficient in getting your work done in an eight hour day, the managers make you feel guilty for leaving before others in the office. They will move you at a moments notice so family life will be constantly on the go. Women will take about twice as long as the men in the company to get promotions - if ever. Women will also be told to hold off having families so they can concentrate on their careers. Men, however, are encouraged to quickly get married (usually to the office admin) and have a family. Apparently, it helps them focus on their careers.

  6. Helpful (1)

    If your single, like to move and work long hours? This company is just for you!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of the people here are extremely smart. You will run into a few that are off but for the most part a lot are spot on. If you can survive at least 2 years with Hensel Phelps, You are practically employable everywhere. Because everyone know that Hensel Phelps people are well trained.

    Cons

    Its not good for a family lifestyle. Financially, you will be just above broke but if you can stick it out for a few year, I think it would be worth it. Also if you can play within the "Good ol' boy" system, then this is the company just for you. Lastly, Hensel Phelps is known for great training just not good leadership. A lot of the higher ups were fast tracked through the system because so many people were quitting and getting fired. Therefore they lack some of the experience in there current job descriptions and have refused to train there replacement because they have developed the mentality of every man for themselves. So I could see where if use to be a family environment but that is diminishing quickly.

    Advice to Management

    In some cases, they will move you with a promotional bribe. In some cases, it a remote location. If you can survive with this ideal in mind then this is a great company for you to work for. However if you decline there offer to move you, they will treat you like the redheaded step child from that day forward. So its great for single people just not families.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A brief look inside the world of Hensel Phelps, ended abruptly and without cause.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time

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

    Pros

    Strong family atmosphere.
    Detailed training program and a tailored career track for whatever direction you choose to go.
    Strong emphasis on mentorship.

    Cons

    Compensation remains fairly the same for the first few years.
    Employees work very long hours not leaving much for a work-life balance.
    Employee owned company so new employees are in a strong competition among fellow coworkers. The whole experience made me feel like a number instead of a name.

    Advice to Management

    Try to take care of all of your employees, no matter how new they may be to the company.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Ridiculous Hours

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    -The nature of the work is both interesting and challenging.
    -You will never be bored.
    -Great health benefits.

    Cons

    -You are expected to work 60+ hours in a normal week. During more hectic project phases 60 easily becomes 80 hrs/week. Your weekends are not yours. You don't get compensated for all the extra time yet it is still expected/required of you.
    -It's all about who you know (who you suck up to) not what you know.
    -Hard to get support (both personal and task-related) from superiors.
    -Minority retention is horrible.

    Advice to Management

    -Study time-management programs that other companies implement for new hires (i.e. limiting weekly hours to 40 for the first few months/year)
    -Take the need for maintaining quality of life seriously
    -Burning out new hires and then calling them lazy or not strong enough when they quit is only stripping you of great ideas and great people. If there is a consistent mass exodus of people because of long hours, maybe the overly aggressive schedules are to blame and not the people.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Long hours, relocation every 2 to 3 years, good training and good money for employees of 10+ years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training. S units are valuable if you work for the company 10+ years.

    Cons

    Long hours 12hrs/day minimum 13 hours average, 15+ sometimes. Weekend work is common. Relocation is common. Friends and family life is very difficult to balance.

    Advice to Management

    Work life balance needs lots of work. Have the employees anonymously evaluate their supervisors and get rid of the low performers. Conduct regular employee satisfaction surveys.

  10. Helpful (3)

    Forget Balancing Personal Life with Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Employee owned. Reasonable compensation starts after company stock is awarded at Project Engineer level. Good benefits.

    Cons

    District level management has been a nightmare after regime change several years ago with a "My Way or the Highway" attitude. Moral is down along with profits and success. Employees are burned-out and worked too long and hard with little opportunity for a personal life outside of work. There have been some improvements with recent changes, but too much damage may have been done. Much of the good talent is gone and left with "Yes Men".

    This is a white male company. Although there is a lot of lip service about diversity, women and minorities are not in the inner circle and not promoted to upper management. If you don't fit in at the deer lease, career advancement is difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose your soul. Stop worshipping the almighty dollar. We need to get back to our roots by being the best general contractor in the nation and treating all of our clients, employees, and subcontractors fairly and honestly. Only then will we achieve lasting success.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Do you want to live to work or work to live?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a very strong company, they will always have work, it would take a LOT of screw ups to get fired. The benefits are close to unbeatable and if you stick around for 10+ years the money will be great.

    Cons

    You can expect to work a minimum of 50 hours a week, often up to 70+ hours a week depending on the phase of work. You will be micromanaged constantly to ensure you fit the "HP mold". Your day will start at a 6am meeting (6:30 at latest) but its very common for people to show up as early 4am to try to tackle the work load. At this meeting you will be expected to provide an hour by hour schedule of what you will be doing for the day. Expect that to be criticized by the other workers in the room. Do not expect to leave before 5pm, and expect to leave around 7pm normally. Mandatory 5pm sign ins are common, particularly on holiday weekends where people plan to hit the road early to beat traffic.

    It is very much a white male driven company. That being said, women and minorities are hired often, as numbers, and promoted through the lower ranks quickly to promote diversity, but rarely make it past the position of project engineer.

    As with most large construction companies, expect to move, often. Unlike most large construction companies, expect to move, at a moments notice, your family situation will not be considered, less than two weeks notice to move to projects across the country is the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are being worked into the ground so that you can rake in huge paychecks. Look at the turnover rate of your newer employees, it should say everything. Instead of spending millions of dollars on "branding" hire somebody to analyze what the other companies are doing right, and then hire two more to beat it into the hardheaded upper management who are sitting on their golden egg.

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