Hensel Phelps Construction
3.2 of 5 62 reviews
www.henselphelps.com Greeley, CO 1000 to 5000 Employees

Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated Apr 10, 2014
Hensel Phelps Construction – Denver – “Big Job”

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3.2 62 reviews

                             

78% Approve of the CEO

Hensel Phelps Construction President & CEO Jeff Wenaas

Jeff Wenaas

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56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Field Engineer (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than a year

ProsGave me a strong foundation in the industry

ConsDidn't enjoy the people I had to spend 12-15hrs/ day with

Advice to Senior ManagementDoesn't matter, they wouldn't listen anyways

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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So close, but not nearly there.

Office Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat pay, cool projects, good benefits, reasonable flexibility.

They've been trying. I supposedly get one day off a month but never take it because there's too much to do. The thought is nice but backing it up with action would be even nicer.

ConsPoor work/life balance. This is just the way it is at most construction firms. There's a lot to be done and not much time to do it all. HP has gotten so bogged down in processes that I feel like I spend most of my day working on a buggy Prolog or filling out forms and paperwork. I also personally haven't received much support from my project engineer and project manager. Everyone is busy, which is understandable, but being in a new role, you need someone to show you the ropes and teach you more than just having you do a video training on LMS.

Many of my headaches have to do with the fact that my PM and PS are just difficult people to work with. No matter what I accomplish, they're never happy with it and there's always something I could have done better, faster, cheaper, etc. I don't think everyone is like this and if you get a team that's not, I'm sure it's a much better experience. Mine has been enough to make me want to find a different company.

Advice to Senior ManagementHave sit downs with field and office engineers to gauge effectiveness of Project Managers and Project Superintendents.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I had an overall good experience at Hensel Phelps. Great People.

Field/Office Engineer (Current Employee)
San Jose, CA

I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than 5 years

ProsYou will learn a lot, and the opportunity for growth is there. You will also gain invaluable experience that will look great to other general contractors should you decide to leave. Good retirement plan and insurance plan.

ConsYou will work a lot of hours (50 - 60 hrs/ week minimum) and is the only way you will get promoted. Moving for a project is likely an can also get you promoted faster. Vacation policy is weak. Very poor work life balance.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It depends on what you want out of life...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction

ProsGreat Company
Family Atmosphere
Great Benefits

ConsLong Hours- Don't expect to have much of a fruitfal social or personal life for the first 5-8 years.

Alot of moving around

Cliques

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Average Construction Company

Field Engineer (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

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

ProsTraining is good, Projects are usually cutting edge with new technology, good benefits - epically if you climb the company ladder.

Conslonger list: Pay is below average and not negotiable, also don’t believe anyone that interviews you and tells you a pay range – it will most likely be $5k lower than the bottom of the range as it was in my case. Relocation is a must at some point with little to no notice; I mean not even a week of notice. Long hours, and I mean long – 4-6am depending on the job, till???? Most of my counter-parts work more than 12 hrs a day and sometimes more than 15 + weekends and holidays if needed. The higher-ups will lie to you to get you to do things (i.e. if they want you to move they will promise you a promotion and not make good on the promise, and I know people who have left the company for that reason). The biggest con is the typical carrot dangled in front of you (just get to the next role, then you will really make some $)….

Advice to Senior Managementraise the pay, get rid of the standard length of time in a role before promotion, offer all employees stock, (not just PE and up) - GIVE NOTICE before relocation, real notice.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Up and down company

Office Engineer (Current Employee)

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

ProsCan be very rewarding, can receive great benefits, great learning experience, gives you an opportunity to see different states and places

ConsLong hours and more then 5 days in a work week,for getting owner stock and add compensation poor project management on site, only get added compensation after you get to a certain point/time in career, since it is employee owned if you miss good years that makes stock owners money but you don't have units you don't see any of the reward

Advice to Senior ManagementDistrict management needs to put more time and effort and evaluate on site management better. Management needs to understand that personal that don't get added compensation do the majority of grout and unpleasant work. This is usually for lower employees but on site management doesn't ensure these employees have and maintain a high intrinsic value for working with this company as the pay is lower then most other companies.

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Decent

Field Engineer (Current Employee)
Dallas, TX

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

ProsCareer growth potential Is good.

ConsWork hours can be tough and relocation is always an issue

Advice to Senior ManagementMore money to younger employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company to Work For

Area Superintendent (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGreat people and exciting projects

ConsRelocations, Relocations, Relocations, Relocations and did I mention Relocations

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and company, but long hours and hard work

Field Engineer (Current Employee)
Galveston, TX

I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction as an intern for less than a year

ProsLoved all the people I worked with, everyone was always super friendly and helpful. They really wanted you to learn and grow with the company. Lots of training opportunities and a great chance to learn a lot if you want to do Construction Management.

ConsLong hours, and long days, you sometimes have to work Saturdays, and for an intern on salary, its a little much. Low pay for the amount of time you're working and the hard work you do, perks don't come after 10+ years with the company.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great!!!!!

Foreman (Former Employee)
Arlington, VA

I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than 5 years

ProsLife is about the almighty dollar, longs hours equal long pay!!!

ConsManagement are a little uptight, but understandable when managing multi-million dollar projects

Advice to Senior ManagementBuild better relationships with the guys actually performing the work. For essientally they are the fuel that drives the bus(work).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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