Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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Hensel Phelps Construction President & CEO Jeff Wenaas
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Pros
  • Employee Owned, Mostly all employees are good people who are driven and want to do well (in 9 reviews)

  • The company has GREAT benefits and takes care of its employees as far as health and retirement are concerned (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours 12hrs/day minimum 13 hours average, 15 (in 26 reviews)

  • People say work/life balance, but that's a struggle anywhere (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Be careful with what your career goals are

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    OK compensation Good health insurance Great projects

    Cons

    Work-Life balance was non-existing. Long hours demanded and vacation days are reduced to 10 days a year. For a normal human being burnout is guaranteed! The company has a very strong culture of overwork and alcohol addiction. When not participating in the project gatherings you are simply left behind and excluded from the Phelps “Family” If you need to make money quick at a very high price (health wise) this is the company for you

    Advice to Management

    Do not put work life balance only in company presentations and meetings. Put it in action and enforce it. Once in the project site, management completely ignores work-life balance and it’s even the topic of jokes. Also be careful with racism in the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent start off salary

    Cons

    Every day work a minimum 12 hours.

    Advice to Management

    ensure a better quality work zone.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned better time management Learned great skills to take with me Exposure to large scale projects Good insurance Good benefits (LONG LONG term) Promotions are mainly performance based

    Cons

    Very little work/life balance They talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to your well being Expected to move at the blink of an eye Lowest industry salary Promotions have a lot to do with timing and who you know Vacation policy could be better No bonus eligibility for 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Work on internal communication of all aspects , Implement discussed work/life balance programs, train superintendents to be effective communicators.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Once an Admin always an Admin

    Current Employee - Jobsite Office Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Jobsite Office Administrator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    They have really great benefits for Administrators, and the hours (for Admin) are not demanding. They are really good about letting people take time as needed with out penalty.

    Cons

    As an Admin you will ALWAYS be an Admin, which is fine if that's all you want to do, but if you want to do something else in the company don't count on it. You make be offered the opportunity to work in another department-as an admin, not as a part of that team. Also moving up, and making a higher hourly wage has to wait till the next job (2-3 YEARS). Don't be fooled by the great benefits though, if there isn't work for you after your project's done, you're out.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators are a valuable asset to the company, but not a disposable one. Also, if they show ability beyond the requirement of an admin, acknowledge that.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going management, outside of work Family Oriented Company Great Benefits Package "Vested" Opportunities Great vacation opportunities, PTO On the job training Able to work and learn about the field and everything that goes into each desired project

    Cons

    Long Hours, some late days and even earlier mornings Definite disconnect between the men and the women on site, not addressed in the EEO policy No structured HR department

    Advice to Management

    Train industry hires to the HP way! Which is a great way of doing business, honoring family and retirement. Understanding and truth goes alot further than perception! All in all I enjoyed and admired all of my Project Managers, great guys, great company just needs some controlled direction when it comes to superintendents, and anyone in a lower lever manager position. Love Jeff Wenaas, or as we use to say Winans!


  7. Office Engineer / VDC Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Titles are different here. An office engineer at HP would most likely be a project engineer elsewhere. That being said, there are several opportunities at each position. Lots of responsibility and able to learn a lot in the industry. As an OE, I'm in charge of cost, schedule, RFIs, submittals, procurement, material purchasing, estimating, 3D coordination, etc. Healthcare benefits are great. Retirement/401k is great as well, although ownership in employee stock doesn't come until at least 5 years or the project engineer level.

    Cons

    Jobs are often understaffed, thus long work hours and a lot of responsibility for your position. Much lower salary compared to equivalent position at other companies. Promotions do not appear to be based on your experience or performance, but rather tenure. Job locations / assignments can change drastically and with/without much notice.

    Advice to Management

    Base promotions on performance and experience rather than tenure. Incorporate a work/life balance or quality of life program at each job site and stick to it.


  8. Unique culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kind people. Spending a lot of time on training people.

    Cons

    Hard to improve. Old school method. Long hours of work.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees


  9. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very challenging work environment. Opportunities to travel the country. Work on skyscrapers and very challenging construction projects.

    Cons

    Re-location without any notice. You are essentially a trading card, and pending your position you could be moved across the country at a moments notice. Work-Life balance is still something they need to work on. Either you want your life to be construction (with minimal time to yourself) or you will most likely not end up working here for very long.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Overworked for an intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Former Intern - Intern in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They held a lot of fun activities for new hires and interns. They are trying their best to accommodate a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    They overwork their employees. Long hours. I was working 12hrs/day as an intern. I was paid salary and was making less than minimum wage considering the amount of time I worked. They're hypocritical: when they said I was good to take a few days off for personal commitments, they later resented me for taking time off at the end of my internship. They expect too much from their employees. Lower staff constantly bad mouths upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Don't expect so much out of your subordinates.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Industry Hires Beware

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    What a great opportunity to learn from some of the best relationship builders in the industry. If you are under the right project leadership, the team atmosphere is second to none.

    Cons

    Work life balance was just becoming more of a focus from corporate leadership down; unfortunately it was too little too late for me. Advancement did not appear to be earned with performance, but loyalty appeared to be rewarded with politicking.

    Advice to Management

    Golden Hand Cuffs will only go so far with motivating the rank and file. I ranked culture and values as OK because Senior Management lacked consistency with their follow through on promises made between performance reviews and investing in the future with promoting individuals for the right reasons.



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