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Updated March 15, 2015
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  1. The Best

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Have worked for other large general contractors over my career (some of the largest in the world) and could not be happier with Hensel Phelps. The people are world class, benefits over the top especially when companies are cutting back in this arena, perks are excellent, employees are empowered to make decisions, not a lot of bureaucratic nonsense that you find elsewhere, integrity of management is unquestionable and they truly practice "do the right thing no matter what". Plus having the opportunity to work on some large scale one of a kind projects makes it all the better. Did see some gripes about long hours...hey that's the business...its never going to be a 9 to 5. But if you truly love the construction industry your passion for building drives you. Company does an outstanding job of helping to balance work life commitments and values a family first approach. Can't say enough about it wish I would have signed up with HP earlier but so glad I was afforded this opportunity.

    Cons

    Really haven't found any...dream come true found the "right" size company big enough to build some really cool stuff but small enough most people in your region know who you are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up got a great thing going.

  2. The best of the best

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps is quite simply the best construction company someone could work for. You get an opportunity to work on the biggest and most exciting projects in the industry. You work for an employee owned company where all the benefits of your hard work come back to you and it just gets better the longer you work here. There are endless opportunities to be challenged and for personal and career growth only limited by the willingness of the individual to work for it. You are part of a family of highly motivated and dedicated individuals. It is an organization with fantastic history and many efficient and proven systems copied throughout the industry. The best insurance benefits around. The best profit sharing system around (similar to 401K program).

    Cons

    It is difficult to come up with many cons to working for Hensel Phelps. You are only limited by how much you are willing to dedicate yourself. To reach the highest levels you do have to make sacrifices, similar to owning your own company. It is not a different level of work than what is found and expected throughout the construction industry in my experience, but the rewards are much greater for what you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote the best and brightest and reward those who make the most impact. Keep current with technology and systems.

  3. A Great Company to Build A Career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Development in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Development in Denver, CO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My experience at Hensel Phelps is that it is great company to to learn and understand all aspects of the Construction business while receiving structured training to allow career growth and opportunity as an employee owner. Employee effort and initiative is appreciated and recognized, providing a great compensation package when you include the excellent health benefits, 401K pre-tax contribution of 15% by the company, bonus eligibility and employee ownership with years of service and promotion to through various positions.

    Cons

    If you are looking for a job to clock in and clock out with a paycheck, this may not be the company for you. Motivated employees, who want to get their work done effectively often have to do more than eight hours. Work/life balance has to be managed by the employee, with the support of your supervisors, put a plan in place and coordinate with others that you work with, so that everyone gets personal time to do the thing that are important to them, and the project or department is not left short handed. The rewards outweigh the effort, this is construction after all.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the employee surveys and acting upon the results, as you are doing. Management appears to be making improvements to the work/life balance. Work/life balance plans are in place at the project level, please ensure that they are followed and encouraged as part of both employee and supervisor reviews.

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  5. World Class Company

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My experience with Hensel Phelps has been nothing but great and it is clear that this company is a leader in the construction industry. Every project I've been associated with is unique, challenging, and rewarding. I like that the upper management isn't content with just building "box retailer" projects at every corner and goes after the once-in-a-lifetime type projects that have never been done before.

    Hensel Phelps has provided me every opportunity to advance my career. One of my favorite things about the Company is that they promote from within so I'm never scared that an outside hire is going to come in and take a position I'm working towards. This approach not only provides it's current employees with opportunities but also builds all around builders and leaders that know both the field and office side of construction.

    The benefits we receive are unheard of anymore. Rarely do you get the level of health insurance we receive and for a company to contribute 15% to everyone's 401(k) is unbelievable. These days your lucky if your employer will contribute 5% let alone 15%.

    Cons

    There are times the work hours can be long depending on what phase of the project you are in. The more people I talk to in the industry to more clear it is to me that this is just the way the construction industry works. Moving frequently is also a reality that is unfortunately part of the job. You need to move to where the projects are. Would be nice if they were all in my back yard but that's not realistic.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build on the work/life balance. Taking good steps in the right direction.

  6. The company you envisioned to work for when you went to college.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefit to working for Hensel Phelps is that you get to be associated with selfwork. I like building and some GC's don't perform their own concrete. We do and it's exciting to be apart of the construction process with hands on experiences.
    The salary is fair but their Company stock program and 401 K program is unmatched. They are build for you to be set up when you retire. Other companies offer higher salaries but Hensel Phelps benefits really put them over the top.
    A lot of people ask about the quality of life with Hensel Phelps. With most jobs it's all about planning. Sometimes hours can be long and there is no avoiding that but I've always been told if your work is complete go home. Hensel Phelps in the last 3 years has really made a transition to push for a better Quality of life program for it's employees. They understand that people are it's best asset and they don't want to burn them out. If I had to rate my quality of life I would have say very satisfied.

    Cons

    Some challenges working for Hensel Phelps is standing out above your peers.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the Fat.

  7. This grass is greener

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

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I've left for another firm and come back after realizing that this is the most honest and ethical firm in the industry. The senior leadership in SoCal works hard to create a family feeling. Career growth opportunities are excellent.

    Cons

    Our titles don't align with the rest of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Combat title inflation at other firms by propping up ours. HP's "OE" is equivalent to other firms "PE". Our "PE" is the same as other firm's "PM" and so on... Sometimes this can make employees feel under appreciated or create a perception that career growth is less than other companies - when this isn't truly the case.

  8. Opportunistic, Rewarding, Variety

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps is the best company to work for if you are one to take charge, make opportunities for yourself, and want to be the next CEO. They pride themselves for extensive training and promoting their employees from within. Very rarely are you told NO, management wants you to step outside of the box and make a career for yourself. If you are one that wants to take charge of your career and life, without being held back, Hensel Phelps is for you. Work hard and play harder is the motto that creates a fun, dedicated, and varying work environment.

    Cons

    If you take charge of your career, you will be successful. Go get it!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and promoting from within, this drives employee moral up and keeps the younger generations believing in opportunity.

  9. Excellent career orientated, employee-owned company.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps is 100% employee owned, which allows them to make intelligent, informed decisions for the better of their employees and the long term well-being of the company without any outside influences. This is a company that you have a career with, not just a job. They invest heavily in their employees, from hours of in depth training to outstanding medical and retirement benefits. The company has a diverse portfolio which has allowed it to continue to thrive even during down times in the economy when many of their competitors have struggled. I have been with Hensel Phelps for 5 years, and have experienced a wide range of scopes, projects, and different types of work. I feel that I am appreciated by the company and have been compensated in a fair manner. Employees receive raises on a yearly basis based upon performance. Even though it is a large, nationwide company, I have never felt like just a number. Hensel Phelps values their employees as people and because they are employee owned, understands that in order to remain successful they must continue to grow their employees. I could not be happier with my career decision to join Hensel Phelps, and continue to recommend the company to anyone that is interested.

    Cons

    There are times when employees are forced to work longer hours, but that has more to do with the construction industry than the company culture, especially in recent years where a quality of life initiative has been required for all projects. Depending on the market, employees may be forced to move once projects are finished and the next one begins. Entry level position salaries from paycheck to paycheck are lower than many competitors, but when taking into consideration industry-leading medical coverage and employer funded retirement benefits, the overall compensation package is in line if not better than competitors for these positions.

  10. Great Company! Hard work but worth it.

    • 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 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee Owned company, which means they treat their employees well. Because it is Employee Owned you are given immediate responsibility and can take charge of your own career path. You learn a lot because they make you work in the field and office side of construction prior to choosing your career path, whether it is superintendent or manager. Some of the best health care and retirement benefits. You get to work on all different types of projects.

    Cons

    Long hours, especially at the beginning. Trying to balance work and family. If you do not like to move and live in new locations this would be a con. You can try to stay in the same city your entire career, but you may have long commutes and it could hurt your career. Just understand that this is construction company, so you have to go where the job/project is located.

    Advice to Management

    Keep sending out the surveys each year and improve on those areas that are weak. Keep training your employees and promoting from within.

  11. Great Company to Work For!

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    HP is a great company to work for that demonstrates the values that all other companies should hope to follow. They take safety and quality seriously, and at the same time maintain a positive workplace.

    Cons

    As with any construction company they have a few employees that should not be brought back onto other projects.

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