Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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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. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Galveston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Galveston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good pay, insurance, and nearly guarantee to be promoted every 2 - 4 years

    Cons

    Long work hours, with weekend work every month or so.


  2. Intern review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Intern in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They give you a lot of responsibility and you learn more than all your years at school every week.

    Cons

    They are the best company at what they do, but that's because they work Really hard to do it. Longer hours and more processes than other construction companies.

    Advice to Management

    I think it would have helped to have an orientation of the things we could be expected to encounter. Also more intermediate feedback throughout the internship


  3. Employee owned company; I will retire with Hensel Phelps, amazing company, good benefits and great co-workers.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Safety Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you have a good work ethic, "opportunities" for growth are going to be there. Benefits are the best that I have ever heard of.

    Cons

    It's construction, long work hours are expected. If you do not want to travel, do not sign with Hensel Phelps.


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    Office Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely good benefits. Motivated and driven coworkers. The company is big on training and mentoring.

    Cons

    Promotions typically are based off of years served rather than who is capable. Some view moving and longer hrs as cons but that is every large contractor

    Advice to Management

    Keep promoting from within, but don't just promote someone because they've been with the company X amount of years. Keep putting the employees first, it is motivating to a person when they continue to feel valued


  6. Great place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are great but it's even better to know that you're working around a group of equally dedicated people. The projects are all unique and we strive to take care of our clients, not change order them to death.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, but that's going to be the case with any company in any industry in a position of management. There are no free lunches.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees, but be careful not to listen so much that the culture takes a dramatic shift and our core values are compromised.


  7. The Best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  8. The best of the best

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


  9. A Great Company to Build A Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Development in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Development in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  10. World Class Company

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


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

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

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

    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.



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