Shaw Group

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Shaw Group Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
160 Reviews
2.9
160 Reviews
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
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79 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • people oriented, pays very well, good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great place to work most of them good people, Good projects long term projects (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy ways rule this kingdom, very old school and very cut throat (in 4 reviews)

  • Very little to no training program set in place (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Does not fully investigate all matters and is not fair in doing so.

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

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay with opportunities to progress

    Cons

    sucky employees to work with

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get someone who actually knows what the hell they are doing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Micro management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Overall good company, has some benefits. It's a job.

    Cons

    Micro Management of certain employees. If you are not in the clique, you are not made to feel welcome. Boring and dead end jobs that goes no where. This company is rated low for a reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people do the job you hired them to do without making them feel like you are a kid.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy organization with cliques and favorites

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

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good salaries, decent locations, some opportunities to work in the field.

    Cons

    Top-heavy organization, little opportunity to move up in the organization, cliques tend to rule, no morale. Management isn't sure how to improve group cohesion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The age (and experience) gap between management and engineer is vast. Look on all young engineers equally as opportunities to grow your group and morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocre management in a mediocre company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Process Safety Engineer in Aiken, SC
    Current Employee - Chemical Process Safety Engineer in Aiken, SC

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is not much in way of positive feedback on this organization. Work schedule used to be flexible (4X10s), and afforded flexibility; switched over to 9/80 schedule without explanation.

    Cons

    Senior management is too self-centered. Pay a lot of lip service to catch-phrases and buzzwords. Very little effort is made to improve the situation regarding mobility and/or opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell to the highest bidder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Shaw Grp employee review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    will keep employee as long as possible

    Cons

    No technical training provided to employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no vision

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor management, no growth opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No pressure at work. Good colleagues

    Cons

    No growth opportunities, Company does not care for its employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Business Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Location to my home and that's about it...

    Cons

    Complete Facade of how things work in other corporate environments. "THE Owner" is/was the main problem and now that it was bought by an equal sized company with even more immature corporate structure it will not be my choice to stay. Pay raises are a joke! 1-2% every couple of years. No Career Path unless someone gets fired or dies. They hire you for your expertise and diversity, but don't want you to voice.
    Very much still a Good Ole Boy Fab Shop mentality.

    Absolute Horrible Benefits!

    HR dept is the worst yet...Full of snakes!

    I've worked with a few good people, but most will never make eye contact or speak. In speaking with people that have been here for years they have all voiced their opinions of how downhill the company has gone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience - That's IT!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - AP Clerk in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - AP Clerk in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can gain some good experience in the field you want to work in, and as long as you work, your job is secure.

    Cons

    The management is horrible - it is all based on friendships. None of them are educated or trained to be in a managerial position. Communication with employees is minimal. Pay is not competitive. Benefit package is ridiculous. You will get hired to do one thing, but if they find out you work hard, they will overload you with work and let others slack off. No opportunity for advancement if you don't know anybody. With the recent merger, many might not even have jobs. Raises are given every other year, and bonuses are unheard of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    REWARD YOUR GOOD WORKERS - OTHERWISE YOU WILL LOSE THEM :)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shaw Group - Lower your expectations.

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

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Have the lion's share of nuclear power work.

    Cons

    Management succombs to intimidation by CEO creating an environment where one cannot be open with the truth. Many of those who were hired to fill senior management positions are looking to fulfil their obligations and are not looking to rock the boat. Despite their 'value the individual' talk, this is a business. Have seen many people hired, then fired. There is no true career path in this company as most senior positions are filled from the outside. Most of the working level feel's they are just cogs in a wheel, albeit everyone is there by choice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After the sale to CB&I and current CEO and senior management is replaced, hopefully what remains of the Shaw group will begin to function properly. Many of the 'yes' men need to be replaced with people who actually have the experience and will to perform the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Upper management in flux too often

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stoughton, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Stoughton, MA

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very good people, travel opportunities.

    Cons

    The company doesn't seem to know it's direction. Several talented engineers (senior and junior) laid off recently for seemingly no reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out where you're going. How can you win new work when you lay off the talent and have no resumes to put in proposals?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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