Barton Malow

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  1.  

    Great Employee/USA Owned CM Firm

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

    I have been working at Barton Malow

    Pros

    Upper management, all the way up to the president(s) make a point to not only meet but know about their employees. Barton Malow goes after some of the coolest projects in the country. Very innovative when it comes to technology. All-around great place to work!

    Cons

    Incentives are sub-bar. Health has high deductible/co-pay and annual bonuses are a set percentage regardless of how well you can pull through on your project. If an owner offers a project team a bonus, you're not allowed to accept it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Interesting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Barton Malow

    Pros

    Challenging fast paced work environment

    Cons

    Company has gone through a lot of change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company with Great Values!

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

    I have been working at Barton Malow full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Empowers employees to their work
    - Fantastic Career Opportunities
    - Opportunity for Growth
    - Supports Technology Applications
    - Flatter Structure than most Large Construction Firms
    - Built on a Foundation of Integrity
    - Good Reputation in the Marketplace
    - Transparent with information including financials
    - Regular communication from senior management

    Cons

    - Needs to focus on middle managers growth opportunities more
    - Geography of work is confusing at times in terms of who is in charge

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to Share information with employees to help them do their jobs better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a great company to work for until the downturn in the construction industry.

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

    I worked at Barton Malow full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has and works to maintain integrity.

    Cons

    They advocate out of the box thinking but sometimes view that as not conforming to corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Experienced workers are being cast off and replaced with inexperienced workers. Tread carefully or you may lose clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    very good company that is family oriented

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

    I have been working at Barton Malow full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company with quality people within the organization.

    Cons

    Depending on the project, there can be a high turnover ratio.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Marketing Managers Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at Barton Malow full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, salary good if workload was more reasonable. It appears that the Barton Malow experience is very different for project managers, project directors, project engineers and so forth, than it is for marketing staff.

    Cons

    The marketing manager position in at least two offices I know of are nothing more than a proposal sweatshop. These offices chase every project that's even a remote possiblity. Most field staff have little respect for or knowledge of marketing's part in acquiring new projects. As a result, advice on whether or not to pursue is ignored. As a result, the workload expands. The workload as far as proposal production goes eliminates the possibility of getting other responsibilities accomplished and seriously encroaches on personal life. Expect to work an average of 53-55+ hours a week. Also expect to not be able to produce a quality proposal because of the insane number of proposals that are dumped on 'marketing managers'. I don't believe that upper management has any idea of what's going on in this regard, and if they did, it would be nice to believe they would do something about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The workload experienced by marketing managers in the non-Southfield offices is completely out of control. The quality of the proposals being produced is dismal and would explain the terrible hit rate. It would be more productive to work smarter - pursue in a more strategic manner so that pursuits would be more worthwhile and get the attention they need and marketing managers could help with strategy and feel a part of the team, as opposed to a factory worker.

     It would be more productive to instill respect for the position on the part of project directors and manager, and the like. Marketing managers do try to create order with little assistance or respect from 'team mates'. Work/life balance is abysmal. The pressure to produce proposals at a ridiculous pace eliminates not only other marketing tasks, but networking or professional growth opportunities, as well as personal life, such as going home at a reasonable hour and having weekends free. In at least one regional office, marketing staff (1 person) produced two proposals a week. You've made a good company for your project management staff. Now how about the people who help you win jobs?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Past, Uncertain Future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Barton Malow full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great training programs, really friendly, talented, caring, and smart people, good work-life balance, fair amount of mentoring, good exposure to large company/projects/clients within the industry, great opportunities to gain experience. BMC gave me a lot of opportunities and I will always feel grateful to the company for that. I learned A LOT and was able to move up in my career quite a bit while there.

    Cons

    I spent more than a decade with the company and the last few years saw a rapid decline in benefits, increases in lay-offs of great talent, and obvious signs of favoritism - if you knew the right people, despite your skills, you didn't get laid off. If you weren't friendly with the right people, despite your years of work and experience, you were let go. I was not laid off, moved on to another company. Low raises. It became an uncomfortable place with so many lay offs. Much more communication needed company-wide, between departments, and within divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are truly your greatest asset. Don't forget that. Don't keep people just because they are friends with a higher up - keep those that are dedicated, loyal, and have the knowledge and skills to competitively position the company within its niche. Re-instate tuition reimbursement. BMC has the potential to be the BEST - go back to the roots of the company, live the culture and don't let it just be words on a piece of paper. I learned a lot at BMC and will always be grateful. Ben Maibach, Jr. and Ben III were/are wonderful people and great leaders. Take what they instilled in the company and make that the foundation moving forward. I wish the company well and will always hold them in high regard.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Corporate Silos where lateral movement is very difficult and quietly discouraged

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I worked at Barton Malow

    Pros

    There are some great people/mentors in the organization who work well with new employees; they are few and far between

    Cons

    Mid Level Management at corporate office is insulated from the rigors of lower level field employee issues so it is hard to get things addressed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain lower level employees by having more open door attitude

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful Company with Wonderful Value

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at Barton Malow

    Pros

    - Entrepreneurial Spirited
    - Exciting Opportunities
    - Cutting Edge Technologies Utilized
    - Great Staff with a Sense of Family

    Cons

    - Utilization of Entire Staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to train and engage the younger generation to continue upon your success.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good atmosphere, lousy team structure and hiring process.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Baltimore, MD

    I worked at Barton Malow

    Pros

    Very relaxed atmosphere. It was like a small family. Management was supportive most of the time.

    Cons

    Barton Malow didn't know how to hire people. Good workers had to make up for bad workers mistakes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with HR and make sure your good employees are compensated fairly. Construction is a critical industry so know when to release the dead weight.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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