Brayman Construction Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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  1. Great Place

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brayman Construction

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Amazing people with work with and leaders were good mentors. The company also appreciates the employees and creates a great working environment.

    Cons

    No cons, the experience was rewarding for my career. It was a good place to work.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Awful

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brayman Construction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good field people and mid-level managers.

    Cons

    Nothing else good to say. Worse place I've ever worked. Senior leadership is too busy playing politics and kissing up to the owner. Not ethics or regard for the people that actually do the work. Leaders ignore input or concerns from others. Awful work environment. No leadership, no values, no direction no thank you

    Advice to Management

    Start over from scratch. Quit promoting your friends and get true managers.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Brayman Construction full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was decent for the area. Most people were pleasant. Convenient location for commute, don't have to deal with downtown traffic.

    Cons

    Office atmosphere is not very welcoming to newcomers. The phrase "stuff rolls down hill" was totally evident from the first day I worked there.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Site Safety Manager

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    Former Employee - Site Safety Manager in Charleroi, PA
    Former Employee - Site Safety Manager in Charleroi, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I growing organization that captures a lot of work in the construction field and is well respected by clients and owners.

    Cons

    Base your salary on at least a 50 hours work week minimum. Field salary employees often are expected to work 55 to 60 hours per week, including safety. Do not fall for the corporate, office line during the interview. Plan on working many free hours until you had enough or move on.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest about the work hours and expectations during the interview process. You have trouble keeping people and they stay because they have to or want to stay in the area.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Lied to and busted my butt only to be laid off!

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    Former Employee - QC/Superintendent in Saxonburg, PA
    Former Employee - QC/Superintendent in Saxonburg, PA

    I worked at Brayman Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects and field staff! Fair pay and benefits! Fair with time off and work conditions are ok. If you are one of the favorites you can advance if not good luck!

    Cons

    Poor communication and management. The leaders (way to many VP's) are inadequate in their jobs and not respected in the industries they serve. They received their roles as they sucked up to owner.
    Structure of company is poor as are the mission and values which are lacking. Too much turnover and HR is a joke as is Accounting. Think they are the preeminent company and while some people and projects are great overall the company operation is poor. No direction or guidance as they "wing it".

    Advice to Management

    Replace yourself with those who have a clue and be a more user friendly company. Do not look down at employees and hire people that actually care about others. Very cold, impersonal and disengaged company.


  7. Helpful (3)

    All the responsibility, none of the authority

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Brayman Construction full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits for a smaller company. You'll certainly be stretched and do things outside your comfort zone.

    Cons

    Endless pointless meetings. A toxic culture starting at the very top. No cooperation between the companies and it is designed that way on purpose to maintain control at the top. They will saddle you with all kinds of responsibilities but give you none of the latitude or discretion to achieve what you need to in order to succeed. Those who remain long-term are those who are getting paid enough to suffer through the degrading behavior by management or support staff who are willing to toe the company line. Nothing at the company is ever about what is best for the employee - they will use people until they are no longer useful to the company and then discard them.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the toxic company culture, address it, and realize that when people are constantly quitting, or the company terminating them, there is something wrong with the company, not with all the people who were good enough to hire.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Go to work for one of their competitors instead!

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    Former Employee - Corporate Office in Saxonburg, PA
    Former Employee - Corporate Office in Saxonburg, PA

    I worked at Brayman Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great and highly visible projects and quality of work. One of the tops in this area! Driven for profit!

    Cons

    Everything else! Upper level management (what a joke), Accounting department and corporate office environment(tense and uncaring with sorry leaders), HR team has declined over time, turnover is prevalent and benefits decreasing.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp management team in all areas and fire yourselves! Get rid of the "old boy" network and start treating folks better. It is a shame what has happened to this company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fulfilling at first but down hill quick!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Status in Saxonburg, PA
    Current Employee - Field Status in Saxonburg, PA

    I have been working at Brayman Construction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects and recognition. Work with some good folks as well on exciting projects. Can advance if given the right opportunity. Great office and administrative staff.

    Cons

    Poor management and new restructuring makes it even worse as those in highest roles are not qualified to say the least. Uncaring HR staff that has steadily declined over the years. Poor estimating as they can not win jobs to save their lives.

    Turnover is now rampant and most of the good folks have left in past year or two. Salaries are stagnant and bonuses have almost disappeared. Core values and beliefs are no longer adhered to and company is a shell of former self.

    Advice to Management

    Yes replace yourself with quality managers. Treat employees fairly and with respect and learn to bid/win jobs. Make yourself a great place to work again! Quality of hire has declined as layoffs increase. Miserable environment here anymore and most folks are unhappy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off" for no good reason Project Engineer..or I could have been a Superintendent or other..

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Saxonburg, PA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Saxonburg, PA

    I worked at Brayman Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects (when they actually win them), some good people who care and try hard, some occasional excellent training as well.

    Cons

    Management is inept and employee morale is low. HR is a waste and dishonest and company recently laid off some good folks whom they spin off as laying off due to lack of work and then they turn around and hire new folks. They seem to do this almost every year. Cold hearted managers who only care about own bonus and reputation and give no support for success. Poor work life balance and high turnover! Not winning any bids so future would be scary!

    Advice to Management

    Learn to bid and estimate jobs and if you win some work learn to treat folks better so they stay. DO not treat employees as commodities especially (engineers, safety, accounting) and treat with respect. Owner needs to be more involved and replace his inept managers and VP's who are nothing but big children and poor managers. VP's are more interested in swearing and telling unprofessional jokes than actually working with their people. Poor and very oppressive work environment. Quit playing favorites and work with all!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Do not take a safety job here!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety
    Former Employee - Safety

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great projects and people for the most part. Engineers and PM's are very knowledgeable and run good projects even if hands are tied at times.

    Cons

    Upper management is inept and does not value safety. Turnover is abundant in safety as they go for cheap not quality and safety manager has his hands tied by inept bosses.

    Advice to Management

    Value safety and treat employees better.



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