Clark Construction Group

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Clark Construction Group Reviews

Updated August 6, 2014
Updated August 6, 2014
54 Reviews

3.8
54 Reviews
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Robert Moser
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • A lot of young people running projects (in 3 reviews)

  • Highly respected firm focused on pursuing high profile and "real" (funded) projects (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Very poor work/life balance (don't listen to how much they preach, it's nonsense) (in 6 reviews)

  • Your work long hours and you are pushed to the limit (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Engineer experience at Clark Construction Group

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    There is potential for career growth - must align yourself with the right individual(s).

    Cons

    Work-life balance when I worked there was little to non-existent. I hope things have improved.

  2.  

    Project Intern

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    Former Employee - Project Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Fun, challenging, exciting, lots of resources for personal and professional growth

    Cons

    I literally have no cons. Everything was amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Project Executive

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    Current Employee - Project Executive  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    - A chance to work on large diversified projects
    - Steady stable career
    - A lot of young people running projects
    - Well established systesm/processes

    Cons

    - Upper management doesn't communicate well with employees about where the company is going, prospects...etc
    - Upper management is very clickish. You need a "daddy" to advance
    - You get stuck in the middle of the ladder for a long time with no guidance on how to take the next step
    - Your work long hours and you are pushed to the limit
    - Very conservative in utilizing new technologies
    - No consistency on how to run work between the regions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less ivory tower decisions and closed doors meetings

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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    Summer Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Project Management Intern  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Washington, DC

    Pros

    Got to have large roles of responsibility. They pay well for an internship and treat us well with a couple happy hour events.

    Cons

    Experience dependent on job site assigned. Much more rewarding to be part of structural construction than close-out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC

    Pros

    They're the largest GC in the DC area and build the largest and most interesting projects around. You can get exposure to a lot of different aspects of the business if you make an attempt to learn. Good job security...only 1 round of big layoffs since the recession, others have been here and there.

    Cons

    Compared to other companies, fairly weak pay and bonus packages. Bonuses are tied to jobs, and some won't reach you for 2-3 years. If you have a good boss they will take care of you at the main office. Many youngsters with 3-5 years in leave for more money and responsibility. Also a very top heavy company, to many meetings with 5 VP's who all have great ideas but depend on the guys at the lower ends of the food chain to do the work.....takes away some of the development opportunities for young managers to take the lead. The 10 days/year of vacation for the first 5 years is weak.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that better career development plans need to be established. It is so very dependent on who you are fortunate enough to work for and what exposure they give you. Good people get bounced around a lot, especially to some of the large federal jobs that are great for the company but not a lot of fun for your employees. Something outside of the yearly performance review is needed. Also, combine time off and sick to one PTO bank..maybe have 20 days after 3 years???

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A company with great leaders and opportunities to grow.

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    Current Employee - Superintendent  in  Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    There are Opportunities to grow and be noticed.

    Cons

    Travel and Vulnerability to market conditions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice try...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

    One of the biggest general contracting firms in the country -- and easily in the Mid-Atlantic. Many intelligent people work here with lots of experience. Good place to get your feet wet in construction.

    Cons

    No regard for the employee and all about the business. It's understood to get the work done, but there are several other ways to handle scenarios and issues in lieu of what was done. Bureaucratic -- probably because of its large size. Almost no chance to to progress in your career if you are dealt the wrong hand in senior management. Some play favorites and really take care of employees -- others act like employees do not exist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pete and the extreme senior management is fine and seem to care. It's that lower tier of senior managers that need to wake up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start your career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn a lot, very fast. Apparent that there is plenty of upside for your career. Large diverse company with something for everyone.

    Cons

    No matter how capable or smart you may be you still need to put your time in to prove yourself to upper management. Learn the ropes. Recognizing advanced degrees for entry level positions not the best.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity for hard workers!

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Opportunities to grow and learn within Clark are always available to those who show a desire to work hard and succeed. Limits to success are only what you make them!

    Cons

    Getting time off can be hard or frowned-upon, depending on your boss. Some bosses view time off as a lack of commitment to your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clark should work on encouraging a better work-life balance. Your worth is not based on how many hours you spend in the office, rather the quality and consistency of your work!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    My employment at Clark Construction has provided great opportunities to develop a strong foundation for my future career

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    Current Employee - Office Engineer  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    Clark Construction provides a family atmosphere where you feel like more than just a number in the organization on the West Coast. There is ample opportunity for you to make yourself stand out and take your career in the direction that you desire.

    Cons

    With construction, there is always the relocation to new projects that comes into play. At these times, it seems that the company waits until the last minute to notify employees of future assignments. This could lead to personal problems in employee's personal lives and ultimately cause a turnover problem in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication up and down the chain of command in the company could be improved, in terms of communication from the employees in the field up to the upper management in the regional office. This especially goes for potential future assignments that the employee could be assigned to.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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