Clark Construction Group

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Clark Construction Group Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Worth wild experienced. Learned a lot.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great Experience due to the Great People and Project Culture

    Cons

    There was few cons that my experience had

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  2. Best GC in the DC metro area

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large company allows all different types of projects and experiences. Opportunities in the DC area but also all over the country. Amazing wealth of knowledge of employees that is shared and continued learning is encouraged.

    Cons

    Large company so it seems possible to get lost in the shuffle. Supervisors rarely take the time to explain the greater picture for employees, except at yearly reviews. Pay could be better, but benefits are pretty good. Long hours, lots of hours. Expect to work 50 hours a week on the minimum. Most weeks are 50-70 hours.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage managers to talk more to employees about specific plans for the project and the employees future. Employees often feel that the are just pawns for the upper management with little involvement in their own career planning.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Challenging work for minimal compensation

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Clark is very attractive to entry level or young professionals because they offer an above average starting salary and regular promotions in the first 3 years. As a young employee you will receive plenty of responsibility and exposure to complex projects. Clark is one of the biggest names in the Mid-Atlantic and has a great reputation in the DMV area.

    Cons

    Most of my time at Clark has been in the preconstruction department as an estimator and the environment is nothing short of toxic. Morale is severely low because employees are not treated with respect by upper management and the workload is very unevenly distributed. The best employees are rewarded with more work and put in 70-110 hrs per week while average employees work the standard 50 hours per week. Clark appeals to young employees with the prospect of moving up quickly if you work hard, but the company has become so large in the past 10 years that it is no longer possible. The illusion of this upward mobility is kept up by (seemingly) arbitrary early promotions, i.e.- the best employees are RARELY recognized. These issues have led to a culture of blame where upper management looks to assign mistakes to employees under them and the younger employees become cut-throat with their peers. However, it would be unfair of me not to note that co-workers have told me the work-life balance on job sites is more reasonable with a consistent 50-60 hour week under normal conditions. I also have heard that there is a better team mentality out on job sites.

    Advice to Management

    Lower the salary but recognize good employees with bonuses. Treat employees as part of the "Clark Team" instead of resources that are to be abused until breaking down or quitting. Distribute workload more evenly or allow employees that work 36 hour shifts to take a half day the next day.


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  5. Terrific work environment, provide great opportunities, feel valued as an employee.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Current Employee - Vice President
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work on most interesting and challenging projects with the best and brightest. Good leadership, willing to try new things, constantly improving position in marketplace

    Cons

    No significant downside, as with any large organization there is some level of dysfunction. Can be slow to respond at times.


  6. Good place to start but not finish

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervision
    Former Employee - Supervision
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and training provided.

    Cons

    Work way too many hours.


  7. Early Opportunities

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company piles on responsibility if you can handle it

    Cons

    See above. They want work to be your life


  8. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family oriented professional great benefits

    Cons

    Pay is not that great.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


  9. Helpful (1)

    The absolute best place to start a construction career in DC, extremely desirable resume booster

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Management in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Operations Management in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Excellent connections with the DC real estate market -Well diversified portfolio including many wholly owned subsidiaries operating under different company names in different sectors. Opportunities to move within groups -Offices throughout the nation including Florida, Texas, and California -Clark University is the best new employee development program of any construction company -High profile jobs, people will know what you are talking about when you build a stadium, convention center, etc. -Great resume booster, after 3-5 years you can expect a monthly call or email from a recruiter

    Cons

    -Management is top heavy (Many VP's and above) -Operations can have long hours and weekend work -There is no clear connection between effort/performance and advancement within the company -Support workforce has limited opportunities for advancement unless upper level managers leave -Operations workforce answers to a a new executive and VP on each project, easy to get lost in the shuffle -Very loose and informal review and development process, staff and management are well aware that there is no link between review and promotions/compensation

    Advice to Management

    Employees will get an offer for more money and/or less work because Clark is a great company that churns out great people. Many will take it no matter what you do, but some can be retained. 1. Create a clear and convincing link between performance and promotions. People leave to get promoted because they have no idea if it will ever happen. 2. Change employee titles to reflect career path and add more steps. Even if there is no raise attached to the title change, it would go a long way to letting employees know that they are doing the right thing and that they are advancing in the company. 3. Expect more out of your managers, they are your first line of defense when it comes to retaining employees. Many have received no formal training on employee development or motivation and it shows. Make it mandatory.


  10. Premier Building Construction Company

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

    Pros

    - Overall exposure to heavy civil / building construction management. - Training programs to help employees grow professionally. - Filled with very professional and hard working employees.

    Cons

    - Very conservative leadership - Lacks growth in technological integration in construction. - Salary is lower than competitors.


  11. I work 4 years Finish Carpenter and I will very proud to work for this Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finis Carpenter in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Finis Carpenter in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    My best reason too work for this Company is cause It very good Company and I am proud with that

    Cons

    Because I like too work in construction jobs and Clark Company is have more jobs

    Advice to Management

    I like too be good Carpenter in my future and I love to learn more than that.



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