Clark Construction Group

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3.9 19 reviews

67% Approve of the CEO

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Robert Moser

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97% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Project Executive

    Project Executive (Current Employee) 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 Senior ManagementLess ivory tower decisions and closed doors meetings

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice try...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsOne 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.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    re-constructing platform services, drilling point masonry joints and do assignments that the foreman instructs me

    Laborer (Former Employee) New Carrollton, MD

    ProsI liked problem solving. With Clark it gave me opportunities to do so everyday on the job. I like to build and I like the atmosphere of helping co-workers to complete task.

    ConsBesides the 7 day work week with 12 hour shifts on the 6th and 7th day Clark was a great place to work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood morale in the field could be better.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Engineer experience at Clark Construction Group

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

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

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

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    Positive, learned a good deal

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThe quality of experiences gained is strong. The exposure is strong. The projects are often complex and interesting

    ConsThere are those that the company is pleased to have on board, and those that the company is really pleased to have on board. It's a bit tricky there. Also, the company is a bit tricky when it comes to bonuses. Verbal compiments are given for strong work, but very little actions that require Clark to impart costs on behalf of an employee are taken. Never free lunches, etc. Never compensation for working Saturdays. Thank you's sure-- lots of thsoe, but thank you's are easy for managers. The thing with most companies that is tricky is work is a business. If the company makes money on a strong employee great, but those that are making the company money in little ways, like working on a weekend aren't reimbursed adequately for the effort.

    Advice to Senior Managementobserving the new hires was always interesting. It seems as though they're the ones that give the most. I guess that's likely of all companies. Maybe, do more to reimburse those folks.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The biggest construction company in town.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bethesda, MD

    ProsYou'll have the opportunity to work on projects that at other companies you would never even get the chance to look at. You'll also have the opportunity to do a lot of philanthropic work as the company provides tons of opportunities to help those in need. The company tries to make the many young new hires feel welcome at Clark by providing different activities for them to participate in during their first year. Clark hires a lot of young, bright people from the top engineering schools in the country. The company has an excellent reputation in the community as a leader in the construction industry.

    ConsIt's the Clark way or the highway. If you are not a vice president, your opinion is not valued nor will it be heard. Be prepared for a lot of red tape and inefficiency trying to get your work done as there are so many processes and people to go through in order to complete simple tasks. The atmosphere is very formal and stiff. Upper management will put inexperienced people in positions where they are bound to fail and when they do fail they will fire them. They don't properly train people in their day to day activities. It is definitely a sink or swim mentality and many do sink.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide the many young people at the company with individual mentors to guide them through their daily activities. Encourage participation and listen to the ideas of all people working for Clark. If you encourage decisionmaking and ownership you'll find better developed employees.

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    Very encouraging work environment

    Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsAll the project management staff were open to any questions and were always willing to teach or answer any questions

    ConsTasks can be monotonous at times.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Clark Construction - Project Engineer

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsI enjoyed the diversity of responsibilities given to me as a project engineer. In addition, you are given a good amount of responsibility as well as autonomy to become part of management in your own way.

    ConsHonestly, I can not find a negative perspective to the job at this time. I've heard that you can be capped at a certain salary once an individual reaches the title of Project Manager. This usually is the cause for those to seek employment elsewhere.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Summer Intern Review

    Project Management Intern (Former Employee) Washington, DC

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsThey'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.

    ConsCompared 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 Senior ManagementI 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???

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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