Clark Construction Group

www.clarkconstruction.com
Engaged Employer

Clark Construction Group Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
38 reviews filtered by
  • Washington, DC Area
  • Any Job Title
  • Any Status
Employment Status

Reset
3.7
Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Robert Moser
9 Ratings

Pros
  • Clark has great people to work with which makes the days go by faster and make them more fun (in 5 reviews)

  • Opportunity to work on high profile, glamorous projects (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very poor work/life balance (don't listen to how much they preach, it's nonsense) (in 7 reviews)

  • I am not too sure that HR or management actually reads resumes and places new hires where they would be most effective (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

38 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. Great Company and Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They really want you to get actual valuable experience at Clark. They are not trying to push Clark down your throat and really want you to succeed in whatever path you take. They are open to working with what you would like to do and give substantial tasks.

    Cons

    None that come to mind


  2. Office Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clark Construction Group (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clark is a very large company. There is a definite feeling of job security as long as you don't slack off. Clark builds some of the coolest projects in DC and its surrounding suburbs.

    Cons

    No advancement for minorities. No work/life balance. Bonuses are tied to your project and not given based on merit. You are seriously just a number, if that.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like people while they work for you, don't try to cater to them the moment they put in their 2 weeks notice. It was funny how important I became the days after letting them know that I was quitting.


  3. Office Engineer

    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people are great and are the reason that most young employees are attracted to the company. Clark also wins contracts for very large projects and is very well known in the DC area. A lot of responsibility is given to each team member no matter how much experience you have.

    Cons

    -There is no structure whatsoever to advancing in the company. You do the best job possible and be told you are doing so by your direct managers, but when it comes to promotions its all luck and chance. Even if you are recommended for one, no one can tell you when or if it will happen. There are rumors that a limited amount of people can be promoted each cycle so if you don't have someone at the top of the company pulling for you, it won't happen. Since employees with the same job title and exceptions have many different managers it's impossible to compare one person's work to another's. -As mentioned, you are given a lot of responsibility immediately. Everyone is extremely busy since jobs are short staffed, so there is little to no guidance given to you. You have to figure out mostly everything on your own. -There's a high turnover rate and the upper management doesn't seem to care too much.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your employees for their hard work. Some type of system needs to be implemented to evaluate the performance of employees in relationship to each other. Too many people slide by doing the bare minimum and get recognized while others don't see any acknowledgment for their hard work and long hours.


  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. Asst Superintendent

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

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

    Pros

    Great projects to be apart of. Always tons of work in the Washington dc metro area. If you want job Secruity in the Washington dc metro area there is no better place to work than Clark Contruction

    Cons

    Long hours and tight schedules


  6. Carpenter

    Former Employee - Carpenter in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Clark Construction Group (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rewarding work being outside in fresh air. Building my commute great pay fun people the opportunity to move up. Operating different types of tools and machinery.6

    Cons

    You have to work outside when it's cold and nasty. Dangerous environment. Working from great heights and low depths.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management, they do a great job, helpful and well-trained. Consider professional and all-around great people.


  7. Project Engineer

    • 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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clark Construction Group are great builders. They build relationships with the community through new development and philanthropy. They build relationships with the employees and give a sense of family, even in such a large company. They build monumental projects with their outstanding reputation.

    Cons

    Clark Construction Group requires long hours with little compensation, the balance between family/life and work weighs heavy on the work side. The promotion process is inconsistent and sometimes inaccurate. They continue to hire Office Engineers, in hopes that the mistreatment of the "older, more expensive" Office Engineers will leave.


  8. Great place for people who want to spent their whole life at work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You will get many opportunities to learn, grow and get involved in activities sponsored by the company (if you have the time and energy which you might not). Clark is great for your resume as well, especially if you live in the DC area where the company is well known and well respected. Clark opens many doors because it has a culture of over achieving. Clark believes in doing everything the hard way and always going above and beyond. The main reason this is good is because once you leave Clark, your next job will be easier and you will probably make more money doing it. Great place for recent colleges grads to "pay their dues". Clark will toughen you up and you will thank it later. If you can make it at Clark, you can probably make it at most places.

    Cons

    There is nothing wrong with a hard days work. But Clark can take this to the extreme.The company definitely shows its age with is many old fashion ways. If you are not unusually intelligent, an over-achiever or a workaholic, then you might not enjoy working at Clark. These are really the only personality types you will find (who have lasted long). The culture is very formal and pretentious. No casual Friday (in the Bethesda office). Clark wants you to work until you drop.. then work some more. You will work long hours as sure as the night is dark. Clark does not want anyone who just wants to come to work and go home. Expect to think about work all weekend if you are not actually working on the weekend. You might be. There are strict rules and processes for doing your work and you cannot deviate from them. Sometimes these rules lead to inefficiency. You will burn out fast and get sick often if you don't set limits. Clark will work you hard. Clark does not believe in doing anything the easy way. Stress levels can be high and you will see more frowns than smiles throughout your day. Pay is low for what is expected of you. Clark does not close for bad weather or most other things. Not much PTO days until you have been with the company for a long time. But you probably won't have time to use them anyway.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture to appeal to the times and you will keep more people.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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



Showing 38 of 103 reviews
Reset Filters
RSS Feed </> Embed

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.