Clark Construction Group

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Clark Construction Group Reviews in Washington, DC

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

3.8
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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.  

    Good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 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
  3.  

    Great opportunity for hard workers!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Positive, learned a good deal

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    observing 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.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer  in  Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC

    Pros

    You get to see the most challenging projects, and managers are more than willing to feed you responsibilities pretty much the minute you're ready for them, and sometimes even a little before you might feel you're ready - very much a "sink or swim" culture. Great for setting up entry-level engineers to be successful for the rest of their careers. Clark has several divisions, and encourage as much exposure as possible - not only between the different divisions, but also with its field, PM, pre-construction rotations.

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't spend as much time in the field as they probably should - sometimes appear to be very out-of-touch with the day-to-day operations in the trailer. Middle management can be shaky at times - some very good project managers, others that are less competent, especially on the technical side. Entry level office engineers are sometimes given minimal guidance and are thus often left to "fly at the seat of their pants," which can be good in that it challenges them, but can also result in poor management of aspects of a project. Staffing can also be very top-heavy, with many more middle managers/supervisors and fewer office engineers who are actually generating tangible work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We understand you guys are busy, but spend some more time getting to know your lower level management staff - what they do on a day-to-day basis and the inefficiencies of their work because they're the ones generating the work being reviewed by middle managers. The more you know about their work, the higher the quality of project management can be attained at the front lines.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Executive  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Project Executive in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Exciting business to be in.

    Cons

    Promotions are not always equitable especially for women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the corporate communication.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Solid company that offers broad experience from rotating from departments.

    Cons

    Large company so it can be hard to stand out for promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should offer more opportunities for administrative staff.

    Recommends
  9.  

    Clark Construction

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Great Company to work for

    Cons

    None problems with Clark so far

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The biggest construction company in town.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    You'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.

    Cons

    It'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 ManagementAdvice

    Provide 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.

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top notch company that requires a lot of hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bethesda, MD

    Pros

    Competitive pay and a chance to work on some of the most complicated and recognizable projects in the country. If you want a fast pace and driven work environment than Clark is a good option.

    They are a sound company especially in this economic times. They do quite a bit of government work as well as mega projects that are +$1B and many years long.

    Cons

    Long hours, some nights and weekends...whatever it takes to get the job done. They do not pay overtime only base salary with so-so benefits. Bonuses are not much until you make it to the executive level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward people for their hard work and extra time that they put into the company instead of just paying salary with minimum bonuses.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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