Clark Construction Group

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Clark Construction Group Reviews in Washington, DC

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
73 Reviews
3.8
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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)

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

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  1.  

    Premier Building Construction Company

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    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Interesting projects
    - Fun work environment
    - Good career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    - Long hours
    - Limited to no vacation days/days off
    - Going downhill (in terms of amount/quality of work)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    A very supportive and encouraging work environment.

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

    I worked at Clark Construction Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The project management staff were open to any questions and were always willing to answer any questions in detail.

    Cons

    I did not come across any cons during the small period I was interning for the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good, efficient work.

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  5.  

    Very encouraging work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Clark Construction Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Tasks can be monotonous at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Clark Construction - Project Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Honestly, 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Project Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Clark Construction Group as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I literally have no cons. Everything was amazing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Summer Intern Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Management Intern in Washington, DC

    I worked at Clark Construction Group as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  9.  

    Good company

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

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

    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
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    Nice try...

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at Clark Construction Group

    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
  11.  

    Positive, learned a good deal

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

    I have been working at Clark Construction Group

    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

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