Clark Construction Group

www.clarkconstruction.com
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Clark Construction Group Reviews

Updated August 11, 2015
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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)

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  1. Asst Superintendent

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    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


  2. Office Engineer

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    • 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

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    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.


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  5. 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.


  6. Best GC in the DC metro area

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    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.


  7. Early Opportunities

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    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. Helpful (1)

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

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    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.


  9. Premier Building Construction Company

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    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.


  10. No work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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


  11. A very supportive and encouraging work environment.

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

    I worked at Clark Construction Group as an intern (Less than a 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 Management

    Keep up the good, efficient work.



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