Dar Al-Handasah Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Dar Al-Handasah Chairman & CEO Talal K. Shair
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Pros
  • good salary, good hr policy, large scale projects, one of the largest companies in the world in engineering and management (in 7 reviews)

  • good salary with respect to other Lebanese design firm (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • 6 day working week, extremely long working hours, office will be relocated to smart village which is far from city center (in 6 reviews)

  • BAD MANAGEMENT / RESTRICTED RULES / NO FLEXIBILITY (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Mechanical Engineer

    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cairo (Egypt)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Cairo (Egypt)

    I have been working at Dar Al-Handasah

    Pros

    - You learn a lot
    - Friendly community
    - Prestigious building and facilities
    - The firm is constantly improving

    Cons

    - You have to teach yourself no one has the time to tutor you
    - Lebanese and Jordanians are the only ones who have a chance to become Directors lateron
    - A lot of overtime with no compensation

    Advice to Management

    Hang on to your loyal employees because eventually you will be the ones who'll regret it

  2. Perfect Experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dar Al-Handasah

    Pros

    Great Projects & Learning environment

    Cons

    Work over Load, Salaries are not relative to work load

  3. Sr. Electrical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Doha (Qatar)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Doha (Qatar)

    I worked at Dar Al-Handasah full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big name in the industry

    Cons

    Doha office is the worst place to join, very bad attitude in dealing with employees, I raised the issue to the court and won the case.

    Advice to Management

    Top management must review their choices who are managing this office.

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  5. I did have a positive overall fruitful experience during my stint at Dar Al Handasah

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Beirut (Lebanon)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Beirut (Lebanon)

    I worked at Dar Al-Handasah

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -It's a huge multinational company where you get exposed to multiple multi-million projects.
    -Lots of resources and opportunities to build a solid experience.
    -Lots of seminars and workshops conducted to benefit the employee.

    Cons

    -It's hard to get vacations every now and then.
    -It's a high paced environment where you'll have to endure stress and pressure occasionally.

    Advice to Management

    -Given that Dar Al Handasah is a huge firm and each department is divided into several units, I highly advise the management to implement a rotation program for fresh graduates for them to get the chance to get exposed to different systems involved in a certain trade.

  6. A very well orgnized company always goes for mega projects.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Dar Al-Handasah

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    You can always find a very deep experience.

    Cons

    Respnsibality of the work and the challange always renewable and deserve to be taken.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the training courses to develop a new generations that can walk on a better career path.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Pathetic Company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dar Al-Handasah full-time

    Pros

    There are no Pros here, what should one write?

    Cons

    1. Long Working Hours
    2. Zero WOrk-Life Balance
    3. Dictatorial Management- Director
    4. Rude Project Managers
    5. Overall Work Quality is poor
    6. No creative work except drafting

    Advice to Management

    1. Change management
    2. Make it employee friendly
    3. Stop treating employees as slaves

  8. worst working experience!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)

    I worked at Dar Al-Handasah

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None! There is nothing nice to say about Dar.

    Cons

    where do i begin?...Well i joined as an architect with Dar and have had a horrendous experience working with them. Not only the architects are suffering here but i can quite confidently state that the professionals from other departments- structural, mechanical, interiors etc have an equally bad experience. Certain points i would like to point out to new applicants-
    1. Long working hours. And by long i really mean extremely long. The company being being an ISO company follows no rules nor adheres to any policies which make an employee friendly place. The reporting time is 8am, while they never let anybody go before 8pm.
     2. Unrealistic deadlines- Dar is known for its unrealistic deadlines. This takes a toll on all the employees ending up putting in as much as min. 12-14 hours daily. Though Saturdays and sundays are off as per policy, you would walk into almost an entire office on any given Saturday or Sunday.
    3. The pathetic attitude of Management- This is very well known and indisputable fact among all Dar employees. I have not found a single employee that has had anything good to talk about the Senior Management ie the Director and the project managers. The overall attitude is very condescending and reminds of pre-colonial times.
    4. Work- the projects that the company in Pune works on are basically the ones shunted by other branches of Dar elsewhere. There is really no worth in doing them because as an architect all you would be doing is drafting details in revit that would have absolutely no value in India. So if you are willing to work in INdia then Dar would do you no good. People having worked in Dar have a tough time finding jobs. (Ask anyone!). For Architects there is no creative work, no design work, except for drafting. For seniors, there is little or no decision making.
    5. Quality- The quality of work is extremely poor, The drawings are sent out to area office in middle east. As a reviewer of the drawings, you would find scores of drafting errors like doors missing, doors and windows in water tanks etc
    6. No satisfaction- there is little or no joy in project work for architects/interiors as once the drawings are drafted and sent , he or she would never know the progress of the buildings he has worked on. He or she is never sent to the site. Most of the works are to be built over a large span of time in the coming future, therefore the work loses it's significance.
    7. High Pay Myth- There is a myth that Dar pays way above the market. Well sorry to burst your bubble, but that is not true, and that if you really search, you would definitely find many a better paying companies. What is the point of an average paycheck if you are working on horrible, undervalued architectural projects for long hours?
    8. Unfriendly Environment- The entire office reeks of fear. There is pin drop silence. Cameras all around doing the surveillance whether you are on phone. Eating at desk is prohibited. Talking to your colleague at his desk is prohibited.

    Dear all, who ever is reading this, please understand i am not writing this under any duress or unfound contempt for the Company. To me a work place where you put in 8 or more hours should be an enjoyable place especially for architects , where the environ helps in creativity boost which is entirely opposite here. YOu would leave this place demoralized and confused. Most of the people who are with Dar for over 18 months (and there are very few!) are the ones to suck up to the dictatorial management! The rate of attrition is very high here, and it would be no surprise to see 2-3 employees quitting every month.
    One last thing i would like to add (and i could go on giving negative comments cause there are so many!!) is that do not go by my review, approach any current employee in Dar, your friend or befriend some body in Dar and get the feedback on the above mentioned points before you make any hasty decision. Mind you there are better firms out there in terms of remuneration, work culture, Work, work ethics, Work hours, and overall experience. Good Luck!

    Advice to Management

    Management- You are a joke! Seriously! The most pathetic bunch of people from Beirut as Directors and HOD's with condescending attitude towards the locals. You all have got it totally wrong from the beginning! the project managers are a bunch of sissies working in servitude and fawning at their immediate seniors. Totally Enuch style!

  9. Dar Alhandasah

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Mecca (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Dar Al-Handasah

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big projects, stability, work at many places

    Cons

    No career development, technical and managerial competancies are not valued

  10. Ok salary , but poor management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer in Pune (India)

    I have been working at Dar Al-Handasah full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary compared to other companies
    Good exposure to international projects

    Cons

    HR Policy very poor. No Casual or sick leave. Overtime expected but no payment for overtime. No extra benefits for employees

  11. The company works on different international projects. It is considered one of the top 10 international companies.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Trainee Mechanical Engineering in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Intern - Trainee Mechanical Engineering in Cairo (Egypt)

    I worked at Dar Al-Handasah as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Friendly Work Environment
    Good Place to start your career
    Good Knowledge
    You will engage in different in international projects

    Cons

    High Work Load
    Long Working Hours
    Not Creative Work
    Routine Work

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the work load on the employees

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