Balfour Construction

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Upper Mgmt Out of Touch - Political - No room for personal growth

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Preconstruction Employee  in  Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Preconstruction Employee in Dallas, TX

I worked at Balfour Construction full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Dallas office culture used to be great; Ex-ex President was very friendly; CEO is excellent; Great jobsite safety & quality; Very good benefits & pay;

Cons

- Dallas company culture has really declined. Balfour's recent acquisition of several other companies has destroyed the "small company" culture of all of them;
- Promotions are nearly non-existent, unless you are politically tied to someone higher-up --- they are NOT performance based. In the past year, many talented employees have fled the company.
- Upper management has had a lot of turnover the past 2 yrs --- very political & management is out of touch w/ employees. Most recent Presidents in the past 1-1/2 yrs have been awful;
- Certain managers really abuse their employees, denying them any work/life balance and "clock watching" --- requiring employees to be at work even when work is slow;
- Tenured employees are walked on & terminated when convenient; Preconstruction management is rigid & has a "my way or the highway" attitude toward employees;
- Very "toxic" / "political" / "unsafe" atmosphere; Employees must "watch their back" at all times;
- As the company has grown, it has taken on a "big company" atmosphere: Unnecessary rules & regulations have made them less competitive as a company and have also contributed to the decline of the culture;

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Get back to what made your company great: Attract talent & give promotions based on talent & good performance instead of politics & backstabbing; Allow employees as well as regional offices to excel at the things they are good at instead of forcing them into a mold and punishing them for not all being the same.

Doesn't Recommend
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Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe environment designed for all employees to have a shot at success.

    Former Employee - Project Engineering Inter  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Project Engineering Inter in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Balfour Construction as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Easily accessible executives - From new hires up to the CEO of the company, all were willing, not only to chat, but to get to know employees on an individual basis.

    Balfour Beatty Spirit really brings employees together in fun, non-work-related settings.

    Cons

    As is common in the construction industry, long hours are a part of the job. It is not at all unusual to start work earlier and leave later that peers in other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reach out to the everyday employee. It really makes a difference.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience varies depending on project team

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Balfour Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The benefits are great. Lots of company events and parties if you are in the Dallas area. Interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Work experience really depends on project team. Didn't see upper management often except at company events. Really a sink or swim environment where they are quick to terminate,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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