Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

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Great Company

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL

I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Leadership is hands-on
Great hours/salary/bonuses/401K/benefits
Extreme flexibility
Not hurting in the economy, company is booming

Cons

My job doesn't have much growth, but I didn't expect to be put in a manager role from the get-go.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue doing a great job! This is the happiest I have been with an employer.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

8 Other Employee Reviews for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (View Most Recent)

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    Beware

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flex time is available, although frowned upon.

    Cons

    Technology is extremely outdated. Upper management has completely lost touch with daily operations. This is still an old time construction company, run like an old boys club. Raises and promotions have more to do with who you know and not what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn your employees names. Walk around the office and learn what people do. When employees ask questions both out loud and annonomously through the website, respond to them. If one person is asking it, ten are probably thinking it. Look at your turnover and investigate the real reasons behind it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great benefits, poor management decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GLDD has some very smart, hard working people working for the company. They aren't always put in a position to succeed or given the resources to accomplish a job, but there is a core group that genuinely works hard and achieves results. The benefits are outstanding and if you bring the right skill set to the table, GLDD could be a long term position.

    Cons

    The leadership has very little understanding of what is happening with the company outside of the actual dredging operations. Ancillary departments are left to run on their own without any real direction from upper management and there are no repercussions for poor performance. Nepotism is a huge problem within the company. Undeserving people are put in positions way beyond their ability level because of family ties or connections to the company. It is instantly clear that they are in over their heads and the work suffers and resentment grows. There is very little training in the company, as people are moved up in the company, they are not trained to run departments or handle management roles. In turn, you have some very weak department leaders. Company communications is the worst that I have ever seen in my career. More often than not, emails to department managers or to people who might be able to provide insight go unanswered and too many people sit behind closed office doors for days at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little more time looking into the support departments for the company. It is insulting to only find out about company information at a quarterly town hall meeting when we very hard and go unrecognized virtually every day. It is truly the haves and the have nots. Invest in some training for department managers. Simply promoting someone and telling them to go lead a group of people is going to fail every time, especially if they reported to a lousy manager and picked up nothing but bad habits. Take a hard look at the people you have working for you and see if they are the right fit for their jobs. There are way too many people that are just riding the GLDD gravy train and collecting a paycheck and (excellent) benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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