Howard S. Wright Construction

  www.hswcc.com
  www.hswcc.com
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Good

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Senior PM
Current Employee - Senior PM

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction

Pros

Lok out for its people

Cons

Has Layoff in bad times

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Plan sextor market better. Don't chase money, build lasting relationships.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy going culture, but rigid leadership hurt the company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction

    Pros

    Professional and was a prestigious firm at the time.

    Cons

    Mandatory use of company-owned rental company on projects made our bids uncompetitive and too high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have had a diversity in projects than focus on a few big clients. Public sector projects would have kept firm going strong.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Non-typical project, very high functioning teams of PE's and PM's from all over the country.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You could call them fox hole friendships, but the people I met and the relationships that have been formed are for life. This company employs some true aces ! Great collaborative experience as well as the opportunity to run on your own.

    The transition from Howard S. Wright to Balfourbeatty has been rough for the "old guard" but I believe this will make for a much more sophisticated and powerful construction management team from Seattle in the north to San Diego and Arizona in the south. Throughout the West Region this company is poised to grab a larger share of many markets by initial brand recognition (HSW) and deeper financial/management resources (BBC). HSW/BBC will be one of the top 5 companies within a couple years.

    Cons

    On this particular project, senior management doesn't seem to trust their middle management team to manage change orders. Absolutely everything is micromanaged down to the penny. No one knows what the budgets are and senior management is not sharing. It is very difficult to get a change order signed; incredibly frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that open communication fosters better relationships. Be transparent with project controls and let your PM's do their job on their own. Stop trying to get employee compliance through fear tactics. A well treated employee will go to war for you whereas a beat down, constantly berated employee will let the enemy in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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