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My experience working for Pape-Dawson Engineers.

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Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Project Engineer in Austin, TX

I worked at Pape Dawson

Pros

It is a well established company that is well known in central Texas. There are a lot of people to learn from and that have years of experience. They do residential, commercial, and governmental jobs (including State Highway work) meaning they will be around for a while and be able to weather any storm.

Cons

The company can be quite strict on "at the workplace" things making it a bit stuffy and not as fun as other places to work. Promotions also seem to be a lot more of "who you know' or "how much of a brown nose you have" rather than the work you do.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to your employees and realize that they work for you and spend 40+ hours doing so. Doing a little to make them happy goes a long way.

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Other Reviews for Pape Dawson

  1.  

    Great company to work for, but...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Pape Dawson full-time

    Pros

    Extremely high moral standards permeate from the top down, and result in a very high quality product and an enthusiastic workforce. In my experience there was a very high level of client satisfaction. Senior management definitely made strong efforts to take care of the workforce. Project managers were very involved in (concerned with) subordinates lives and professional growth. Would still be working there if not for the housing bust.

    Cons

    Certain policies were inflexible and out-of-touch with the workforce. I witnessed Senior management being very vitriolic in expressing their frustration or disgust with personnel. One could bump into "fenced boundaries" in unexpected (and sometimes stupid) areas; for example, woe to you if you used too much internet bandwidth on your breaks!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What you do well, you do exceptionally well! Keep that up -- and that is the majority of what you do. Just address those few irritating but very real points of concern that perhaps would grease the skids of productivity for an otherwise dedicated and loyal workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company HOWEVER...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Pape Dawson full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Tickets to local events, Good pay, New Building

    Cons

    Work you to death, Would rather hire outside the company than promote within, Some workers move up fast only because of how much overhead likes them not based on work load at all, No actual job description so you could end up scrubbing toilets one day because hey there's no set job description for anyone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Come up with job descriptions and base promotions on what the employee can do not how long or how much you like them. Also stop hiring people outside the company for upper level jobs when there are plenty of employees who would love to move up. I would also suggest that the move people around again, mix it up; people get tired of working on and working for the same stuff/people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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