Walton Construction Company

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This is not a place to start (or end( a career!

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

I worked at Walton Construction Company

Pros

Good benefits package and some very good employees at the mid-management level. Not much good to say about the company other than that.

Cons

This is a very small investor group owned LLC (currently only 3 owners left). They have lost 6 owners/executives over the last 4 years due mostly to investor infighting and political positioning, although some have been due to sheer incompetence. The leadership at this company is extremely egotistical with absolutely no reason to be (i.e. they truly believe they're the smartest people in the room, but have not much of a track record to back it up). They have unfortunately become a bit of a laughing stock in Kansas City (their corporate headquarters) and have run into serious problems with their bonding company. This is a Titanic ship in a really tough industry right now... enter at your own risk!

Advice to ManagementAdvice

The leadership HAS to stop worrying about making themselves look good to their peers. They HAVE to stop with political positioning and really get into the nuts and bolts of leadership (and that doesn't just mean quoting sentences from the inside of management book covers that you haven't read!). MANAGE... LEAD... DRIVE RESULTS... TAKE CARE OF DEVELOPING YOUR EMPLOYEES.... QUIT LOOKING FOR A FAST BUCK WAY OUT -- THERE ISN'T ONE.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    overall satisfied, just don't feel appreciated.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Walton Construction Company

    Pros

    If you have construction background, this is a great company to work for. Because it is smaller, it always you to gain experience more so than you would get at a bigger firm.

    Cons

    It has a large generation gap that leads to a feeling of isolation. If you are young and looking for an exciting work environment, this isn't the place for you. There is lack between management and corporate and questions about the ethical way things can be handled in regard to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Frustrations arise with empty promises. If you say you are going to do something or provide a benifit to the employee, one can feel unappreciated for the extra mile they are willing to go, when you don't hold up to your end of the bargin. I think an overall lack in communicating praise or at the very least aproval is something that cause a feeling of dissatisfaction amongst employees,

    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The wheels on the bus go round and round, and round, and round, and round....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Walton Construction Company

    Pros

    Walton is a large company, and therefore offers many opportunities to get a "foot in the door" to advance your career. If an employee is in the good graces of someone in upper management, they may receive extremely favorable treatment, allowing for rapid promotion to senior positions. Their approach to doing business is optimistic and exuberant, regardless of market conditions or metrics, so employees can expect never to be burdened with bad news - even in the face of negative growth and falling profit.

    Walton Construction's one redeeming characteristic is the high quality of work and integrity from their field personnel. The actual "construction" workers on Walton's staff are honest, hardworking, respectful, decent people who care about their projects and strive to deliver excellent service to clients. Various loyalties and commitments have kept some longtime personnel around, and despite the company's state of flux, most of Walton's on-site staff remain trustworthy and pleasant.

    Cons

    Walton is in transition, striving to go from an individually owned construction company to a modern business model. Unfortunately, senior management is still very much driven by the "good ole boys" mentality you'd stereotypically associate with the industry. Walton's leadership doesn't take advantage of individual strengths, but takes a success-at-all-costs approach to promotions, pitting employees against one another in blatant competition to be favored with bigger salaries and titles. I once overheard someone describe Walton as "drowning in a sea of egos," and agree with the assessment. Like the child's game, king of the mountain, there are no rules limiting how to get to the top, and anyone in the way might be stomped on, bitten, kicked, pushed, thrown down or squished in the process.

    Construction isn't a politically correct industry, but even for construction Walton's treatment of women is sub-par. Degrading commentary and separate treatment are commonplace, and even unwelcome advances are not unusual. Most of this inappropriate behavior is not happening on the construction sites, but in the office. To give them credit, Walton's corporate services people are trying very hard to put a stop to discrimination; but without solid commitment, and investment, from the ownership group they're fighting an impossible battle.

    **Update** With even more upheaval going on, it seems the "good guys" are losing ground at Walton Construction. Turnover has become practically exponential, their management practices border on paranoid, and secrecy has become extreme. I strongly warn anyone to give serious consideration to this instability before accepting a position there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many old sayings come to mind, such as "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," "be nice," "pride comes before a fall," "don't count your chickens before they're hatched," "say little and do much," "look both ways before crossing the street," and "a fool and his money are easily parted."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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