Gilbane Building Company Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Tom Gilbane Jr.
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Pros
  • Commitment to core values and family atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

  • Working for a family owned company makes employees feel as if they are apart of the family as well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • long hours annoying contractors poor feedback (in 4 reviews)

  • Need to work on work life balance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. A company that really cares about its employees!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Vice President in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Vice President in Providence, RI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Gilbane Building Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People-focused, growing globally, employees are treated like extended family members, strong commitment to safety, core values and ethics, career development and talent management are focus areas for the leadership teams. This is an entrepreneurial minded company. Proud of 140+ year history.

    Cons

    Employees need to manage their career/life balance which is encouraged by management. The environment is fast-paced and energized which can become addictive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in technology, innovation, and high performance team members! Great leaders develop great people who never stop learning. Continue sharing best practices to promote lean processes across the company. Recruit proudly!


  2. Administrative Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in Sarasota, FL
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in Sarasota, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Gilbane Building Company (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company to work with

    Cons

    I really don't have any cons


  3. Learned a lot about what NOT to do in business.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gilbane Building Company full-time

    Pros

    The hours and the pay worked well. The location of the business wasn't great, but the office was nice.

    Cons

    Upper management and the head of the office were not nice individuals. Difficult people to please and work with. Following the end of my employment with the company, I learned just how many people were far from pleased with these leaders, from subcontractors to heads of general contracting companies. I was told coming in that the growth potential in the company was great, but later informed in a review that I didn't have the degree or skills to move on from my position.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your relationships with subcontractors. They are completing your work and will do a better job if paid in a reasonable amount of time.


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  5. EXCELLENT EXPERIENCE

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilbane Building Company full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from. The experience has been incredible.

    Cons

    The travel can be very long and exhausting but we'll worth it.

    Advice to Management

    No advice is needed. They have been nothing short of excellent and very helpful.


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    Project Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Gilbane Building Company (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment to work but you have no time to have a life

    Cons

    Salary only increase significantly when promoted to next rank...try to get the best salary you can when hire or you will end up getting $2 extra by hourly "if you have a good manager review". Work rain all day never stop


  7. Awesome

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Blacksburg, VA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Blacksburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aweseome Co-workers, top of the line projects.

    Cons

    work/life balance isnt up to par

    Advice to Management

    none


  8. Was a good company / abandoning a proven culture.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits for now. PTO. Tuition reimbursement (if they will give it to you).

    Cons

    Went down hill during recession. No longer a true CM, now a doing a lot of GC. New leadership not customer oriented.

    Advice to Management

    The fifth generation came up too fast and are ruining a once great company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Construction Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Intern II in New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Construction Intern II in New Haven, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    relatively interesting projects, co-operative environment, was heard by management, hands on work even as an intern

    Cons

    really felt the need to schmooze in order to get ahead rather than doing the job properly, upward movement is very limited

    Advice to Management

    ability to switch from project to project for interns would be ideal so we can learn more than just our one project


  10. Helpful (2)

    Move Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great repeat clients who trust your skills and knowledge

    Cons

    if your last name isn't Gilbane...forget about moving to the top.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Frustrating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits and PTO.you can relocate anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    Too much paperwork too much red tape too much overhead to be competive.



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