Granite Construction

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Granite Construction Reviews

Updated February 21, 2015
Updated February 21, 2015
80 Reviews
3.8
80 Reviews
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Granite Construction President and CEO James H. Roberts
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great core values and a good reputation within the industry (in 5 reviews)

  • It's a good place to start your career to get some experience if you're fresh out of college (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance may not be ideal at all times (in 7 reviews)

  • The senior managers ignore anything but those who tell them what they want to hear about where the company is headed (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Granite Construction

    Pros

    401K, good hours, good people, company vehicle.

    Cons

    They ask people to move with little notice sometimes.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Needs structure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Family friendly hours
    Great headquarters office

    Cons

    Negative energy
    Poor management styles within departments
    Too political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire competent managers. Don't lay off people for silly reasons. Be honest with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience, good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Project Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Intern - Project Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Granite Construction as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    It was great to be able to see a bunch of different jobs while I was there. The pay was pretty good and they treat their employees very well.

    Cons

    The manager I was working for wasn't very good about assigning me to work so I had to do a lot of searching around to keep busy. I was just an intern so this probably wasn't a normal thing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful people, good company

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

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The people are very nice and have a good culture. Overall, it's a great place to work. Very ethical and everyone cares about the others. Some of the changes in leadership have been very motivating as well as they seem to know what they are doing. Continue to focus on the future, think positive.

    Cons

    You find some that are negative minded regardless of what's happening. There are plenty of good things to focus on and some simply won't move forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to upper management - focus on leadership & strategy, not managing every employees task. Look at things mid & long term.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Company, Lots of Opportunities

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

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Care about the people that work for them (this seems to be changing). Lots of opportunities only limited by you. Will give you responsibility and tasks for whatever you want to take on. Great training and skill building opportunities. Interesting work and do some really cool jobs. Great place to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Seem to be continually reorganizing and got tired of this. Shifting a bit in how they value their people. Very conservative at times (not all bad as this gets them thru some tough times). Talk like they are on the cutting edge (especially in technology) but are really stuck in way they do things and hard to shift from those methods.
    Decisions at times seem to be made for stake of stock price and not what is really best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Nice Location

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction

    Pros

    good people nice equipment, good teachers

    Cons

    long hours, long hours, long hours

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Granite has gone downhill and has no signs of changing its ways. Not a good place to go to start your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are in the right area on the right project, Granite can be good, if you don't have a family, fit in the clique, don't value long term owner relations and are willing to sacrafice your free time.

    Cons

    Not enough value on employees. The company has deteriorated a lot since upper management has changed. They have tried to restructure, (several times) but that has not been beneficial. In the past (over 10 years ago) the upper managment cared about the employees and that is not the current culture. There has been too much promotion of the Texas region personnel that did not have the same employee focus as in the past.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read above and see what changed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I expected.

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

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They do all kinds of work from very large project to very small projects. There is a lot of exposure to all different kinds of work.

    Cons

    The benefits are poor, way below the industry average. There is very little reward for all the long hours that you are required to work (60-80hrs/week). There is no work-life balance. They do not offer any kind of training, not even on their own SOP's or software. They stand in your way of doing your job. Every "improvement" they have made to their systems have just complicated and increased the work load. The employee turnover rate is very high. It is not a fun place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explain to the employees why Granite needs so many CFO/CEO/CwhateverO's and why all of their project must be completely under staffed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a company that you felt good getting the job done for. Nice campus

    Cons

    really can't think of anything. my hours spent on the job were worth it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid company, nice focus on employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Leader in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Welcoming environment
    Nice people
    Nice office space
    They really build cool stuff

    Cons

    On the financial rebound, but solid potential

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace fresh thinking

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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