Granite Construction

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Granite Construction Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
73 Reviews

3.7
73 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 6 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.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time for 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
  2.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer  in  Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time for 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
  3.  

    Not what I expected.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time for 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
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  5.  

    Solid company, nice focus on employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leader  in  Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Leader in Watsonville, CA

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time for 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
  6.  

    Great culture and company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Controller's Group  in  Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Controller's Group in Watsonville, CA

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

    Pros

    Very friendly people and a great family feel.

    Cons

    Work/life balance may not be ideal at all times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher more staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life Changing an opened new doors of futre employment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good people, lot of room to gain experince.

    Cons

    Stuff you dont know that is needed to be learned in a matter of somtime days even hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paid hoildays is always a plus.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator  in  Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Watsonville, CA

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

    Pros

    There are many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    There may be a lot of travel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more and often!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with great long term career opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Safety
    Current Employee - Safety

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Nice retirement package, great experience and a good name to have on your resume. Make you feel like they care about you.

    Cons

    Pay is pretty average to a bit below. I took a paycut when accepting the job. Policy is pretty set so when something isn't working it's difficult to get it changed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is a construction fraternity house

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good Pay for the area
    Good core value
    The HQ has a beautiful backyard
    Work-life-balance is good
    Traffic on the 1 is not bad at all compared to the Bay Area

    Cons

    The building is next to a trash/recycling center
    Terrible Clicky groups of people at the HQ
    The CEO is not down to earth at all- He cares of about his horse ranch more than the employees and the business
    The CFO is cold and dumb - She's very insecure
    The whole Executive Team is just a joke- a great company fell apart due to the economic recession and poor senior management team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not going to bother with this...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Very ethical employer with strong operational aptitude

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    They really do care about doing the "right" thing, and believe that favorable monetary gains will fall into place if they do. Amongst the big civil construction companies, Granite treats their employees the best by a long shot.

    Cons

    The work can be painstaking, and the regulatory agencies involved with a majority of their contracts can be impossible to work for. Too much focus on process and procedures as opposed to morale, motivation and engagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the people and how they can be inspired, rather than the policies that will keep them on track and in line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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