Granite Construction

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Updated June 22, 2015
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Granite Construction President and CEO James H. Roberts
James H. Roberts
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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 is not at all balanced (in 7 reviews)

  • If you are a construction worker epect to work very long hours and to get little in return (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction

    Pros

    Granite Construction is a great company. Their work is top notch, and they treat employees well. There is a lot of tenure in the company and it shows. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to work at Granite.

    Cons

    Every company has issues, even if they are minor. Changes in leadership resulted in some confusion, but overall were handled well.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. This is a company that should do well long into the future.


  2. Helpful (1)

    A solid company

    Former Employee - Consultant/Contractor in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Consultant/Contractor in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company had solid team and structure.

    Cons

    It was located far from where I lived.


  3. Helpful (2)

    work your life away

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

    I worked at Granite Construction

    Pros

    Good pay, company vehicle, safety first

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club, get ready to work your life away, not clear on expectations, bunch of time wasting at work doesn't equate to working more, no training/access on technology to advance career.

    Advice to Management

    Working more hours doesn't mean a better an employee. People have lives and family. Give hourly pay to salaried employees. Expecting them to work more when you don't pay them more is a detriment to this nation.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Safety Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Safety Manager in Fresno, CA
    Former Employee - Safety Manager in Fresno, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Honesty. The company is proud of their image, ethics, quality and safety. Ranked by Ethosphere for many years, Best Places to Work etc.
    While the corporation pays less than competitors, it's where you want to work.

    Cons

    Leadership has changed in recent years from builders running to corporation to non-builders. The corporation was heavily involved in proving to employees that they are the most important asset through the Learning and Development department. Should the 'was' change...they'll again earn the retention years of their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to the roots the corporation was founded upon, don't let it slip into history.


  6. Helpful (1)

    A lot of room for improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Overall good people, feels like a second family. Some really smart people work here. Importance of safety is stressed everyday.

    Cons

    Granite seems to not be rebounding with the economy. 401k is mediocre, and health benefits are getting worse every year. It seems like Granite is not winning work as much as they should be.


  7. Helpful (1)

    90 years...will it make it to 100?

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

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

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, exciting projects, lots of room to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Major dysfunction at senior management level. Good ol' boys network alive and well at Granite. Time for a change. Granite's become just another stepping stone to a better job. Won't find anyone willing to stay more than a few years anymore. Work/life balance is non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Retire the CEO and CFO - time for change


  8. Helpful (1)

    Union Company-Dispatch won't look for work for new employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laborer in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Laborer in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay, since its union you never have to worry about being mistreated.

    Cons

    Very little work offered, dispatch will offer work to people in the company more often than new younger healthier workers


  9. Helpful (2)

    Was a great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    decent work life balance
    good holiday and vacation benefits

    Cons

    Culture has changed dramatically in the past 2 years. Used to be a GREAT environment with happy employees who believed the company had their best interest in mind. Now it may has well be another Silicon Valley corporation where politics and shareholders are more important than the work environment or culture. The company should re-write the founder's mission statement. No bonuses for employees just executive group. It's quite possible that the company leverages the location and lack of professional job opportunities to work in its benefit. As of 2014 the benefit package is a joke!

    Advice to Management

    Granite's allure was that it was a large public company with a family work environment. Get back to what made Granite a great place to work. You have some great employees, start treating them as such.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Contract Quality Management Architect

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

    I worked at Granite Construction (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Management and work environment. Excellent staff support and convenient job locations. Great benefits if you are a full time employee. Excellent continuing education and training.

    Cons

    New better new member orientation training and support in the uses of software and equipment.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Balance?

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Watsonville, CA

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is no work life balance in finance and accounting. People have been called at home while sick and to "get the the hell into work"

    The turnover rate speaks for itself. They even eliminate positions so they don't have to layoff or rehire.

    Cons

    Same as above - no life after work in finance

    Advice to Management

    Start overcome with new management



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