Graycor

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Graycor Reviews

Updated December 13, 2014
Updated December 13, 2014
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Place To Work, Company Strives to Improve Itself Everyday

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

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    An overall friendly, laid back environment. The company has very traditional core values, which they are very focused on (people and relationships, open communication, work/ life balance)--and I've found the upper management to be very friendly and approachable. Work/ life balance is great for those that have families. Very modest working hours with flex summer schedules (off on Fridays) for office staff. They also promote out-of-office social functions. They are a family-owned company but are growing rapidly and having record-breaking years, and are going through somewhat of a transition from a small organization to a larger one--and are starting to get some initiatives in place related to training, career development and succession planning, continuous improvement within operations, etc.

    Cons

    Still going through a transition phase, but making solid progress in putting more robust systems and programs in place. They're not perfect but they're making meaningful efforts to improve on all fronts.
    A lot of national work, so many of the Superintendents and PMs must travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Graycor Construction Emerging - Though Negotiate Salary Early

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    A good variety of job opportunities, plenty of travel (if you like that), finally coming around to technologies and procedures others use.

    Cons

    Doesn't pay fair compared to the market, no work life balance and nothing is done to promote it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you value an employee you need to treat and compensate them fairly and recognize the sacrifices they make for the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for

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

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is on par with other companies if not a little better.
    The company has continued to grow and has withstood the industry ups and downs.
    Great people to work with.
    They are starting to utilize the latest technology.
    The benefits are pretty good, medical, dental, vision, free flu shots, health club reimbursement, first aid/cpr classes etc.

    Cons

    Departments are kind of cliquish, but generally friendly.
    Started out being really family oriented with the company picnic, touch a truck and other family events, but now not so much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more family oriented events as quite a bit of the staff have young children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Construction exposure/experience + / Internal Mgmt. -

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

    I worked at Graycor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excels at loosing good talent.

    Cons

    Company is extremely top heavy, lots of talking behind employees backs, clicky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace upper management, not friendly or respectful to staff members. Hire people who treat others with respect and that are genuinely kind to others. Most upper management have a real cold shoulder attitude and are flat out rude to those that work under them. Pay closer attention to who you are promoting. They likely smile and do what you ask, then turnaround and treat their subordinates in a very negative and disrespectful manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Overall good company but little room for career growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I worked at Graycor full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Senior/upper management was great to work for and they promote a professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    There was never a clear cut career path there. Roles and responsibilities are not clearly stated or maintained and there are no established performance measurements.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Family based organization with great potential

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Graycor full-time

    Pros

    Relatively young/impressive leadership, fairly nimble towards future business, has done a fairly good job retaining mid/top level talent

    Cons

    Top heavy, Keeps failing in recruiting/retaining fresh talent. This may pose a challenge in 3-5 years when the next group of leaders can not be identified from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a better structure to recruit/retain/recognize upcoming talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I'm a current operations staff employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Small family like environment, a lot of learning opportunities, and empowerment to make decisions. Employees have opportunities to travel across the nation.

    Cons

    Promotions are based more on years of experience rather than abilities. Salaried employees are expected to work long hour with heavy work loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the abilities of your employees and place them in appropriate positions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place for learning but not for making a living

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Operations in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There's still a few good people in the company

    Cons

    Upper Management only care about making money but dont't remunerate their employees well enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Companies are made of People, that's the most treasured asset, threat them well, pay them what they deserve and recognize their seniority int he Company. If you don't do that, there will be another employer who will.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Graycor Response

    Jan 28, 2014Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. The Graycor family of companies works to ensure that both the performance and years of service of our employees are recognized and rewarded. While we are not always ... More

  10.  

    Great reputation due to business unit staff. The Gray family doesn't value their ppl, especially their operations staff

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Staff in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Former Employee - Operations Staff in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

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

    Pros

    Great, dedicated and hard working ppl .... team environment amongst commercial and industrial business units. Operations is a free for all and "dog eat dog" environment.

    Cons

    Operations business unit staff are not treated well, espeically their long-term employees who have the experience, knowledge and dedication. Older employees are being let go or forced out for younger replacements and new blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not do surveys and ask for employee feedback if you are not going to execute it. Your people make the company ... if you do not treat your people well, your company will not do well. I do not see a bright future for Graycor. The family could sell the company, which might be a good thing with Mel stepping down and handing control to the next generation (next generation could care less about employee morale or happiness - it is all about the money). Current employees (especially in operations) see how lazy / favored (kiss butts) employees are getting promoted while long-term employees who should be promoted are being fired or forced out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Graycor Response

    Jan 28, 2014Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your comments. The Graycor family of companies reinforces a performance-based culture while recognizing the contributions of all employees but we realize that this is not the right ... More

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Awful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Oakbrook Terrace, IL
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

    I have been working at Graycor full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Graycor has 4 ten hour schedules May-September (Labor Day). Rest of the year is 5 day work week. Minimum of 50 hours per week.

    Cons

    Don't let them ever ever know you applied to another position out of curiosity. No allegiance to their long time employees. Terminated 24 year tenure employee for no real reason.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Class action due to letting too may older personnel go and hiring young as replacement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Graycor Response

    Jan 28, 2014Director, Human Resources

    Thank you for your feedback. The Graycor family of companies recognizes both the performance and years of service of our employees; we also believe in and promote a diverse workforce. The decision to ... More

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