Graycor Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
12 Reviews
3.1
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    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

  7.  

    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

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    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

  9.  

    Excellent Reputation - Horrible Execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Edwardsport, IN
    Former Employee - Construction Coordinator in Edwardsport, IN

    I worked at Graycor

    Pros

    Graycor has a great system in place to promote young employees within. There is alot of incentives to live a "family lifestyle"

    Cons

    The promotion system is not utilized like one is promised. The salaried employees are often required to work long hours outside of standard business hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on allowing employees in the field to work on their tasks - minimize paperwork associated with the home office.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Challenging and interesting at the beginning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Graycor

    Pros

    They are involved in very interesting projects within the US, Canada and Mexico
    They had great per diem, around $700 per week. Not anymore that I know.

    Cons

    Salaries were very low compared with other companies within the US in similar positions
    Very low opportunities to advance in my carreer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to the needs of the employees, in particular in regards of internal promotion and provide adequate feedback.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    PM Review of "Out of Town" position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Homewood, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Homewood, IL

    I worked at Graycor

    Pros

    Company reputation. Company size and backlog of future work. Diversity in company hiring strategy. Opportunities for advancement.. A feeling of being self empowered.

    Cons

    Company size - Large company with many employees. Individual accomplishments may not be recognized. Out of town management staff may feel disconnected from the company mainstream.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more frequent contact with off site management staff. Make general company information and current events more accessible to out of town management staff.

    Recommends

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