Great Lakes Dredge & Dock

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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
9 Reviews
3.2
9 Reviews
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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock CEO and Director Jonathan W. Berger
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  1.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Leadership is hands-on
    Great hours/salary/bonuses/401K/benefits
    Extreme flexibility
    Not hurting in the economy, company is booming

    Cons

    My job doesn't have much growth, but I didn't expect to be put in a manager role from the get-go.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue doing a great job! This is the happiest I have been with an employer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Been working for rivers and lakes for 4 1/2 years,its great i like my job

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good insurace ,good pay,and great benefits.

    Cons

    No promotions,you can do mostly everything,,leverman ,booster operator ,crane operator,boatman,mate,and supervise a whole crew.and still ur nobody..even if you all for safety and production..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to see who really who is ,and whose not a goo asset for company,,,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Beware

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, flex time is available, although frowned upon.

    Cons

    Technology is extremely outdated. Upper management has completely lost touch with daily operations. This is still an old time construction company, run like an old boys club. Raises and promotions have more to do with who you know and not what you know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn your employees names. Walk around the office and learn what people do. When employees ask questions both out loud and annonomously through the website, respond to them. If one person is asking it, ten are probably thinking it. Look at your turnover and investigate the real reasons behind it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great benefits, poor management decisions

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

    I worked at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    GLDD has some very smart, hard working people working for the company. They aren't always put in a position to succeed or given the resources to accomplish a job, but there is a core group that genuinely works hard and achieves results. The benefits are outstanding and if you bring the right skill set to the table, GLDD could be a long term position.

    Cons

    The leadership has very little understanding of what is happening with the company outside of the actual dredging operations. Ancillary departments are left to run on their own without any real direction from upper management and there are no repercussions for poor performance. Nepotism is a huge problem within the company. Undeserving people are put in positions way beyond their ability level because of family ties or connections to the company. It is instantly clear that they are in over their heads and the work suffers and resentment grows. There is very little training in the company, as people are moved up in the company, they are not trained to run departments or handle management roles. In turn, you have some very weak department leaders. Company communications is the worst that I have ever seen in my career. More often than not, emails to department managers or to people who might be able to provide insight go unanswered and too many people sit behind closed office doors for days at a time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a little more time looking into the support departments for the company. It is insulting to only find out about company information at a quarterly town hall meeting when we very hard and go unrecognized virtually every day. It is truly the haves and the have nots. Invest in some training for department managers. Simply promoting someone and telling them to go lead a group of people is going to fail every time, especially if they reported to a lousy manager and picked up nothing but bad habits. Take a hard look at the people you have working for you and see if they are the right fit for their jobs. There are way too many people that are just riding the GLDD gravy train and collecting a paycheck and (excellent) benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    resistant to change

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good benefits, great company history

    Cons

    refuse to accept best practices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall it's mediocre.

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay benefits they hire out of a hall.

    Cons

    If you don't speak Spanish you're an outsider. They all run in a pack together and play favoritism towards each other and turn around and say one thing and do another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No communication it's a dog and pony show.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Long hours in the middle of nowhere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Interesting work and work environment, better than a cube

    Cons

    Long hours, poor diets, rampant alcoholism. This place is a creator of broken homes due to required time away from families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't go 21 on & 10 off or 14 on and 7 off, do 14 on and 10 off. You're working such long hours sometimes it really doesn't feel balanced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Site Engineering

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

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working a very specific industry in marine construction. The company offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package. Travel is required and the typical schedule is 14 days (in a row) on and 7 days (in a row) off; with all travel to/from the job site and housing at the job site paid for. The company also gives a per-diem food stipend for the 14-day work rotation. Flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Travel can become old. Upper management can sometimes lose contact with the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Best job of my career

    Current Employee - Electrical and Instrumentation in Manama (Bahrain)
    Current Employee - Electrical and Instrumentation in Manama (Bahrain)

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers that is passionate about there work

    Cons

    Company hangs onto old technology

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