Hensel Phelps Construction

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Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
91 Reviews
3.7
91 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee Owned, Mostly all employees are good people who are driven and want to do well (in 9 reviews)

  • The company has GREAT benefits and takes care of its employees as far as health and retirement are concerned (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The 1st and 2nd years they weed out the weak with long hours (in 26 reviews)

  • If you are trying to find a work/life balance here, this is not the place for you (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company to Work For!

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction

    Pros

    HP is a great company to work for that demonstrates the values that all other companies should hope to follow. They take safety and quality seriously, and at the same time maintain a positive workplace.

    Cons

    As with any construction company they have a few employees that should not be brought back onto other projects.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Exhausting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company reputation
    Excellent national presence

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Nonexistent work life balance
    Management is very old school. Somewhat resistant to change and sometimes even racist.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not just talk about work-life balance, embrace it! enforce it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A learning experience with some downs.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Intern in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot being an intern at HP. They are very straight forward. The benefits are awesome as they are presented to interns. They do a lot of group outing where you can be yourself.

    Cons

    They value a bridge competition more than your ability to complete quality work in a timely manner. It can feel like a fraternity of hazing sometimes there if you don't share similar interest with some of the people there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people's work quality and efforts vs a silly bridge competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, ridiculous workload.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy my job primarily because of the people I am surrounded with. There is always opportunity to further your knowledge of the construction industry by working at Hensel Phelps. HP strongly believes in training, training and more training to develop employees' skills. The company is also employee-owned, presenting many great benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours, very heavy workload. Salary is low compared to other similar companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management always emphasizes benefits and perks of the employee-ownership aspect of the company. However, if you have been working here for less than 5 years, you can forget about any additional compensation or benefits based off performance. New hires (Field Engineer and Office Engineer) will be "hazed" for 5 years until experiencing any significant raise. Even after the 5 year point, salary+benefits is hardly comparable to similar companies. This is the sole reason I plan to leave the company.

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

    Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction

    Pros

    Good experience for the job, great housing

    Cons

    Hours vs pay for interns

  7.  

    Great company

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There is a reason the company has the lowest employee turnover rate in the industry. Employees stay longer than any other peer group. It truly felt like a family. I miss my HP days and coworkers.

    Cons

    Yes, you work long hours and have to move; it is a tough business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will never make everyone happy. Keep working to improve. It takes time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company. Benefits are awesome if you stick with it.

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long term benefits pay off. Lots of responsibility early in career. Interesting, large projects. Employee owned.

    Cons

    People say work/life balance, but that's a struggle anywhere. If you get your work done, then you'll be fine drawing the line and going home when it's time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take time to talk with the lower level employees, you'll get valuable feedback.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Field/Office Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Nogales, AZ
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Nogales, AZ

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Hired on after successful completion of internship which yielded a vast knowledge of the industry. Company work path is that of one who must earn their right to advance. Company believes with hiring within the company. Company going through transition to better serve its employees and provide activities to boost moral. Co-workers are very knowledgeable and offer great advise and training to their employees.

    Cons

    Advancement in the company can take longer than expected. First 4-5 years of employment equate to a trial period where they can, or you can, leave the company and not get the benefits they praise about. Younger employees should be treated better to develop a mindset to stay with the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider offering promotions sooner to allow for greater advancement within the company. Provide ESOP benefits sooner than five years after hire and provide better communication to through the chain of command.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    If you work hard for the company, the company will work hard for you

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Company culture, wide variety of projects, company training, relocation policy is outstanding

    Cons

    Long hours, Relocate frequently, jobs aren't always staffed adequately enough

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. Staff up the projects more to help with quality of life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Office Engineer

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

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work experience on a variety of projects and a great health insurance plan. If you like to travel then it's the perfect place to move around alot.

    Cons

    - The pay rate is very low for fe/oe. You Will be working to just pay bills and financial commitments.
    - Predominantly white male company; If you looking for a Diverse staff then that's not the place for you. Minority barely exists and where they do, they are seldom promoted.
    - expect to work 60 hrs minimum per week and u will only get paid for 40hrs
    - Promotions take a long time so you Will be working hard for low wages for at least 5yrs before you promoting where u Will get decent compensation
    - old boys club
    - High labor turnover; people quit all the Time and they have a problem retaining good workers
    - The managers are the only ones getting the real benefit of the company; most people especially Women don't make it past PS/PM

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Pay attention to employees complaints, pay fe/oe better salaries, and increase the staff to reduce work load per person. That might help retain your workers
    - Employ and promote more minoritIes to improve the company image
    - stop promising promotions to try and retain employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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