Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Office Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Office Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere, and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Long hours, 10-12 per day, and some Saturdays


  2. Field Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. The atmosphere is fun and I enjoy the guys I work with. Great family attitude from my co workers. Retirement plan is fantastic.

    Cons

    Offers a lower than national avg salary that will be made up with a great retirement plan. Long hours that come with the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Up the starting salary for the kids out of college and it will pay dividends to get top notch kids that will pass on the offers due to a lower starting salary.


  3. Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are great but it's even better to know that you're working around a group of equally dedicated people. The projects are all unique and we strive to take care of our clients, not change order them to death.

    Cons

    The hours can be long, but that's going to be the case with any company in any industry in a position of management. There are no free lunches.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees, but be careful not to listen so much that the culture takes a dramatic shift and our core values are compromised.


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  5. Office Engineer / VDC Engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Titles are different here. An office engineer at HP would most likely be a project engineer elsewhere. That being said, there are several opportunities at each position. Lots of responsibility and able to learn a lot in the industry. As an OE, I'm in charge of cost, schedule, RFIs, submittals, procurement, material purchasing, estimating, 3D coordination, etc. Healthcare benefits are great. Retirement/401k is great as well, although ownership in employee stock doesn't come until at least 5 years or the project engineer level.

    Cons

    Jobs are often understaffed, thus long work hours and a lot of responsibility for your position. Much lower salary compared to equivalent position at other companies. Promotions do not appear to be based on your experience or performance, but rather tenure. Job locations / assignments can change drastically and with/without much notice.

    Advice to Management

    Base promotions on performance and experience rather than tenure. Incorporate a work/life balance or quality of life program at each job site and stick to it.


  6. Unique culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Kind people. Spending a lot of time on training people.

    Cons

    Hard to improve. Old school method. Long hours of work.

    Advice to Management

    Trust employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    Field Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    Very challenging work environment. Opportunities to travel the country. Work on skyscrapers and very challenging construction projects.

    Cons

    Re-location without any notice. You are essentially a trading card, and pending your position you could be moved across the country at a moments notice. Work-Life balance is still something they need to work on. Either you want your life to be construction (with minimal time to yourself) or you will most likely not end up working here for very long.


  8. The Best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have worked for other large general contractors over my career (some of the largest in the world) and could not be happier with Hensel Phelps. The people are world class, benefits over the top especially when companies are cutting back in this arena, perks are excellent, employees are empowered to make decisions, not a lot of bureaucratic nonsense that you find elsewhere, integrity of management is unquestionable and they truly practice "do the right thing no matter what". Plus having the opportunity to work on some large scale one of a kind projects makes it all the better. Did see some gripes about long hours...hey that's the business...its never going to be a 9 to 5. But if you truly love the construction industry your passion for building drives you. Company does an outstanding job of helping to balance work life commitments and values a family first approach. Can't say enough about it wish I would have signed up with HP earlier but so glad I was afforded this opportunity.

    Cons

    Really haven't found any...dream come true found the "right" size company big enough to build some really cool stuff but small enough most people in your region know who you are.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up got a great thing going.


  9. Real builders

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Office Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They teach you how to be the best builder you can be

    Cons

    Advancement is slow, it takes too long for motivated employees to advance

    Advice to Management

    Keep a better pula on your jobsite employees, keep an eye out for the good ones


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company but need to get back to Roots!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field/Office Staff
    Current Employee - Field/Office Staff
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is great to work for the following reasons: - big projects - employee owned - self-work - training

    Cons

    There are way too many cliques in the company. If you are not part of these cliques you are just another "number" in the company. If the cliques were gone it would help the company grow even further. Promotions have turned into politics (i.e. who knows who) instead of performance based. Upper management needs to set their egos aside and evaluate the real talent. While the S-Unit value is great it's very dependent on the companies year and since the number of units issued to each employee has decreased in the past 9 years it doesn't pay as much as it should. Base salary is well below industry standards. Due to low base salary the "A Employees" in the industry are going to other companies to work where Salary Compensation and Quality of Life can actually be applied. This is a shame since this is a great company to work for but without the right salary adjustments the "A Employees" will go elsewhere. There is no HR Department which might have worked back in the day but now days you need the HR department to take care of the little things and to work on more procurement. Project Managment tools are a dinasor - needs to be retired. No matter how much it changes it will never work. The jobsites are supposed to use it but since the estimators, PM's, OM's, and VP's don't use it that should tell you something. The long hours are brutal for your family. The projects never seem to be staffed correctly but this makes since since the projects procurement team hasn't been on jobsite since all of the newer policies (past 5-7 years) have been implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Bottom line: - Get rid of the cliques and if you think there isn't any cliques then you are sadly mistaken. - Increase the base salary to be competitive and reward your current employees for the long hours logged on a weekly basis.


  11. The best of the best

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Estimator in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps is quite simply the best construction company someone could work for. You get an opportunity to work on the biggest and most exciting projects in the industry. You work for an employee owned company where all the benefits of your hard work come back to you and it just gets better the longer you work here. There are endless opportunities to be challenged and for personal and career growth only limited by the willingness of the individual to work for it. You are part of a family of highly motivated and dedicated individuals. It is an organization with fantastic history and many efficient and proven systems copied throughout the industry. The best insurance benefits around. The best profit sharing system around (similar to 401K program).

    Cons

    It is difficult to come up with many cons to working for Hensel Phelps. You are only limited by how much you are willing to dedicate yourself. To reach the highest levels you do have to make sacrifices, similar to owning your own company. It is not a different level of work than what is found and expected throughout the construction industry in my experience, but the rewards are much greater for what you put in.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to promote the best and brightest and reward those who make the most impact. Keep current with technology and systems.



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