Hensel Phelps Construction

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Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
71 Reviews
3.4
71 Reviews
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Hensel Phelps Construction President & CEO Jeff Wenaas
Jeff Wenaas
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee Owned, Mostly all employees are good people who are driven and want to do well (in 8 reviews)

  • The company has GREAT benefits and takes care of its employees as far as health and retirement are concerned (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Long Hours- Don't expect to have much of a fruitfal social or personal life for the first 5-8 years (in 23 reviews)

  • If you are trying to find a work/life balance here, this is not the place for you (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Do you want to live to work or work to live?

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

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It is a very strong company, they will always have work, it would take a LOT of screw ups to get fired. The benefits are close to unbeatable and if you stick around for 10+ years the money will be great.

    Cons

    You can expect to work a minimum of 50 hours a week, often up to 70+ hours a week depending on the phase of work. You will be micromanaged constantly to ensure you fit the "HP mold". Your day will start at a 6am meeting (6:30 at latest) but its very common for people to show up as early 4am to try to tackle the work load. At this meeting you will be expected to provide an hour by hour schedule of what you will be doing for the day. Expect that to be criticized by the other workers in the room. Do not expect to leave before 5pm, and expect to leave around 7pm normally. Mandatory 5pm sign ins are common, particularly on holiday weekends where people plan to hit the road early to beat traffic.

    It is very much a white male driven company. That being said, women and minorities are hired often, as numbers, and promoted through the lower ranks quickly to promote diversity, but rarely make it past the position of project engineer.

    As with most large construction companies, expect to move, often. Unlike most large construction companies, expect to move, at a moments notice, your family situation will not be considered, less than two weeks notice to move to projects across the country is the norm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are being worked into the ground so that you can rake in huge paychecks. Look at the turnover rate of your newer employees, it should say everything. Instead of spending millions of dollars on "branding" hire somebody to analyze what the other companies are doing right, and then hire two more to beat it into the hardheaded upper management who are sitting on their golden egg.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast Pace, Strong Management

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

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

    Pros

    I learned more about the construction process in one month with Hensel Phelps than I did in 5 years of college. They provide constant training weekly. The fact that every employee including the CEO started at the Field Engineer position makes working here so much more fulfilling.

    Cons

    I work from 5:30 am to 4:00 pm. Monday through Friday. I would like the bonuses earlier than 5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Good, the bad, and the ugly

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

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great health benefits, employee owned, a great sense of pride working for this company, extensive training, and overall a great company to work for. Is making changes to improve quality of life issues. The grass is likely not greener anywhere else!

    Cons

    Promotions for diverse employees are slow. It takes more time and effort as a diverse employee to get promoted versus someone who is not ethnic. This is a touchy subject, but look at the numbers and it tells the story...numbers don't lie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your diverse employees objectively and ask yourself is there a reason not to promote these employees. If they have performed satisfactorily, met their goals, have gone above and beyond, and have good reviews...promote them! It seems that non-diverse employees don't have to "jump through hoops" for promotion, they simply do their jobs and by default they get promoted. Pay attention to managers who may not be objective about it and get them the soft skills training they need to evaluate and promote everyone based on the same criteria.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very happy with my internship!

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

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

    Pros

    They give you experience with many different aspects of the job. I learned so much this summer when I worked with them. Everyone is always willing to help you. Did fun things as a company where the families were also involved.

    Cons

    Long hours but most construction is like that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I like that they talk to everyone in the company, even the interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    My first project was a great experience, I look forward to establishing a career with this company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carpenter  in  Santa Rita, GU
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Santa Rita, GU

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

    Pros

    Great People...the fast and intense pace is exhilarating. I appreciate that I learn new things everyday. Upper management greatly supports growth and learning.

    Cons

    Just like with every company...too much micro-managing can make the job harder to fulfill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see employees who are performing 200% be more recognized. Take the time to know your employees..."Our long-term purpose is to guarantee our company's competitive edge in the industry and aid employees in realizing individual goals for career growth in their chosen fields."-Jeffrey K. Wenaas, President and CEO.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It depends on what you want out of life...

    • 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

    Great Company
    Family Atmosphere
    Great Benefits

    Cons

    Long Hours- Don't expect to have much of a fruitfal social or personal life for the first 5-8 years.

    Alot of moving around

    Cliques

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Average Construction Company

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

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

    Pros

    Training is good, Projects are usually cutting edge with new technology, good benefits - epically if you climb the company ladder.

    Cons

    longer list: Pay is below average and not negotiable, also don’t believe anyone that interviews you and tells you a pay range – it will most likely be $5k lower than the bottom of the range as it was in my case. Relocation is a must at some point with little to no notice; I mean not even a week of notice. Long hours, and I mean long – 4-6am depending on the job, till???? Most of my counter-parts work more than 12 hrs a day and sometimes more than 15 + weekends and holidays if needed. The higher-ups will lie to you to get you to do things (i.e. if they want you to move they will promise you a promotion and not make good on the promise, and I know people who have left the company for that reason). The biggest con is the typical carrot dangled in front of you (just get to the next role, then you will really make some $)….

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    raise the pay, get rid of the standard length of time in a role before promotion, offer all employees stock, (not just PE and up) - GIVE NOTICE before relocation, real notice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Up and down company

    • 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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can be very rewarding, can receive great benefits, great learning experience, gives you an opportunity to see different states and places

    Cons

    Long hours and more then 5 days in a work week,for getting owner stock and add compensation poor project management on site, only get added compensation after you get to a certain point/time in career, since it is employee owned if you miss good years that makes stock owners money but you don't have units you don't see any of the reward

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    District management needs to put more time and effort and evaluate on site management better. Management needs to understand that personal that don't get added compensation do the majority of grout and unpleasant work. This is usually for lower employees but on site management doesn't ensure these employees have and maintain a high intrinsic value for working with this company as the pay is lower then most other companies.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Office Engineer

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

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps Construction for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Employee Owned, Mostly all employees are good people who are driven and want to do well.

    Cons

    Standard construction work hours, not a 40 hour work week. Large projects, requires relocating.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money VS. Life, Which is more important to you?

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

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

    Pros

    The company has GREAT benefits and takes care of its employees as far as health and retirement are concerned

    Cons

    If you are trying to find a work/life balance here, this is not the place for you. The hours are long and it leaves little time for any type of social life unless your married, however I hear at some location and districts the relationships with co-workers are a lot more outgoing and the work/life balance is a lot better then on my current job-site. I have not experience any relocation or expense issues but I hear that is a big problem. When it comes to site relocation, management, in some cases, do not consider your situation and typically give you a less than a week to move you and your family. It all depends on your PM and PS at the job-site which determines the demeanor of the site and workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take serious the Quality of Life of your staff and you will have happier employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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