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Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2014
Hensel Phelps Construction – Denver – “Big Job”

Hensel Phelps Construction – Denver – “Big Job”
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.3 70 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Hensel Phelps Construction President & CEO Jeff Wenaas

Jeff Wenaas

(22 ratings)

59% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Field/Office Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementYour 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The Good, the bad, and the ugly

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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!

    ConsPromotions 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 Senior ManagementThink 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very happy with my internship!

    Field/Office Engineer (Former Employee) Miramar, FL

    ProsThey 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.

    ConsLong hours but most construction is like that.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI like that they talk to everyone in the company, even the interns.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Carpenter (Current Employee) Santa Rita, GU

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementI 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat Company
    Family Atmosphere
    Great Benefits

    ConsLong 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Average Construction Company

    Field Engineer (Current Employee) Phoenix, AZ

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

    Conslonger 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 Senior Managementraise 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Up and down company

    Office Engineer (Current Employee)

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

    ConsLong 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 Senior ManagementDistrict 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.

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    Office Engineer

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Field/Office Engineer (Current Employee)

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

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementTake serious the Quality of Life of your staff and you will have happier employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent

    Field Engineer (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsCareer growth potential Is good.

    ConsWork hours can be tough and relocation is always an issue

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore money to younger employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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