Hoar Construction Reviews

Updated April 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Superintendent

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

    I have been working at Hoar Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Organization is growing and there are plenty of projects and opportunities. Very big on safety and sincerely makes it a priority for employees and subcontractors. Salary is good but not sure how it compares to industry average. Benefits are great.

    Cons

    Corporate office is in Birmingham, AL and sometimes it feels like there is a disconnect between them and other offices (at least in my state). The company still operates like a small business as if everyone should know each other, which may be true for older employees, but newer employees don't know anyone from the corporate office. Not much training at all for new employees and you're just thrown into the fire and expected to know what to do. They give you a few binders which covers operations and safety but no one goes over any of it with you. So it's difficult when you're expected to follow certain procedures and get reprimanded for not following them when you didn't even know they existed to begin with. Hours are long, at least for my position, as we often work at least 60 to sometimes 90 hours a week. Corporate gives off the feeling of living in the old days when the company was much smaller....they struggle with making the transition from the past to the future...the new hire orientation was nothing but a history lesson on how the company started with lots of stories from the 80s and 90s, etc. I wish there would be more of a focus on the future and an emphasis on nurturing the new era of employees with a goal of taking the company to the next level in the next 20 years.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a training program for new employees that is customized for each position. Would be nice to make employees eligible to participate in the 401k program much sooner than 1 year of employment....this is highly abnormal. Annual bonuses could be better especially for employees who work 60 to 90 hours a week.


  2. Good Company So Far

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

    I have been working at Hoar Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good benefits Good People

    Cons

    Long working hours Somewhat Micromanaged


  3. Hoar considers their employees as well as their clients family. Solid core values. Best company I've ever worked for.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Hoar Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Honesty and integrity is something that is filtered from upper management down. This company is not only financially stable, it is also a true believer in its core values. It takes care of its employees as well as its clients. I cannot say enough positive things about my 12 years of experience working here.

    Cons

    I cannot think of any fundamental flaws with this company to share.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    Avoid at all costs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Birmingham, AL

    I have been working at Hoar Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The HR department does a great job at writing reviews online to try and cover up what working it Hoar Construction is really like. See the 5 star ratings and realize that the new HR manager wrote them herself. The CEO and COO spreads their stress and worries throughout the company which makes everyone scared for their jobs.

    Cons

    They have all of the wrong people running the business. The turnover is unprecedented. Everyone there only took the job to keep looking for other jobs. They do not follow their core values. Their contracts put all of the blame on their subcontractors just like management puts all the blame on the workers if they, themselves, are not doing great work. It is an extremely cut throat and dog and dog environment.

    Advice to Management

    Handing small bonuses to people does nothing more than delay their search for a better life elsewhere. Stop.


  6. Absolutely the most miserable years of my life at Hoar Construction

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hoar Construction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are some very good people at Hoar. Unfortunately, none of them are middle or upper managers.

    Cons

    Staffing is a constraint. Over a dozen people work with a single administrative assistant. This pushes more work back onto understaffed and overloaded employees. Forget about seeing your family and "turning your brain off" at night when you leave. Email harassment from upper management is 24/7. This is not a client focused or relationship driven organization. The values mentioned to you during recruiting are a joke. Current employees are angered when they are even mentioned.

    Advice to Management

    Replace everyone in your "operations" line of management that makes working at Hoar a profitable place for shareholders, but a miserable place for employees. Fear based leadership is not sustainable and morale is deplorable. When the economy turns, expect a mass exodus of talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    If you like fearing for your job every day. Hoar is for you.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Birmingham, AL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Don't have to work hard to be viewed as great because everyone great is smart enough to do their research and know they would be miserable here.

    Cons

    Management runs the company by making everyone fear for their jobs. The 7am to 5pm enforced schedule with a 7-11am friday is nice in theory except you won't last long if you don't stay until 5 on Fridays. Your boss most likely hates their job and will take it out on you in fear of speaking with their boss. If you don't have a family member that is a VP then you will not succeed here. If you are innovative, independent, and like to take control... Forget about it because you will be micromanaged to the point that other people will make the decisions for you.

    Advice to Management

    An open door policy doesn't mean much if people are afraid to walk in. Bad people hire bad people. Purge your company because people are already beginning to eat your lunch.


  8. It was a good place to work.

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

    I worked at Hoar Construction

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There were great people to work for.

    Cons

    The stability of the company is a concern.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with your past employees.


  9. Former Employee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hoar Construction (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation was high, but no raises for the last 3-4 years. Bonus options, some fun people there. Work hours were great. Corporate travel was taken care of.

    Cons

    Upper level management has nothing but the financial bottom line in their focus regardless of employees or clients. Resulting in a current situation of terrible morale in the ranks. After lay-offs continuous fear among employees, and managerial intimidation, of your lucky to be here. In-bread management style is desired, and reluctant to listen to or utilize new management styles or ideas. Like to tout cutting edge technology.

    Advice to Management

    More compassion, more focus on do the right thing, and not on the bottom financial line.



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