Hoar Construction Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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  1.  

    Hoar is one of the best companies I've ever worked for!

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

    I have been working at Hoar Construction full-time

    Pros

    The people are kind and there is a real spirit to lead the construction industry. It is also a christian based company which I like.

    Cons

    Some departments are siloed and information is not always openly shared between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward, relentlessly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    No life/work balance

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

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

    Pros

    Growing company. Young atmosphere. Will help your resume, because they will throw you into the fire from the get go.

    Cons

    People quit all the time. They over work their employees and don't allow them to have a life/work balance. Forget about ever seeing your family.

    The pay isn't good if you factor in working on the weekends, the gas for long distance projects, the traffic, and the sacrifice of not being with your family. This is not a 7-5 mon-fri job expect to work 7-7 mon-fri and on weekends with 40hrs paid and no overtime. They give you 3 week vacation, but will give you a death stare if you request any days off, and everyone talks behind your back when you are out. PM's and superintendents don't think anyone deserves vacation but themselves.

    If you are new expect to teach/train yourselves because everyone is "too busy" to sit down and teach you something.

    Don't speak your mind because people get easily offended. They ask for you to be honest and express yourselves when you are unhappy, but reprimand you if you say something they dislike.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want people to work as much as they do pay them what they deserve. The company makes enough money to give a better pay. The key to a successful company is to keep their employees happy so that they want to continue to make the company money. Learn to follow the core values that are constantly mention.

    Train people so that they don't pick up on bad habits while trying to teach themselves.

    Be fair. Stop favoring people just because their family work there.
    Example: don't offer an art major graduate $65k as a project engineer because their dad works their, and then offer a construction science graduate $52k as a FOE.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Avoid at all costs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Keep moving forward, relentlessly.

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

    I have been working at Hoar Construction full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hoar Construction is one of the best companies I've ever worked for. The people are friendly, kind and passionate about the work they do for the company. Hoar is a progressive minded forward thinking organization.

    Cons

    Some departments do not communicate well and operate in silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep moving forward, relentlessly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Absolutely the most miserable years of my life at Hoar Construction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hoar Construction

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    If you like fearing for your job every day. Hoar is for you.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was a good place to work.

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

    I worked at Hoar Construction

    Pros

    There were great people to work for.

    Cons

    The stability of the company is a concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with your past employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Former Employee

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

    I worked at Hoar Construction (more than 5 years)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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