Howard S. Wright Construction

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  1. Great people and a engaging place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture is good. People are professional, motivated, well respected and fun to be with. Strong emphasis on long-term client relationships not just "doing a job".

    Cons

    Need to strengthen Company name in SF Bay Area.


  2. Rewarding experience with one of the best west coast construction companies

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Quality work and quality people. Honest. Hardworking.

    Cons

    Subject to fluctuations in market like every other construction company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Growing company that has been swallowed up by Balfour Beatty

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours are normal for construction


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Non-typical project, very high functioning teams of PE's and PM's from all over the country.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You could call them fox hole friendships, but the people I met and the relationships that have been formed are for life. This company employs some true aces ! Great collaborative experience as well as the opportunity to run on your own. The transition from Howard S. Wright to Balfourbeatty has been rough for the "old guard" but I believe this will make for a much more sophisticated and powerful construction management team from Seattle in the north to San Diego and Arizona in the south. Throughout the West Region this company is poised to grab a larger share of many markets by initial brand recognition (HSW) and deeper financial/management resources (BBC). HSW/BBC will be one of the top 5 companies within a couple years.

    Cons

    On this particular project, senior management doesn't seem to trust their middle management team to manage change orders. Absolutely everything is micromanaged down to the penny. No one knows what the budgets are and senior management is not sharing. It is very difficult to get a change order signed; incredibly frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that open communication fosters better relationships. Be transparent with project controls and let your PM's do their job on their own. Stop trying to get employee compliance through fear tactics. A well treated employee will go to war for you whereas a beat down, constantly berated employee will let the enemy in.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Easy going culture, but rigid leadership hurt the company

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and was a prestigious firm at the time.

    Cons

    Mandatory use of company-owned rental company on projects made our bids uncompetitive and too high.

    Advice to Management

    Should have had a diversity in projects than focus on a few big clients. Public sector projects would have kept firm going strong.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lok out for its people

    Cons

    Has Layoff in bad times

    Advice to Management

    Plan sextor market better. Don't chase money, build lasting relationships.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Project manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the division the upper management is good or bad. Great benefits

    Cons

    Depending on the division the upper management is good or bad. Corporate mandated paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Realize what makes scene per project, and not treat each project as the typical project.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Average Construction Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Finishes projects on schedule. Most employees are enjoyable to be around. Can perform a wide variety of projects. Does not excessively change order owner.

    Cons

    No emphasis on employee retention Below average industry salaries: Project Engineers: 48-58k, PM's: 105-110k Good ole boy culture that values field experience over intelligence. Understaffs jobs which result in 70-80 work weeks with no overtime Very poor pay raise philosophy, recently gave PM's 1.5% annual raise despite record year for profits. Zero transparency in bonus structure. Upper management has too many field promoted employees which results in a motivate through fear culture. Is behind industry technology curve. Is not a trend setter, but a follower.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee salaries so the company can retain its best employees. Increase transparency so employees can set goals.


  10. Helpful (2)

    A very unsatisfying experience would be an understatement

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people Fairly divirse project types I had a job and received a paycheck

    Cons

    Unorganized on large project start-ups Management is poor w/the flow of critical project information to those that need it, and then places blame when things aren't done correctly Good 'ole boy culture Poor raises Upper management manages by fear Terrible hours 70-80/week Very unprofessional upper management that scream at employees Minimal team building Advancement slow and can be impeded Bonus structure not good Below average pay and salary increases (1.7% in '13)

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons above that you have complete control over.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Grinds and Burns People Out

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck Not much travel Annual golf tournament Everyone is equally unsatisfied

    Cons

    -70-80 hour work weeks are typical -1.4% payraises -Motivates through fear -High turnover (30%-50% on Intel Projects), so you are constantly doing 2-3 peoples jobs during the constant cycle of replacing employees who quit -No leadership, constant confusion over who's in charge. -Extremely unprofessional (borderline racist) environment -Burning you out is their goal -Senior managment views you as a number -Extremely political environment -Zero transparency

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth and allow them the freedom to grow. The CEO is unanimously disliked by the vast majority of the company and only when he steps down will this company be allowed to truly succeed.



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