Joeris General Contractors
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Gary L. Joeris


33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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This is the ultimate dream job.

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX

I have been working at Joeris General Contractors

ProsThe Joeris management, staff and crafts people are some of the finest qualified people in the construction industry today. We are proud to say that our team represents the very best and each individual possesses all of the necessary characteristics such as reliability, integrity, skill, energy, stability, sound judgment and the ability to carry out the work to meet or exceed the owner’s expectations. The Joeris team is lead by an Executive Group of ten staff members. These individuals have a combined experience of over 200 years. Their combined knowledge and skills provide the strong leadership that continues to guide the company through its growth and success.

ConsUnfortunately, I can't help out too much on this question. The atmosphere at Joeris makes it a fun and interesting place to build on one's career. The great thing about construction is that there is always something new to learn every day. There is no such thing as repetitive work here. Sometimes yes, things can get a bit hectic but tell me one job that doesn't have that trait. If your into superintendent work be ready to work countless amounts of hours. If your project management I hope you get assigned a gas card and if your an estimator you had better be good at staying in an office all day.

Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice they are doing a wonderful job

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX

I have been working at Joeris General Contractors

ProsStrong K-12 education connections and HEB grocery store experience for the San Antonio area. They have a very strong hard working and driven staff. You will never find employees anywhere else who are more devoted, take on a lot of responsibility and work a lot of hours. All without much pay incentive. They love what they do and sacrifice everything for the client.

Their methods, standards and systems are old but they are slowly trying to improve. They have few funds available and are conservative to make such improvements, so it may take some time for them to reach the same level as their peers.

ConsThe issues lie with the upper management which consists of at least four who have buried their own companies and then were brought to Joeris. They are now applying this same experience together trying to move forward. Their strength lies with a smaller market, project scope and staff. They are having to return to these factors since there is a lot of turn-around and many have left or are looking to leave. It is a small company / general contractor so they don’t receive the lower cost of health benefits that come with a larger firm. In addition, their 401k investment selection is limited when compared to others who are employee owned or of a more significant size.

Although Joeris promotes themselves as an Employee Owned company, they are not. The majority of the current owners, who are lower-tier, do not have a say in the proceedings of the company nor are aware of the rules governing their participation and investment. Most of the time they are unaware of changes or hires made with the company and are concerned with how they will receive their returns, if any. Employee ownership is defined by The National Center for Employee Ownership as ownership of company stock through an ESOP, stock awards, stock purchase plans, and/or stock-based benefit plans offered in such a way that the majority of the employees are able to participate in the plan which is not what Joeris offers.

The best way to sum the company up as a whole is as follows; the office building in which they built, own and maintain, has many roof leaks that have been there for quite some time. They work frantically to place trash cans and buckets in the offices and halls to collect the water. Their HVAC system has never worked properly and they are constantly arguing about the temperature. The cold valve for the break room faucet leaks every time the hot valve is turned on. Even though they are a Construction Manager and builder, they’ve never gotten any of it fixed or been able to fix it.

Advice to Senior ManagementGreat leaders know when to get out of the way. Few recognize when they have become the road block and need to step down or move aside. Stop falsifying claims about the company, own up and be honest with potential hires. Start by removing the self-glorifying review.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Not what it seems

Project Manager (Current Employee)
San Antonio, TX

I have been working at Joeris General Contractors

ProsFirst off, I assume no one thinks the first review is actually by an "employee".

Anyway, it seems like a great place to work. They are known in south Texas as being a solid contractor who is honest and delivers on time and under budget. They are known for both high quality work and high quality employees. Everyone in the office is nice, they give you a fair offer, the benefits package is decent, you look forward to upward growth and promotions they promise, they tell you all about the "Joeris Way" and "The Joeris Family" and how they take care of their employees, everyone looks out for each other and helps out, and that it's a family company.

Cons.....then one day you'll realize some thing you weren't able to see at first. You'll realize that those 60+ hr weeks you've been working are expected and isn't seen as going above and beyond, and you'll notice that it's a mark of shame to leave at quitting time b/c that shows a lack of comittment. It doesn't matter if you got there an hour early and missed lunch that day and you have to pick your kids up from school. As a salaried employee, if you work 100 hours you don't get anything extra, but if you miss a day because of an emergency you will be docked. Employees are told we need to tighten our belts to save money, but the problem is that the owners don't seem to be following their own advice. Lots of things feel like a one way street. For them it's business, but it's expcted that you as an employee have to give 110% dedication to what they refer to as "The Joeris Family". Many of my friends at this company have had real family problems emerge because of how much they have to work (depression, marriage counseling, etc). As for those raises, promotions, and opportunities they talked about, unfortunately those havent' been seen for quite some time and if a position does open, they have made outside hires and keep current employees in their same positions. Overall, the great name that Joeris has made for itself, but the employees who worked to make that happen suffer.

Advice to Senior ManagementGo back to how things were 5, 10+ years ago, when you remembered that your emmployees make the company, and it were not treated as though it were a priviledge to work there. Sadly, the focus seems to have shifted in the company so that the major goals now are to make more money for those on top, rushing to be the biggest contractor in town, and getting the Joeris name on more buildings. I remember when it was not this way and employees were truly happy here and I think everyone benefited. Things have changed and the focus needs to be reset. This is your wake-up call!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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