Kier Group Reviews

Updated July 31, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive learning Experience .

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment ,oportunity to grow your experience in diferente departments and great team work spirit and dinamics!

    Cons

    Sometimes you have to find your own way to deliver a good job without management support. But that also helps you to grow and improve your confidence as a professional!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    waiting for the right opportunity to reach the management level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Was once great, now suffering from middle management failings.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quantity Surveyor  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Quantity Surveyor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Kier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Friendly staff, generally a pro-active and positive atmosphere. First five years of career here were thoroughly enjoyable, a noticed change in culture away from employee welfare over the last two to three years.

    Cons

    Expect ridiculously long hours from employees, cronyism was rife in the division I worked. Centralisation of key functions is crippling business units, lack of training and support, very poor communication and antiquated IT systems. For a Blue Chip, Kier are behind the times, strategic group management are trying to change this, but it's not getting to business unit level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to on the ground management more, what your regional and business unit directors are telling you, all is ok, it isn't! The changes being forced through are ruining moral, damaging supply chain relationships, and breaking the company. Centralisation of key functions does not work in some businesses and is false economy, ignore at your peril, I have left and have sold most of my share holding as I see trouble ahead unless someone starts to listen.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    IT Management are disconnected from the business.

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

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - The people/Teams
    - Free parking

    Cons

    - Training is difficult to get approved or at all
    - Pay is under average
    - Performance is not rewarded
    - Middle to upper management seem chaotic and focused only on the immediate or imminent
    - Management ask for feedback but are defensive when receive it. (and no improvements made)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the business vision!

    Put processes in place and not only have the workforce follow them but lead by example and not short-cut it to fit with an imminent need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Disappointing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Big company, many projects, cash rich

    Cons

    politics and favoritism, limited training, no job rotation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    upper management need to look at dedication people at site and reward them directly. Occasionally break away from traditional line management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    only been part of the group 11 months since previous company was bought; but not impressed so far

    Current Employee - Compliance Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Compliance Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    i love my job and most of my peers

    Cons

    poor communication thoughout the take over and since

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees; without them you won't have a business

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dissapointed

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Northampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Northampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Used to be a company that cared about its employees, but not any more..just a number

    Cons

    Poor communication, do not listen, Kier have become a very arrogant company. Hard work and commitment no longer seem to count. Work life balance is not a consideration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember Kier is just a name, its your employees that are the heart and sole of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work placement

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    Current Employee - Administrator
    Current Employee - Administrator

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very laid back work environment - even the manager makes a round of coffee for everyone! After only 6 weeks offered a full time role with the company.

    Cons

    Haven't been with the company long enough to provide an informed opinion but I imagine it'll be nice to get out of the office occasionally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Supportive, helpful environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ER Caseworker
    Current Employee - ER Caseworker

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Team are brilliant. Really supportive and helpful and always willing to lend a hand (or an ear)
    - Culture is good. It is a nice working environment
    - Salary and benefits are good. Salary is probably around market rate and the company car goes down well
    - Scope of work is great. With nearly 10,000 employees across a number of different services there is always something different going on
    - Experience I have had has been great.
    - Stimulating to work here

    Cons

    - Hours can be long at times and there is a lot of travel
    - Some management in certain locations is not great but we have yet to roll out proper management training

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All good things come to an end

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Bedford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Bedford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people and career development most specifically good buildings. Culture was amazing, needs attention. Despite difficult times and business strategies - people make the place/business/life. Don't lose that vision Kier

    Cons

    Life/work balance - a lot of demands and hours within a male dominated industry. A better and more flexible approach to alternative working environments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect the intelligence of the people that work for you; manage change with effective communication and consultation. Economic climate means that times are tough, but it's so important to talk to the amazing people that you employ. Exciting strategies for competitive advantage still require positive and constructive change management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lend-Lease left-overs bring years of incompetence to their new company.

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    Former Employee - Design Team
    Former Employee - Design Team

    I worked at Kier Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    The only things saving Kier from the scrapheap is the quality and efforts of the contract staff.

    Cons

    Weak management unable to move forwards with emergent technologies. Some excellent projects are initiated but are then reduced to the Kier default of lurching from catastrophe to disaster by mis-management and buck-passing. Contract teams are then set up to carry the blame and are then fired in a house cleaning exercise by the incompetent management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    End the crippling in-fighting amongst the directors which is readily apparent to anyone with functioning eyes and ears.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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