Kier Group

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Kier Group Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
16 Reviews
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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    A great company who look after their employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Capenhurst, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Capenhurst, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good treatment of individuals. Great variety of projects all over the UK and Overseas. Excellent training and guidance given towards professional chartership.

    Cons

    Life/work balance is not the greatest as you may be required to work long hours away from home. Basic salary pay could be better (compared to competitors) for the people who want to work close to home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Basic salary pay could be better (compared to competitors) for regional sectors or the people who want to work close to home.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    un appriciated ,bad middle managers,just dont listen.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cleaner in Manchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Cleaner in Manchester, England (UK)

    I have been working at Kier Group part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    the teachers are nice some work coleages are good and location

    Cons

    trying to get through a day without dealing with petty squables with supervisors who walk around and admin who think they are better than u.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    come in on a suprise visit or even better under cover boss .

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

    Was once great, now suffering from middle management failings.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT Management are disconnected from the business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (more than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing

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

    I worked at Kier Group full-time (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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Progressive learning Experience .

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  8. 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 (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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Dissapointed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 (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
  10.  

    Work placement

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

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time (less than an 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
  11.  

    Supportive, helpful environment

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

    I have been working at Kier Group full-time (less than an 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

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