Lease Crutcher Lewis

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Lease Crutcher Lewis Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
8 Reviews
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    Portland Group Snapshot

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    Current Employee - Undisclosed in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Undisclosed in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time

    Pros

    If the Portland division is any indication of the Seattle Lewis, the company has a great culture and most refreshingly a distinct lack of ego. Having worked for large contractors the attitudes, flexibility, and small company feel is extremely refreshing. Great people, innovative thinking, focus on efficiency, client focused, and good to it's folks... what more could you ask for in a general contractor.

    Cons

    Systems are not fully developed on many levels and although some may look at this as a con, others may find this refreshing and having great potential. Some of the leadership and people are not as aggressive as some may be used to in this business which could be looked at as a con. Compensation is fairly medium to low for the industry but this is in exchange for the pros that the company offers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay true to the current and original culture in spite of growth and new faces at senior positions. Keep the company feeling small and regional and resist overbearing corporate policies like the plague. Identify great talent WITHIN the company and reward as much as possible. Keep it lean, keep it green, & above all keep it humble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employee Owner

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

    I worked at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It's great being an employee owner.

    Cons

    Horrible at assuring a work life balance, if you don't work 60 hour work weeks you aren't pulling your weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where work-life balance is a consideration.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great work life, awesome culture, a good place to grow some roots.

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great culture of mentoring young people to pass on success and knowledge.
    - Countless opportunities to get involved with company events, recruiting, networking, business development, etc.
    - If you want to learn how to use a program all you have to do is ask. One on one BIM/Revit/CAD sessions are available via our BIM Dept. There is no restriction on who gets to learn what.
    - Big emphasis on being at the cutting edge of construction technology. All new PE's get two brand new monitors, double screens! IT is always trying out new gadgets and PE's are usually tasked with testing out tablets, new programs, etc.
    - Brand new office being built in Westlake/Bell Town area. Refurbished an existing brick building from old Seattle era. Used to be the Union Stables Building. The bottom floor will have a restaurant and coffee shop. For the many employees that bike to work, there will be bike racks and a locker room.
    - Great group of repeat clients, all doing interesting projects.
    - Some very cool, one of a kind Seattle projects underway and on the horizon. Backlog of new work is looking very nice.
    - 100% employee owned through an ESOP.
    - Always pushing lean construction and LEED.
    - Good starting salary. Raises and Bonuses given in the spring.
    - People don't spend their life working. Everyone at the company keeps a good work-life balance. No pressure to stay late. Most people pack up at the end of the day and go enjoy the outdoors.
    - Awesome company events and get-togethers. Always great food.

    Cons

    Like any company, as a new employee trying to figure out where you fit in can be intimidating. However, most new employees are informally assigned a mentor to help guide them along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it rolling!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Great NW Roots, Highly respected

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I've been in construction for 15+ years, and this is the best group of people I've worked with. Outgoing, smart, and just a please to work with all around. The leadership trusts employee's to go out and do what you were hired to do, and to do a good job at it, and they seem to all do that. There is no micro-managing with the company!!

    Cons

    It's difficult to find anything that is a "con" with Lease Crutcher Lewis, maybe that they are moving further north into a beautiful new building, and I live in the south end. Longer commute, but this "lean" company pays for public transportation. That's FANTASTIC!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Thumbs up!

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Everyone is interested in what is happening, and constantly trying to improve themselves and the company. Tons of resources to get yourself going on a project. These people know what they are doing because they've been around for 130 years!

    Cons

    Some weekends require work, but that's construction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the job training up. That is where new employees learn the most. Continue to incorporate every person involved in the project. This maintains top interest and dedication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Glass ceiling for women

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lease Crutcher Lewis full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great superintendents. Hire some good people, but don't provide any training, which results in total anarchy and lack of consistency.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. Upper management is conflict-adverse and they don't confront underperforming employees, resulting in the excellent employees leaving. Good ole' boys' club reigns supreme, so women are rarely hired and take twice as long to be promoted and are promoted without being paid more, while men are paid as much as 20% more than their female counterparts. Highly discriminatory. Non-exempt employees are not paid overtime, which is illegal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay women what their male counterparts are readily paid, and promote competent women who don't golf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work!

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    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Lease Crutcher Lewis

    Pros

    Family owned business, very flexible, casual dress most of the time, lots of employee events, great holiday parties, very nice owners & management

    Cons

    sometimes there are politics that get in the way of professionalism. As with ANY job...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on truckin!

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Get in and get out

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Lease Crutcher Lewis

    Pros

    Great experience and solid reputation make for solid resume material - good finishing school for future outside career track

    Cons

    Larger company makes it difficult to shine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the stars and compensate them to retain them

    Recommends

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