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Pros – My till to date accomplishments in the fields of construction estimating and construction project management made me a person job fit during my stay with MMA
Cons – Nothing specifically observed during my employment period at MMA
Advice to Senior Management – To give at least a second chance to the former employees particularly Walter Monroe who gave ten years of this life to make masonry division very productive .He was a very intelligent Senior Project Manager. He was though tuff but very much whole hearted with his construction team particularly Tariq Gondal. Nathan,Jeff and Gary Hudak in regards to making every job very much profitable. Unfortunately all of these guys are not there any more.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Manganaro is a good place to get a start into the commercial construction business. There was a great group of project engineers who made going to work each day tolerable. They spare no expense compared to other businesses I've experienced and have a Thursday golf league to keep their people 'happy' (although it's frowned upon if you play too often or at all in some cases). They have a good training system in place to keep their PE's learning and moving in the right direction. Senior Management is solid and has great business sense.
Cons – Harsh work environment and no room for growth. I was hired under the impression that the career path to PM was 3-5 years. While not completely untrue - I didn't see or hear of anyone getting there in that time range. 50 hour weeks are the norm and definitely expected. Don't even think about looking at the door before 6pm - it was common for guys to be there until 9 or 10 every night. Some of the PM's were extremely tough to work for and went out of their way to make your day harder. Generally just not a happy work place as a whole with a stuffy environment. Manganaro gives the word 'turnover' a whole new meaning.
Advice to Senior Management – Treat your people better on a daily basis instead of the few functions a year when they're allowed to let their hair down and maybe you'll be able to keep some of the quality people that have come in and out of your doors. Spending more money on them isn't going to solve the problem. It may not seem to coincide with the killer instinct that you maintain but may go a long way in bringing the overall office moral up.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
Pros – Very hands on mid-level managers who are willing to put in the time to teach you not only tasks but intangible things related to the industry that you would've otherwise had to learn by experience. They also have a formal training program that is unique to the company. In addition, not many subs have systems in place the way Manganaro does (i.e. those companies don't have their stuff together as well as Manganaro) - working for Manganaro is a unique experience, one that would be hard to find with any other company of its kind in the industry. Manganaro has fared better than other subs in the down economy - they continue to win jobs and I suspect this is in large part due to their ability to build strong relationships with industry leaders in the area.
Lots of side benefits - on Thursdays, employees are allowed to leave half-hour early and play a round of golf at a local course, paid for by Managanaro (though very few take advantage of this). These extra's have kind of dwindled away with the recession. Fun group of employees who for the most part range in age from 22-35; makes for some great happy hours. They've recently expanded to include concrete and masonry restoration in addition to providing drywall and masonry services.
Cons – They're a subcontractor and sometimes use the same attitude they have in business dealings with employees unless you're a favorite of someone in upper management. Compensation is just average. Taking extended vacations (>1 week) often met with hostility. The corporate culture at Managanaro makes it a race to see who can spend the most time in the office... even when you've gotten all your work done, certain people will give you crap for leaving right at 5. Company is relatively small so advancement passed middle management is difficult - "waiting 'til somebody dies or retires" is prevalent at Manganaro, except for the token case here and there. Upper management often treat subordinates condescendingly. Retention rate at Manganaro is horrendous - in my three years with the company, they must've cycled through a dozen project engineer new-hires, none of whom made it to project manager.
Advice to Senior Management – While all employees maybe expendable, it's very counter-productive to treat them as such. Upper management needs to realize that the hardball attitude used for normal business dealings shouldn't be applied when dealing with the employees that make the company run on a daily basis.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend
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