McCarthy Building Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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McCarthy Building Chairman and CEO Mike Bolen
Mike Bolen
39 Ratings

Pros
  • Employee owned, good benefits, nice co-workers and big into fundraising for charities (in 7 reviews)

  • Benefits package, employee ownership, total compensation (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance is a difficult challenge (in 8 reviews)

  • Work/Life Balance, however long hours are always expect in the construction industry (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Company

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

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McCarthy offers excellent opportunities to those who seek them. If you work hard, take the initiative, and prove you care about the success of a project, then you can do anything at this company.

    Cons

    The worst part about working with a national firm is relocating. However this is what you sign up for, so you make the best of living in a town you never dreamed about and get your work done so you can move to the next one.


  2. Good People, Management is Going through Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McCarthy is very thorough and critical of the people they hire; ensuring that personalities and leadership capabilities are compatible with the company's vision. The majority of the employees are great to work with. The new company core values and anchors are visionary and will eventually lead to great things. However, the upper management is going to "growing pains" trying to change the company culture. These "growing pains" trickle down to the field and impede leadership and communication.

    Cons

    Definitely a "sink or swim" attitude. The company is trying to weed out the older "good ol' boy" employees that do not fit within the new company core values. There feels like an internal battle between the old management group ("good ol' boys") and the new, younger management.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Haven for Narcissists

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation is above average with 401k and ESOP plan. Medical and Dental are good. A few good folks work there but not many.

    Cons

    Core task training does not exist-80 hour workweeks do-Hostile work environment cloaked with great PR mantras-immoral culture.

    Advice to Management

    Great leaders are built up not held down by alcohol, sadistic power plays. My own family counts more than your company does. There is a reason sharecropping was not a viable business model in the United States of America.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Superintendent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Superintendent in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Superintendent in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at McCarthy Building

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Financially strong company with a good ESOP.

    Cons

    Horrible management and culture. The company lacks business professionalism and a work life balance. Excessive redundancy and poor contract negotiations with owners. Expectations of 60 to 80 hours a week minimum. The company has high turn over at the 5 year mark as people get ESOP vested and then cash out.

    Advice to Management

    Learn that it is not all about the money. If people don't feel good about what they do or who they are working with then they won't stay no matter the compensation.


  6. Long Term Career

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at McCarthy Building (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Company is always looking ahead to be the best builder, so great projects are won and there is consistent work.

    Cons

    Minor office politics can taint an otherwise great workforce. Be ready for long hours as they are expected.


  7. Great Business Model

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

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    A great employee owned company

    Cons

    Senior leaders are out of touch with current workforce


  8. Project Administrator

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

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    McCarthy offers good benefits (same as several other GC's in San Diego). They do strive to have great releationships with the Owners and Subs.

    Cons

    McCarthy is very very low paying. They do not treat their Admins very well, from bonuses, to raises to sharing perks. Interns make more money and are treated better than the Admins.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the Admins do know more about the daily needs to run a jobsite proficiently and to do majority of the work that the PM's and PE's do. Give them a little more respect and responsibility. Pay them what they are worth otherwise you will continue to get the admins who are getting the power shut off. Bad performance is usually rewarded.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Horrific

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

    I worked at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you like being a silent no say so partner I guess the ESOP would be a good thing.

    Cons

    Just read all the prior posts with 3 star our less. 20 words wouldn't even start to explain it.

    Advice to Management

    Do like the others take your money and RUN RUN don't look back.


  10. Great workplace

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workplace, takes on complex jobs that challenges you, great people.

    Cons

    Longer hours than most jobs, but that is the construction industry.


  11. Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Springfield, MO

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company with good benfits

    Cons

    Hard work but play hard too

    Advice to Management

    Better work life balanc



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