McCarthy Building Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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McCarthy Building Chairman and CEO Mike Bolen
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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. I like my job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McCarthy Building (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging amd exposure to many technical areas.

    Cons

    No clear progression path. A lot going on for a small to mid size IT group.

    Advice to Management

    Keep personell advancing and growing in their fields. Promote from within.


  2. Great Company!

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    McCarthy is a great construction company and has an outstanding reputation in the market with subcontractors and clients. McCarthy prides themselves on being builders, not just managers and it shows through to the high quality work product provided to their clients. 100% employee owned is a plus. It creates a work environment with more accountability. If you work to increase the companies profits, it will be reflected in the stock price, which will increase your retirement.

    Cons

    Work life balance for the operations teams is difficult as is typical with large, complex construction.


  3. Great Employee-Owned Company with People that care

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Employee-Owned Loyal colleagues and executives Open door policy Great work environment that keep you motivated

    Cons

    Slow to make changes in business practices


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  5. Project Engineer

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at McCarthy Building full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting jobs with a dynamic work environment where you will be challenged daily. They did a good job of keeping the feel of the company small by lots of regular gatherings of the P.E.s for socializing and updating on others jobs. Also the bi-annual shareholders meetings were a blast and gave you a sense of a bigger commitment as you see just how large the company really is and all the good things they are doing.

    Cons

    Lots of administrative work. We have Project Coordinators at my new job who process a lot of the admin. work so P.E.'s wouldn't have to; we had an admin but she wasn't tasked with doing much of anything. Work hours were exhausting however no matter how long you also felt good about doing it and wanted to do it because you were invested with your coworkers to get the job done in the best way possible. Hours were also typical of any construction company that size I must also say so to knock McCarthy for that probably isn't right, however we worked a lot of weekends and as salary that isn't always right, there should be hourly Superintendents and Carpenter Foreman to run the weekend work, not us P.E.'s devoting 7-day weeks at salary. Also takes 1-year + to get into the ESOP so if it is not the right fit for you you'll never get a taste!


  6. Great Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    As an intern you get a well rounded experience that will teach you many things about what a PE does. You pick up many of the tasks and get a head start on experience.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about this experience with a great company.


  7. Project Engineer

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for if you are willing to work hard and put in the long hours. The people are great and really buy into being a safe company.

    Cons

    You work long hours and you can be relocated at a moments notice. The project managers don't really help coach you into advancement unless you go the extra mile and push them to do it.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have anything else to say except for keep up the good work.


  8. Excellent Company

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    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent
    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.


  9. Cult-ish

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    ESOP, annual bonus (not guaranteed). I really can't think of any other pros that will get me to the 20-word minimum so here's this sentence.

    Cons

    The whole company has a very cult-like mentality of "we work harder not smarter and if you don't agree then you aren't good enough to work here" and you either subscribe to it and lie to yourself that you are "lucky to be part of such an amazing company" or you don't, and proceed to hate life until you leave. Salaries are mostly below average and unfair (mine was 1/3 that of another engineer in my dept - no exaggeration). Bonuses are not guaranteed, yet they are considered part of your salary when baselining you against the market. You can ask for a raise, but on the slim chance you get one it will be miniscule and will also be held against you for the rest of your tenure. Basically all the benefits are sub-par but if you ask a "true blood" (esp. the old timers) you will hear them describe it as Nirvana which, in retrospect, is one of many red flags I should have seen. Very little room for movement internally since the cult members seldom leave.

    Advice to Management

    The problem is that you can give them advice all you want. Their hands are just as tied as yours. Nothing really changes without getting to the senior VP/COO level.


  10. Good People, Management is Going through Growing Pains

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Haven for Narcissists

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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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