McCarthy Building Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Current Intern

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great company to build a hospital with.

    Cons

    50hr weeks seem to be a common thread amongst project engineers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skilled labor for the future will be a challenge.

    Approves of CEO
  2. There are better options out there for GCs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of training and they push to get you on a variety of scopes of work.

    Cons

    By switching engineers to different scopes so frequently issues tend to fall through the crack until it snow balls into big issues that create unnecessary fire drills and stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train managers on leadership skills. They are leading teams and the majority of the time they are the ones putting down individuals instead of bringing them up and getting the most out of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great culture, great benefits, cool projects!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Pros

    The benefits are fantastic, including the ESOP program. The company cares about your health and offers ways stay healthy and get rewarded for it. The salary isn't too bad as I feel it's comparable with the industry. If the company does well on margin, the bonuses can be like winning a small lottery. We do some pretty cool projects all over the country and they take care of you while relocating. Overall, I love working for McCarthy!

    Cons

    Obviously everyone wants a higher salary so with that said, it'd be nice to get a decent raise every once in a while instead of the typical inflation raise. The few years between promotions, I've done some incredible work and went above and beyond and felt it went unnoticed. I do tend to agree with other CON reviews when they say some people shouldn't have been promoted when they were. There are times when individuals just are not ready to be promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The performance and development goals that we do every 6 months is more of a chore then anything I feel like. The required training courses in Build U are slightly ridiculous as all it does is eat up my time and keep me from performing my actual work. The best training comes from actually doing and learning in the field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Could be Worse I suppose

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Employee Ownership is a huge plus as we all reap the rewards of a successful year. The bonus pool is hugely lopsided but that is true with most companies. Recent changes show that Upper Management is trying to listen to employees concerns and take corrective measures but sometimes that feel like lip service.

    Cons

    Too many people are being promoted that do not have the skills, both technical and emotional, for the positions. Expectations that employees work excessive hours is unrealistic. Just because a person works 50 hrs a week does not make them a better performer than someone who works 40 hrs a week. It could be that they are just unorganized or spinning their wheels. There is a huge disconnect between Upper Management (the Ivory Tower) and the project staff. There has recently been a lot of turn-over. Some of this is due to people who think they should be promoted and getting passed over so they leave. Too many people are promoted not because of what they know but who they know. There are way too many lemmings and not enough true leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training a person for their next position is key. The sink or swin attitude does nothing to benefit the company or the employee. The Old Boys Club mentality has to go. If a person is a poor performer let the performance review reflect that and let them go if they fail to improve. Hiring a person on their education alone will drag the company down. Too many people know how to work the system, just because they had a 3.0 grade point avergae doesn't mean they know what they are doing. Managers need to learn how to manage. Focus on more productive and useful training rather than training just for the sake of saying you are proviing training.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Employee Owned Corporation

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    Current Employee - Preconstruction
    Current Employee - Preconstruction

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

    Pros

    As an employee-owned corporation there is great potential for this company to change the way construction companies do business. Although this is a large corporation it is we all act like family.

    Cons

    Senior management although embracing the ideology of change continually revert to "old school" tactics. Stay the course! Compensation is below average. Many wrong people in the wrong seats on the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right people in the right seats on the bus. If you are looking to the future and truly are looking the make the changes to grow then look to those people embracing the business ideologies of the future instead of those that embrace the status quo.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Pros

    Great people, incredible benefits, ability to travel and transfer to other offices all over the country.

    Cons

    Work life balance is pretty off in the field. Office personnel seem to have that part figured out better than the field however still lacking immensely compared to almost every other industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy Building full-time

    Pros

    Great company with talented, client-focused employees. Benefits are excellent and the culture supports continuous improvement. Fun work environment with great community service initiatives.

    Cons

    Can be cliquish. Requires travel and long hours - typical for the construction industry. Some promotions seem based on unclear achievements.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Fairl good overall, but not satisfied with salary.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Pros

    Training is good. Benefits are excellent... matching 401, ESOP, community outreach!

    Cons

    I feel McCarthy promotes people too fast before they are ready and it can breed conflicts between employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The construction industry is a pretty well paid industry across the board, from the laborer in the field to the Superintendent and Project Managers, etc. The project administrators for the most part are the lowest paid person on the project. I feel the PA's should be paid at least what your lowest paid field workers get (laborers) Fair is Fair. It takes every single person working in their capacity to get a building built. The PA's are always told, "could never do it without you" And they tell us how important our position is, and we perform well because we know it is. It's a commitment to excellence that we/I do not take lightly because it is such an important position. Please pay us at least what the field laborers are making. Especially in high cost living areas...can barely afford rent. Do we really have to wait to retirement to enjoy a better quality of living?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Current employee over ten years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Pros

    I make my own hours.

    Cons

    Confusion between training and execution

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continuity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. It's Okay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at McCarthy Building

    Pros

    Benefits, wellness program offers good discounts on gyms and insurance.

    Cons

    Lots of hours, management seems like they care but they dont.

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