McKinstry Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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Pros
  • You can maintain a work / life balance if you try (in 6 reviews)

  • There's a gym and a small pseudo-driving range (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • They've been a business for a long time and despite the slick marketing it's really a very conservative construction company (in 3 reviews)

  • IT is mismanaged by middle management and therefore prolonging project lives (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great supporters of young talent; excel within as promotions are more likely than external hiring.

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

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    Great clients, great HR department; second to none.

    Cons

    many managers; stretched to thin.

    Advice to Management

    Staying competitive in this market takes a certain attitude. Keeping compensation where it needs to be; to gain the trust of the soldiers who make this competition easy, defines the need for a new way of thinking.


  2. Poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at McKinstry (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are real good, and so is the 401K

    Cons

    Lots of back stabbing by the leads when they feel intimidated by your knowledge or certifications. Regular employees are real nice to work with for the most part.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more when they complain to you.


  3. Nice Office. Mediocre pay.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    - Nice office - Surprisingly delicious and affordable cafeteria (I know, who knew that existed?) - good location - some people very nice - great upper leadership

    Cons

    - Pay mediocre at best - Some people very mean - If you don't have an MBA or degree in an engineering or construction management field, opportunities for movement vertically or laterally are limited.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management and leadership appear to be doing a good job. Very down to earth but also seem very competent. CEO/Owner used to be a biochemist until his dad told him to come home and help with family business. Now he runs company and eats in the cafeteria everyday with everyone else.


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  5. Construction project engineer

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

    Pros

    Benefits, gym facility, CEO vision

    Cons

    Promotions are very delayed, they do not pay competitive salaries, no bonus

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees before expanding the business


  6. Back to Basics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time

    Pros

    People first organization Looks for long term customer relationships as opposed to "transactional" projects Beginning large focus on career development and growing organically

    Cons

    Holding people accountable is improving but could be better Can sometimes focus too much on the next big thing while forgetting the fundamentals

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking at the big picture while empowering and allowing others to focus on the present


  7. Helpful (4)

    Horrendous management, popular high school kids clique

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, peers, and location. If you like weight in the decisions you make, the roles here allow that. The system is so fragile any good or bad decision you make ripples across the company.

    Cons

    Middle-management, particularly in corporate, is this company's kryptonite. The corporate overhead middle management teams are riddled with incompetence. The newer managers with less than two years in the roles are not bad people, their struggles are in the fact that McKinstry doesn't prepare anyone for their unattainable expectations. Hence high turnover in these newer folk. The managers that have held their positions for over 6+ years are the ones that will force sloppy initiatives constantly. There is no cross-functional collaboration in corporate services. The extent of the working relationships are passive aggressive and fake. I've witnessed and have been victim to management bullying. When I have to proactively use email as a record to legally protect me from my manager, you know there's something wrong.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Ugh

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you are based in Seattle, it's great if you drink the kool-aid...otherwise....

    Cons

    lack of remote support, wiggly upper management that can't be trusted, old "boys" network of facilities/engineering folks


  9. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, hard working group of people that consistently challenge each other, very efficient group of people with terrific leadership

    Cons

    None so far. The experience has been great

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  10. Helpful (1)

    Awesome company w/ a few flaws

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

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

    Pros

    It's hard to believe some of the most negative reviews since even though this company has its faults and I may be looking to depart in the near future, I have to give McKinstry a LOT of credit. Most people who see where we work and learn about the culture are envious. Top leadership is very open about financials and other important matters. The perks are awesome. The motto is employees first, even before customers, because if you take care of your employees then they'll take care of you and your customers. Most people are competent and really want to help.

    Cons

    Even though I do think McKinstry is a great company, those in the smaller regional offices may find that their opportunities for advancement are limited. Also, the company's willingness to coach problem employees may seem noble but sometimes keeping those people around does more damage that can't be undone and they should just be let go instead.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and retain better salespeople. Our region lost top talent and the replacements were terrible. We still don't have anyone skilled at bringing in new work contracts.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Lot of talk not much substance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits although they have been decreasing substantially over the years. Dean Allen is a great visionary. The "green idea" is a great for our world, if only they could get back to actually doing that. Seattle work environment is second to none.

    Cons

    Much of executive management and part of middle management actually belongs behind bars. Dean is a visionary genius but he has been extremely poor at picking management help in last 10 years. They have hired people from Siemens, Trane, etc. who learned to be crooks at those other corporations and have carried their ways back to McKinstry. McKinstry will fail and probably sooner rather than later. They have faced recent lawsuits and will most likely go down from other pending lawsuits or government investigations. DOJ, ODOD, IPUC etc. etc. will at some point put them out of business.

    Advice to Management

    Review management and instead of promoting crooked management clean house. A good start would be to do a full investigation of sales management practices.



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