McKinstry

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McKinstry Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
40 Reviews
3.7
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company with caring people and sizable benefits packages!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in South Seattle, WA

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    good work/life balance
    ok wages
    free coffee machines everywhere!
    free mass transit passes
    lots of vacation time for starting positions
    positive work environment
    Everyone here seriously cares! Seriously, the CEO will randomly show up at your desk and ask you about your life with a sincere interest.

    Cons

    tends to run with too few employees
    overtime is regular and required (in a politely unspoken expectation Seattle-like sort of way)
    Some employees regularly use private time to work off the clock (while this is a good natured gesture, it gives management a skew expectation of what should be accomplished each shift).
    Hiring appears to be reactionary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We should be hiring more proactively, overlapping new hires with outgoing employees and hiring extra positions before the launch of a new contract.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with individual departments that lack focus

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Portland, OR

    I worked at McKinstry

    Pros

    The pro's for this company are the people that work there. The work-life balance is reasonable for certain departments but other departments are not so fortunate.

    Cons

    The con's for this company is the lack of focus and direction from certain departments. The lack of personal growth opportunities and the lack of proper compensation for the amount of work required.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees from all levels of the organization. Don't just take the word of the people from the main (Seattle) office as they do not have to deal with the realities of working in the other regional offices.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Values, Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at McKinstry as an intern

    Pros

    Puts employees as the number one priority. Great CEO who takes time to get to know people personally and has led the company to major success even during tough times. Seattle HQ has free gym and small driving range on the roof for employees.

    Cons

    Compensation seemed low. The workload varies hugely week to week as contracts come in and projects get finished, and sometimes you have to seek out work to do. Technical skill and knowledge also varies quite a bit among employees, and it can be difficult to coordinate all the different software tools between departments and groups.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young engineers! (and support them well)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Culture is young and welcoming.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you like to engage your colleagues, McKinstry is the type of work environment that encourages collaboration. Critical thinkers are the people who question the reasoning, progress, and result of strategy. However, they are still willing to progress linearly and avoid stymied movement. Observers who don't offer solutions, but are quick to shoot down ideas do not fit well in this culture.

    The management acknowledges dynamic skillsets. Leadership is open, around, and communicative. Healthy work life balance.

    Very low stress environment. No stupid fake crystal achievement trophies like other companies. There's a social environment between business groups that aren't segregated like other companies. They give you free booze, food, and a driving range accessible 24 hours a day. Free secured parking. Working remotely options.

    Cons

    Political. Industry average pay (though you must be willing to negotiate). Few people in roles for years that still don't have grasp of their product. Deadlines are often rushed because of extreme procrastination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hoorah ambition is cool but when nothing gets finished, it's just another an empty promise to yourself.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Summer Internship (Electrical Engineering)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Summer Intern in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Summer Intern in Seattle, WA

    I worked at McKinstry as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly Coworkers, cheerful people, beautiful office

    Cons

    Boring, not much work to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge interns more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fantastic Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people and culture are great at this company

    Cons

    One challenge with the company is not always knowing how you fit into the bigger picture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the company true to its values and priorities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice small company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Because it's small you can speak directly to management you wouldn't normally get access to in a larger environment

    Cons

    They do not plan well for upcoming work and resources. They have been laying off good employees lately and it hurts the morale of the people who are left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to retain valuable employees

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to learn, but not a great place to earn...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive
    Former Employee - Account Executive

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Focus on employees, work-life balance, and competitive position made working for McKinstry fun and interesting. I learned a lot about the industry and developed many skills during my time there. I also met some amazingly talented people that I remain friends with.

    Cons

    Compensation for star employees was not significantly different from pay for underperforming employees. Rising stars and future leaders often found better paying jobs after a year or two of frustration.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    IT mismanaged by middle management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Efficient Help-Desk support. Employees are nice, friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    IT is mismanaged by middle management and therefore prolonging project lives. No communication and directions. Always in a reactive mode and relying too much on consultants. No development standards nor framework.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Replace IT middle management staff with managers who know how to manage staff and projects. Save cost by stop paying consultants\contractors above market rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Still decent culture and good benefits but is just a conservative construction company.

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities in core business areas (e.g. construction, engineering, energy) as company does promote from within. The culture isn't what it used to be, but still fairly people-oriented and includes some perks including pretty good benefits and work-life balance. Culture is pro-sustainability and community oriented.

    Cons

    They've been a business for a long time and despite the slick marketing it's really a very conservative construction company. Some of the non-construction parts of the company don't get a lot of attention and don't fit into McKinstry's overall business and there are limited opportunities there. Not great pay and generally not great talent.

    McKinstry is not technology oriented and the internally-built tools are a bit of a joke and new technology roll outs (e.g. timesheet system, new ERP) don't go well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to do too much outside of your comfort zone and find focus. Put less of a short-term focus on finances and try to fix causes of financial weakness.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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