McKinstry

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McKinstry Reviews

Updated February 5, 2015
Updated February 5, 2015
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great people, good benefits

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Senior leadership really cares for their employees. Great visionaries.
    Great benefits, including on-site gym and trainers
    Getting clear about who they are and want to be
    Company values
    Diverse service offerings

    Cons

    Depending on your position and career path, there is limited room for growth, especially if you don't want to manage talent.
    Many McKinstry managers are also technical experts and take on project work. While the technical expertise is important, the project work can overshadow management responsibility and limit management effectiveness.
    It seems that the individual experience with this company varies greatly depending on which department you're in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Massive egos led to massive turnover, they fired or chased out the original culture that made this company great.

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

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, bonding capacity, marketing material, facilities, whatever is left of their brand, their political leverage and the quality of their field level staff. Their lower management and people in the trenches, whats left of them, are true professionals who still embrace the original McKinstry culture that led to their success. Three main owners are good guys.

    Cons

    Everyone from the middle management to the VP level are either incompetent or self serving ego maniacs. There is no one left at that level who embraces the original value system of the company or who has any integrity. It's a cut throat and stressful environment to work in. Their value proposition has been over marketed and under delivered, they can't compete in the marketplace. All of their cuts have been at the project management level and all of their hires have been at the manager/executive level yet they wonder why they have an overhead problem. No one takes them seriously anymore, I doubt they'll be a strong contingent in the coming years. They are no longer cutting edge and their sales people are blow hards with a pitch thats grown tired. The three owners have lost control to a group of money hungry narcissists. There is only a shadow of a company that was once in the top 10 places to work in Washington State. Its pathetic and disheartening to watch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening to someone other than yourselves. Message to owners: Never say never, its time to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Learning experience

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

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

    Pros

    Have the freedom to build the electrical program to my satisfaction.

    Cons

    Have worked a lot of overtime and no compensation for the effort.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    A Company Transitioning Away From What It Once Was. 1. People. 2. Client. 3. Profitability.

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

    I worked at McKinstry

    Pros

    Bright, Talented, Young-ish, Hard working teams.
    Great benefits. Great place to intern and learn about sales, business and engineering.

    Cons

    Mid-level management... cannot walk the talk; knows the latest buzz words, focused on being PC and landing the next project versus knowing project risks and being a leader that makes hard decision to report bad news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure leaders know and believe in the company's started Values. Get rid of those that believe it is a marketing pitch.

    Expand ownership to all vs the select group.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at McKinstry

    Pros

    Fast paced, great culture and amazing growth opportunity's.

    Cons

    The hours needed to work to insure 24/7 coverage are very demanding and hard for families.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management Ignorance (Arrogance?) On A Massive Scale

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pre-con Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Pre-con Manager in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Compensation was OK - just OK. Health care and retirement are good. The buildings: PDX headquarters & SEA headquarters are quite nice.

    Cons

    The title says it all! The "C" level managers are leaders and are quite good. The Mid-Level management is the worst that I have experienced in my entire 30-year career. These individuals are, for lack of a better term, arrogant morons. The employee surveys that we took reinforced this fact every year: our managers were some of the worst (had the lowest recorded scores) of any managers that the survey company had ever seen! When we pointed out to the managers how they could improve their performance as managers and/or improve employee moral, we were either fired, laid-off, or "written-up".

    When we sought other employment - as most disgruntled employees do - we were fired on the spot if our managers found out (or even suspected) this fact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the "C" level managers I would say: 'Clean house! Start over with an entirely new management team. This will stop your very high employee turnover and return you to profitability.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, needs better Oregon management

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

    I have been working at McKinstry

    Pros

    This is a very old Seattle based company that has an incredible executive management team that is very people oriented and truly cares about its employees.

    Cons

    They brought in "big wigs" to the Portland and Hillsboro West side offices who are driving it into the ground. Some bad decisions and poor management are causing them to lose large jobs and great employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise your work force from the top down, not the reverse or you are not going to make it in the Oregon market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with caring people and sizable benefits packages!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 a 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nepotism running rampant

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

    I worked at McKinstry

    Pros

    Lots of people here are very hard working, creative and intelligent people. Unfortunately, those are usually the ones who get overlooked for advancement.
    They have a nice gym and decent benefits.

    Cons

    If you know someone at the top, you'll do fine. Otherwise keep your mouth shut and expect to work long hours for little appreciation and little chance for advancement.
    You might get ahead if you marry someone at the top. That seems to be the best way, especially for a women to get somewhere. In that case, you really don't need to work hard or be very intelligent.
    The culture is extremely difficult, especially in upper management. No one wants to listen to a conflicting point of view and you will be disrespected at every turn if you offer a different opinion. Expect to be hushed up or talked over in meetings unless you tow the company line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some very intelligent people working for you. Consider listening to them and maybe attempt to take their advise. Some of them have been in the industry longer than you and have worked for more successful companies. There are better ways of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with individual departments that lack focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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