Messer Construction Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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  1. great firm

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

    I worked at Messer Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Job protection/ESOP. They treat employees like family.

    Cons

    Slow moving with growth, employee development, salaries don't reflect your worth but more your age and experience in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You need to be a little more competitive with salary. Working harder isn't always better than working smart


  2. project engineer co/op

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Messer Construction part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They are very aggressive in getting work. They do everything, so being slow is not an option

    Cons

    Communication, and leadership, they talk a good game, but being new to a huge market is no excuse to not assist the newer employees.

    Advice to Management

    Take time to show newer employees the Messer way


  3. Commercial Carpenter

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internship in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Internship in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Messer Construction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They paid $17.00 an hour and had big jobs.

    Cons

    Corporate Nazism, stuffy environment. Created an apprenticeship program, which seems to control pay.

    Advice to Management

    Labor employees are not plebs...


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  5. Risk Specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Risk in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Risk in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Messer Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company for young Project Managers that want to rise to executive level in the construction industry.

    Cons

    The corporate administrative staff are expected to work multiple responsibilities including contributing to others growth.

    Advice to Management

    Look outside company to broaden Management and executive vision, then share information and apply it with the staff .


  6. It was a good ride

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Operations in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Messer Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, it's a paycheck, some good people, decent benefits, ESOP, 3 years vesting, provides tools/equipment, potential growth opportunities, decent safety program.

    Cons

    Observed rear end kissing to get ahead, management is loose lipped negatively about fellow employees, failed promises, expect getting thrown under a bus, experience means nothing if you speak your mind, in certain positions, if you are well liked and respected by others, be prepared to get the shaft, then you have other that despite complaints, are protected.

    Advice to Management

    Depends which management, some are great people, hard to group advice to the group when you have saints and snakes. The majority (75%) have good working knowledge, attention to detail, compliant and likability, you have 10% that do their jobs! stay off a radar, the final 15% need to stop false promises, follow-up with concerns, leave ideas on a desk, forget review dates, and preach to hear themselves preach because they've lost the respect for others to listen. I wouldn't recommend only because I saw the direction they were heading before I left, and still get updates of unfulfilled promises and open items months and sometimes years later. The review process is a joke, it's your individual development, however it's only yours in the sense of writing it on paper, it will be changed or coached...


  7. Don't work here if you are not in operations

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Messer Construction full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting point in my career. The company was growing fast so I was exposed to a lot.

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor. They expect you to work whenever and never give you comp time. Health benefits poor. 2 weeks of vacation. Old school mentality. If you are not in the office working then you are not working.

    Advice to Management

    Too many mangers and many don't know how to manage people. People are there for 30 years which does not allow for growth. Some SrMgrs do not deserve to be at that level based on their performance. Accountability is needed. Outsource IT.


  8. Messer is a great company for project management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Messer Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits and people. Lots of perks at upper level positions. There is a strong emphasis on safety and doing proper business practices. Several opportunities in the company.

    Cons

    There are limited opportunities if you stay in the Cincinnati region. Co-ops have few responsibilities on some projects. The IT department is always changing programs and software. Long hours are also expected.

    Advice to Management

    Management is pretty good. Put long hours in but can consider others more.


  9. Project Accountant

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Louisville, KY

    I worked at Messer Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I was there for 5 years, it's a paycheck. They are good with giving raises on a regular basis. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    It's an employee owned company and they require lots of meetings and events that must be attended (often times in Cincinnati even if you're in another market). They also preach for everyone to evolve, continue education, etc but good luck getting it approved when the time comes. I was fortunate enough to work with a handful of good people but often times the "good old boy" mentality comes through and there is lots of tantrums, etc tolerated of the project management. I wouldn't work there again. And they move people up based on time served, not actual performance. Time to evolve with the rest of the world, Messer!


  10. Helpful (1)

    This is a company that simply does things right.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Dayton, OH

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great management, great job site management. Very good communication and corporate culture.

    Cons

    Majority of their work is concrete.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Decent place to gain experience but watch out for office politics don't expect effective management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Messer Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    work is pretty steady, but you tend to get pigeon holed into one area or job function. They try to invest in employees but it is done without much planning or vision.

    Cons

    Management and organization of company is poorly planned and executed and many managers are incapable of managing people. Takes advantage of entry level employees. Little to no career path or opportunity for advancement in any department other than field operations.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at those in management and see if they deserve to manage people or if they just have been there for 4 or more years. Structure the different departments. Nobody wants to work in a position with literally no room to advance.



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