PCL Construction Enterprises

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Updated Mar 30, 2014

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3.2 20 reviews

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    8th consecutive year as one of Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    Pros100% employee owned (90+% of salaried employees own the company and no one may own more than 5%); INCREDIBLE dividends on company stock (avg. of 42% per year since 1976); family oriented and off the chart benefits; promote from within culture

    ConsI haven't had a particularly negative experience here in my 28 years!

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep listening and responding to employee suggestions

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PCL Seattle

    Field Engineer (Current Employee) Seattle, WA

    ProsEmployees are motivated to put in extra effort to ensure the success of their projects as all salary employees have the ability to participate in the employee ownership program. After just a couple of years of purchasing the stock that has been offered, my annual dividend check is a huge boost to my total compensation- not enough to compensate the long hours though (see below).

    ConsManagement often under staffs the projects in an effort to cut costs but leads to extra long hours for employees- frequent long uncompensated hours.

    Expect to be asked to relocate as the company works in most areas of the US and Canada.

    Rapid growth into new markets has lead to an influx of employees from other companies. One of the best things about the company has been the 100+ years of experience, expertise, and practices that have been developed, but this has become lost in the last few years through the rapid growth. Has lost sight of the small family company that it had just 5 to 19 years ago

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to be assigned to projects with young managers who are getting their first shot at running a job- this hasn't left much opportunity for learning from experienced staff and progressing my own career. This has limited my advancement as during annual reviews I haven't had the right exposure to new areas to allow me to move forward.

    Fill positions from within rather than hiring from outside- pretty discouraging to your current employes that are working hard hoping to move up the ladder.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Piece of Crap

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsThere are no pros with this company

    ConsIt is too many to list

    Advice to Senior ManagementGo tuck yourself, self centered As*

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    Poor communication

    Superintendent (Current Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsEmployee owned, good benefits, always keep you working even when project is finished, (if your salary)

    ConsTerrible communication! They have a great mission statement and tell you all these great things that they do on job. When you get to work or the site the things they told you go right out the window. Upper management is very young and inexperienced, and extremely rude and disrespectful to lower management or the craft in the field. To much nepotism, way to much! It's who you know at PCL to move up the ladder. And jobs are run very poorly! Again no communication with staff and craft, everything is from the hip here. Wages for craft and superintendents is not very competitive, especially the craft's wages.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to communicate with craft, listen to what they have to say. Get some training before they are given a job to run. Pay craft competitive wages! If its written in your S.O.P. then follow it!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor communication from management to front line workers

    Superintendent (Current Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsGreat health benefits, employee owned company, great vision for the future, pay is average, has mentoring program,three weeks vacation

    ConsVery long hours, poor communication from district management team who is quick to pass the buck if a project is in trouble

    Advice to Senior ManagementBetter communication from upper management. PCL offers a mentoring program, however, does not use it. Match up the skills of an employee to the project they work on don't throw them in the frying pan and give them the advise "you will sink or swim"

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Honolulu, HI

    ProsThe job has decent pay, employees can purchase shares. Typical benefits are included, w/paid vacation granted you are on salary.

    ConsUpper management pays you for 40 hours a week, but you are EXPECTED to work overtime everyday. If you leave at 3:30, expect to hear about it. Why should I have to make an excuse to leave after 8 hours? 11-12 hour days are common. Work starts early, ends late. Be prepared to have NO LIFE. Weekend work is not compensated. If you work in the field, be prepared for long commutes as job locations change with projects. The work environment is too militaristic. Expect superiors to talk down to you. No initial training, they will put you on a project and expect results. Poor screening processes by HR in the hiring phase as the employee tasks within the company are not specified, thus leading to incompatibilities between worker skills/expectations and the actual job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more thorough in the job description for applicants so they know what they are getting into. Do not just dump new employees into the job and expect high levels of productivity, especially if prior training does not completely correlate to the job itself.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is an incredible company for a long term career with ownership opportunities.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsAll salaried employees have an opportunity to buy company stock (it's 100% employee owned and 3400 employees own it). the stock returns (dividends and increase in share value) have averaged 42% per year since 1975 so many long term employees see dividend checks well in excess of their annual salaries. It's strongly family oriented, ethics driven and offers incredible benefits compared to others in this industry. This is my 26th year and I only wish I had joined PCL earlier. Both of my sons work here as well because they saw growing up what a great place this is to work as our family prospered. This is the 6th consecutive year PCL has been on the FORTUNE 100 best companies to work for list.

    ConsOccasional long hours and relocation may be necessary to move up the ladder more quickly but well worth both.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great wellness program and communication efforts.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    PCL SE trimming the fat

    Project Engineer (Former Employee) Tampa, FL

    ProsChallenging projects that come with asense of accomplishment. Technology focused support with GPS, computer modeling and licensed P.E's. Employee owned stock is second to none.

    ConsThey own you and relocation is a must sometimes a few moves each year. Poor performing field supervision is rampant. Its who you know not what you know that predicts the internal ladder climbing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet the subordinates rate/grade their supervisors. Dont move poor performing supervision from one job to the other. Terminate the people whose only contribution is flattery to higher level management.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Summer Field Engineer (Former Employee) Toronto, ON (Canada)

    Prosgood work environment, fair compensation. Overall I had a good experience working for PCL, definitely would recommend to those interested in the construction industry

    Conshad to move around. My position required me to move for a period of time. Definitely would not a draw back for some, but I prefer to stay in one location.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good opportunities to learn.. Some major projects ongoing in Toronto and Calgary Region

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Calgary, AB (Canada)

    Pros-Great management, knowledgeable and fun working environment..
    -Great Salary and benefit structure (medical, dental, etc.)
    - Gets to move a lot depending on location and type of project

    Cons- Late hours- might end up working 60 hrs/ week if project demands more work.
    - Hard to maintain work - life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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