Pepper Construction

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Pepper Construction Reviews

Updated May 28, 2014
Updated May 28, 2014
11 Reviews
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11 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunistic Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    All of my bosses are very accessible, genuine and informative for each task I am faced with. Company culture is very open hearted and willing to assist however possible. Plenty of socials and events to foster a continual relationship with employees in different offices.

    Cons

    Still working to be current on a more technological side. Although not always necessarily a negative, a lot of means and methods are "tried and true".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Management and HR

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pepper Construction full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working with great people and office activities

    Cons

    Lack of communication, Sr. leadership does not have people skills, communication skills, and basic leadership skills. Promotions are given out at the top just to.promote vs. accomplishment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at leadership! Do they have the skillls?
    Please stop promoting managers and above that are not capable of leading! Sbe

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Unstable because leadership lacks direction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Pepper Construction full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tries....hires BD, BIM, Quality staff, CMO....

    Cons

    Leadership is weak. Need fresh, energetic, confident leader

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership is unstable....not confident in ability to lead during economy crisis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive experience for many years.

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

    I have been working at Pepper Construction full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially strong; innovative; committed to improving computer systems and employee productivity. Well known for quality construction; competitive salary; very good benefits package. Management does a very good job of communicating company's financial status to employees.

    Cons

    Tendency to promote employees with poor leadership skills to management positions. Youth valued over experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform more careful review of employee leadership qualifications before handing out promotions. Periodically, solicit feedback from subordinates before promoting poor leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If you are not in with the management prior to employment, your career will be stalled

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Tinley Park, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Tinley Park, IL

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

    Pros

    1. ) Great work experiences in healthcare
    2.) Knowledgeable superintendents
    3.) Work here to get some experience and go somewhere else for a career.

    Cons

    As with most construction companies, the management are very closed off to new ideas. You'll do well only if someone in the management team recommended you to work there or you are related to the Pepper family in some way.

    As noted in someone else's review, most employees are treated poorly at Pepper. One project manager in particular unnecessarily puts engineers through the meat grinder to the point where HR has to get involved. It's not an ideal situation for most.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to how your engineers review your project managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Pepper Construction

    Pros

    Good work ethic and they love to keep people happy with days off, office parties, cubs games, summer hours, etc...

    Cons

    If you are on the business side of the company it felt like it would be hard to move up. Everyone who is there has been there a very long time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    I was overworked, unappreciated and management was disrespectful towards employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Pepper Construction

    Pros

    Benefits, co-workers, social events with other employees, transportation accessible

    Cons

    Upper Management were snobbish, uppity, and uninformed. They were not promoted for their knowledge but for whom they knew; therefore, the office was run inefficiently. The burden was put upon the others for their ignorance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a lot to learn about lawful business practices, especially when it comes to employment practices. You have skated on many lawsuits that could have been filed because of your incompetence and ignorance of the laws.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barrington, IL

    I have been working at Pepper Construction

    Pros

    Family run business, great benefits, good people, many managers flexible with time off when needed...Opportunity to get involved in different areas

    Cons

    Management has an old school mentality...think things need to be done the same as 20 years ago. Still holding on to businees attire requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the company moving forward in this tough economy...sometimes tough decisions need to be made while maintaining the culture.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Routine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Assistant
    Current Employee - Project Assistant

    I have been working at Pepper Construction

    Pros

    People are outstanding and very welcoming

    Cons

    Growth oppotunity and very seperate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I feel that Pepper should offer more training and update employees more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pepper has hit rock bottom and it's digging in..........

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Admin Assistant
    Former Employee - Admin Assistant

    I worked at Pepper Construction

    Pros

    Ok benefits. Training on new programs was good. Pepper will give you marketable skills to use for working with another company.

    Cons

    Management change and not for the better. Unethical treatment. HR cannot be trusted to keep confidential info. Nepotism is running rampant. Doesn't matter if you are qualified or not, just depends on who you know. No job security. No support. HR has actually suggested that an aging parent be put in a nursing home instead of being taken care of by family. If you request time off, you can bet you will be let go as soon as possible.

    Support staff is overworked, especially now that 3/4 have been let go. Project management sit and do nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reevaluate who is running the company and what their motives are. Look closely at what your VP's are actually doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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