Rudolph & Sletten Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
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  1. Very enjoyable experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Account Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Contractor - Account Assistant in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great team unity, office culture was professional, benefits of having access to the gym, and bosses are very approachable at any time. The salary is very comfortable as well.

    Cons

    Working in a cubicle could get a little old. It is a lot of hours sitting down, depending on the job role that you may have. The closest food option was a cafeteria down below.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. There is a company togetherness that is very valuable. Keep bringing free food around as well, that always seems to boost an employees day.

  2. Downhill since purchased by Perini

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects still available in a slow construction industry

    Cons

    Total loss of company culture and care for employees since purchased

  3. Great Growing Experience with R&S

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    GREAT PEOPLE, cant emphasis that enough. Really down to earth executive team. The human factor is there.

    I personally had a great experience at R&S. The marketing department is tough, and there wont be any apologies for it, as it should be! If you are not on your game and a THINKER (not just an average administrator being constantly hand-held and told every second what to do), you wont last. It was definitely not for the faint of heart, but that's what I loved about it. It was a challenge and kept you on your toes. For anyone who thrives off a challenge and would be bored otherwise, doesn't take the work personally and has gumption about their assignments, then I would recommend this role. There is a lot you can learn from the Marketing team if you're competent enough to absorb it. I grew leaps and bounds at this company and will forever appreciate all the hard won lessons I learned and mentor-ship I received here.

    Cons

    Older company rich with history, makes it both a positive and a negative... great history with corporate culture, but hard to get new thinking and new ideas off the ground.

    Advice to Management

    You know how to pick good people, keep it up. Dont be afraid of change, take some risks.

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  5. Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people were really great to work with. Compensation and on the job training also very good. Good opportunities to move up.

    Cons

    Required to work very long hours. No overtime pay or comp time. Benefits not up to par as compared to similar companies.

  6. Uncertain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    great coworkers
    close to home

    Cons

    Communication between employees and mgmt. non-existent
    CEO out of touch

    Advice to Management

    change management

  7. Helpful (2)

    Terrible leadership, bullyish attitude

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality projects
    Great compensation and benefits

    Cons

    The marketing leadership is terrible and not clear with their expectations of their staff. They are bullies and do anything possible to beat you down until you begin to believe their unflattering comments. Instead of feeling like you're on a team, you face an uphill battle with trying to get your work done on time and it's a scramble to the very end (for which you will be blamed for).

    Watch out for the marketing manager and the BD executive, they are deceiving folks who are NOT looking out for the best interests of their employees. They have been through THREE marketing coordinators between 2012-2013 alone. That isn't normal and should not be acceptable.

    Also, don't bother going to HR for help as they are only looking out for the best interests of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of firing/laying off marketing coordinators, maybe you should keep a closer eye on the management because that's where your problem lies.

  8. Great Place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Leandro, CA

    I have been working at Rudolph & Sletten full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are very nice and helpful. Plenty of work to be done.

    Cons

    I have none so far.

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work

  9. Helpful (1)

    Company is still very"old boy" set in their ways

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten

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

    Pros

    Salaries are good, but the hours are long.
    Some very talented folks.
    Interesting projects, with a diverse portfolio of quality clients.

    Cons

    Benefits are very poor since they were acquired.
    Senior management does a poor job of communicating internally.
    Culture is very guarded and stuck in the past.

    Advice to Management

    The most talented people are on the jobsites.
    Listen to them.
    Business model needs reworking.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company before the acquistiion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten

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

    Pros

    casual workplace, good campus, great gym

    Cons

    the parent co., Tutor Perini, is very authoritarian

  11. R&S in a nutshell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Rudolph & Sletten

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Training is great. The ability to take on as much as you can handle is there. Company is willing to provide as much support as you need to make sure you succeed.

    Depending on your direct manager the annual reviews can be very helpful. My reviews were done by the top tier of upper management and were thorough and honest, very helpful in my growth and development.

    The culture for the company revolves around safety. Something many company's talk about, very few if any, really follow through with it. R&S truly cares about the safety of their employees and those of the subcontractors.

    Cons

    Becoming a large corporation with the Tutor Perini takeover. Used too have a small company feel, now you are a number. Benefits were slashed via email. Communication from Senior Management is very poor.

    80% of the employees are top notch. Unfortunately the ranking by some upper management leaves one to wonder how there head got so far up their backside.

    Depending on your direct manager the annual reviews can be very poor, some do not take the time to really review the employee. Several of the upper managent staff assigned to do reviews do a gloss over and fail to truly evaluate the employee, this is a huge disservice to the employee and the company.

    You can get specialized into doing specific tasks which hampers your overall growth.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication to keep your better employees is imperative. The communication at R&S has gotten worse each and every year.

    Upper Management listens to the wrong 2nd tier managers for staffing decisions and really made some bad moves on layoffs.

    Get back to what made you.... Special Projects and the small company feel.

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