S.D. Deacon Reviews

Updated April 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place for entry level construction professionals

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

    I worked at S.D. Deacon full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The organization has great mission, vision and values. The leadership cared about the employees and offered a culture of trust & openness. Lots of high level management decisions were shared at all staff meetings. Great opportunities for promotions, more responsibility and internal professional development were offered at all levels (in the field and office). Many positions were allowed some flexibility in work hours to allow for some home/work balance. Great people with lots of talent in building at all levels.

    Cons

    With open and honest communication, there were times when it felt like too much information was shared. Feelings of nervousness or fear about layoffs and economic downturns were frequent in more than just field personnel. Senior leadership sometimes felt like an old boys club that didn't include females or diversity. Pay is below fair market rate for many positions- it was well known you could build your career in this company but when you had experience and wanted to be compensated for the amount of work you did, you needed to find another organization. No project management software offered made for a lot of redundant tasks and paperwork. Streamlining PM work with software would eliminate a lot of errors and make job cost/ margin projections more accurate.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize good talent and compensate them before they move on. Be open to changes in the way things are done (processes & job tasks) and technology. Use a project management software system and embrace what technology can do for efficiency and better use of PM time.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Superintendent

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at S.D. Deacon full-time

    Pros

    They had some nice perks like paying every week and a gas card. Each Super was given a company credit and home depot card so you could get what you needed for the job. The new hire orientation was nice I really felt welcomed. Unfortunatly it all went down hill from there.

    Cons

    There was a serious lack of leadership from upper management. New employees felt like they were on an island. It felt like I was on the show Amazing Race and was trying to find clues for what the company processes were. They use out dated tracking software which wastes a lot of time and makes everyone counter productive. Roles and responsibilities were never clearly defined so it became an "every man for himself" kind of environment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees. Don't be afraid of change. You have chosen your employees based on your belief that they can do the job so let them do it. If things are not going as smoothly as you would like ask how you can help or support the team instead of constantly scolding them and making them work in fear.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Do not even consider this company 1 bit, RUN

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

    I have been working at S.D. Deacon full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    They paid me a lot of money but I was the exception not the rule.

    Cons

    So many that I won't be able to think of. It comes down to company culture, in which I would say there are three big red flags MICRO-MANAGEMENT, OUTDATED AND REPETITIVE SYSTEMS, AND EMPLOYEE INPUT NOT WELCOMED. Oh yeah their training is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    I can't even fathom what would fix this company.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Project Engineers Beware

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

    I have been working at S.D. Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    They have plenty of open positions.

    Cons

    Do not care about project engineers. They think backwards and everything is old school. Productivity is their last concern. Their training is horrible. They do not care about employee's and their opinions. Their project management software is 10 years old and is counter productive (this is the worst part of the job). There is a lot of turnover. The higher ups have no idea of what goes on day to day on the job but always have their 2 cents to put in. You are pretty much a glorified project assistant not anything close to a project engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and respect your employees. Care about productivity and new technology.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Very unfortunate management

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

    I have been working at S.D. Deacon

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

    Pros

    the office interior looks nice. the receptionist is wonderful.

    Cons

    management - close-minded, dishonest, not forward-thinking, does not listen to employee feedback and incapable of accepting constructive criticism. employees get reprimanded for offering any criticism.

    compensation - not competitive with the industry and very mediocre benefits. very stingy.

    relationships - treats subcontractors poorly and dishonest


  7. Helpful (3)

    Do you fit in?

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

    I worked at S.D. Deacon full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Large company with some great people. Steve Deacon is great

    Cons

    Huge turn over of employees at all levels from entry level up to VPs - That should tell you enough right there. People under Steve Deacon - some good, some not.

    Advice to Management

    Don't even know where to start -


  8. Helpful (2)

    Old Fashioned Company that under staffs projects that are under bid.

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

    I worked at S.D. Deacon full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Alot of the employees are good people.

    Cons

    Old fashioned "protocols" leave you stuck at a desk working long unnecessary hours because management has no faith in their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Its time to consider a paperless environment.


  9. The best company I have had the pleasure to work for.

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

    I worked at S.D. Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very pro-employee, above average benefits and special perks.

    Cons

    None really, just get more work.


  10. true

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist in Colorado City, CO
    Current Employee - Mac Specialist in Colorado City, CO

    I have been working at S.D. Deacon

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good employer. I had some nice colleagues too

    Cons

    you have to be filtered off from the rest of the management . Developer is being pulled into management stuff

    Advice to Management

    Depends , time to time, they are good and not


  11. Great Company, tough industry to be in currently

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

    I worked at S.D. Deacon

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    One of the best companies I've ever worked for. Transparency in management, fair, anti-micromanagement. Awesome team.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the private commercial construction industry has seen it's day for a while. We downsized to half of where we were during the peek of the building boom. No surprise, just a bummer to be a victim of the economy. We lost some talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong. I understand and agree with cutting back, it's business.



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