Shaw Group
2.9 of 5 145 reviews
www.shawgrp.com Baton Rouge, LA 5000+ Employees

Shaw Group Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014

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44% Approve of the CEO

Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.

James M. Bernhard Jr.

(72 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "people oriented, pays very well, good work life balance"
    in 5 reviews
  • "Great place to work most of them good people, Good projects long term projects"
    in 7 reviews
Cons:
  • "Good old boy ways rule this kingdom, very old school and very cut throat"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Long hours, little time to get home"
    in 4 reviews
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    great working environment with highly safety driven and knowledgeable associates.

    Maintenance Construction Planner (Former Employee)
    San Clemente, CA

    Prosgreat chance of advancement, Sound safety working environment and the learning potential is outstanding. Management is committed and responsible. Would love to the chance to work with them again.

    ConsAs in any maintenance / construction environment, the cons of any contracted company is The cons are dependent on the way the client views the contract company, I have been with several companies that the client could not find any better support and then there has been times that the client feels that the support has been forced upon them and is resentful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUpper management should interact more with the core or working personnel. A little more recognition of individual achievements and tokes of appreciation for the employees.

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

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    Company is what you make of it. Not the worst and not the best.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsDecent Salaries...Good people working in corporate and on project sites.

    ConsOwner, prior to sale of company lacked integrity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide balance salary structure.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Project Manager at Nuclear Power Plant

    Project Manager (Former Employee)
    Port Gibson, MS

    ProsGreat salary and people in the construction group.

    ConsYou have to relocate as jobs complete.

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to provide quality leadership as in the past.

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

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    Placed Employees & Pensioners in Canada into Voluntary Bankruptcy?

    Senior Management (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsThey had a lot to offer when they were Stone & Webster, but certainly declined in the industry. Nothing too positive to note.

    ConsVery bureaucratic environment. Let's hope CB&I has a better shot at managing work than the previous executives at Shaw Group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more ethical in your treatment of employees

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

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    Poorly managed company with questionable ethics and is now under the guise of Chicago Bridge Ironworks

    Environmental Scientist (Former Employee)
    Knoxville, TN

    ProsPay can be lucrative if you travel...

    ConsManagement does not want to deal with conflict and rather than address a situation buries their heads in the sand. The good ole boys mentiality is alive and well at this company and if you want to move up then become a mangers pet. They turn their head the other way regarding inapproriate behavior and allow repeat offenders to remain there while they lose new employees who don't tolerate it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your heads out of the sand and wake up to what is going on around you. Value your employees and actively manage. A good manager should be able to address confrontation in a tactful way.

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

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsGood benefits and, salary great folks to work for.

    ConsJjob can be eliminated no matter how long you have been there

    Advice to Senior ManagementNever get to comfortable

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

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    very good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsShaw is a very good place to work. Great opportunities to grow. Good work life balance

    ConsBenefits are good but not great. They can be better

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    I wish there was more...

    Electrical Engineer (Current Employee)
    Stoughton, MA

    ProsIt has been a decent start to my engineering career

    ConsNot much of a training/development infrastructure in place

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more in the arena of employee development

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Top heavy organization with cliques and favorites

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood salaries, decent locations, some opportunities to work in the field.

    ConsTop-heavy organization, little opportunity to move up in the organization, cliques tend to rule, no morale. Management isn't sure how to improve group cohesion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe age (and experience) gap between management and engineer is vast. Look on all young engineers equally as opportunities to grow your group and morale.

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

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    Worst work experience, ever

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsI was able to escape to a better place with my dignity and professional reputation intact.

    ConsThis place is a cesspool. Run from any job offers-do not believe anything you are told about opportunity, work-life balance, etc. Pay and benefits are abysmal - all this from a Fortune 500 company. The Shaw Group would make an excellent Harvard Business Review case study on how not to run an F500 company.

    In the corporate office, senior management is only interested in lining pockets and typically doesn't understand the functions assigned (promotions are given on the basis of personal relationship rather than skill, knowledge or leadership ability...or how well-liked one is by the C-Suite. Not questioning the ethical or legal consequences of C-Suite whims and desires is a sure way to get promoted into the esteemed climes of Senior Management). HR is perhaps the most dysfunctional function in the entire company - absolutely no leadership, vision or knowledge of how a company (much less an F500 company) should manage human capital.

    Hopefully the new ownership sees the company and lack of skilled workforce for what it is and cleans house.

    If you are reading this as an employer considering hiring a Shaw employee, be careful if the candidate has been there for any length of time and considers themselves successful. Anyone who has built a career and climbed the ranks at Shaw has done so in a skullduggerous and vicious culture, and will likely not understand that such tactics typically don't bring success in the real world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrom the top down (yes, the horrific culture started with the C Suite and is pervasive throughout the company, even down to the surly support staff), there is no leadership, that's the problem.

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

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