Shaw Group Reviews

Updated August 18, 2015
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
James M. Bernhard Jr.
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Pros
  • people oriented, pays very well, good work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Being a large company the benefits and initial compensation were OK (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • There is NO training for junior engineers (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication concerning management (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Working for Shaw is Not All Its Cracked Up To Be!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Aquasco, MD
    Current Employee - Warehouse Material Handler in Aquasco, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and it was somewhere to work!

    Cons

    Yes, Shaw is big on training but it is only training for those in upper and middle management. I feel that it is very bias and racial when it comes to its cultural diversity mix within the management of whites compared to that of minorities. I know of this one emplyee that it took him up to a year and several months before he even got considered for his yearly raise and then he had to fight to have that included. They over look hard work and gave promotions based upon color rather than who knew the job that they were doing really. Shaw is not a level playing field for someone who really has discipline, on time attendance, and a very good hard work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to consider the abilities and skill experience of your labor workforce to be considered for management positions. Because not all leadership is created some of it is made through experiences, hard work and skill.


  2. Beware of Management!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Contract Administrator in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with for the most part. Salary near the top realm.

    Cons

    No recognition for hard work. HR Dept,. completely corrupted. Owner sends out e-mails recommending how you should vote. Revolving door of employees. Nepotism at its finest. Incompetant carryovers from companies purchased such as United Crafts. Infighting and lack of cooperation among Stone & Webster / Shaw Constructors, and among offices. Lack of trust. Owner is unprofessional and a yeller. Management is told to give employees "C"'s for the most part on evaluations. Personally participated in two years of "increase freezes" where only the select few received raises and most did not, regardless of work. You will definetely feel like just a numbder at Shaw.

    Advice to Management

    Information does not flow down well at all. Employees whom work hard are not recognized and should be. Do something about the poor morale and lack of trust and cooperation. Everyone's a Vice President - you have too many chiefs. Prove to our employees taht you are capable of treating them well and they are valued. Get in touch with the worker bees.


  3. Very Disappointing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Compliance Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Compliance Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very professional image and very connected federal contractor.

    Cons

    Jim Bernhard has no committment to his employees and no vision of people management. He is a very shrewd business man. He places finance specialist in key HR roles for the purpose of controlling overhead associated with human capital managment. These FIN specialist have not passion around talent resources management principles. Promotions are not based on qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Transparancy is a must-have if you are to succeed into the future market place.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    This is truly a unfair work place. No benefits to new employee Holiday pay, vacation pay ie.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is great no benefits to rate. I got the job.

    Cons

    Poorly rated over priced health insurance. No e.e.o. in the work place for benefits, holiday pay, vacation time for all new and old employees equal across the board. I am number not a person within the company.

    Advice to Management

    James M. Bernard Jr need to make changes within HR and do so to make Shaw a great place to work with equal benefits no matter the time of service. Wrong doing and unfair treatment should not be a company practice allowed in the work place. Do be Shrewd and turn away from this James look into it and make the changes to HR to treat every employee the same equal in company benefits. At Christmas time you took a meal away from new employees and a extra day off without pay and give it to old employee's a day off with pay 8 hours. How is this a fair work place. What happen to the rules of the EEOC.


  6. Bad Management- Especially in the Administrative Assistant Department

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay was great for the people that were " liked".

    Cons

    Benefits are horrible, you might as well not even have health insurance. Management will promote you if they " LIKE" you. If you are not "LIKED", they will find a way to fire you.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up. Its not high school anymore. The fact that you were not liked in high school is not a reason for you to take it out on everyone else in the company and it is no reason for you to form 'CLIQUES". Its not a popularity contest, its work. Its how people make a living and feed their families. Treat people in a fair and honest way in regards to raises and promotions and not base it on popularity.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from Procurement

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Many dedicated employees with integrity in other divisions.

    Cons

    Procurement management sets a poor example by coming in late and leaving early. Bullying appears to be justified if you refuse to involve yourself in gossip rather than staying to yourself and doing your job. Health insurance coverage is poor and expensive.

    Advice to Management

    None to offer other than what has already been posted by other employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Company having problems

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BD Manager in Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - BD Manager in Blacksburg, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I learned alot from several people that were also laidoff, bad decision.

    Cons

    Many, can't trust management, eliminated every female in middle management, the company has to "blame" someone if you don't win a bid, other members of the middle management did not stand up for their part in a lose, poor management decisions, everyone worried about having their job tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    You are going to have some hard times ahead. Decisions are being made about those that are laidoff that are based on pinning it on someone. No team building effort or "we all missed it" together. Absolutely the worst management style I have ever seen.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Big Mistake Big Big Big

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DUH in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - DUH in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A decent bi weekly pay check

    Cons

    management - feels like you are in high school. Big popularity contest and you raises and bonuses are dependant on you being like by administrative manager

    Advice to Management

    get new management -


  10. Helpful (1)

    Benefits Suck!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Tech in Rockport, IN
    Current Employee - Electrical Tech in Rockport, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Can't really think of any pro's.

    Cons

    The benefits are horrible especially if you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the benefits or no one will want to work for you company.


  11. Helpful (1)

    I don't recommend this company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Your next work place cannot be worse

    Cons

    Shaw Group in Charlotte has been always going through waves of instability. If you are mentally very strong, this is a great place for you. You will never know who sits in the office the next day and you will never understand who is really in charge of what. Some of the policies cannot even be carried out despite HR's policy on the paper.Like other design companies, each engineering division has a chief. It is concerning that recently almost all the chiefs are from other companies, and they have no understanding of the nature of nuclear or fossil business, or engineering for that matter. One chief even doesn't have a college degree, using not only unprofessional language, but does not have a basic command of the English language, writing annual reviews that were full of typos. It isn't uncommon either that managers shout loudly at employees. Unhealthy culture spreads to the bottom level employees. If you stay in Charlotte office, most probably there has been no raise for three years. Huge number of engineers left the company and I am one of them. As time goes on, the company will eventually be run into the ground.

    Advice to Management

    The company is top heavy, with a culture towards frontline engineers that is dismissive at best. For an engineering company to recruit and retain talent, they must be treated as if they are valued by the company. Shaw had wave of hiring during the 08' crisis because they were the only one with contracts, but as the economy improves there has been an exodus of the most skilled workers.



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