Shaw Group

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Shaw Group Reviews

Updated July 28, 2014
Updated July 28, 2014
146 Reviews

3.0
146 Reviews
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
James M. Bernhard Jr.
73 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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  1.  

    Placed Employees & Pensioners in Canada into Voluntary Bankruptcy?

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    Current Employee - Senior Management  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more ethical in your treatment of employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Knoxville, TN

    Pros

    Pay can be lucrative if you travel...

    Cons

    Management 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Worst work experience, ever

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    This 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 ManagementAdvice

    From 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    I don't recommend this company

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Benefits Suck!

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    Current Employee - Electrical Tech  in  Rockport, IN
    Current Employee - Electrical Tech in Rockport, IN

    Pros

    Can't really think of any pro's.

    Cons

    The benefits are horrible especially if you have a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Big Mistake Big Big Big

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    Former Employee - DUH  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - DUH in Charlotte, NC

    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 ManagementAdvice

    get new management -

  8.  

    Company having problems

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    Former Employee - BD Manager  in  Blacksburg, VA
    Former Employee - BD Manager in Blacksburg, VA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from Procurement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cut-throat

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Project Experience, Varity of work

    Cons

    Mistreat employees and very poor Human Resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Deer Park, TX

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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