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.  

    great working environment with highly safety driven and knowledgeable associates.

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Construction Planner  in  San Clemente, CA
    Former Employee - Maintenance Construction Planner in San Clemente, CA

    I worked at Shaw Group as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great 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.

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Project Manager at Nuclear Power Plant

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Port Gibson, MS
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Port Gibson, MS

    I worked at Shaw Group part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great salary and people in the construction group.

    Cons

    You have to relocate as jobs complete.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide quality leadership as in the past.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Owner, prior to sale of company lacked integrity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide balance salary structure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time for more than 10 years

    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
  6.  

    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

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than a year

    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
  7.  

    Good company to work for

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

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and, salary great folks to work for.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never get to comfortable

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Worst work experience, ever

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

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than 3 years

    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
  9.  

    very good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Benefits are good but not great. They can be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  10.  

    I wish there was more...

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Stoughton, MA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Stoughton, MA

    I have been working at Shaw Group part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It has been a decent start to my engineering career

    Cons

    Not much of a training/development infrastructure in place

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more in the arena of employee development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top heavy organization with cliques and favorites

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Top-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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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