Shawmut Design and Construction

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Shawmut Design and Construction Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
16 Reviews

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16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company for growth

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    Former Employee - Project Executive  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great growth opportunity, ability to travel and work in new places, lots of responsibility to those that want it.

    Cons

    Work is very fast paced and expectations can be unreasonable at times. Management is usually spread too thin leading to less support than desirable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Control growth and continue hiring mid to senior level roles to supplement growth from within.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Strong Construction Company

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    Former Employee - Construction Project Management Rotation  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Construction Project Management Rotation in New York, NY

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great Projects, Nice Offices, good Benefits, overall a fun company to work for

    Cons

    uncompetitive Salaries, too corporate, Not enough value held for construction experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more reward and promotion potential for overachievers. Put more emphasis on construction and/or leadership experience instead of just formal education. Being a construction company they should be looking to hire people with actual experience from the trades, and want to get into management. Hiring people with an impressive diploma does not help you build. All construction planning always appears to be fine until you're ready to build the job. If you have people working for you who have never built anything before, than there is no way they can manage the best way to build, or plan for pitfalls in design. Like I said not enough emphasis on construction experience as they do on education.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Assistant Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility very early in position, allowed to be heavily involved with all aspects of project management, able to work with several different PMs. Great culture.

    Cons

    Long hours, cover job site nights and weekends, thought that my efforts might get recognized by senior management - they did not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the staff which facilitates the success of your projects and ensure their satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Never micromanaged, training is consistent, very culturally diverse, friendly, and great people. The worst days are better than the best days at my previous job.

    Cons

    Salary is low for what you do, work/life balance is tough with so many demand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the salary in line with who you are employing. 3% raise a year regardless of performance is brutal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Change is needed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive compensation. Seems to be a great working atmosphere in the office. A lot of community service and involvement with charities.

    Cons

    Lack of career growth and work life balance on the field side.
    There is a huge disconnect between the field and office. (us vs them)
    Lack of understanding regarding larger scale projects.
    There are no conversations from upper management regarding career development. Most likely because leadership does not believe in it / understand its importance / want to be ousted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul leadership / project management structure and personnel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    It was a great company to work for Construction Professionals; limited career for Admin / Support Roles"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It was as a fast paced, high energy company and usually fun place place to work, access to management and to participate as much you wanted to

    Cons

    There was little growth for Corporate Services sides (IT, Office Services, Project Administrators) and a trend of Women in Admin and Men on Operations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage good employees to stay with better pay and develop opportunities them rather than letting them leave.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't drink the kool-aid!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager  in  Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Providence, RI

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits including 100% health insurance, dental, vision. Employee Owned. Always some party/gathering planned.

    Cons

    Plan on working 60 plus hours but only being compensated for 40. Favoritism runs deep and watch out for the cliques! Slow to advance anyone up within the company, so be patient!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward the hard workers and people that make them look good! Stop playing favorites and chastising people that have to take direction from higher-ups that simply dont know what they are doing sometimes!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits -- Lousy Work Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits; Lots of Free Food; Lots of Free time

    Cons

    Favorites succeed even without having skills/knowledge; personnel does nothing to resolve issues although they boast about helping some of their 'team building' exercises actually hurt, single out people in negative way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at turnover rates in some departments; look at who is socializing TOO MUCH; look at favoritism

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow Burn

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is good for long standing employees

    Cons

    Very political and hard to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Award based on merit not favorites

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Looks great on paper, in reality, not so much.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time

    Pros

    On paper, SDC looks like a great place to work, having been awarded several "Great Place To Work" awards, etc. But all that glitters is not gold. There are some great people at Shawmut. Their dedication to charity and good works is exemplary and really shows. It's employee owned, if you are there long enough to reap the associated benefits. Many people leave for their more successful competitor, Suffolk Construction.

    Cons

    Management is terrible. Look up the word "stovepipe" and you'll find Shawmut. Zero interdepartmental cooperation or communication. Very "us" versus "them" mentality internally. The concept of "favorites" there is legendary. If you're in good with the right people, your job is guaranteed for life no matter what. Turnover is high and has been for the past five years. Workers out in the field seem happiest. Employees in core functions are largely miserable. If you have an employee issue, Human Resources is useless. Temper tantrums and screaming fits by senior management are frequent and tolerated. I once witnessed a near knock-down, drag out fight between two senior management people. (One man and one woman.) Threats were made, including those of physical violence. I am stunned to this day by that exchange. Senior management often behaves most unprofessionally.

    Stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate honestly, openly and often with employees. Lack of communication and lack of any sense of team are your greatest weaknesses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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