Shawmut Design and Construction Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    A good place for good people

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    Current Employee - Office Services in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Office Services in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Pros

    The people here are the best people I've ever worked with, and I've worked in many organizations and several industries, including finance, biotech, university, healthcare, and engineering industries. This place is unique, very few places have such a great people culture. The company is employee stock ownership, meaning employees all get to participate in profit sharing. The benefits are decent. There is a good entry program for recent grads with three one year rotations through each major area of general construction management.
    Shawmut does high margin, I'd almost say boutique projects frequently. The company is in a growth mode and actively trying to innovate how technology is leveraged throughout the organization.

    Cons

    Construction management is a demanding industry. Hours can be long, There is always an expectation of giving your all, and sometimes it can feel overwhelming. The technology infrastructure sometimes seems to be in catch up mode with the growth of the company. Because they do so many unique projects, it is sometimes difficult to leverage templates and repeatable process, there seems to be a lot of reinventing the wheel. There is resistance to flexible work arrangements, telecommuting is frowned upon, even for jobs that are purely in office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Middle management needs to be empowered to be more than a conduit between upper management and individual contributors. Formal training needs to be developed further in the CMST program, and not just technology training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Tremendous people and organization to work for.

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Providence, RI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Providence, RI

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Pros

    Growth from within, great work/life balance and great coworkers.

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees needs and wants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Pros

    the people you work with are friendly and happy to do their jobs

    Cons

    Shawmut prides itself on being a better CM than the rest. this mean high expectations for workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Not what it used to be

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

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package and time off if you can manage to use it. Coworkers are great, noteworthy projects, and good clients. Bonus does not relate to hours worked. ESOP seems to be a good thing but only time will tell.

    Cons

    Training nonexistent for field staff. Hard to move up without being in a clique. Compensation was extremely low for the hours worked and raises barely kept up with inflation. Top heavy management structure, how many VP's do you need? In the past everyone felt like they were valued, now everyone is just a number. Very "us" vs. "them" feeling-- the field carries this company. The reward for a project well done is a harder one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solve the problem of nepotism. Realize that every big construction company can build these jobs just as well. Value your employees and give them the tools to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great Place to Work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Shawmut is a great place to work. The employees are treated real well and get recognition for a job well done. There are many strong managers who really care about growing their teams.

    Cons

    No education tuition reimbursement. Can be a political place to work at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Experience at Shawmut was excellent and learned a great deal from collegues and leaders who care for their employees.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director of Benefits and Payroll in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Director of Benefits and Payroll in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Diversity is not just a buzz word at Shawmut. They care; benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Not many at all to speak of.

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

    My experience has been challenging, engaging, and overall fulfilling.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Estimator in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Estimator in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Not only is Shawmut a respectable name in the industry and is great to be associated with, but the people and culture are what make every day enjoyable. Benefits are very generous. Perks are consistent enough to keep everyone happy. Training through lunch and learns and other methods give a great feeling of the high value they put on personal growth.

    Cons

    At times, long hours can be required to make a deadline. Sometimes delayed actions can lead to a "crunch time" scenario. I feel that better communication between departments would improve overall workflow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication between departments and keep up the good work.

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

    Good Company to Work For

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Pros

    Room for growth, Great people, Competitive salaries

    Cons

    Political executive structure, separation between field and office.

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Great company for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Executive in Boston, MA

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    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 (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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