Shawmut Design and Construction

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Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Luxury retail superintendent

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Buena Vista, VA
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Buena Vista, VA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company, excellent staff, and benefits!

    Cons

    None really, it's overall a great company.

  2. CMST

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience, the company is like a family, they truly value their employees. Great place to work

    Cons

    Long hours, fast paced environment

  3. Good place to learn and work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Early mornings. Lower salaries than market.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No tuition reimbursement at all.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees needs and wants.

  7. great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  10. Helpful (2)

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not many at all to speak of.

  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Improve communication between departments and keep up the good work.

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