Swinerton Builders

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Swinerton Builders Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
31 Reviews
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31 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great community of builders.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Management stands by the company's values and they are some of the nicest people to work with. Benefits are good and training is always available to employees.

    Cons

    Office culture is ho-hum in certain divisions (lack of cohesiveness, excitement, etc.). Communication is sometimes lacking, too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pretty good GC, room for improvement

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    lots of freedom to fail or succeed on your own, healthy work environment - works hard to make sure I have a good work life balance, personally I have a pretty clear understanding of what's required for growth and advancement, plenty of marquee clients to compliment your resume, slow to hire and slow to fire - can be both good and bad

    Cons

    it has been a bit of a challenge to get to a point where I know what is required for personal growth, company leadership is looking for only the go getters and if you are too cautious you won't have growth,ms low to hire and slow to fire - can be both good and bad, seems like the salary is a little on the low side for the industry in the Bay Area but highly competitive outside of the Bay Area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it more clear for all employees, not just the favorite sons, what is expected of employees if they want to advance, become more competitive with pay in the Bay Area - there are too many other high paying options which can steal good employees away.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Similar to most mid-size companies

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are comparatively quite good to most mid-size companies

    Cons

    Project managers leading/heading a field team should be given reviews more frequently

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for those looking to work their way up the corporate ladder even if you don't know what you are doing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time

    Pros

    Overall stability of company is good.

    Cons

    Too much politics, favorites rewarded heavily for playing up to the executives. Hard work is not recognized or rewarded at this company. Project managers overall show incompetence by the multiple projects that are mismanaged and in the red. This company has lots of cleaning up to do after a project team has made it's way through partial construction. At that point other team members are recruited to come in to "clean up" the project and put it back onto track for schedule and costs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent builder, talented Senior Management

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work on high profile, complex construction projects. High integrity. High value on safety and client satisfaction. Opportunities to grow within company. Strong legacy and reputation as a solid builder within industry.

    Cons

    Benefits are fair. Competitive salary, low on bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure compensation is best in class.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time

    Pros

    they give you great opportunities to grow, great people, and great projects. Get 2-3 weeks vacation. Management has open door policy. Employee owned company

    Cons

    Salaries are probably lower than competitors

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid company committed to being a top builder.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Executive
    Current Employee - Project Executive

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time

    Pros

    Open door style and willing to listen to good ideas wherever they originate. A long history, but open to adapting and innovating. Job-site teams are given support when needed but are also given a lot of leash to manage projects as they see fit without being second guessed, told exactly how to do everything or buried in reporting or approval requirements.

    Cons

    Workload can be heavy. Teams run fairly lean. Can improve on identifying and sharing best practices across divisions and projects as well as on career path and compensation transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in training, soliciting ideas and providing opportunities for all.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Division Management needs to be reviewed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Swinerton offers a competitive salary and benefit package. I would say that they are middle of the pack when compared to other companies of this size.

    Cons

    Divisions outside of the west coast are often the forgotten "red headed step child". This leads the division managers to create a sub environment that often conflicts with the home office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In my experience at Swinerton it is more about who likes who (regardless of your quality of work). Those that are good at playing people and can talk a good game will suceed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I currently work at Swinerton Builders.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employee owned and profit sharing. Long track record (125 Years) of quality construction practices. Have had some safety incidents in the past but have learned from them and now has one of the best safety programs in the industry. High retention of employees (30+ years) shows that it is a company built on integrity, leadership, passion and excellence.

    Cons

    You have to push to have your annual review performed or it might get overlooked. Paid Time Off provided is ok but not as good as I've seen elsewhere. Salaries aren't as high as elsewhere, but there is somewhat of a tradeoff with quality of workplace, work/life balance and people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maintain the emphasis on Quality and Safety. Those two areas are vital to sustaining a growing place in the market and client retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generous with time off, company pays for life insurance & short term disability. Really good health, dental, vision package. Great folks to work with no matter what division you go to. Very little if any gossip. Willing to think outside of the box. Proven ability to be recognized and promoted. Employee owned company. Management is happy to share financials with employees.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular. All company's have struggles and Swinerton occassionally has theres.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep communicating!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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