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United Brotherhood of Carpenters Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
Updated November 15, 2014
77 Reviews
4.0
77 Reviews
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United Brotherhood of Carpenters General President Douglas J. McCarron
Douglas J. McCarron
12 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Friendly co-workers and supervisors; good work-life balance; free coffee and tea (with variety) (in 8 reviews)

  • Mostly good people to work with and for (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Working out of the union hall does not nessicarily offer stable employment (in 8 reviews)

  • Hard work isn't appreciated without networking (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great group to work with!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at United Brotherhood of Carpenters

    Pros

    Get to do something cool basically every day.
    Great pay
    great benefits

    Cons

    When work is slow, you have to travel if you want a paycheck

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Teaches you how to work hard and builds skills

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scaffold Erector in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Scaffold Erector in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation and benifits along with retirement

    Cons

    somtimes it feels like the Union is throwing you under the bus so they can keep what they have (Buisiness Agents at HAll) No senoirity so if somones brother needs a job and has less or no skills they will send you packing and keep the family ( In scaffold not sure how it works other trades) It is really cutthroat i was an average builder not a superstart so i couldnt write my own card ...Thankless job where production is priority .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the Buisiness Agents are checking Jobsites frequently i never saw an agent on the site my 15 years one time i had a complaint and was told by a buisiness agent well your working right...So i guess it was ok to get abused since i had the job ..Horrible represention of the Union to a brother

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    There wasn't enough work to get ahead.

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    Former Employee - 5th Period Apprentice in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - 5th Period Apprentice in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When there was work pay was great. Also there was a very good balance of work and life.

    Cons

    The Carpenter's Union did not take care of employees when not working. You have to get an x amount of hours to get benefits each quarter.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen the Union from the inside. They have to get the workers and members united to get better wages and benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Completed an apprenticeship program where I learned to perform all duties of a professional carpenter.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Carpenter in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay scale and benefit package. Mostly good people to work with and for. The apprenticeship program is top of the line.

    Cons

    Working out of the union hall does not nessicarily offer stable employment. The jobs are often far away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don' hang a man out to dry because of a health issue he had when you asked him to become a member.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    competitive salary, great coworkers, location and benefits are great

    Cons

    no career path, management only cares about bottom line and it's about who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    conduct employee reviews regularly

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It's a rewarding job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Carpenter Local 230 in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Carpenter Local 230 in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good apprenticeship program, great people and good pay with benefits!

    Cons

    Work can get slow in winter months...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    have been a member for 57 yrs career has been great

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    Former Employee - Rep in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Rep in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at United Brotherhood of Carpenters (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    good pay for a good days work

    Cons

    not enough organizing these past decades

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more communication with members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    They train you well.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Foreman in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - General Foreman in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The ongoing training they offer.

    Cons

    No union work available anywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop nonunion work now.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    change your life challenges on the job.

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter in Decatur, IL

    I worked at United Brotherhood of Carpenters as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people, hard working, organized, community assistance, very gifted and talented professionals that have a work ethic that should be an example to others.

    Cons

    sometimes you get laid off, and the economy is hard on everyone right now but its not their fault the work there is surely gets professionally completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    God bless you all! keep up the hard work and dont back down strengthen lives and homes for the best.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Carpenters apprentice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Hackensack, NJ
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Hackensack, NJ

    I worked at United Brotherhood of Carpenters full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay increases. Learn by doing. Hard work pays off. Building America.

    Cons

    Hard work isn't appreciated without networking. Very political. Unions losing power in relation to non union employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace technology and change. Stop trying to make "busy-work" for union members by restricting more efficient building practices. This will only lead to more non union competition beating out union bids for larger state and government projects. State budgets are poorly funded in this current economy and will not pay the union premium for slightly above-average quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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