Walbridge

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Walbridge Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
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  1.  

    Overall a great company to work for as long as you continue to tell them how great you are

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walbridge full-time

    Pros

    The company is diversified amongst market segments and was able to offer stability during difficult economic times. Walbridge has a vision for the future which should provide continued long term growth, however currently looks to be in internation market segments.

    Lots of great people, in my experience family oriented. New push for bringing technology to the construction industry. Good coorporate culture, that tends to be a bit brainwashing. I cant think of a lot of real bad things to say.

    The company has many processes which overall are helpful.

    Walbridge would definately be one of the better GC's to work for.

    Cons

    Walbridge is GC company that is forced to look at the bottom line. employee that move up tend to be the ones that push for it or conform to the office politics model. Employees that focus on the their work and doing a good job can get looked over.

    Bonuses are nothing to brag about and often start with the speech "the bonus pool is much smaller this year. We would have liked to give you more, but that would mean that other would not get anything"

    Some processes can become a burden to project teams. Process are more geared towards selling the company.

  2.  

    Mixed bag

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There is a Walbridge way to do things. Their processes make a larger percentage of teams and individuals high performers than what I've seen at other large GCs.

    It is a great place to learn how to perform at a high level.

    Cons

    It is very difficult for younger and mid-level professionals to move up on to more meaningful things when they are ready to do so. Because of this (and the pay/bonus/benefits are nothing special), most young top talent will continue to take what they learned elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create an environment where individuals can grow as fast as they are capable. Because someone is older doesn't mean they are better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    good experience overall.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Walbridge full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    stable work with many great people. good focus on education. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Many hours of work and pretty much not exist bonus to make up for it. Management is a little bit over jingoistic. All that extra work makes for some pretty solid executive bonuses if your at that level, but doesn't filter down very well to the people making it happen. Project controls are little bit over done. Pretty burdensome on the project teams but is a good marketing tool I guess. it is very easy to be overlooked for advancement if you're not a squeaky wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give real performance bonuses to the people who earn them. Pay attention to annual employee reviews. Don't put the people through the process if you're just going to put it in a file and forget about it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Job security but low compensation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walbridge full-time

    Pros

    Management has done a good job of managing through financial downturns to give employees a feeling of job security. Company also does a very good job of promoting continuing education for their employees.

    Cons

    For being a family owned company, the company is not very family friendly in regards to compensation and benefits. Low pay ranges and non existent bonuses. Benefits are decent but you are penalized on health care costs if you do not meet certain health standards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  6.  

    Great Place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Plant Engineer in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Good pay benefits and training opportunities, great Safety culture. Treated more than fairly by management through out my time with the company.

    Cons

    The only negative I can think of was, that at an internal job interview the HR representative was paying more attention to her laptop than to my responses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the feeling that everyone counts!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Walbridge full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding training program, promotes form within up to a certain level.

    Cons

    Not always fair in dealing with people, some things are based on senior management whims.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at how things were when Sr was still there.

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

    Overall one of the best companies to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Walbridge

    Pros

    Good family work atmosphere. Great Benefits. Continuous improvement for the employees and the company processes. Walbridge sets the standard for other companies to follow, continously pushing the industry.

    Cons

    Downsizing of staff due to economy has put more pressure on the remaining employees to do more work with less resources. Project teams are being reduced in size also which makes it harder to provide the best services to our customer. Walbridge has such a high standard that we are slipping into our competition's lower set standards. It is a shame watching this happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep our standards higher than other companies by maintaining staff especially on project teams. Overall the job our upper management is doing in this tough time is exceptional and I wouldn't want to work anywhere else right now.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Construction Cost Estimator

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    Former Employee - Construction Cost Estimator in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Construction Cost Estimator in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Walbridge

    Pros

    Stable work environment. Not a lot of surprises. People are generally pretty cordial. For the industry, strong training and mentoring programs. Top-notch benefits.

    Cons

    Travel expectation. Pay (especially bonus) is relatively low compared to other construction firms. Senior management does not do a good job retaining top talent (probably due to bonus structure). Feel of "I've been here longer than you" versus "meritocracy". As senior management retires, difficulty will be finding suitable replacements within company ranks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is on a solid foundation built through years of hard work, sweat, and tears of it's top management. In order to stay on that track, Walbridge should do three things: 1) find the key young talent still at the company and MAKE SURE they stay (i.e. treat them differently!); 2) give key employees preferential geographical options (i.e. let them choose their own project if possible); 3) Allow key players better opportunity at equity stake in company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Average experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Walbridge

    Pros

    Well known in their industry

    Cons

    Very Bureacratic....Employees are all Robots

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    It started off great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Walbridge

    Pros

    Upper management promotes a safe culture.

    Cons

    Turned very impersonal. Became greedy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tell your employees when they due a good job.

    No opinion of CEO

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