Walton Construction Company

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William Petty

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    Good company.Went downhill fast.

    Business Analyst (Former Employee)

    ProsCEO was a good team leader. Coworkers were well informed. Good reach and variety of projects. Multiple divisions.

    ConsConstruction market took a downturn and leadership was not prepared. Corporate office in Kansas City were overpaid and incompetent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Preaching gold and Practicing Garbage. Propaganda they preach not like the actual company.

    Manager-Corporate Office Elmwood (Current Employee) New Orleans, LA

    ProsSo many inexperienced people in high positions, creates opportunity for advancement if you work hard (you would think)

    ConsInsiders and YES people rule the roost. Anyone, Anytime will bad talk you and toss you under the bus.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCORE........Rather than cleaning house from the bottom up; try from the top down so legitimate, experienced personnel can seek opportunity.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Change of the guard has only put a bigger hole in the SS Walton

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsThis is difficult since there is such an ebola virus infecting all departments in the New Orleans division. A few, few very few, mid level employees in the New Orleans office remain dedicated, qualified and consistantly perform above and beyond the call of duty. The field employees continue to build the buildings efficiently and correctly in spite of the incompetence of the division upper echelon.

    ConsEmployees, who are not in the chosen few, are degraded, unappreciated and treated like fifth class citizens in the New Orleans corporate office. In spite of the high salaries, the executives of the division are never available at the New Orleans or Pensacola office. Sub contractors are not picked for their qualifications but for who they know.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSell the company to a qualified construction company that will come in a clean house of the click and hangers on.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    This is not a place to start (or end( a career!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsGood benefits package and some very good employees at the mid-management level. Not much good to say about the company other than that.

    ConsThis is a very small investor group owned LLC (currently only 3 owners left). They have lost 6 owners/executives over the last 4 years due mostly to investor infighting and political positioning, although some have been due to sheer incompetence. The leadership at this company is extremely egotistical with absolutely no reason to be (i.e. they truly believe they're the smartest people in the room, but have not much of a track record to back it up). They have unfortunately become a bit of a laughing stock in Kansas City (their corporate headquarters) and have run into serious problems with their bonding company. This is a Titanic ship in a really tough industry right now... enter at your own risk!

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe leadership HAS to stop worrying about making themselves look good to their peers. They HAVE to stop with political positioning and really get into the nuts and bolts of leadership (and that doesn't just mean quoting sentences from the inside of management book covers that you haven't read!). MANAGE... LEAD... DRIVE RESULTS... TAKE CARE OF DEVELOPING YOUR EMPLOYEES.... QUIT LOOKING FOR A FAST BUCK WAY OUT -- THERE ISN'T ONE.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    overall satisfied, just don't feel appreciated.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsIf you have construction background, this is a great company to work for. Because it is smaller, it always you to gain experience more so than you would get at a bigger firm.

    ConsIt has a large generation gap that leads to a feeling of isolation. If you are young and looking for an exciting work environment, this isn't the place for you. There is lack between management and corporate and questions about the ethical way things can be handled in regard to employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFrustrations arise with empty promises. If you say you are going to do something or provide a benifit to the employee, one can feel unappreciated for the extra mile they are willing to go, when you don't hold up to your end of the bargin. I think an overall lack in communicating praise or at the very least aproval is something that cause a feeling of dissatisfaction amongst employees,

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    The wheels on the bus go round and round, and round, and round, and round....

    (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO

    ProsWalton is a large company, and therefore offers many opportunities to get a "foot in the door" to advance your career. If an employee is in the good graces of someone in upper management, they may receive extremely favorable treatment, allowing for rapid promotion to senior positions. Their approach to doing business is optimistic and exuberant, regardless of market conditions or metrics, so employees can expect never to be burdened with bad news - even in the face of negative growth and falling profit.

    Walton Construction's one redeeming characteristic is the high quality of work and integrity from their field personnel. The actual "construction" workers on Walton's staff are honest, hardworking, respectful, decent people who care about their projects and strive to deliver excellent service to clients. Various loyalties and commitments have kept some longtime personnel around, and despite the company's state of flux, most of Walton's on-site staff remain trustworthy and pleasant.

    ConsWalton is in transition, striving to go from an individually owned construction company to a modern business model. Unfortunately, senior management is still very much driven by the "good ole boys" mentality you'd stereotypically associate with the industry. Walton's leadership doesn't take advantage of individual strengths, but takes a success-at-all-costs approach to promotions, pitting employees against one another in blatant competition to be favored with bigger salaries and titles. I once overheard someone describe Walton as "drowning in a sea of egos," and agree with the assessment. Like the child's game, king of the mountain, there are no rules limiting how to get to the top, and anyone in the way might be stomped on, bitten, kicked, pushed, thrown down or squished in the process.

    Construction isn't a politically correct industry, but even for construction Walton's treatment of women is sub-par. Degrading commentary and separate treatment are commonplace, and even unwelcome advances are not unusual. Most of this inappropriate behavior is not happening on the construction sites, but in the office. To give them credit, Walton's corporate services people are trying very hard to put a stop to discrimination; but without solid commitment, and investment, from the ownership group they're fighting an impossible battle.

    **Update** With even more upheaval going on, it seems the "good guys" are losing ground at Walton Construction. Turnover has become practically exponential, their management practices border on paranoid, and secrecy has become extreme. I strongly warn anyone to give serious consideration to this instability before accepting a position there.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany old sayings come to mind, such as "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," "be nice," "pride comes before a fall," "don't count your chickens before they're hatched," "say little and do much," "look both ways before crossing the street," and "a fool and his money are easily parted."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Walton Construction is a fine company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMy manager allowed me to be flexible throughout my time at the company. This was nice, as I had a difficult commute and was able to adjust my working hours.

    ConsThere was not much room for an upward mobility in my field. I worked in the marketing department, which was not expanding at the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSome advice to managers at Walton Construction would be to not me so antiquated in your thinking. Often times the answers are right in front of you.

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