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Whiting-Turner Reviews in Baltimore, MD

Updated Apr 6, 2014

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67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Plenty of good benefits, and the job security is better than any other company that I've seen out there(in 9 reviews)

  • I worked with great people in the Las Vegas office(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • long hours, dependent on other companies, can be affected by weather(in 7 reviews)

  • The company tries to leverage this with the fact that they have profit sharing, stock options and a pension plan(in 5 reviews)

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    positive experience working at WT

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    Prosstable employment, learned valuable job skills, overall friendly work enviroment

    Consas with any construction job,sometimes the travel to and from the job site gets to you

    Advice to Senior Managementin this economy, the're doing a great job

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Construction manager mid-level

    Construction Manager (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsSmall company feel, work in small groups. But every group operates a little different. To be specific about the S.O.P. you have to work for that group. W-T is like any other company, they are in business to make money.

    ConsVery long work hours, project after project it never lets up. The more you put in the more they expect of you. If your a real go getter and do what ever it takes to get the job done their is no real reward. You just proved you will do the job no matter the personal cost and they put you on the next even tougher job. Low average pay.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe projects are very demanding and their is no other way around that. Find way to offer more time off.

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

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    Ups and Downs

    APM (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsJob security. If you are career minded, with no questions asked, this would be a quality employer.

    Decent pay, but lower than the industry median. Benefits are standard, with flex spending.

    Promote from within.

    ConsNo merit based promotions, or raises.

    Ask not what the company can do for you, ask what you can do for the company ideology.

    Long hours. A lot of out of town work (worked for them for 4 years, out of town jobs for the duration). Per diems and out of town assistance varies by employee, and is rather poor.

    Little guidance from the start. Jobs are usually poorly manned (completed 15 million over the past year - 2 men; 1 Super, and myself). Man power is shuffled continuously.

    Upper management takes little interest in the job.

    It is a popularity contest of who you work for, or who you know. A lot of poor employees, but no pink slips. This causes dead weight, and cause the lack of promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain quality young employees, do some house cleaning. There are so many poor Superintendents, and PM's. All I hear about is how lazy the younger generation is, no commitment to the company. You must show some commitment to these employees. Otherwise, WT is just another company with the same rhetoric.

    Don't "pigeon hole" your employees. Allow flexibility within groups, and on projects. Balance out of town projects with other offices.

    Communication, communication, communication. We're in an industry where this is critical, yet there is no communication from the top down.

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsI chose Whiting-Turner because it is a company with solid ethics and responsible leadership. I am learning every facet of construction management.

    ConsI would like more vacation time but jobs are run on a tight schedule and time away from the job means work going unmanaged.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI think management does a great job. I'd like to see management get more involved with group meetings including young engineers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    good co.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    Prosquality people with good leadership skills.

    Conslimited mobility within certain departments.

    Advice to Senior Managementvalue your people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Underpaid APM

    Assistant Project Manager (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsThe best part of this company is the structure it is built around. I know of no other company that does not have an independent estimating department that basically hands down jobs to PMs. At WT everone is afforded the opportunity to price/bid the upcoming projects they are most likely going to be on. If you get in early (right out of college) i dont think there is a better place to learn every aspect of the business as you are exepected to be involved with everything from estimating to scheduling which can be good if you are put with a good supervisor who is willing to teach you. Job security is great! Unles you do something extremely wrong you will not get fired from WT.

    ConsPay sucks. Especially if not getting in early. WT only hires entry level Office Personel. It is rare they will hire an experienced PM or APM. So if you get in a few years after college more than likely you will not get compensated as an experienced person. Formal training is almost non-existent. Your training is as good as the person you are assigned to... he will either teach all the things you need to know or nothing at all(depends on who you get). There is alot of dead weight as a bi=product of the strict no-layoff policy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet in tune with the mid to lower level PMs for insight into the minds of the up and coming engineers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Manage subcontractors, review drawings, track invoices, minor accounting and generate budgets

    Assistant Project Manager (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsSome projects can be very challenging and rewarding. Health care sector has very complicated and dynamic projects which make you step up the the plate. Benefits are good if you don't need dental or vision. Pension and stock options are available after a certain number of years

    ConsVery political / popularity contest. It is all about who you know and who you work for. Company is too big at times. Especially when you are trying to get promoted. Senior management is old and stuck in the past. WT does not match a 401K, pension comes in 5 years. No dental or Vision. Only 10 vacation days. Company seems disorganized. There does not seem any definitive way to get anything completed. everything varies from group to group.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStep some sort of plan for employees to follow for promotions. More classes to educate your work force. Senior Vice Pres, get to know your workers names. Offer incentives to get your workers to work a little harder. There is no drive to work the way this company asks you to.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    When starting this company I gave up everything on a promise for a future with this company with room for promotion

    Superitendent (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsBenefits were good. looking for a future

    Consunderqualified engineers and project managers superintendents that had no experience that you have to teach the position to.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook hard at your loyal and trustful employees that are fully qualified for the position in hire..Don't layoff fully qualified and dedicated employees who gave up so much for your company and hold onto the underqualified.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship at Whiting-Turner

    Engineering Intern (Former Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsThe people there taught me a lot about construction and the industry. Family atmosphere. People are laid back for the most part.

    ConsLong periods of time with nothing for the interns to do would get boring. A bad PM or super can negatively affect the experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore structure in the intern program and better communication between the employees and the subcontractors.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Whiting-Turner is a great place to learn the industry and then if your not in the club get out or go broke.

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) Baltimore, MD

    ProsGreat exposure to the industry. A lot of the training is self taught on the job.

    ConsThe pay is weak. Yearly raises are around 2 to 3 percent on average. Very clicky. Feedback on how you are doing is very weak. With close to 3,000 employees and with already growing so large in the industry new employees will not see the personal gains that upper management has seen. This is in regards to the large retirements that they try to sell you on. You scratch their back but they don't scratch yours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCome out of the 1950's and start paying your engineers and managers what they are worth and you will stop losing so many employees. If you give you engineers and younger managers a reason to want to work harder and they feel that they are being rewarded the company as a whole will benefit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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