Zachry Construction

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Zachry Construction Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
39 Reviews
3.5
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  1.  

    Very good company

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    Former Employee - Construction Representative  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Construction Representative in San Antonio, TX

    I worked at Zachry Construction for more than a year

    Pros

    good compensation as well as good advancement

    Cons

    people are easily stagnant in place unless you are motivated

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience at this employer wasn't a great experience. They have a lot of pessimists working in management.

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    Former Employee - Project Controls - Cost  in  Pascagoula, MS
    Former Employee - Project Controls - Cost in Pascagoula, MS

    I worked at Zachry Construction full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salaries are above average for the area. The work schedule is nice, off every Friday due to working a 4-10 work schedule. There are opportunities for overtime.

    Cons

    Challenges are management doesn't believe in the selection of the best candidates for the position. The workforce structure is biased and somewhat portrays racial undertones. Most minorities are laborers while management and top paying crafts are white Americans. Their hiring practices are also questionable, the neighboring cities have a nice talent pool but they mainly recruit their employees from adjacent counties due to ethnicity and race.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your hiring practices, extend job opportunities to the people of the communities that you're conducting business and operating in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I was an electrical helper in the office

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    Former Employee - Electrical Helper  in  Riesel, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Helper in Riesel, TX

    I worked at Zachry Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed learning the job and being in the office

    Cons

    working in construction is not for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Zachry Junior High School (Lubbock)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lubbock, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lubbock, TX

    I have been working at Zachry Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This review is for the Lubbock High Voltage segment. I've heard a lot about Zachry before I started work there so I was excited to get started. Pros for this location are the four- ten hour day work week; Monday thru Thursday. Every weekend is a mini-vacation. Pay is also really good for the Lubbock area anyway. That is it!

    Cons

    The leadership/management including foremen WILL NOT recognize your experience or knowledge in relation to your hired duties. Regardless of your career level you will start off with no respect as a human being and as "not one of us". This segment is also not up to par with the latest technology for administrative tasks; ex: work orders, time management (labor hours), record keeping. The technology for the mentioned is late 90's methods, time consuming/tedious.

    Lubbock management also is not welcome to new ideas for work processes or the better way of doing anything. If you share ideas you will be shot down and looked on as gunning for someone's job. The management is near retirement and does NOT like a younger employee to suggest good ideas which may change things. Either they truly don't grasp the idea and it's effectiveness or they are just stubborn.

    Zachry Lubbock also has too many incompetent employees on payroll, some are family and other just friends. Lots of integrity issues here.

    Safety is not number one. The safety person who sits in his office all day knows almost nothing about running a safety program. When I came on board it was ridiculous what I witnessed in relation to near misses and uninformed employees about the danger of their work. I know more about safety than anyone at this location as far as general safety, regulations, processes. I even tried to give some great ideas but was ignored. Safety program needs a serious revamp!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This advice is for San Antonio. I have no doubt Zachry can be a great place to work. The Lubbock segment needs some serious attention in these areas. If I was running the show I would place someone from San Antonio in charge or to oversee this segment NOW, here locally. You DO NOT know what takes place here from day to day. You come here every now and then and see what they want you to see when in fact it is not like that. Too may great accomplished employees have left here because of the above CONS. It's frustrating to go from an organized, technology enriched, professional work environment to come here and see that it is 10 yrs behind. I know Zachry is not like this everywhere. Get some people here with education to manage or an official HR person from San Antonio. Every employee here that speaks out is retaliated against, sad to say. I know this review will be in the office circulation email with people whispering, trying to find out who it was.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    If there was a ZERO, or MINUS, they would get it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zachry Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    it's just a job, couldn't wait to find another one,

    Cons

    blatant age discrimination (exact same tasks as younger person recently hired with same interview, no training yet younger gets it plus all the attention, plus higher status title even though I was there far longer) especially among lower echelon jobs; middle management has no clue on how to manage, promoted because you've been there the longest, not on merit, everyone angry all the time. Promotted b/c you whine. Mgt forgets about the lowly admin types...unfairness reigns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove negativity among your employees, from top to bottom. promote from within with meaningful title and promotion salary if the situation warrants

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    it was so so.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Zachry Construction

    Pros

    the pay was ok I guess

    Cons

    no training they made u feel like you was on your own

  8.  

    Zachry is a decent company to work for. Safety is no. 1 with them and that is good. Good people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Production Tech  in  Muscatine, IA
    Former Employee - Production Tech in Muscatine, IA

    I worked at Zachry Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to work. Jobs weren't laborious and environment was pleasant to work in. I liked the attention they put on safety.

    Cons

    Only way to put it is they are cheap. They don't pay overtime unless you WORK 40 hrs a week. Vacation and holidays don't count towards your 40 hrs. They moved the start of the week times 3 times w/o informing me and cost me losing OT hrs. Hard to get a raise. I go to work to earn money, not get cheated out of it. we went two years w/o and injury and only got a meal, shirt and a piece of pewter with their name on it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a comprehensive pay scale and leave no doubt what you have to do to get a raise for production techs. Include holiday and vacation in the 40 hours so a person can make some money. Give a person a raise in 3 to 6 months if they have good attendance and do a good job. If you don't do this, you will have increasing turnover. Give EVERYONE a gift card for Christmas instead of pulling names out of a hat and only 3 to 5 out of 85 people have a chance to get anything. Basically, treat people right and your business will shine.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great pay, strenuous hours

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    Former Employee - Pipefitter Helper  in  Front Royal, VA
    Former Employee - Pipefitter Helper in Front Royal, VA

    I worked at Zachry Construction full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Work was reasonable, pay was great. The people I worked with made me really feel like I belonged.

    Cons

    As the job went on, started to work 10 hours a day, 7 days a week. Had no time for my family or friends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect more from a nearly 100 year old company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX

    I have been working at Zachry Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The building and facilities are nice. People are friendly. The main office has a gym and cafeteria and gated parking.

    Cons

    Extremely poor management and business strategy. People are promoted for the wrong reasons. Success is not about experience and skill.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop promoting people because they hunt and fish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A good opportunity for those with little experience.

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    Current Employee - Office Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Office Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Zachry Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great people
    -Hard workers
    -Laid back atmosphere

    Cons

    -Lack of communication with management
    -Technology is very out of date
    -Low salary with a high expectation of work hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees are saying when they suggest more simplistic processes. Update your technology or productivity will suffer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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