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BNBuilders Reviews

Updated July 20, 2018
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  1. "Great Place to Realize Your Talent"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BNBuilders full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very open and encouraging working environment, if you have an idea or vision for improvement no-one will stop you from running with it and making a change. Great people, feels like going to work with friends every day.

    Cons

    Management could be more connected to the people. Lots of team building and social events, but minimal management attendance and engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to over communicate how much you appreciate your people, I know you view them as the #1 asset.


  2. "Great Company Culture"

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    Former Employee - Preconstruction in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Preconstruction in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNBuilders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    BNB stresses a fun culture with lots of flexibility. They do a good job of providing tools and resources required to succeed. They are very fair.

    Cons

    They try to get away from the giant corporate structure, but as they continue to grow, they're inevitably going to have to implement some of that exact structure. They say they're open to new processes and programs, but approval has to come from multiple people, so requests for big changes tend to get lost. Some policies are lacking organization. Communication could definitely improve.

    Advice to Management

    Nail down processes, forms, etc. before trying to grow too much too fast. I think more attention could be paid to bettering the existing Seattle and San Diego offices rather than opening an LA/Orange County office and chasing projects in other states.

  3. "Same old same old"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BNBuilders full-time

    Pros

    Successful business, decent benefits, laid back environment

    Cons

    Despite career development "program", good luck elevating yourself. Company is divided into the haves and have nots.

    Advice to Management

    Dear Visionaries, stick to what you do best instead of micromanaging every aspect of the business. Use your heads, not your egos. Empower others.


  4. "BNBuilders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The employees at BNBuilders are easy people to work with. Also, the management makes sure everyone is happy which therefore makes it a great workplace overall.

    Cons

    For now, I do not have anything negative to say.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Awesome culture but. I structure"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BNBuilders full-time

    Pros

    The office environment was relaxed and the people were awesome.

    Cons

    The lack of structure makes it difficult to hold people accountable for their actions which shows favoritism. Lack of strong management leads to good employees getting fired. This is not a good environment to learn and grow into your position.

    Advice to Management

    Hold your managers accountable for their actions.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very good group of people working their and they take really good care of their employees. Not afraid to take on a challenge and always striving to be better by having all sorts of seminars.

    Cons

    Usually work more than 40 hours a week.

    Advice to Management

    Plan more check in meeting to see how people are doing.


  7. "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great group of people - they are friendly and all so young!

    Cons

    Sometimes work hours are long - but they always take care of the employees

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Wonderful company culture"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BNBuilders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent perks to working hard, quarterly safety bonus, nice holiday bonus, quick to offer more responsibility. Fun sports teams to play on, awesome company gatherings, young, energetic employees.
    Principals and upper management knew my name and about my plans.

    Cons

    Long hours worked as a result of understaffing on some projects.
    Tended to get pigeon-holed on certain type of project.
    Rarely got acknowledgement of job well done or effort to tackle large tasks.
    Tend to play favorites with promotions of certain people, while others get overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Make an effort to diversify projects that employees work on.


  9. "Excellent Experience at BNBuilders"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BNBuilders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A small to medium sized firm with project sizing anywhere from $100K to $500M. An environment that provides exceptional opportunity for career development and Subcontractor / Client / Architect relations. Everyone wants to do work with BNB. Learning and collaboration highly encouraged, strong ethics and fundamental belief in positive morals is a must. Flexible company, forward thinking and progressive.

    Cons

    Company is getting larger every day which will tend to limit opportunities for new hires as the existing employees will have a better shot at advancement. Work hours can often exceed 60-70 hrs a week and the day also starts very early (as it is construction).

    Advice to Management

    Allow more avenues for creative thinking and intra-department or intra-project innovation to happen to continue stimulation of creative thought amongst employees.


  10. "Smaller Company Making a Name Through Big Projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They have some very talented and passionate people that are leading efforts to grow and build in a variety of market segments. Good in-house trainings and career development opportunities.

    Cons

    They run pretty lean on project staffing to the border of employee burnout. PTO/Holidays could be better (lots of places choose to close down between Christmas and New Year's, but they don't. ).


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