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DPR Construction Reviews

Updated February 5, 2019
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Pros
  • "Great company for self-starters and entrepreneurial types" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Great culture, interesting projects, room for growth" (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours - to be expected in this industry" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Typical construction work/life balance" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "I got to become a Assistant Superintendent and hang with the Big Dogs. I had the company work truck and credit card."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    School opportunity cool people & structure.

    Cons

    Employees gets jelly and toast you.

    Advice to Management

    Always hire at least one crazy person with a bad back round you might just find your next man stuck in a womans body tryan to follow my dads foot steps . and be like uncle ricky.


  2. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture, very transparent.

    Cons

    A lot of work (Typical in this industry).

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up.

  3. "Care about employee quality of life"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay
    Benefits
    Take your wants and needs into consideration when choosing your next project location

    Cons

    Minimal raises until promotion
    Long hours-typical of any general contractor


  4. "The grass isn't always greener on the other side"

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

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well, lots of work, always moving around, flexible when it comes to work/life balance, great for first year college graduates.

    Cons

    Isolating, co-existing instead of team environment, stressed out upper management, put in your hours and go home attitude, surface level relationships, inefficient software and change management processes.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, it's not always just about the benefits that you offer, be careful of growing too fast, just because you've always used the software, doesn't mean it's the most efficient


  5. "Could be better"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Foster City, CA

    Pros

    Tons of responsibilities, good project based benefits, encourage you to become a leader

    Cons

    Overworked, pigeon holed in your scopes, disconnect from other regions


  6. "Great place to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DPR Construction full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working here.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "The original culture is dying, it isn’t the same anymore"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The relaxed environment, no suits, ties or strict rules to follow is great. There are many fields to pursue within the core markets that DPR focuses on, you have the ability to not get pigeonholed. The exposure to different technology and experiences is really exciting. The compensation is competitive, but sadly, you may have to prove your worth versus your manager looking out for you.

    Cons

    No rigid standards is good, but there needs to be guidelines and clear expectations. DPR was able to be loose, fake it and make it up as they went along from 1990-2010, but now with the size of the company, if they don’t get their people and processes in line, the threat that will bring DPR down is going to come from their own doings. There are no “titles”, but that a bunch of crap, people know the pecking order and senior management uses this intimidation to influence people. The other thing with no titles that DPR take advantage of is they can charge a client for a PM but pay a PE to do the work, but mask this hypocrisy by saying, “we need you to show us you can do it... the money and promotion will come...”

    Advice to Management

    Value and appreciate your people or they will leave and are leaving. DPR needs to improve how they reward their employees, better recognizing of their employee’s efforts and weekends or long hours and leadership needs to come down from the corporate clouds and get to know the employees. The bonuses are very sad compared to Turner, McCarthy and other competitors, DPR is cheap and socialists.

  8. "Just WOW - great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is the best company I’ve ever worked for. They treasure and live by 4 core values. Integrity - Uniqueness - Enjoyment - Ever Forward. When you have a group of people who live that out day to day, there is very little that cannot be accomplished.

    Cons

    Get ready to work hard and be fed well

    Advice to Management

    You’re amazing. Thank you for all you do.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "USED to be a good company, has gone down hill last 5 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DPR Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Used to have a family feel
    Company parties are epic
    Opportunity to move up (for some)

    Cons

    As a superintendent, pay is lower end of the market
    No accountability for PM's
    Work is always put in front of well being - CRAZY hours are expected
    Field is treated like second class citizens
    Self Preform work NEVER works together and causes jobsite issues
    Nepotism is alive and well

    This company used to be great. Then the "good old boys" club kicked in. If your not in the "click" then your SOL. They continue to hire college guys to run work and these guys have never swung a hammer in there life. Most dont know how to even read a tape. Yes, the "old school" mentality is fading but so is the quality of work. Get some builders and stop relying on the SSG to make all the money.

    Advice to Management

    If Doug, Peter and Ron were all still running this company it would be totally different. They build this company with the intention of keeping the small business feel with big business profits and to give back to the employees. Hire some quality builders and promote from in the field, stop hire supers from collage they cant build and have a millennial attitude to work (more for less).


  10. "Preconstruction"

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

    I have been working at DPR Construction full-time

    Pros

    DPR is a place that values hardwork and empowers it's employees. You will go far if you have a good work ethic. We have a great company culture that we all work hard to protect

    Cons

    Growth over the past few years has caused some growing pains related to an influx of new hires with different company culture perspectives.