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  1. "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The people that I directly worked with were great.
    They don't babysit you.

    Cons

    Lower pay rate
    Too optimistic regarding companies future

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic when hiring people and making them promises that can't be kepy.


  2. "Project Safety Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Safety Coordinator in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Project Safety Coordinator in Dublin, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DeSilva Gates Construction (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, work hours, and lower level management are great to work with. The workers try to keep with the safety program.

    Cons

    Low reward for projects that have an outstanding safety record. Upper management quick to place blame for safety issues on site or throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    injuries or accidents happen on construction sites when workers are overworked or pushed to complete task without proper equipment.

  3. "For those who love to put hours in"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Former Employee - Intern in Livermore, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with and learn from, need to motivated and love to work. They will give you plenty to do, but always ask for more to show them you want it.

    Cons

    They aren't very open to discuss upper management and company goals or directions. Other than they love to make money.

    Advice to Management

    Trust people a little more.


  4. "Discrimination and Racism."

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    Current Employee - Laborer in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Laborer in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at DeSilva Gates Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No pros. Most of Foreman's are racist with Hispanics and Black people.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted because the promotions are just for the big bosses friends. The promote people that they don't have any experience but they go friends at the office.

    Advice to Management

    Promote the good workers not the friends of the big bosses.


  5. "Discrimination"

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    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Heavy Equipment in Sacramento, CA

    I have been working at DeSilva Gates Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Union, great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy network.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of those old white farts and stop giving women in the trades are hard time. Make sure you deliver porta potties even if there aren't women on the site.


  6. "WORKING FOR ONE OF THE TOP CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES IN THE BAY AREA"

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    Current Employee - Operations Dispatcher in Dublin, CA
    Current Employee - Operations Dispatcher in Dublin, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DeSilva Gates Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is packed with top people in their respective fields. The company is always keeping up with technology and how it applys to day to day buisiness. Management at all levels is very knowledgable.

    Cons

    It seems like you have to wait for someone to die or retire before a position will open up so you can advance.


  7. "Could not imagine any place worse to work for."

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DeSilva Gates Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefit package.

    Cons

    Company is out for one thing...money. People and clients are meaningless to DeSilva Gates. DeSilva Gates pushes "relationships" with clients and employees. The "relationship" falls apart as soon DeSilva Gates can gain by screwing either a client or an employee. Worst experience and mistake of my life. STAY AWAY!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Treat clients and employees with respect and the profits will soar. Fighting for every dollar only pays off in the short term.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A good company to work for. A big company with a small company feel."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Dublin, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great training and a lot of good knowledge sharing. A great place to begin a career. Company is committed to developing talent from within the ranks and is also willing to make investments in new technology. There is a lot of pride and a sense of extended family amongst employees. Management is friendly and approachable and you feel like they take an interest in your career development and progress.

    Cons

    Being a private company there appears to be a nepotistic approach to promotion. Talking about salaries amongst employees is frowned upon, as it seems like there is a wide range of salary offerings for new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Being more honest and equitable about starting salaries will go a long way to establishing trust with employees.


  9. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DeSilva Gates Construction full-time

    Pros

    great people with a good heart

    Cons

    long hours but well worth it

    Advice to Management

    do your best


  10. "operator"

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    Current Employee - Oprerator
    Current Employee - Oprerator

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

    Pros

    they are one of the bigger contractors in the bay area with lots of work.

    Cons

    you will drive all over the bay area daily for work on different jobs.


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