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Deacon Reviews

Updated September 27, 2017
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  1. "Close-knit Family"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Citrus Heights, CA
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Citrus Heights, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Deacon stays focused on what they know, yet, always searching for new and innovative ways to be a better company. From support staff to management, everyone works relentlessly in the trenches to achieve a common goal.

    Cons

    It would be nice to work more digitally to facilitate a fluid workflow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Typical Corporation it's all about the bottom line"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Deacon full-time

    Pros

    I truly don't have anything positive to say about working for deacon anymore a few of the people there are really good people but mostly the employees have turned over so much there's none of the old ones left

    Cons

    As I said typical Corporation the bottom line is all that matters they let people go that have served them well for a millennium all the while keeping new younger people that are not making as much money I believe that was the reason for my termination

    Advice to Management

    Treat people like people not like a number we all have lives stick to your core values you know that sign that's on the desk when you first walk in

  3. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Deacon offers a positive work environment, that promotes a good balance of work and fun. Great employees that have been here for long time. Overall really great place to work and build a career.

    Cons

    Some processes need to updated to be in line with the level of company that we are.


  4. "Company Review"

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    Current Employee - Supeintendent in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Supeintendent in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment, great people and feel respected

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say good company to work for


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company But Terrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deacon full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very respectful, accommodating and easy to work with. The work life balance is good if you're not in the field.

    Cons

    All of there systems are light years behind the rest of the industry.
    The training was terrible (non existent) but it has gotten a better.
    Extremely high turnover. Management doesn't seem to know how to interview/hire people.
    Upper management is too busy putting out fires to actually manage the company and their employees, probably why so many people have left.
    Company culture is talked about when you are hired but doesn't exist.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some actual experienced managers who know how to successfully run a company and manage their people. Maybe provide professional training/classes so upper management can grow and become successful. You are managing people, not projects. Don't be scared of change.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It must've been love, but it's over now"

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    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Assistant in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I knew my job and I did it well. The support staff were my favorite!! They did their best to keep things light, and when they couldn't they saw the humor in it all and poked fun to make the hard times easier to get through. They are the backbone of this company. From the receptionist, to HR, to accounting, to marketing, to the PA's & PE's, even some of the PM's, and a top level Manager I think meant well.

    Cons

    Good Old Boy Environment. Egos often get in the way of progress, both inside and outside the company. Lack of communication. Not a lot of opportunity for growth if you're a woman. Double standards. High turnover. Although the Culture & Values are great on paper, they are often selectively executed.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to the entire team. Send one message. Value each team member. Value your subcontractors, clients, and architects. If you are going to badmouth them do it behind close doors. Be selective in the jobs you go after. The kind of people you work for and with often determine your worth. Promote within. Don't view opportunities to improve as personal attacks. When employees come to you and speak up it's because they want things to get better, they respect you enough to be honest with you and they care enough about their team, their job, and the company to bring it up. Don't fire them for it, embrace it, have the discussions, make improvements, grow! Don't just retaliate or get upset when your employees look elsewhere.


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    "Disappointed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun events and volunteer opportunities. Good general camaraderie.

    Cons

    Long hours for lower than average pay. Management is quick to jump to conclusions regarding productivity and work deliverables. Confrontational work relationship between office staff and field staff is a regular occurrence. Gossip infiltrates all ranks. Vacation and leave is seen as not being a "team player."

    Advice to Management

    Management style is outdated and needs a complete overhaul.

  8. "Heavy Process, Totally Risk Averse"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company Culture is good with a long history of successful construction projects

    Cons

    Difficult to get good subcontractors to agree to working with Deacon because of the poor and harmful structure of the subcontracts.

    Advice to Management

    Treating subcontractors fairly and respectfully should be a higher priority. Sr Management should focus on operating with Integrity before prioritizing the bottom line.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "PE"

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    Current Employee - PE/PM in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - PE/PM in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Deacon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some quality people. Now I'm just typing words to meet the 20 word minimum. Sorry - just can't find good quality senior managers there

    Cons

    Worst run company out there. If Steve Deacon were still in charge it could be good. They have the highest turnover rate in the industry. Look and judge for yourself

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Go find a job elsewhere. It's just not working


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Beaumont, CA
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Beaumont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Deacon (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, they have the people in place to move forward but., they don't use there input or knowledge.The OM who is very over worked and needs an assistant. to delegate some of his work load to be more productive.

    Cons

    Grew so fast lost touch with field work and superintendents imput.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about there field personal and there value.


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