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Deacon Reviews

Updated May 9, 2017
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  1. "Company Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Decent Company But Terrible Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (3)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Heavy Process, Totally Risk Averse"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Disappointed"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "PE"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Superintendent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "superintendent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very well respected general contracting company. Have many employees with years of experience and knowledge. Many people able to advance with the right direction

    Cons

    Not well received from others at times ,advice/ thoughts/ knowledge from years of being in the industry if not from core people.

    Advice to Management

    try to make more effort for people that are concerned about the general well being of projects, hearing is not always listening


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Disorganized but potential for advancement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of potential for advancement, and the company attempts to have a progressive work culture as far as construction companies go.

    Cons

    Most people want to quit, and do, which is why there is such good opportunity for advancement. The upper managers are not receptive to anything.


  10. "Best company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture at Deacon is like a large family and everyone gets there say in decisions. There is no dictatorship. You are allowed to discover your own path to obtain common goals without micromanagement. Fun to go to work and the daily challenges are what makes it fun to go to work!

    Cons

    Old school paperwork and not enough dependence on true paperless work. Sometimes approvals of the "group" takes more time than it should but still better than one dictator!

    Advice to Management

    Find a way for less paperwork and still have the accountability you are looking for. You have hired good people based on their track record. Let them perform without being throttled down.


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