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Dragados Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dragados full-time

    Pros

    Good stability, nice team of co-workers, and good pay and benefits

    Cons

    Unless you are open-minded to a foreign culture, the Spanish (from Spain) influence on the day-to-day business may seem a bit much

    Advice to Management

    Continue to find ways to make the company be less hierarchical


  2. "Mixed Bag"

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    Current Employee - Payroll Specialist in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Payroll Specialist in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Met and worked with some great people

    Cons

    Met and worked with some not so great people

    Advice to Management

    It was a faced pace, rapidly growing company and growing pains were to be expected. Perhaps a little more focus on the support around the engineering aspect would help.

  3. "Decent company to work for, but not the best in the United States markets."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging work opportunities and many great co-workers who are interested in producing great results on every project or pursuit. Worldwide opportunities for those that want to travel. Great company to work for if you are interested in gaining mega-project experience and building skills for your resume.

    Cons

    Lacks strong senior management who understands the United States market (exclusively Spanish executive managers). The extreme focus of executive management is on revenue growth. More focus on higher margin growth would benefit both the company's bottom line and the employees through growth in the profit sharing bonus pool.


  4. "You get what you put in ..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Experience galore, you work independently a lot, this allows for growth and development.

    Cons

    Maybe not a true con, do your work and don't push back. If you feel the need, be professional and think before you speak.

    Advice to Management

    Listen more and be willing to change. Everyone has different experiences, allow this to forest more in meetings.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "(Now Prince Construction) Great company, as long as you're from Spain"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent pay and benefits.
    - Great exposure to high profile road projects.

    Cons

    - No advancement for local employees. Only Spaniards continue to be promoted regardless of their skill level.

    - Many Spain expats do not speak English well, let alone understand DOT specifications. Yet they hold key positions which are for the most part out of reach for American employees.

    - Low moral values. Senior management pushes for the highest financially rewarding option, even if that means delivering a substandard product or not paying subcontractors and suppliers. I witnessed local small businesses going out of business because Dragados would look for any excuse to avoid paying their bills.

    - When projects thin down, they lay Americans off. Meanwhile, Spaniards keep their jobs regardless of their performance, while waves of Spanish "interns" roll in every couple of months or so.

    Advice to Management

    1. Learn English. Dragados CEO (office based out of New Your City) would refuse to learn English, setting the example for other Spaniard managers. More than once, the meeting took place in Spanish only and those who did not speak the language were (kindly) asked to leave the room.

    2. Trust and reward your American employees. In many instances, they have more experience working with local government agencies and in return, your bottom line will grow.

    3. Pay your subcontractors and suppliers. How can you go to bed in peace knowing that you put small companies out of business?


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dragados full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are decent, though they aren't as good as they want you to believe. Pay is good, variety of types of projects.

    Cons

    WAY too many Spanish expats in the US leading projects with little to no language or cultural education. They don't even know legal ramifications of some of their decisions, and they don't believe you when you tell them. They are also argumentative. This company will NOT grow in the US without marketing and communications teams, and LOCAL project management.

    Advice to Management

    The Spanish way isn't the only way. Love to see more local employees in leadership roles. Poor language skills by project managers is a serious issue that is often laughed about. Also, it would be nice is local employees were able to be a part of talent development activities.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lack of direction and communication"

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    Former Employee - Document Control in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Document Control in Sacramento, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are a plus

    Cons

    This company lacks direction and communication. The lack of leadership and moral is low. leading to high turnover. Company does not value employees and sense of team. Internal political issues and perks afforded to only team members from Spain and not other staff with company.

    Advice to Management

    Provide leadership and allow employees with experience to provide solutions and support implementation of processes. Encourage team building, don't segregate co-workers

  8. "Not for the experienced"

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    Former Employee - Overworked/Underpaid Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Overworked/Underpaid Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good overall employee benefits, large infrastructure projects to work on and build up your resume, opportunities to grow and move up fast if you are a spanish expat and/or speak spanish. Great opportunity for anyone who is a "yes man," conformist and does not question any decisions/policies of the Spaniard management.

    Cons

    Company profit is made off of employee salaries. They hire cheap inexperienced laborers and engineers, experienced people turn down offers due to extreme low-balling. Expect to work a min 50-60hr work weeks, often more with no compensation for salaried positions, don't expect merit raises or adequate cost of living raises. If you're not a Spanish expat, there is no upward mobility for you, nor is any of your experience and suggestion have any value to the spanish management. They fire all local hires that don't do what they want and replace them with Spanish expats with no experience in local state and city policies and procedures. Fostering good relations with local governments, consultants and contractors is of no concern, Dragados can simply pick up and move to another city, state or country for another project and can careless about the local perception of them or poor construction quality of their projects. When they are done, it's no longer their problem, they take their money and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Like most other reviews on here, listen to your local hires who are experienced with local agencies and companies you seek to work with. Listen to your sub-contractors or no one will want to work with you. Understand that each region you do work in doesn't always operate the same or tolerate the Dragados culture and policies, Dragados needs to adapt to the region they wish to work in if they want to be successful and grow.


  9. "Construction giant"

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

    I worked at Dragados full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to participate in important projects, Good training of employees in many aspects

    Cons

    Sometimes is difficult to plan ahead because of the constant mobility of projects


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Had Potential to be great"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dragados full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, friendly staff, interesting projects

    Cons

    Management are primarily Spanish nationals who are not accustomed to doing business in the US. Not to say they aren't capable, just different and most micromanage from the awarding of contracts to paying subcontractors. Too many levels of approval needed for everything which slows processes and delays schedules. Lots of micromanagers that play favorites. Interns from Spain come in droves, which interrupts business. Long hours in the field.

    Advice to Management

    GROW your US-based staff and allow them to help train the Spanish interns. TRAIN your managers on how-to grow people nstead of just getting rid of them when the problem is really your managers' inability to effectively manage US based employees.


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