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Graham Construction Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  1. "Family and customer oriented company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Don and Mike Graham ethics

    Cons

    economy, and buyout contracts, scope of works

    Advice to Management

    Close out change orders in month they occur


  2. "Just like any other Construction company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Constrution Worker in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Constrution Worker in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay if you can get on one of there prevailing wage projects.

    Cons

    In a construction company your just a number and when your all used up. There is a guy waiting at the door to take your spot. We the crew were actually told this by the Superintendent at one of the projects I was on. Rough conditions safety was always put last until enough people got hurt that it cost the company money.

    Advice to Management

    Your running a great company making lots-o-money must be doing everything right.


  3. "So Far, So Good"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Senior Project Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    New training programs are excellent and still improving, career development is encouraged and the company prefers to promote from within - although they will go outside the ranks to bring in a particular skillset as needed. One of Canada's top contractors with work in every major market, strong self-perform capability and lots of flexibility to experience different types of work to help you decide where to push your career.

    Cons

    Smaller offices in smaller cities don't receive same level of oversight or support from corporate as the major offices (Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Saskatoon) do. Although project software (Toolbox) is excellent, different offices do things their own ways that don't always mesh well. Calgary is the center of the Graham universe, things get less connected as you get further away. US offices might as well be on the other side of the galaxy from what I can tell. Sr Mgmt tends to avoid rocking the boat when possible, even if it might be needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the focus on training - at all levels and especially new hires to solidify a single "Graham Way" across all operations. Emphasize collaboration between offices. Could the US be contributing more, especially with the Canadian economy down a bit? It would be worth a look.


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  5. "Employee Owned company that focuses on employee engagement and satisfaction."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee owned, excellent overall benefits and working conditions. Culture of taking care of the family. Pay and ownership structure combine to make it a great place develop a career.

    Cons

    Rapid growth and change has made for some bumps in the road. For the size of the company, there are some surprising areas that the company is behind in. The company seems to be about continual improvement and the employee problem areas fall back to the employee owners, who are working to overcome.

    Advice to Management

    Just remember the past, it was a great company, still is, and focus on the core strengths that made the company what it is will result in another 80 years.


  6. "Graham"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    There is a good working culture

    Cons

    Pay in the cost centers is below average.


  7. "Check"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    Okay company to work for

    Cons

    Very operations focused (good if you're in operations, not so otherwise)


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Zero Integrity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They seem to be securing larger projects and have successfully rode out the recession despite a significant downturn in their industrial area.

    Cons

    Let's start with accountability. A subsidiary fraudulently misrepresents their books, clips the parent for millions, and no consequences. Over the past 5 or so years, hundreds of millions of dollars written off from project overruns. Then in late 2016 senior management feels the best way to deal with reduced profits is to begin mass lay-offs of good performing employees. The butt kissers get ahead, and the senior management is a grand good ol' boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Other companies during this recession have rolled back benefits, wages or both. Your approach is to amputate without care or consequence to the business which demonstrates how you truly feel about the human capital in your company. You say employees are your most valuable resource, but your actions dictate otherwise.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Dont recommend this Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    - Co-workers are very nice

    Cons

    - Very low pay
    - Management vs. Employees
    - Bad location
    -Nothing fun ever happens within the company.


  10. "Dont walk -run"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Branch Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Branch Accountant in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clean neat office, some people care

    Cons

    I worked in accounting in Edmonton. They will over load you because they do not have the foresight to hire more staff when the branch picked up a job that nearley doubled the revenue in the entire industrial branch. When your doing the work of 4 or 5 five people and your suggestions fall on deaf ears and everything starts falling apart - Management will throw you under the bus and then implement your processes and take credit for them and make you look bad.

    Additionally, they sell you the "employee owned" then dont let everyone in.

    They also sign off on salaries in the hiring agreement and dont honor it. That was embarrising for me because I did the hiring and my supervisor signed off on it as well then when the employee was hired it wasnt honored. The employee left and went to the competitor.

    Management has not grown with the company because they have never worked anywhere else -they are learning on the job..pay is below industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    be honest. if your department is failing dont balme the people under you then implement their processes as your own that you originally denied now that it's all falling apart ..everyone sees through it..


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    graham has a tremondous safrty program. They have have put together a leading in house training program which should help employees reach there goals.

    Cons

    they communicate expectations poorly and if you are not one of the buddies of the old boys club you are pretty well left to on your own to firgue out there systems

    Advice to Management

    Senior management doesn't get out much. My VP never came out to our job in 18 months and this was one of the few jobs on the go at the time.


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