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Graham Construction Reviews

Updated Sep 20, 2019

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Graham Construction CEO Grant Beck
Grant Beck
46 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people and competitive wages(in 6 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "It's an old boys club that you only get ahead if you put on lots of chap stick, and make sure you kiss the upper management's butts(in 13 reviews)

  • "Graham has an "old boys club" culture amongst many of the senior staff which can feel a bit 1950's(in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company = Great Bennies!"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    The Seattle team is very compassionate and considerate of the time I need to spend with family - work life balance. Also, there has been no power struggles to show superiority. Overall, a cool team.

    Cons

    Early mornings! Blah. Must. Have. Coffee.

    Graham Construction2019-07-24
  2. Helpful (3)

    "You are just a number here working with the US infrastructure group on the staff"

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    College recruitment process is good, Good health benefits and vacation time

    Cons

    Lots of promises that are not kept while being recruited from college, non competitive salary, small to non existent bonus or raise each year ( 1-3 %) for all staff Including the top. Often long hours with no higher up appreciation for salary staff running the job out in the field which would help that. Many power hungry higher ups with bad attitudes. You are just a number here, no matter your skill set or what you... bring to the table no family atmosphere; big corporate feel. Do not work here unless you want to be in front of the computer all day long; only thing they value is your computer skill set and how much time you spend in front of it.

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    Advice to Management

    Show your employees you value them more so you don’t lose the more of the core people you want to keep and grow with. Buy better equipment suited to get the job done properly and more efficiently.

    Graham Construction2018-10-24
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Employee Incentives"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Can move up quickly if initiative is shown

    Cons

    Often times you’re grouped into a group of your age and experience, and your bonus does not reflect what you’ve contributed

    Graham Construction2018-01-14
  4. "Supervisor"

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    Site Supervisor in Eagan, MN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company to work for lots of schooling and rest peaple to work with

    Cons

    Lack of work we just sealed to run out of work for all the supervisor

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the god work and thank you for all the experience you have have given me

    Graham Construction2017-09-09
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Just like any other Construction company."

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    Former Employee - Constrution Worker in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time for 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.

    Graham Construction2016-11-03
  6. "So Far, So Good"

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    Senior Project Coordinator 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Graham Construction2016-08-05
  7. "Employee Owned company that focuses on employee engagement and satisfaction."

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    Current Employee - District Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time for 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.

    Graham Construction2014-06-30
  8. "Family and customer oriented company"

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    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Durham, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time for 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

    Graham Construction2014-04-22
  9. "Change is a coming"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Self Perform Company means you will actually build stuff.

    Cons

    Lots of Change = inefficient processes

    Graham Construction2019-09-20
  10. "graham"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Calgary, AB

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people in the actual project team are helpful, caring and knowledgeable. You learn a lot

    Cons

    Upper management is very non-transparent, not trustworthy whatsoever

    Graham Construction2019-09-05
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