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Granite Construction Reviews

Updated September 11, 2018
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Granite Construction President and CEO James H. Roberts
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  • "Great people, great culture, awesome environment" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Some good people who mean well and want to do a good job" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Office Administrator in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, great benefits, lots of room for advancement

    Cons

    There have truly been no cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing, this has been the best company to work for, hands down. You know how to motivate and keep good people!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management, but lots of positives to working there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    6% 401(k) match
    No health insurance premiums for high deductible plan, plus HSA contribution
    10 paid holidays and 10 vacation days from the start
    Nice facilities
    Company picnics and BBQs
    Some tuition reimbursement for degree in your field

    Cons

    Poor mid and upper management
    CEO doesn't care to get to know people beyond upper management, even at corporate office
    Slow to change. Too bureaucratic and need approvals from too many people
    Runs too lean at times so employees are usually expected to get a lot done in 8 hours or work late - workaholic culture
    Many managers don't want their employees to take longer vacations so they end up maxing out their accrual
    Disconnect between corporate and field offices
    Pay could be more competitive for some positions

    Advice to Management

    The CEO needs to start putting in effort and visiting people's desks at all locations and getting to know their names. It would go a long way and people would respect him more.
    Be more open to change.
    Promote/hire only good managers. Many of your managers are people who are very good at their jobs, but shouldn't manage people.

  3. "Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    Minimal training, long hours, no overtime option


  4. "Blade operator grading Foreman also paving"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work

    Cons

    The way PMs micromanage jobs


  5. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to start your career. You get to learn a lot about the industry.

    Cons

    Good ol' boys club. No Work/Life balance


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great employees. Not so great CEO."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great employees. Strong culture.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic. CEO has consistently lowered incentive compensation for others while his incentive compensation has increased.


  7. "A good environment to work at"

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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 Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Good business as I have heard

    Cons

    There's is none so there is nothing bad about it

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Doesn't Care About Employee Health or Welfare"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel the country

    Cons

    Too many managers and executives. Too many administrative personnel. Overhead is so high, they can't win a bid in the large project group. Little to no communication to employees about their future with the company, especially as a job nears completion. Managers do not understand how to motivate employees without yelling or screaming. No one asks questions - everyone makes assumptions and gets angry when their assumptions are incorrect. Old company so very thick with "good-ole boy" network. If you're not in the "click", you won't get very far.

    Advice to Management

    Send your managers to leadership training. Acknowledge your employees for the good work they do every day (at the local level). If you truly put safety first then act like it. Don't claim you put safety first until it appears you won't complete a job on time, then forget all about safety.


  9. "Engineer/Estimator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid Company. Steady working environment. Everyone is professional and respectful. Strong safety culture. Ethical.

    Cons

    Health Benefits are not as good and Anthem Blue Cross is difficult to work with.

    Advice to Management

    Experience outside of Granite should be considered when trying to move up the ladder.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Toxic “Leadership” Ruining Once Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Management convinces a board of directors and shareholders each and every year that money doesn’t matter. What else could explain them approving massive pay days for themselves while ignoring that profit margins can be rounded down to zero!!

    Cons

    Senior Management claims we are operations-oriented but they fired the Chief Operating Officer in 2017 and last time I checked, they haven't replaced him!

    CEO reviews and micromanages inconsequential things like equipment and bid pipeline, even for the smaller regions and areas

    Merit doesn’t matter. Senior management rewards favorites.

    Turned from family oriented company I was proud to work for into something I don't recognize. Ruined the great company former CEO Bill Dorey built

    Not agile and thinks "Granite" is best in business. Because of that, they don't change how they do things and can’t articulate a real strategy besides “let’s keep doing the same thing we’ve done for the last 85 years”.

    Advice to Management

    Why bother?? He wouldn't listen anyways..


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