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Granite Construction Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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Granite Construction President and CEO James H. Roberts
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Pros
  • Lots of opportunity to work on varied projects, great people to partner with (in 14 reviews)

  • good benefits; good pay raises; not micromanaged (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is not there for all positions (in 16 reviews)

  • Unreasonable expections, absolutely no work life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Bridge Engineer (Assistant) in Harrisburg, PA
    Former Employee - Bridge Engineer (Assistant) in Harrisburg, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced work environment. As an intern you can learn as much as you are willing to take on. Good pay for an intern. Could work as many hours as I wanted over 40 as long as I was doing meaningful work.

    Cons

    As an intern, none. From what I saw with engineers, you could be uprooted with little notice. Bonuses depend on the overall company, not your individual project. No work life balance. This is a lifestyle. If you're looking for 40hr/week, this is not the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    None. Management was very good on the project that I was on.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Family Oriented"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people. Some of the most amazing people I have ever had the opportunity to work with that I hope to maintain long term friendships with.

    Cons

    Relocation often. Pay is less than average within industry. Bonuses are almost non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize employees.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management was apologetic for rough experience

    Cons

    Granite lacked structure of any sort in the intern development process. I came in before any type of program existed, and I haven't been back to Granite since to be able to see if it has improved.

    Advice to Management

    Create a full cohesive plan for interns when they are hired. They should be treated as employees and measured for their full strength and capabilities. Interns can end up being excellent managers in the future if they are given the right tools and opportunity to grow. Menial tasks continuously assigned to interns do not for any valuable learning.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not what they seem to be!!! Or use to be!!"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Salt Lake City, UT
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can make decent money. Can develop good relationships with coworkers, good safety program, fair compensation and benefits. Some good managers

    Cons

    Very corporate run! Very scared of retaliation hope this is really anonymous. Micro manages big time, back stabbers, don’t trust supervisors to do there job, accuse people of things make them feel like crap and even when they find out it was a mistake don’t even acknowledge it. Certain people are persecuted for simple mistakes while others get a free pass, big time favortisism!!!! Way top heavy everyone thinks there a boss and real management let’s them continue the behavior, and creates a very bad place to work. Don’t even think about having your own opinions your told what to say and even what to think a very dictatorship style of management!

    Advice to Management

    Let the front line supervisors do there job, cut the way top heavy management, keep people in there job description if your not a persons manager don’t let them act or treat people like they are and just turn a blind eye to it.


  5. "Project Manager"

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    Former Employee - Project in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Project in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great overall company to work for.

    Cons

    At times the work / life balance is not good.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good values, needs improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company work culture is great. Mentorship is a big part of working here. Health insurance is great if you are single and have no health issues (i.e. you desire to pay no deductible). Retirement is very good- up to 6% matching.

    Cons

    Health insurance is terrible if you have any medical needs, and especially if you or a significant other have health needs. Most locations are project based so having a firm idea of where you may be in a month when a project winds down is nil. People seem to work ungodly hours on a salary.

    Advice to Management

    Don't overwork employees. This doesn't seem to be an issue for hourly workers but for salaried positions it most definitely is, especially with ~90% male employee workforce.


  7. "Engineer I"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Exciting and challenging projects to work on.

    Cons

    not team environment, very selfish co-workers.

    Advice to Management

    Better work environment

  8. "Fantastic place to work if you are self directed and motivated."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer I in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer I in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always interesting and challenging projects to cut your teeth on. If you want more than a 9 to 5 job working with smart people work at Granite.

    Cons

    You can get stuck on a project that is a loser: financially and owner wise. This makes day to day work no fun and a real drag. Hard to get out of a bad project unscathed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating with engineers. One on one and in teams.


  9. "Senior Structure Estimator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    benefits are great. you have the opportunity to work on critical infrastructure projects in the US.

    Cons

    Typical political issues that you will find in any large ($2.0 Billion plus rev/yr) company.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Decent company but don't take your corporate types for granted"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere and people work really hard towards common goals

    Cons

    Skill, long hours and strong performance don't usually lead to financial rewards for many corporate employees.

    Advice to Management

    Don't assume that the beautiful Central Coast location is always enough to maintain employees. Eventually strong performers do want to be recognized with market level pay raises.


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