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Granite Construction Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of opportunity to work on varied projects, great people to partner with (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots of good people to work with (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life Balance is not there for all positions (in 15 reviews)

  • Skill, long hours and strong performance don't usually lead to financial rewards for many corporate employees (in 9 reviews)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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

  3. "Senior Structure Estimator"

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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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Great construction company, not as good materials company."

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company. Lots of upper management interactions.

    Cons

    They're still mentally recovering from the financial crisis downturn. Materials business is mostly an afterthought. This will always be a construction company first.


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Good people, relaxed atmosphere, respectful workplace

    Cons

    Work life balance, long hours


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, Good 401k match, Ethical Company

    Cons

    Bonuses are not for everyone. Health insurance is not great for salary or hourly employees. Work/Life Balance is not there for all positions.

    Advice to Management

    Need to bring back cash bonuses based on individual performance or give all salary employees opportunities to earn incentive comp.

  8. "Critical"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    The companies compensation is very competitive.

    Cons

    They are very critical and tend to fire employees too readily. I have never seen a company with such a large turnover.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "You've gotta be tough"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Granite does a good job of "talking the talk", saying all the right things to keep employees feeling comfortable, even in questionable situations. Also, depending on the department, there can be a true level of connection within the work group.

    Cons

    Granite sometimes has issues with "walking the walk" after "talking the talk", and when questioned, there is a lot of backpedaling and "that's not what I said", "that's not what I meant".

    Advice to Management

    Try to truly connect to your employees, the surveys and "town hall" meetings don't come across as sincere; none of the additional feedback is ever shared, only the survey questions that have some way of being quantified. The lack of sincere interest is what is the most bothersome.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place, fantastic people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Watsonville, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. Working on interesting things and really enjoy the people I work with. I like that I get to work on different and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Some don't like to change and use technology. It's a construction company so some aren't interested.


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