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Updated February 15, 2018
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Granite Construction President and CEO James H. Roberts
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Pros
  • Great people, great culture, awesome environment (in 16 reviews)

  • good benefits; good pay raises; not micromanaged (in 13 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. "Great place to work"

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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

    Pros

    Great people, great culture, awesome environment. It was an amazing learning opportunity and jump started my career. I loved every moment.

    Cons

    Can’t think of any - I was lucky.


  2. "Great Company all around"

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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

    Pros

    Great people, good pay, good work pace

    Cons

    Were not always straight forward.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "The bad apples in the company can ruin the entire office moral."

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and smart individuals work for the company. Some perks and material items are average benefits. There are some good people there.

    Cons

    Extremely unethical company, long hours. Not a healthy work life balance. Certain policies that they emphasize are not followed. Favoritism overrides ethics.

    Advice to Management

    Look into the definition of group think.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    They are pretty easy to work with and very laid back

    Cons

    Try getting anything done, It's like pulling teeth.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  5. "Employee"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    No cons at the moment.


  6. "Intern"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Trouble coming"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Watsonville, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Watsonville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Granite Construction full-time

    Pros

    Pay is fair, benefits are poor, work is long, long days

    Cons

    Get better benefits and find a way to incentive all levels versus big pay at the top of the organization

    Advice to Management

    Whey SB1 is overturned, what then. It appears large projects will never get better

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Poor Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    As a full time employee, you are allowed a lot of license to schedule our day as you see fit. If you don't drop the ball you are invisible to supervision/higher.

    Cons

    -Company cultural expectation that you are at work ALL. THE. TIME. It is generally seen as "not pitching in" if you leave after 8-9 hours of work/day, or if you don't work on weekends...even if you don't have work to do.
    -Pay is far below average. Competitors will pay on the order of 15-20% higher for entry level full time employees.
    -Healthcare is terrible. When I compared it out, even though i pay no premium under my current plan I pay darn near to that amount and more to meet my deductible, which is $6000. A small comparison with friends at other companies let me know this was pretty bad.
    -"Family Culture" is not a good description of the culture at Granite. There is in fact a lot of "use and lose" with employees: turnover rates for full time employees is very high, and Human Resources and management does not see that as a problem.
    -Investment in employees is non-existent. If you are a new Field Engineer out of college or just 2-4 years out of college and you want to pursue a Master's in Civil Engineering or take a Professional Engineering exam, the time is on you and the cost is on you. Granite will more than gladly use your personal professional enrichment but will not do anything to help you there. For full time employees who are going in other directions (operations, supply chain, IT, management, etc), the same holds true. There is no good mentorship or progressive training model to get employees well-rounded or prepared for a next level, and the next level is not defined.
    -Employment contracts state that bonuses or salary increases may be awarded contingent on employee performance and company performance, but in fact neither is true. There is no salary increase and bonuses are awarded only if your region produces a profit. So while you may be on a project that is producing a large profit mark for Granite, and you and your team have worked hard to get that result, you will not see any fruits from that if your region doesn't produce a bonus. It's a very big disincentive, as it makes the work you are on seem like it doesn't matter.
    -Expectation Management/employee direction is non-existent. You will not know if you are being relocated to another project, staying put to prepare groundwork for the next project in your area, or about to be fired until the very moment they announce it. This is independent of whether you are a great worker or not.
     Terrible culture as a result; this makes for a very uneasy home life, which of course means distracted employees.
    -Human Resources cannot answer questions about its own policies.

    Advice to Management

    You suck. You have no incentives for employees to want to contribute to your company and you don't care. Choose a different healthcare provider. Pay your employees more. Incentivize success at the individual and project level. Don't wait for the annual performance review to let employees know how they are doing, make it an ongoing conversation and provide a better idea as to what they and you want their future to be.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


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