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Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Reviews

Updated July 7, 2017
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  1. "Keeps you busy and pays the bills"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Able Bodied Seaman in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Able Bodied Seaman in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good schedule and consistent work. Either a 4/2 working 6 on 6 off or 4/4 working 12on 13 off schedule.

    Cons

    Not new equipment and needs updates. Heavy lifting is required pretty often. It can be a very dangerous job at times.

    Advice to Management

    Disregards safety to get the job done


  2. "Site engineer for GLDD"

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    Current Employee - Site Engineer in North East, MD
    Current Employee - Site Engineer in North East, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best job if you like traveling and working outside. A lot is learned on the job site. Trains very well in problem solving as many things can go wrong.

    Cons

    Unpredictable hours ranging from 8 to 12+hours. Organizations is not the best as projects are decentralized with local management.

    Advice to Management

    Improve project organization and site engineer hours.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Site Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Site Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredible chance to travel and see the United States. Good salary allows you to save money while traveling which is great. Incredible opportunity for a recent college graduate to travel the world and save money.

    Cons

    Away from home for 2/3s of the time, really hard on relationships, no say in where you will be working, remote project sites in some cases, long work days, salary engineers are treated a bit disposable and always with the attitude of what it takes to get the job done. Mgmt has no issue of working engineers 12+ hrs a day. Physical health, stress, and over working are completely over looked within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Place engineers on projects closer to home when available, move corporate HQ to a place where engineers would like to move one day, track and take in account the amount of stress and work hours you are putting on your engineers. Health and over working are totally neglected with in the company.


  4. "Give up your life at home..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good time off to travel.

    Cons

    No home, no consideration for project preference based on performance or personality.

    Advice to Management

    Consider employees as people, not numbers and pawns in a game.


  5. "Welder"

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    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Oak Brook, IL
    Former Employee - FITTER/WELDER in Oak Brook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Pay, free food, lots of OT.

    Cons

    Away from home 5 weeks at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Some supervisor's favored brown noser's instead of hard workers with experience.


  6. "Yarman"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norfolk, VA

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a relaxed work environment

    Cons

    They don't pay your worth

    Advice to Management

    Show better value toward employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Moved up Quick"

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    Current Employee - Leaverman in Burlington, KS
    Current Employee - Leaverman in Burlington, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay scale, starting around 1500 a week. Options for health dental and eye insurance with a small fee weekly from your check. Opportunity to move up is always available if you pay attention and learn the next guys position and work hard.

    Cons

    Moved from state to state and to different crews often. Usually in the middle of nowhere, but you do get good pardeeum for this.

    Advice to Management

    Should try to keep employees on job sites closest to there home. I was moved to a site that is a 20 hour drive and there are much closer jobs.

  8. "Good - Solid Employer."

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer/QC Technician in Troy, NY
    Former Employee - Field Engineer/QC Technician in Troy, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Safety is key, good work environment, interesting people. Engineers make decent money. Deckhands make decent money and so do boat captains.

    Cons

    Projects are project and are short live, unless you are union and can hop up the west coast. Money is good when it is coming in. Downside was working 7 days a week night shifts, very little work/life balance. But overall it was a good internship in engineering for me.

    Advice to Management

    Management is on par. They follow the rules and guidelines of safety. I feel like the managers could be a little more on board with what happens in the field.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Site Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Site Engineer in Venice, LA
    Current Employee - Site Engineer in Venice, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay for all travel and give you money for food each week. Great atmosphere and a fun all around job to work. Learn a lot of different programs.

    Cons

    You have to work a two week on one week off rotation. If you have a girlfriend or boyfriend chances are the long term relationship will wear on you.

    Advice to Management

    Change up the two week on one week off rotation to a twelve and nine. Do a better job of training individuals as they progress.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Oak Brook, IL

    I have been working at Great Lakes Dredge & Dock full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Company, Longevity, Great Benefits

    Cons

    Company does not promote within

    Advice to Management

    Look at your inside talent before you hire from outside


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