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Hensel Phelps Construction Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee owned, organized, Safety is not just talk, good support from upper management (in 20 reviews)

  • Good Company, you will learn a lot (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours but normal for our industry (in 58 reviews)

  • Depending on the job the work life balance became extremely difficult (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "ok company. Look else where for career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps Construction full-time

    Pros

    1)The poeple you work with day to day are great.
    2) Lots of young people
    3)They provide lot of networking possiblities

    Cons

    1) The pay is 10-20% lower then rest of industry
    2) They are 3-5 years behind the leading construction companies in tech, safety, opportunities.
    3) They have a very hard split between office and field personal.
    4) Young engineers are treated very poorly.
    5) Upper management very sensitive if find out you have been contacted by another company
    6) Benifits sound better then they actually are. The heathcare coverage very limited, very high deductible, most employees dont get dental because over priced, no vision. Dont get fooled by offer letters that free heathcare counts financial toward you salary by +15k. They do this because salaries so low and need to make there offers look higher in reality its a 3-4k perk.
    7) They dont have a good since of work life balance and expect people to work 6-8pm, 6 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times. You are behind other companies and at your rate not going to catch up. Need better money, balance, technology


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Don't try this pyramid scheme new grads..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you can survive the politics and grind out the mandatory years in each position (minimum 7 years to make it worth your while) with zero fringe benefits (no bonuses, no compensation for expenses, ect...), the rewards are great for area superintendent and above once you start vesting out accounts after 5 years. If you have a ton of kids too, the healthcare is great because it is completely funded by the company.

    Cons

    It's a straight up pyramid scheme that is not worth it by any measure. They start you out at one of the lowest salaries in the industry as a field engineer. This position is often incredibly disrespected and treated like children, even by office engineers (a "promotion" that you receive zero additional benefit for). If you make it through 5 years of field and office engineering, congratulations you made it to project engineer, which is more or less the project managers punching bag and most overworked position in the company. But hey, at least you got S units now, right? You've been working here for so long to get these measly 100 S-units. But they're worth nothing until they vest out over ANOTHER 5 years. So at a minimum, you've worked there for 10 years and you have yet to see any financial benefit. But hey, you're making a cool 63k a year at that point so it was all worth it right? It's even shittier if you are single, you know how healthcare is funded by the entire company? Well that's how they justify the lower salaries, yet it's only a handful of people blowing up the monthly healthcare cost while destroying your salary total. At the end of the year, you'll get a letter with your total compensation and they attribute some ridiculous number to your healthcare, when in reality if you are young and healthy there is almost no chance you'll realize any of that value.

    Do yourself a favor and pass on HP if they start to recruit you. Even if you get hired on at one of the higher positions, you won't vest out for a minimum of 5 years and there is no way it'll be worth the stress and nepotism you will endure to get there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing, last job fair we saw you advertising how the compensation worked and the looks kids gave it when you told them you'd move them on a moments notice. It made recruiting top talent a breeze. Thanks!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Don't let them fool you!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer/Office Engineer in Galveston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer/Office Engineer in Galveston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There aren't many pros. You have a lot of responsibilities and that can be rewarding when your job is done and you look back at it.

    Cons

    The hours are always long. A 60 hour work week is a minimum and salaried employees do not get overtime. Weekend work constantly. Lots of propaganda saying "just wait and your time will come". Even higher positions work 24/7. Just a bad company dynamic and expectation.

    Advice to Management

    Create a better quality of life. Offer overtime.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Field engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    You don't have to be qualified to be promoted or hired

    Cons

    Lay offs are a common water cooler talk

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring unqualified employees, you'll do super well in hawaii


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Field Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, great company benefits once you reach the employment time, interesting projects throughout the company.

    Cons

    Long long uncompensated hours, company likes to "make or break" field engineers by working them like laborers and fill in labor for anything that needs to be done. Expects FE's to know everything and be able to do everything from the get-go. Good 'ol boy system fully in effect as far as promotions go, not what you know or how you do, but who you know.

    Advice to Management

    implement a better training program for new hires other than a 2 day "here's how to search our database" seminar. Limit hours worked on a jobsite


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Superintendent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Superintendent in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Teaches you how to be a builder through the job title steps for advancement

    Cons

    Does not recognize qualified workers that are ready to take the next step

    Advice to Management

    Patch is endless but seems to work out in your favor if your more of a delegator


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Field Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Hands on, you learn a lot. Not your typical construction manager company, HP is a builder.

    Cons

    Promotions suck, based years with company instead of performance. If you are good friends with upper management you will get promoted a lot quicker. Salary is not very competitive

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the hard workers, communicate your plan. What do you plan on doing with them? Promotion? Fast track? Communication is key, this is why HP looses good people. Upper management fails to communicate their plans with the younger employees, we get fustrated and quit, go different companies.

    If we're on your "special list" let us know before it's too late


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Long Hours and Poor Teamwork"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    They do big projects that provide you with a great opportunity to learn a lot, good pay

    Cons

    Terrible work life balance. They say you can leave when the job is done but that rarely, if ever, happens. Colleagues will constantly comment if you leave after working 10 hours - this is considered 'early.' A cover-your-ass type of environment, if things go wrong, your own coworkers will be quick to throw you under the bus. Poor training of new employees, they live by a 'train your replacement' philosophy and if you are on a large, busy project there is rarely any time to effectively train you. Easy to feel overwhelmed and make mistakes, and get called out in front of coworkers at meetings. Overall, not worth the paycheck. Rarely have any time to take care of your life outside of work.

    Method of promotion leaves you generally limited to one path: field engineer to office engineer to project engineer to area superintendent. Only after this process will you be able to have options in where you want to go in your career. Limited path where people are promoted based on years at current position rather than merit.

    Senior management/supervisors stuck in old way of doing things and not very open to new approaches to get things done in a more effective way.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your new employees and train them properly so they can perform the way you expect them to. Long hours does not equal more productive employees, you will quickly burnout your new workforce if you treat them like machines rather than people - value their life outside of work and their contribution to the project.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Salary not worth the time spent in the office/field"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I made some life long friends working for this company, as well as acquired industry-related skills. The salaries are good, and you receive nice annual raises.

    Cons

    you receive a good salary and benefit plan. however, if you figure in all of the hours you work daily (sometimes 6-7 days a week), you will find that you are not making what you think. If you attempt to leave after a 9 hour shift, people will look down upon you. everyone speaks about the impressive retirement program. granted - it is nice, but personally, what about all of the years in between? shouldn't you be allowed the time to enjoy those as well? Years to retirement are many, when you're working 12+ hrs a day, 6-7 days a week.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees so you do not have to overwork the ones you do have. 12 plus hours a day while on salary is unfair, even when you offer an extra day off a month. it does not balance out. Supervisors: check your anger and condescending ways at the door. HP: you have sent out several surveys to see what your employees have to say about you. You really should listen!


  11. Helpful (6)

    "My Hensel Phelps Experience"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps is a fairly decent company. You will start out with a fairly decent salary if financial stability is what your looking for. Hensel Phelps also has a great 401k matching plan. There will be many long hours(10+ hour days), but if you can stick it out for a couple years there is a financial reward. You will get a very good hands on construction experience at Hensel Phelps. If you don't want to get dirty, then Hensel Phelps might not be a good place for you.

    Cons

    Hensel Phelps is a "cowboy" type construction company. MINORITIES PLEASE PROCEED WITH CAUTION. Hensel Phelps has done a terrible job with work live balance. This is something to consider if you have a family or busy social life outside work. To the civil engineers: Depending on the district, management doesn't care if you get your EIT or not. There is no bonus or promotion associated with that. You will be expected to move quite frequently with very little notice beforehand. You could be going to a project in the middle of nowhere very quickly and you will be expected to say "yes". Hensel Phelps will throw you to the wolves starting out. There is very little training and you are expected to train yourself if you want to keep your job.

    Advice to Management

    My main piece of advise for management would be to keep a closer look at the project superintendents and individual employees. Some project superintendents are very poor leaders and don't hold true to the company values. Management should create a space where anyone from top to bottom rank in the company can actively express concerns.



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