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Hensel Phelps Reviews

Updated September 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "Hensel Phelps is employee owned" (in 33 reviews)

  • "Great Benefits specially for salary employees" (in 31 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be difficult in the first 5 years" (in 35 reviews)

  • "long hours, questionable promotion related decisions" (in 82 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Tyson's Corner, Fairfax, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It’s hard to believe that a company that does almost $3.6 billion worth of construction per year can still have a family feel to it. I am sure the 100 % Employee ownership is a big part of that. It is openly obvious the Upper Management cares about the Development, Growth, and QOL of each employee. The benefits and salary are better than the large GC/CM in the MD/VA/DC area. Hensel Phelps is a perfect company for a “career”. If you are looking for a “job”, “job-hopping” to increase salary quicker, or want to get a trophy for just participating, I would not recommend Hensel Phelps. I chose Hensel Phelps because I wanted to work with a bunch of likeminded Women and Men, who have a passion for building, enjoy life outside of work, want to build some of the most unique projects in the country, and take ownership of their work and projects no matter what your position is!

    Cons

    There are always personality issues, some tough customers, a few subcontractors/vendors with manpower/material issues, and lots of things beyond our control. This is true for any company you work for and no matter what your career is. If you truly have a passion for what you do and put 150% effort into it, everything else will fall into place. If it doesn’t, move on with a smile on your face and find a group of like-minded people you can work with.


  2. "Field Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    100% Employee Ownership
    High focus on Safety
    Our employees are the company's main asset, Hensel Phelps invests in our training and development
    Values excellence
    Management focus on supporting employees

    Cons

    Not your typical 9-5 job

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company with very log work days"

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

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

    Pros

    Solid company with great benefits, ability to work in other regions/districts, and work on high profile large scale projects.

    Cons

    If salaried/full time work hours are more than full time (avg. 60 hour work week); no work/life balance although HP states this is a core value; Sink or Swim training mentality - as a new hire or intern this is very disconcerting regardless of your experience/time in the industry; lack of team work - highly competitive environment which goes against “train your replacement” core value and impacts communication within the team negatively

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to train interns/new hires
    Improve team communication (office/field)
    Set clear expectations/goals
    Staff projects appropriately so employees have a work/life balance (understand this is challenging to stay competitive in the market)


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Office Engineer, SoCal"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic work environment. A commitment to quality work and excellence.

    Cons

    Working 60+ hours on a 40 hour contract. Discrimination was a common office place theme. Inner circle of "plugged in" people.


  5. "Love my job, love my company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Greeley, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Greeley, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    welcoming staff, wonderful coworkers, hard-working employees, leadership and learning opportunities, room to progress, frequent promotions, encouragement to do a great job, employee owned, wonderful leadership and executives

    Cons

    none, nothing, N/A, nada, zero


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Difficult Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, awesome project types, excellent training, great company meetings, very ethical in all dealings- do the right thing is practiced. CEO is great.

    Cons

    If you are an "industry hire" as they refer to them, there is a hard glass ceiling and you will not go far. They promote from within and good luck getting past a PM or project superintendent level at best. It's "political" is what several people told me. Too scared to upset the apple cart. Operations Management is out of touch and very resistant to change if it doesn't come from them or in one ear out the other; too worried about their stock value than the well being of the employees or making nominal investments to help folks succeed. A company of managers very few leaders. There are a few good ones but that is the exception. Promotions seem to be strongly based on favoritism for folks that probably should not be in the position but they have been around for some time and started right out of school and they do not necessarily have the skill sets needed to be in a position of true leadership. This undermines the morale of project teams. no rhyme no reason. Accounting is horrible to deal with for anything; very condescending and extremely difficult to work with. Expense reports take too long for reimbursement. Quality of life is a joke there isn't any. Pay below average. Employees that would be terminated at any other company are usually retained and they just bounce them from office to office or promote them. Very title heavy company...all about throwing the titles around. Moves at a moment notice with little regard to personal situations which puts people and families in challenging positions. Just because you did it 20 years ago doesn't mean it is acceptable nowadays. Kind of a frat house ultra type A personality/mentality on certain jobs. No annual review that counts towards anything.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the program. It's not like you haven't heard it all before start doing something about it. There are a lot of talented folks that are over looked in the company mainly for the reasons listed above. Wonder why people are seeking opportunities elsewhere

    Hensel Phelps Response

    Sep 10, 2018 – Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

    It's unfortunate the position did not work out for you. 90% of the experienced individuals that are hired stay with the company and have a good experience. We wish you the best in your future... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Work = Life"

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

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A lot of great people that care about you. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Do not listen to other reviews that say these long hours are the norm for the industry. Maybe for the giants like HP but there are plenty of construction companies that don’t expect you to work 10+ hours a day. They preach Quality of Life but have zero way to implement it at all. I have moved over 5 times in 2 years with the company. The benefit package is good but the base salary is low. You can make really good money if you plan to stay 6+ years but good luck lasting that long. There are plenty of men who work here who only see their children on the weekends, if that. Communication is terrible when it comes to relocation. It is extremely difficult to plan your life when you can be moved to a different city or even state with a weeks notice. If you don’t want your entire life to be spent at work, definitely choose another company. With most supervisors it’s a sink or swim mentality with no guidance. I’ve felt extremely undervalued and feel like an HP pawn.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Chandler, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary that goes up every year. You’re guaranteed a raise as long as your not getting yourself into trouble. Hensel Phelps also has a great system setup for their quality of life. Been with the company for 4 months and I already attended 4 different company paid events. This is also a company you get what you put in. Work your butt off and you will get noticed.

    Cons

    Everyone is salaried with long hours. But this is not really a con because Hensel Phelps provide their employees with the best medical, dental, and retirement benefit...

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great things for your employees


  9. "Field Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very helpful and willing to go out of their way to make things work.
    Teamwork environment.
    GREAT BENEFITS!
    Availability to love up in positions.
    They really take care of you.

    Cons

    Can be long days of work at times

    Hensel Phelps Response

    Jun 19, 2018 – Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

    We’re glad you are enjoying your time at Hensel Phelps! Your understanding of what we stand for as a company – supporting our people by providing career enhancing benefits and training along with a... More


  10. "Great benefits and decent pay."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps (More than a year)

    Pros

    Gain great experience in construction.

    Cons

    Upper management needs some improvement.

    Advice to Management

    None


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