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Hensel Phelps Reviews

Updated August 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Hensel Phelps is an employee-owned company that retains talented employees that are highly engaged and strive to improve the performance of the company (in 29 reviews)

  • Great Benefits specially for salary employees (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance could be better (in 32 reviews)

  • Not many other than long hours - but that is our industry and you get what you put in (in 71 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Hensel Phelps needs to change with the times"

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

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

    Pros

    -Willing to work with you on locations and/or moving
    -Good retirement package for people who stay 10+ years
    -Receptive to feedback
    -Leader in technology
    -Understanding in case of family emergencies
    -Subsistence pay in expensive areas

    Cons

    -Work life balance does not reflect what they preach, having to work 6-7 11-15 hour days in a row nonstop without additional compensation or reward is not going to earn you the respect of your employees.
    -Pay is not competitive when compared to other companies. Pay is stagnant for a booming industry like this in a vibrant economy like this.
    -Training shouldn't be an afterthought if you're going to push it so much, have people who can actually teach do the trainings, have meaningful exercises in the classroom if you're going to go that route
    -They can't staff their projects for anything and this ends up meaning long hours, unhappy workers, unproductive teammates and higher turnover. Staff your projects better or get jobs where you can staff how you please.
    -The "employee owned" benefit only really kicks in at 10 years. Make it 2-5 years to retain hard working employees.

    Advice to Management

    -Raise pay by 15% across the board. No less. This is the biggest thing to keep us competitive and the reason our turnover rate has increased.
    -Distinguish between FE and OE role, it's ridiculous that after 2 years of being an FE you don't get any reward but just more responsibility thrown at you
    -The culture of "you're good at your job, here is more work" is ok to a certain extent as long as you are willing to help the person who is throwing themselves at their job for you. The person who does more should be rewarded by giving him help to take the load off and adding more pay.
    -Continue to branch out as we are in other career paths other than operations (estimation, VDC, services) and support those paths for people who are interested in them. It can feel as though you're on an island rather than a team in those positions.
    -Look into clean energy (i.e. wind or solar)
    -Project leadership who have high turnover rates need to be evaluated and/or terminated
    -Look into new job markets up North, Northwest, and Northeast
    -More multinational clients with international work, there is interest for it


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Office/Field Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Periodic evaluations can potentially make you stand out from your colleagues. Genuinely passionate senior employees effectively make all the younger employees eager to learn.

    Cons

    Hard and very long days/nights. Little benefits until you reach approximately 5 years in the company (Project Engineer-level). The company has a "time-promotion" mindset, meaning they will advance a dumb-but-loyal employee over a high-performer that is newer to the company, every time. They are also a decade behind technology-wise.

    Advice to Management

    Give your good employees reasonable raises for the quality (and long) hours that they put into your projects. My one raise in two years was to equal my pay with that of new hires.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Promotion is NOT based on performance"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Almost all HP trades, Superintendents, and Project Managers are some of the most knowledgeable in the industry. You can learn a lot... if they are willing to share.

    Cons

    - Stating the Obvious...Long Hours. You get "shunned" by co-workers if you don't work more than the mandatory 10+ hours per day.
    - ZERO work-life balance... they conduct surveys for this very reason, but they refuse to listen to the employees and improve the quality of life. WHY?
    - Promotions based on tenure ... there is little to no incentive to work hard if must wait 2-4 years for a promotion rather than reward the hard-workers.
    - This company WILL make you drive more than 90 miles/day (with no reimbursement or assistance) for some projects.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just throw away the surveys that you ask us to take. Work-life balance is a serious issue with HP, and the company is more focused on expansion than fine-tuning their operations. Additionally, look into performance-based promotions rather than tenure.

    Hensel Phelps Response

    Aug 1, 2017 – Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

    Thank you for your review! As an industry leader, Hensel Phelps is committed to the success of our employees and strives to learn from everyone that works for the organization. Whether it is... More


  4. Helpful (5)

    "ok company. Look else where for career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps 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


  5. Helpful (6)

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

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hensel Phelps 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!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Don't let them fool you!"

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    • 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 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Field engineer"

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    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 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

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Field Engineer"

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    • 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 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


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Superintendent"

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    • 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 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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Field Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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 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


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