Hensel Phelps Reviews | Glassdoor

Hensel Phelps Reviews

Updated April 28, 2017
52 reviews

Filter

Filter


3.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Hensel Phelps President & CEO Jeff Wenaas
Jeff Wenaas
18 Ratings

52 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Employee owned, organized, Safety is not just talk, good support from upper management (in 21 reviews)

  • Great Benefits specially for salary employees (in 17 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours but normal for our industry (in 64 reviews)

  • Work life balance could be better (in 23 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "FE/OE"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - FE/OE in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - FE/OE in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Given lots of responsibility. Given the resources you need to be successful.

    Cons

    no incentives for performance early in your career

    Hensel Phelps Response

    Jun 26, 2017 – Talent Acquisition and Development Manager

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review. We're glad you've been given the resources you need to be successful. Getting used to the hours and learning about your new role and project can... More


  2. "Field engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health care, retirement package if you plan to stay your entire career, and the training and learning process

    Cons

    In my expereience i would have to say that salary, hours, and culture are all cons

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay and actually care about your younger employees that work 14 hour days on the regular for below industry avg. for our work.

  3. "Lots of hard work, but fantastic benefits for long term (10+ years) employees."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Area Superintendent in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Area Superintendent in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hensel Phelps hires many high caliber people who work as hard as the others around them. The sense of teamwork makes it a good place to work.

    Cons

    Long weeks (55-60hrs typical over my 5+ year career). Company continually works for owners that don't understand how to manage projects.

    Advice to Management

    Hold subcontractors responsible for their full contractual obligations, and don't expect your employees to do their job plus the subcontractor's.


  4. "The Hensel Phelps Way."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Honolulu, HI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work for! Nice people and staff to work with. Awesome office in downtown Honolulu. Outstanding employee benefits and amazing retirement plan.

    Cons

    Not too much to say here but the company could use some HR department and vacation days could use some more if you just started.

    Advice to Management

    Continue motivating young and aspiring people to be good at what they do.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "A Work In Progress"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hensel Phelps full-time

    Pros

    Good health insurance. Good pay. They are slowly working on improving "Quality of Life"

    Cons

    Promotions are not based upon job performance. It is the good old boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people and what they have to say, and not just every few years when you do a new employee survey.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "FE"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Field/Office Engineer in Pensacola, FL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits if you move up the ranks.
    Nice people to work with.
    Pays for relocation.
    Good insurance plan.

    Cons

    Very poor quality of life.
    Not many holidays recognized.
    Good old boys club.
    Limited minority in higher positions and within the company. Minority rarely if ever gets up to the high managerial positions.
    Not the best working environment for women; promotion is slim and needs not paid attention to.

    Advice to Management

    Review pros and cons. Employee reviews


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Field Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    The best thing about the company is the people. When your a field engineer you have the ability to work along side the HP craft and they are the best in the business. Hensel Phelps also does a great job training their employees. There benefits are some of the best in the industry. You also will learn alot as a Field Engineer, alot more than sitting in a office as a project engineer at other companies. Another great thing about HP is you will work on big tough projects. If you enjoy being challenged on a daily basis and working 70+ hours a week then this company is for you. I personally enjoy what i do and somedays i love working for HP.

    Cons

    You are expected to work 70 hours a week. Also 12 hour days are a minimum . If i were to leave after a 10 hour day then expect someone to mention that you "left early". The pay is lower than most starting salaries as well. The upper management always talks about incorporating a "quality of life" program for the projects but the fact is that most projects do not have one. I simply would love to just leave after a 10 hour day and work out 3 days a week but the upper management would see that as not being committed.

    Advice to Management

    Let the employees do whats best for them. Most all employees of HP are self driven and hard workers so if they want to leave early 3 days a week to simply have a life then let them. Management also needs to stop using opportunity as a carrot but instead either pay there employees for the time the company requires from them or let them have lives.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Be careful with what your career goals are"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    OK compensation
    Good health insurance
    Great projects

    Cons

    Work-Life balance was non-existing. Long hours demanded and vacation days are reduced to 10 days a year. For a normal human being burnout is guaranteed!
    The company has a very strong culture of overwork and alcohol addiction. When not participating in the project gatherings you are simply left behind and excluded from the Phelps “Family”
    If you need to make money quick at a very high price (health wise) this is the company for you

    Advice to Management

    Do not put work life balance only in company presentations and meetings. Put it in action and enforce it. Once in the project site, management completely ignores work-life balance and it’s even the topic of jokes. Also be careful with racism in the company.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Field Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in San Jose, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learned better time management
    Learned great skills to take with me
    Exposure to large scale projects
    Good insurance
    Good benefits (LONG LONG term)
    Promotions are mainly performance based

    Cons

    Very little work/life balance
    They talk the talk but don't walk the walk when it comes to your well being
    Expected to move at the blink of an eye
    Lowest industry salary
    Promotions have a lot to do with timing and who you know
    Vacation policy could be better
    No bonus eligibility for 5 years

    Advice to Management

    Work on internal communication of all aspects , Implement discussed work/life balance programs, train superintendents to be effective communicators.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Once an Admin always an Admin"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Jobsite Office Administrator in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Jobsite Office Administrator in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    They have really great benefits for Administrators, and the hours (for Admin) are not demanding. They are really good about letting people take time as needed with out penalty.

    Cons

    As an Admin you will ALWAYS be an Admin, which is fine if that's all you want to do, but if you want to do something else in the company don't count on it. You make be offered the opportunity to work in another department-as an admin, not as a part of that team. Also moving up, and making a higher hourly wage has to wait till the next job (2-3 YEARS). Don't be fooled by the great benefits though, if there isn't work for you after your project's done, you're out.

    Advice to Management

    Administrators are a valuable asset to the company, but not a disposable one. Also, if they show ability beyond the requirement of an admin, acknowledge that.


Showing 52 of 225 reviews
Reset Filters