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Hensel Phelps Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
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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 63 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "FE"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Field Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 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

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Field Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • 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.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Long Hours no recognition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are new to the construction industry with this company you will have the opportunity to learn hands on.

    Cons

    you are expected to work 70 hours a week, 12 hour days minimum if you leave after a 10 hr day you are said to that you leave early. Promotions are based on tenure.

    Advice to Management

    help the employees have a better quality of life and not over work them. That way they can perform better.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Hensel Phelps: Plan. Build. Manage."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer/Office Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer/Office Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HP is awesome. Everyone works well with each other and they have some of the best brains in the industry. Work/Life Balance is great. Superintendents understand that you have personal priorities you have to attain to and they will support you. A lot of people frown upon the hours, but in reality you create your own schedule. If you work hard and prioritize your tasks, you will have a great balance. If not, you might get stuck working many hours a day. Benefits are amazing. The company is showing exponential growth and room for career growth opportunities. This job is not for the a paycheck, it is for the love of building and learning.

    Cons

    Training is difficult. Only the strong survives. The first 3 months will determine whether your fit for the job. The first 3 months will be really stressful but not alarming.

    Advice to Management

    Reviews on employees need to improved.


  6. "Great Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I've worked in Africa, Europe and all over the US and this is the best company with the best builders I have ever seen. World class construction, state of the art technology, excellent management and landmark projects; what more can you want.

    Cons

    they don't build landmark jobs everywhere everyday so you have to be able to move to pursue the kind of work I like to do.


  7. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sumter, SC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Sumter, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone was amazing to work with. Even the CEO was laid back and I had a great conversation with him.

    Cons

    No room for advancement in admin position

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep people who were devoted to your company around.

  8. "Hensel Phelps provides an amazing environment to grow your career and achieve whatever it is you see becoming of it."

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

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

    Pros

    Brotherly but disciplined workplace that provides career/life long comradery while learning what the true meaning of being a carpenter is.

    Cons

    None to date. Hensel Phelps has provided me with an outstanding quality of life while allowing me to lead my career goal of becoming a successful builder and leader. Great company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome!


  9. "Great experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The amount of training is great. Good company with a positive outlook. No task was off limits, if you want to do something just ask and you will be doing it the next day.

    Cons

    Long hours, Saturday work day

    Advice to Management

    Better work-life balance


  10. Helpful (7)

    "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!


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