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  1. "PE Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time

    Pros

    good growth in company, solid upper management.

    Cons

    high turnover over the last couple of years.


  2. "Enjoyed the work and how the team interacts. Very upbeat and positive."

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    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good atmosphere and group of people. A job you look forward to getting up and going to. Family oriented.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth. Pay is well below competitors locally.

  3. "Office is beautiful"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are really nice. The office is beautiful. We have every morning exercise together at 8:00.

    Cons

    No thing much negative about the company.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Non-typical project, very high functioning teams of PE's and PM's from all over the country."

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You could call them fox hole friendships, but the people I met and the relationships that have been formed are for life. This company employs some true aces ! Great collaborative experience as well as the opportunity to run on your own.

    The transition from Howard S. Wright to Balfourbeatty has been rough for the "old guard" but I believe this will make for a much more sophisticated and powerful construction management team from Seattle in the north to San Diego and Arizona in the south. Throughout the West Region this company is poised to grab a larger share of many markets by initial brand recognition (HSW) and deeper financial/management resources (BBC). HSW/BBC will be one of the top 5 companies within a couple years.

    Cons

    On this particular project, senior management doesn't seem to trust their middle management team to manage change orders. Absolutely everything is micromanaged down to the penny. No one knows what the budgets are and senior management is not sharing. It is very difficult to get a change order signed; incredibly frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that open communication fosters better relationships. Be transparent with project controls and let your PM's do their job on their own. Stop trying to get employee compliance through fear tactics. A well treated employee will go to war for you whereas a beat down, constantly berated employee will let the enemy in.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Worst time of my life"

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    Former Employee - Super in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Super in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Recived a Pay check that's all

    Cons

    None that I can rember

    Advice to Management

    Treat people fairly


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on the division the upper management is good or bad.
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Depending on the division the upper management is good or bad.
    Corporate mandated paperwork

    Advice to Management

    Realize what makes scene per project, and not treat each project as the typical project.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "A very unsatisfying experience would be an understatement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people
    Fairly divirse project types
    I had a job and received a paycheck

    Cons

    Unorganized on large project start-ups
    Management is poor w/the flow of critical project information to those that need it, and then places blame when things aren't done correctly
    Good 'ole boy culture
    Poor raises
    Upper management manages by fear
    Terrible hours 70-80/week
    Very unprofessional upper management that scream at employees
    Minimal team building
    Advancement slow and can be impeded
    Bonus structure not good
    Below average pay and salary increases (1.7% in '13)

    Advice to Management

    Read the cons above that you have complete control over.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Growing company that has been swallowed up by Balfour Beatty"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours are normal for construction


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Grinds and Burns People Out"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    A paycheck
    Not much travel
    Annual golf tournament
    Everyone is equally unsatisfied

    Cons

    -70-80 hour work weeks are typical
    -1.4% payraises
    -Motivates through fear
    -High turnover (30%-50% on Intel Projects), so you are constantly doing 2-3 peoples jobs during the constant cycle of replacing employees who quit
    -No leadership, constant confusion over who's in charge.
    -Extremely unprofessional (borderline racist) environment
    -Burning you out is their goal
    -Senior managment views you as a number
    -Extremely political environment
    -Zero transparency

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth and allow them the freedom to grow. The CEO is unanimously disliked by the vast majority of the company and only when he steps down will this company be allowed to truly succeed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Average Construction Company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Finishes projects on schedule.
    Most employees are enjoyable to be around.
    Can perform a wide variety of projects.
    Does not excessively change order owner.

    Cons

    No emphasis on employee retention
    Below average industry salaries: Project Engineers: 48-58k, PM's: 105-110k
    Good ole boy culture that values field experience over intelligence.
    Understaffs jobs which result in 70-80 work weeks with no overtime
    Very poor pay raise philosophy, recently gave PM's 1.5% annual raise despite record year for profits.
    Zero transparency in bonus structure.
    Upper management has too many field promoted employees which results in a motivate through fear culture.
    Is behind industry technology curve. Is not a trend setter, but a follower.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee salaries so the company can retain its best employees. Increase transparency so employees can set goals.


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