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Howard S. Wright Construction Reviews

Updated September 14, 2017
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  1. "Great people and a engaging place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company culture is good.
    People are professional, motivated, well respected and fun to be with.
    Strong emphasis on long-term client relationships not just "doing a job".

    Cons

    Need to strengthen Company name in SF Bay Area.


  2. "Rewarding experience with one of the best west coast construction companies"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Quality work and quality people. Honest. Hardworking.

    Cons

    Subject to fluctuations in market like every other construction company.

  3. 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


  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. "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.


  6. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people and working environment

    Cons

    Part of a much larger company


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Easy going culture, but rigid leadership hurt the company"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and was a prestigious firm at the time.

    Cons

    Mandatory use of company-owned rental company on projects made our bids uncompetitive and too high.

    Advice to Management

    Should have had a diversity in projects than focus on a few big clients. Public sector projects would have kept firm going strong.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Current Employee - Senior PM
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lok out for its people

    Cons

    Has Layoff in bad times

    Advice to Management

    Plan sextor market better. Don't chase money, build lasting relationships.


  9. 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.


  10. "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.


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