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Joeris General Contractors Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  1. "Assistant Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Joeris General Contractors (More than a year)

    Pros

    Family like atmosphere, relaxed dress code, accountability

    Cons

    long hours for the pay given.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees a bit more and their needs and concerns.


  2. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Joeris General Contractors full-time

    Pros

    Overwhelmingly friendly office environment. Upper management personnel treated me with respect and as an equal when I came to them for advice/help as an intern. The San Antonio HQ is one of the most beautiful offices I've ever been to, and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to work there. Pay was very competitive, and the entire internship experience was unmatched by what I've heard about other companies.

    Cons

    Not exactly a con, but one thing I realized that I wasn't aware of before is that the San Antonio office builds mainly K-12 jobs. They are very well respected in this market and the projects are steady, however schools are not as complex and interesting as some other project types.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Joeris General Contractors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Joeris has a great hands on learning environment, most of the upper management is usually available to help with any question. Definitely a great company for people coming straight out of school; you will learn a lot. Good environment and for the most part very family friendly. They are all pretty honest and straight forward people which is refreshing.

    Cons

    There are some practices that Joeris still uses that are more suited for smaller companies. The belief is keep your owners happy and keep your subs happy even if it means making your life miserable. Over promising on project without having the means to deliver on those promises.

    Advice to Management

    If there are people in the company you hear from several employees are causing issues or not performing as they should in there position, move them somewhere more suited for there abilities. These people are hurting Joeris in the long run and are causing added problems to a already problem filled field of work.Hire more people or cut back on projects.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not Good."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Strong K-12 education connections and HEB grocery store experience for the San Antonio area. They have a very strong hard working and driven staff. You will never find employees anywhere else who are more devoted, take on a lot of responsibility and work a lot of hours. All without much pay incentive. They love what they do and sacrifice everything for the client.

    Their methods, standards and systems are old but they are slowly trying to improve. They have few funds available and are conservative to make such improvements, so it may take some time for them to reach the same level as their peers.

    Cons

    The issues lie with the upper management which consists of at least four who have buried their own companies and then were brought to Joeris. They are now applying this same experience together trying to move forward. Their strength lies with a smaller market, project scope and staff. They are having to return to these factors since there is a lot of turn-around and many have left or are looking to leave. It is a small company / general contractor so they don’t receive the lower cost of health benefits that come with a larger firm. In addition, their 401k investment selection is limited when compared to others who are employee owned or of a more significant size.

    Although Joeris promotes themselves as an Employee Owned company, they are not. The majority of the current owners, who are lower-tier, do not have a say in the proceedings of the company nor are aware of the rules governing their participation and investment. Most of the time they are unaware of changes or hires made with the company and are concerned with how they will receive their returns, if any. Employee ownership is defined by The National Center for Employee Ownership as ownership of company stock through an ESOP, stock awards, stock purchase plans, and/or stock-based benefit plans offered in such a way that the majority of the employees are able to participate in the plan which is not what Joeris offers.

    The best way to sum the company up as a whole is as follows; the office building in which they built, own and maintain, has many roof leaks that have been there for quite some time. They work frantically to place trash cans and buckets in the offices and halls to collect the water. Their HVAC system has never worked properly and they are constantly arguing about the temperature. The cold valve for the break room faucet leaks every time the hot valve is turned on. Even though they are a Construction Manager and builder, they’ve never gotten any of it fixed or been able to fix it.

    Advice to Management

    Great leaders know when to get out of the way. Few recognize when they have become the road block and need to step down or move aside. Stop falsifying claims about the company, own up and be honest with potential hires. Start by removing the self-glorifying review.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Not what it seems"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    First off, I assume no one thinks the first review is actually by an "employee".

    Anyway, it seems like a great place to work. They are known in south Texas as being a solid contractor who is honest and delivers on time and under budget. They are known for both high quality work and high quality employees. Everyone in the office is nice, they give you a fair offer, the benefits package is decent, you look forward to upward growth and promotions they promise, they tell you all about the "Joeris Way" and "The Joeris Family" and how they take care of their employees, everyone looks out for each other and helps out, and that it's a family company.

    Cons

    .....then one day you'll realize some thing you weren't able to see at first. You'll realize that those 60+ hr weeks you've been working are expected and isn't seen as going above and beyond, and you'll notice that it's a mark of shame to leave at quitting time b/c that shows a lack of comittment. It doesn't matter if you got there an hour early and missed lunch that day and you have to pick your kids up from school. As a salaried employee, if you work 100 hours you don't get anything extra, but if you miss a day because of an emergency you will be docked. Employees are told we need to tighten our belts to save money, but the problem is that the owners don't seem to be following their own advice. Lots of things feel like a one way street. For them it's business, but it's expcted that you as an employee have to give 110% dedication to what they refer to as "The Joeris Family". Many of my friends at this company have had real family problems emerge because of how much they have to work (depression, marriage counseling, etc). As for those raises, promotions, and opportunities they talked about, unfortunately those havent' been seen for quite some time and if a position does open, they have made outside hires and keep current employees in their same positions. Overall, the great name that Joeris has made for itself, but the employees who worked to make that happen suffer.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to how things were 5, 10+ years ago, when you remembered that your emmployees make the company, and it were not treated as though it were a priviledge to work there. Sadly, the focus seems to have shifted in the company so that the major goals now are to make more money for those on top, rushing to be the biggest contractor in town, and getting the Joeris name on more buildings. I remember when it was not this way and employees were truly happy here and I think everyone benefited. Things have changed and the focus needs to be reset. This is your wake-up call!


  6. "This is the ultimate dream job."

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Joeris management, staff and crafts people are some of the finest qualified people in the construction industry today. We are proud to say that our team represents the very best and each individual possesses all of the necessary characteristics such as reliability, integrity, skill, energy, stability, sound judgment and the ability to carry out the work to meet or exceed the owner’s expectations. The Joeris team is lead by an Executive Group of ten staff members. These individuals have a combined experience of over 200 years. Their combined knowledge and skills provide the strong leadership that continues to guide the company through its growth and success.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, I can't help out too much on this question. The atmosphere at Joeris makes it a fun and interesting place to build on one's career. The great thing about construction is that there is always something new to learn every day. There is no such thing as repetitive work here. Sometimes yes, things can get a bit hectic but tell me one job that doesn't have that trait. If your into superintendent work be ready to work countless amounts of hours. If your project management I hope you get assigned a gas card and if your an estimator you had better be good at staying in an office all day.

    Advice to Management

    No advice they are doing a wonderful job


  7. "Team Member"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Joeris General Contractors full-time

    Pros

    Management truly cares for staff.

    Cons

    No need for a comment.

  8. "Growth Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Joeris General Contractors full-time

    Pros

    Joeris offers people, who are willing to put in the effort, plenty of opportunity to grow and advance in their career.

    Cons

    I can't really think of any cons. There is always room for improvement, and upper management knows that and they are always looking for ways to improve.


  9. "Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Large amounts of exposure to different construction situations

    Cons

    Complete lack of internal structure and care for employee welfare


  10. "Internship"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company is family oriented and are willing to work with your hours. Good exposure to administration work and working with the city.

    Cons

    Not enough exposure to field work.