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Katerra Reviews

Updated Dec 3, 2019

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2.8
40%
Recommend to a Friend
63%
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Katerra CEO Michael Marks (no image)
Michael Marks
125 Ratings
Pros
  • "Benefits - in addition to the basics they also have free lunch, mobile phones and flexible time off(in 22 reviews)

  • "Other goodies: Free lunch, unlimited PTO, and ability to work remotely(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "That said, most people here seem to achieve a good work-life balance(in 13 reviews)

  • "Literally no one knows what they are doing(in 12 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (4)

    "Great potential, easy, fun, and the right values in a company."

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great potential, easy, fun, and the right values in a company. There are a lot of great things in motion, things that can really make a difference.

    Cons

    Typical political bs, and a lot of 'trying to run before crawling' issues, again typical for a start up.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, and actually leave decisions up to employees instead of trying to micro manage. And hold people to more accountability. And more transparency in lateral positions.

    Katerra2019-05-04
  2. "Great construction company worldwide and US"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Jersey City, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quality, savings, IT , software comapny

    Cons

    No bonuses, not a lot of gear,

    Katerra2019-11-15
  3. Helpful (2)

    "A startup still working to find it's direction"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Katerra full-time

    Pros

    The company has a great PTO policy.

    Cons

    Management hierarchy is still in flux with constant changes in executive direction making forward progress difficult.

    Katerra2019-11-25
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Poor Leadership and Unorganized Structure"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Spokane, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Unqualified and inefficient leaders. Disorganized processes and procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Management should listen to their qualified people, not their friends that they hire. Be open minded instead of forcing unproven and poorly executed strategies. Take responsibility for your own actions instead of shifting blame on the people actually making work happen.

    Katerra2019-11-25
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed Bag depending on who your manager is"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Startup culture that is fast paced and exciting. Tons of fun people to work with. Great perks such as unlimited PTO and free lunch

    Cons

    Leadership does not know construction. Growing too fast for their own good. High turnover. No raises. No performance metrics for Katerra positions so yearly review is always just managers opinion

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves and replace with people who know construction

    Katerra2019-12-04
  6. Helpful (20)

    "I pray for them"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Manager in Scottsdale, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay benefits decent work environment

    Cons

    Literally no one knows what they are doing

    Advice to Management

    I hope they pull off the revolutionizing construction dream, but I don’t believe they will

    Katerra2019-10-03
  7. Helpful (14)

    "Stay Away for Your Own Sake"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Katerra full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good medical benefits Good 401K match

    Cons

    No job security Minimal raises to a selective few LAYOFFS...LAYOFFS...LAYOFFS 1300 people during the month of October!! Don't be enticed by the free lunches...free lunches do not pay your bills!!!

    Advice to Management

    I worked for Katerra for two years and found that overall management does not care about the employees. Micro-managers are prevalent throughout the Phoenix organization. Advice to Katerra Recruitment - Do a better vetting job on managers before onboarding. Those employees that have not yet been directly affected by layoffs are looking for new employment outside of Katerra. Ratings Below: Career Opportunities... - Extremely limited Compensation & Benefits - Good while they last. No raise in two years. Work/Life Balance - Not much. Up until recently, I was working an average of 60 to 65 hours a week. Senior Management - A one star is generous. Rumor is their putting "Lipstick on a Pig" and plan to sell the Phoenix plant. Culture & Values - Words are pretty on paper but it's actually standing behind what you state are the company Culture & Values that count. Katerra management does not practice this.

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    Katerra2019-11-07
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great Place to Work for a Short Time"

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    Former Employee - Project Controls 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Katerra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed Office Environment. Great immediate and direct reports. Managers of my own apartment were great.

    Cons

    Poor upper management. Bad cost management and no accountability by upper management. Laid people off but will continue to have even more issues because they are not fixing the real issue.

    Katerra2019-11-04
  9. "great"

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    Former Employee - Rec in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Katerra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    everything works fine love them

    Cons

    none corporate very nice and honest

    Katerra2019-11-07
  10. "none"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Learning and Development Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Katerra full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    start-up and ever changing

    Cons

    start-up and ever changing which can mean some levels of unpredictability

    Katerra2019-11-05
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