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Lend Lease Reviews

Updated April 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance isn't always there, but I understand they are actively working on fixing it (in 17 reviews)

  • Long hours can be expected, especially on sites where they do Saturday work (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lend Lease (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to get exposed to multi million dollar projects.

    Cons

    There is no management, the senior executives just want their name thrown under the bus. They instead blame and power move the younger PM's. I do believe it is a network of a glorified good boy system. They don't want to pay what you are worth. They don't want to listen to ideas. They will get rid of anybody who doesn't fit their mold.

    Advice to Management

    Stop thinking about yourselves, and start look at the program. Understand the process before you start pointing fingers.


  2. "Dead Man's Chest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lend Lease (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Exciting, big-name projects, leading to excellent career opportunities
    - International presence
    - Some intelligent and talented team players, but quickly losing them due to CONS below.

    Cons

    - Company values are not practiced by certain upper management teams
    - Employee morale hits low points due to conflicting and sometimes adversarial messages from upper management.
    - Hiring and vetting processes are thrown out due to urgent project staffing needs and as a result, some unqualified new hires get in.
    - Urgent staffing needs become a harsh reality because employee turnover is extremely high due to low morale and adversarial upper management.
    - Due to adversarial upper management and finger-pointing, a culture of C.Y.A. persists, further decreasing morale, resulting in people who want to do a good job leaving to find better things, and all you get left with are people who are more interested in brown-nosing rather than building the project.
    - Due to the revolving-door nature of project teams, staff are overworked and underappreciated.
    - Company processes are outdated and can be frustrating, creating red tape.

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize red flags when many employees are complaining about certain problem-managers.
    - Follow and practice your own company values and show staff that you are making a conscious effort for this
    - Spend time to follow hiring processes to get good people, and make those people feel appreciated to retain talent.
    - Don't treat people like they're lucky to have a job or else you'll be left with people who actually are lucky to have a job.


  3. "Not good"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager I in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Lend Lease full-time

    Pros

    Salary was good. Employees are nice.

    Cons

    Management does not care about employees and their welfare. The safety culture more seems like avoiding lawsuits. If management truly cared about the employees and their welfare they would not work them as much as they do with the threat of unemployment. Typical corporate greed environment. People are promoted based on relationships and not ability and merit.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the top management and get new people


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  5. "Used to be better with 'Bovis'"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Lend Lease full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Active, engaging work usually involving high profile projects. High-end marketing but uncomfortable internal politics.

    Cons

    Restructuring and combining all 'Lend Lease' companies (such as Bovis and Actus) created one "Lend Lease" with significant internal clashes and turf battles. They have been shrinking for years and have lost a lot of really good talented people. It was a much better company when it was Bovis Lend Lease.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management seems to surround themselves only with yes-men.
    This makes them insulated, out of touch and generally clueless about important issues.
    They used to go on sincere 'listening tours' and send out employee satisfaction surveys and address low scoring items the next year (as Bovis). They haven't done that in a long, long time and it seems like they (Lend Lease) doesn't really care anymore.


  6. "don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Lend Lease full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    all bounce for the executive managers

    Cons

    very hard to promote to higher title


  7. Helpful (3)

    "All good things come to an end; run away from working in the ICT area of this company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lend Lease full-time

    Pros

    You have to try very hard to get fired.
    There still some good long-timers around to pick up the slack of less talented new-comers.
    If you can converse well, and write legibly, you will find it easy to get a job. Technical skills aren't as important despite the roles being offered.

    Cons

    Too many managers fighting for recognition, leading to confusion around priorities.
    Spineless management when it comes to dealing with problems.
    Micro-management hell, by too many people who don't know what they are talking about.
    Two faced policies - what is "said is expected" is different to "what is expected". Claims of "work-life balance" until they need you to work overtime - which is always.

    Advice to Management

    This used to be a great company to work for, but so much goodwill has been eroded that I think it will be difficult to get back with the current players. Time to turn over all management or all technicians (or both) and start fresh.


  8. "Depends on the team"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Accountant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lend Lease full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company reputation and high profile projects
    Valuable experience
    Culture and company traditions

    Cons

    Experience is not consistent through out the business, you may love it or hate it depending on the team you are on
    No work life balance
    No structured training

    Advice to Management

    Bring consistency to the global business
    Invest in people


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not the same company it used to be"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager II in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - exposure to great projects...
    - great people

    Cons

    - Too much overhead - the PM's in the field have to support a huge level of executive overhead, making market competitiveness difficult.
    - Too many talented people have left and went to other companies, all that are left are salesmen and business developers

    Advice to Management

    Look back to what made you great in the past. Look to what they are doing in the UK and AUS.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "N/A"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Chicago, IL
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working on High rises can seem exciting.

    Cons

    Management doesn't properly recognize strength & weakness in employees and at times the wrong people become managers.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. "Bovis needs work."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many of the project employees are encouraging and appreciative of good work.

    Cons

    The NY HR department is ill-qualified and determined to keep qualified individuals from learning, growing and advancing. They have been known to single people out and project their insecurities on employees they deem threatening.

    Advice to Management

    Try better to understand the strengths of your employees and foster opportunities for growth within those strengths.



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