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McKinstry Reviews

Updated June 29, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people, interesting work, great work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

  • They provide great benefits and Seattle culture (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of talk about work/life balance that's just talk (in 5 reviews)

  • Company is growing too fast with solid middle management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great encouragement and recognition of employees.

    Cons

    Confusing structure and lots of change.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that you are recognizing the pulse of the company. Get more involved and make it great!


  2. "Wonderful Company to Work For"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent, Upward Mobility, Training, Great CEO, Good People, Benefits

    Cons

    It is a very large company and sometimes it is hard to stand out in the crowd.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Be wary of the reviews here - HR reaches out to groups to fluff the rating up. Look at the trends."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It has a nice space in Seattle. There's almost no pressure. If you're a tradesperson (electrician, plumber, sheet metal worker) it's a great company. The pay is so-so for the market, but probably good for construction.

    Cons

    If you're a business professional, or you work in tech in some way, avoid at all costs. The company has a myriad of dysfunction related to technology and interpersonal / interdepartmental operations.

    The company is also riding its CEO's coattails and he'll be stepping out soon. When he does, this will look more like a big MEP contractor than anything else but they like to pretend they're high tech with a high tech approach. Dean gives the company the allure of sophistication. Without him, it's a mechanical contractor.

    The company is riddled with lifers who use ancient spreadsheets and are sure they know the best way to get something done. No new ideas allowed. The company struggles to make margin, partly because it's stuck in the stone ages and literally spends hundreds of hours a month just trying to figure out where it stands financially using the worst tools imaginable.

    The company also is only pretending to be green or be involved in modern construction trends. I had dinner with a VP who (while over the 'green team') said we can't be sure that climate change is man made. That's who you're dealing with in leadership. Another executive said of Trump - 'he just says what we're all thinking'. Gross.

    Most people above middle management are lunatics who are there because they will do anything they are told to by the upper management, even if it's ethically questionable. This company is obsessed with messaging. It doesn't matter if the project was a failure.-The company is going to pretend it's a success and anyone who says otherwise isn't a team player.

    Pathetic or no bonuses for years, whether the company succeeded or not. There's always a reason to not give them out.

    Advice to Management

    If you're competent- leave. Go somewhere better. This boat is sinking.

    For the rest of you.- You already stopped reading because you insist that this company is awesome and wildly successful.


  4. "Best contractor in the NW"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Construction Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Construction Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture. abundance of growth opportunities. Highly dependent on the energy and skill set of young "up and comers". McK has many active divisions in the construction industry, so the business never slows down. Weekly basketball and sports in the "in house" gym. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Too many meetings.
    A lot of document control processes are not put in place.


  5. "Accounts Payable Coordinator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Coordinator in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The people here are great
    -once you learn the system your job is easy just like with any company I imagine
    -great values
    -employees are McKinstry's number one value

    Cons

    -very hard to move up in finance dept
    -the system is very user unfriendly. I have to pull up multiple reports/modules just to find one thing
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    Advice to Management

    -create more growth opportunities in the finance dept


  6. "Program Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, interesting work, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Top heavy, career path unclear

    Advice to Management

    Provide more clear career path planning to retain and recruit good people


  7. "Project Director"

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    Current Employee - Project Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Director in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They provide great benefits and Seattle culture.

    Cons

    Seattle Management Involvement is not there.

    Advice to Management

    They need to get involved on regional offices vision.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Was great in the past, not allot of good things to say now......."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at McKinstry (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of talk about how great things are

    Cons

    Hardly any work in progress, lots of lay offs and good people have left as well.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "No Real Leadership In Senior Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Preconstruction in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Preconstruction in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Retirement and healthcare were OK....just OK.

    Cons

    Everything else: salaries are below market; mangement skills are far below par...worst I've ever experienced; working conditions were terrible because of poor management, and worst of all, the ownership told how great conditions were and how great the company was performing financially, which was a complete lie.

    Advice to Management

    Should be obvious: fire all of the yes men and start over...clean house!


  10. "DaveBeatty"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in Urbana, MD
    Current Employee - Critical Facility Engineer in Urbana, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at McKinstry full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company takes very good care of their employees. Salary and benefits are top of the line. Work for them if you can.

    Cons

    Have nothing bad to say about Mckinstry

    Advice to Management

    Keep up what you're doing


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