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Updated January 13, 2018
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Mark S. Towe
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  • Upper Management (Service Desk Manager and CIO) not really in-tune with IT work flows which makes meeting some expectations in realistic (in 22 reviews)

  • Lack of communication, Training wasnt the best (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, hard to maintain work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuinely nice co-workers. Managers that care about you as a person. Good benefits, solid company. Although there are limited opportunities for advancement within IT, managers will support your pursuit of a lateral movement or promotion in IT or another department/division.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations from leadership. Oldcastle keeps acquiring companies, but won't spend money on the extra IT staff and resources necessary to support the additional users and conversion activities.
    Planning is short-term only. Nearly every day a new emergency or initiative takes precedence.
    Work from home is limited and frowned upon, even with many IT employees driving 2-3 hours to work every day - just to sit in a cube and work on laptop, or spend the day taking conference calls from a windowless phone room.

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation to your employees. Project completion recognition (team activities, food/drink, or even a simple thank you email from leadership ) go a long way towards improving employee morale.
    Allow more work from home opportunities. You don't have to watch constantly to make sure the team is working. Your people are better and harder working than you think.
    Set realistic expectations, don't wait until 25% of the IT team leaves (again) to assess if you're burning out your people.


  2. "Oldcastle Iowa"

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    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Endless opportunity for advancement locally or elsewhere

    Cons

    restructuring is constant and can lead to some fear

  3. "Cad Designer/Drafter"

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    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Lakeside, CA
    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Lakeside, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    No Advancement to improve your skills.

    Advice to Management

    No Comment.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Oldcastle Precast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This company used to be family focused and believed in ethical core values, The company had great vision and leadership.

    Cons

    As with many companies, leadership changed. The entire internal environment across the enterprise shifted and became very toxic to any workflow requiring synergies between teams. The company essentially lost most of the experienced and knowledgeable individuals across the country in all markets.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    They have a family feel.

    Cons

    Not very organized for interns.


  6. "Operations supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Great group of guys.

    Cons

    hot and tough work environment.


  7. "Equipment operator, etc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good insurance, 401k, open door policy

    Cons

    no Upward movement even with long time employees who’ve gotten a degree to progress in the business. Inexperienced management. Promotions are more promising if you know someone. Seasonal work so you only work 8 months out of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Keep watch for employees who have proven themselves to be worthy of promotions. Don’t promote those who haven’t a clue what they’re managing

  8. "Forklift operator"

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    Former Employee - Certified Forklift Operator in Louisburg, NC
    Former Employee - Certified Forklift Operator in Louisburg, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good team effort among employees.

    Cons

    Sub-standard equipment for winter months.,eg open forklifts.

    Advice to Management

    Provide enclosed forklifts for entire outside team members. Emphasis on entire.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Be selective in placing employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good solid company. Possible career stepping

    Cons

    Absolute lack of direction, very large corporation and their employees are just becoming numbers.


  10. "Shipping and receiving/ crate builder"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Oldcastle full-time

    Pros

    Safety conscious to say the least
    Decent starting pay
    They take care of you and aren't going anywhere anytime soon

    Cons

    Always have a supervisor bent out of shape about something
    Grungy break room
    Hardly any room for advancement


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