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Shawmut Design and Construction Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Shawmut Design and Construction CEO Les Hiscoe
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Pros
  • work life balance, Culture and people (in 10 reviews)

  • Employee Owned - Leadership shares a lot of information with people since they are "share holders" which reinforces a long term lens on decision making (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Long hours expected and much paperwork / procedures that takes away from building (in 12 reviews)

  • Lack of career growth and work life balance on the field side (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A place with a future"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of work (Academic, Hospitality, Healthcare, Historic Preservation, Commercial, New Building, Renovation)
    Company Culture - People focused, value driven, client orientation, giving back to the community
    Geographic Reach - Boston, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, Greater new England
    People - Smart, driven, engaged, heard, caring, collaborative
    Employee Owned - Leadership shares a lot of information with people since they are "share holders" which reinforces a long term lens on decision making

    Cons

    Like a lot of firms in this industry, deadline driven which means teams can work a lot leading up to project turn over or proposal submissions. But that is acknowledged and things like flex time and summer Fridays along with regular team building get-together's let people know that they are appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be transparent with plans and updates, stick to core strategy as a basis for sustained growth that provides real opportunity for growth at all levels


  2. "Great company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Management Skills Trainee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Management Skills Trainee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    amazing community, great environment, upper management always eager to assist

    Cons

    sometimes extra hours are needed, no overtime

  3. "APM"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - APM in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - APM in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people, growth opportunities, work life balance

    Cons

    Limited involvement of upper management


  4. "Awesome"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time

    Pros

    Very helpful staff and everyone is approachable.

    Cons

    Not many bad things i can say

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Enjoyable Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people I work with are amazing. There are decent opportunities for moving up, as long as you put in the extra work

    Cons

    Direction of company lines sometimes can be.. odd or hard to understand.. the industry is always changing and it seems hospitality specifically is struggling to re-find its identity outside of high end restaurants


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Superintendent"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Superintendent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Superintendent in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Was good bring Back Bob Goemat

    Cons

    Bring in management from Boston on. The PM side and superintendent side to work in New York They have no work

    Advice to Management

    Bring back Bob Goemat


  7. "Great Company, great environment, work/life balance"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great team. Highly qualified employees.
    - Work life balance, summer Fridays, Shawmut Flex.
    - Employee owned company..
    - Diverse environment.
    - Non traditional company that promotes acceptance, inclusion and diversity.

    Cons

    - Project teams are not equally balanced.
    - Not all get the same exposure to the best projects.

    Shawmut Design and Construction Response

    Jun 9, 2017 – Director People Strategies Team

    Yes, Yes, Yes! Thanks for the feedback and your commitment, we are thrilled you are doing GREAT!

  8. "Awesome Place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Hospitality Intern in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Hospitality Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of communication in the office. Very helpful employees

    Cons

    There is not a lot of bad things i can say

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Hard to get ahead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Too big to fail, very good benefits, strong reputation in the market, proven business concept which helps ensure project success.

    Cons

    Unqualified "leaders", especially at the Director level. Run of the mill "do your time, get your promotion" factory where employees get rewarded for their tenure as opposed to their merits. Gossip is rampant and destroying the careers of the hardworking, competent employees.

    Advice to Management

    Reward those who are truly qualified to lead business lines and offices, don't just reward tenure. Also, be more vigilant of those spreading gossip. They destroy careers and office morale.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Limited Opportunities for Female PMs"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Project Manager in New York, NY
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company has a good reputation and a solid client base as well as some interesting projects throughout the country.

    Cons

    Shawmut is a boys club. Upper management already predetermined who they want as the next wave of leaders and others, no matter how hard they work, don't stand a chance. A lot of talented females were tossed less than stellar projects and received no mentorship or real oportunitues for growth and have since left the company. It's a real shame.

    Advice to Management

    Give EVERYONE a chance.


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