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Shawmut Design and Construction Reviews

Updated November 16, 2018
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Shawmut Design and Construction CEO Les Hiscoe
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Pros
  • "work life balance, Culture and people" (in 13 reviews)

  • "Great benefits, great coworkers (for the most part)" (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Long hours, a field vs office mentality happens a lot" (in 15 reviews)

  • "Tough work-life balance, processes could use improvement" (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Senior superintendent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Traveling Superintendent in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Traveling Superintendent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, Caring environment, training in all areas, good IT equipment.

    Cons

    None, the hours can be long and the work hard, as i expected and was not secret when I came on board.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    Shawmut Design and Construction Response

    Mar 9, 2018 – Director People Strategies Team

    Everyone contributes to the environment, thanks for your feedback and your 10 year commitment!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company and Great People"

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company does outstanding work for its clients, and its people are the single best reason to work here. I've never worked for an organization where the culture was so positive and reinforcing.

    Cons

    No significant cons for this company.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Construction Management Firm"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, high-profile projects with a highly motivated and engaged team of professional peers

    Cons

    Tough work-life balance, processes could use improvement. The hand off between pre-con and construction ops was always a little shaky.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Appreciate Individuals before they feel compelled to leave"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Providence, RI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Dont have any pros for the providence office. BUT when going to another location I feel GREAT!

    Cons

    Favortism, lack of transparency/communication, not invested in developing the talent within (not referring to the CMST program).
    We have alot of positive logos "diversity" "inclusion" etc... but there is not real substance behind it.

    If you are not in the "right" circle you will never be part of anything important

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting certain individuals get away with bad behavior, it only makes upper management look bad causing the lack of respect we have for you


  5. "Project Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Project Superintendent in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Superintendent in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Company With Great Track Record
    Opportunity to work on high profile builds
    Top End Clients
    Company Truly Cares About Its Employees
    Opportunities For Growth If One Produces

    Cons

    Work Life Balance
    Over-Worked
    Weak Project Management
    Too Top Heavy
    Can Be Unorganized


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Senior Superintendent in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Superintendent in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There used to be a lot of pros but now you're just worked to death. It's all about the bottom line and not about the employees like it used to be. If you're a white male you're not cared for very well

    Cons

    Long hours. Lots of paperwork, You have to pay for your own trips home, In some places you work the per diem is next to nothing. Lots of companies offer the same or much better benefits. This used to be a great place to work but that ship has sailed.

    Advice to Management

    You just talking about making thing better is just a lot of talk. STOP HAVING THE FIELD TEAM'S WORK UNGODLY AMOUNTS OF HOURS People want to go home and see their families and not have to burn their vacation days. If you make someone work 7 days a week 12 hours a day send them home on your own dime. Stop setting up jobs where you have to work 6-7 days a week for weeks on end. Les needs to learn his new plan is a failure, we used to make more money when we were less than half this size we are now.

    Shawmut Design and Construction Response

    Oct 30, 2018 – Director People Strategies Team

    We appreciate your feedback and recognize the challenge within the construction industry in meeting project requirements. We are continuously focused on developing benefit and compensation programs... More


  7. Helpful (3)

    "financial project administrator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good benefits, flexible hours, friendly staff

    Cons

    some supervisors are not competent.

    Shawmut Design and Construction Response

    Oct 30, 2018 – Director People Strategies Team

    Thanks for your feedback, we continue to invest in developing our Managers.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "CMST"

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    Former Employee - Cmst
    Former Employee - Cmst
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits. The idea of the CMST program is great but execution is quite poor. Vacation policy is decent. There is room for growth if you're in with the right channels. Work life balance is all right if executives staff projects properly.

    Cons

    Higher level management takes advantage of employees with less experience. Favoritism is clearly shown amongst executives/directors. This leads to losing good talent and keeping underqualified employees.
    Compensation is low.
    "Flex" program does not actually work - people accept an offer from Shawmut under this condition and end up being required to stick to stringent office hours & location.
    Staffing on the project management side is disorganized - this ends up with some employees being overworked & underpaid, and some having excess downtime (which prevents learning and growing).
    High turnover - leads to unhappy clients who need to deal with staff being constantly replaced with no advance notice.

    Advice to Management

    Choose talent over your favorites. Pay your employees fairly. Don't make promises you can't keep. Increase transparency throughout the company.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Management Sets the Tone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, good salary, benefits and great coworkers.

    Cons

    Very poor management with no accountability. Quality work not expected or recognized. Employees not empowered. Not a good option for professionals who want to satisfy their potential.

    Advice to Management

    Check your ego at the door. Happy employees are productive employees. This is management 101. Remember that your most talented emplouees are the ones with options.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "APM Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shawmut Design and Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn and grow! Employee Owned!

    Cons

    Lack of structure. Upper management to be more open to new ideas.


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