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Skanska USA Building Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be lacking (in 7 reviews)

  • Skanska is a large company so its easier to get lost or end up with a direct manager who is uninterested (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place for operational positions and not others."

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

    Pros

    The Seattle office is great as they host holiday parties and give great bonuses every year. Skanska is great to any operations worker (i.e. project engineer, project management, union workers). Great new offices. Management gets to travel a lot between offices.

    Cons

    It is not a great place for any other positions such as Project Accountant, Admin, Marketing. Management treats non-operation position unfairly. There is a huge gap in salary between the two. They only recognize operation positions for hard work and not others. Your job is project based, so if the company has no more project, you maybe out of a job!

    Advice to Management

    They need to train new employees well and treat everyone fairly. They need to address senior management employees who are biased. All of these comments are based from the Seattle office. Every office has different types of management.


  2. "The experience was terrible."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Skanska USA Building full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of leeway to do the job.

    Cons

    People are NOT treated well/

    Advice to Management

    No communication within the finance department.


  3. "Poor management of P&L centers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None except they have a lot of work

    Cons

    Since different areas/ locations virtually act as P&L's the management of these leads to individual fiefdoms and cause friction between units on joint projects and the level of integrity in some groups is based on how cheep the people can be bought

    Advice to Management

    Stick with core values and not with most money for a division managers bonus.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "You can find better opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skanska USA Building full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefit Package, nice office

    Cons

    In LA, Skanska Civil Inc. is extremely successful, wins projects, and has a good reputation, but Skanska Building Inc. is not performing at the same level. They speak with clients, but they don't have a strong presence in LA or a team to manage a project.
    The company sometimes reminds me of the Roman Empire: Just like the Roman Empire, this comapny is too large to govern effectively.
    Getting a promotion is a dream. People don't get laid off here, but get "de-promoted."

    Advice to Management

    Can you please have a decent level of presence at the LA office to lead the team, so, the employees would actually work rather than slacking off?


  6. "Business Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Development Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Business Development Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Skanska USA Building full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    multinational company successful in manny regions (not Los Angeles), great benefits

    Cons

    They hire VP's and they get rid of them! If you want to expand your business in Los Angeles, you should keep a positive profile in the region. Getting rid of VP's may reduce your overhead in short term but it will damage your company profile among the construction folks in the region. You will end up paying more to re-build your profile.
    No work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are excited to work and get rid of those who like to slack of at work. The LA office has a few examples of those,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Viva la Skanska"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Skanska USA Building full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Skanska has a great structure as a corporate construction company.
    And have you checked the activity going on in our world of building in the bay area, tons of work and I am still on payroll, yippee!!!

    Cons

    Unfortunately, since being removed off a joint venture project in Cupertino. We the employees have been grounded at home. Sadly, our operation direct reports don't have much to report, but rightfully so...We have no work.

    Advice to Management

    The events that have taken place in the past 30 days, I am sure management has scrabbled to respond, I could not imagine otherwise....The only advice, I could give is "Prepare a great severance package", please... I really worked hard at my job.


  8. "superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent in Hopatcong, NJ
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent in Hopatcong, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Skanska USA Building (More than a year)

    Pros

    good benefits fun place to work if you are a brown noser. The upper management are a bunch of liars and crooks.

    Cons

    No way to move up ladder unless you go under someones desk

    Advice to Management

    You aren't any buddy but a piece of crap. you lie t you company sucks.o all below you for no reason.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Over Worked, Under Appreciated"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Skanska USA Building full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment
    Trust that you'll get the job done.
    Extravagant Company parties
    One of the biggest construction companies
    good benefits
    Extremely safety focussed.
    good potential for growth in the company.

    Cons

    Over worked (60-90 hours a week)
    No overtime compensation (I brought this up to management and they simply said "you get paid to get the job done")
    No "breather" time - Always pushing you to get the next thing done.
    No work-life balance - at all. most people get in at 5/6am and leave at 6pm.
    Stretched thin at job sites.
    Start with only 1 day/month of vacation.
    No formal training program - you are literally just thrown into a project and have to figure it out on your own.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers on jobsites.
    Listen to your workers
    Give overtime compensation/time off
    create a formal training program for new hires.


  10. "Disappointed So Far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Skanska is a global company in regards to areas and employees which has great potential.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and lower. Needs better set up of procedures.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication is needed, better utilization of staff, and more specific training.


  11. "Horrible"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Antonio, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is all over the world.

    Cons

    There are politics involved when you want a promotion. You have to be really close with the VP in order to get bonus at the end of the year. Treat employees as if they are worthless and could be replaced.

    Advice to Management

    Try giving the working man a little more credit.


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