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Southland Industries Reviews

Updated May 2, 2018
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  • If Southland doesn't start hiring good people quickly, the current people are bound to be stretched thin (in 4 reviews)

  • No organization, No sense of mentorship (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Jobsite Admin"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Jobsite Administrative in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Jobsite Administrative in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to train and grow. Perks onsite. Pleasant employees and management.

    Cons

    Company is less known in area.

    Advice to Management

    none


  2. "Great company with outstanding leadership and excellent career opportunities"

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

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment with minimal bureaucracy. The company runs a lean organization focused on results. Employees are empowered and treated with respect. Senior leadership is accessible and fully supportive of it's business leaders.

    Good work / life balance and employees are rewarded for strong performance.

    Cons

    Challenged to find enough quality resources to support growth. Not a lot of cons. Transparent leadership that holds its employees accountable to the company's core values.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Welder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time

    Pros

    Union shop. Pay according to apprenticeship with great Benifits

    Cons

    No holiday pay. Gets slow and they lay off a lot of workers.


  4. "Administrative"

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

    I worked at Southland Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good company, friendly environment, open management

    Cons

    overworked, young company which a lot of procedures and policy yet need to be developed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Better Firm Than Most!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've worked at a bunch of engineering firms, and yes, Southland isn't perfect - but in my opinion they work hard to make it one of the best. I think you'll search for years to find a better firm to work for, and I'd bet that the folks who aren't happy with minor things haven't worked at very many firms. Trust me when I say, Southland is a great firm to work for. Perfect? No... but none are. Pros?

    *Great benefits.

    *Decent work life balance (anybody who complains about occasional OT hasn't worked in engineering very long).

    *Great people.

    *Fun office environment.

    *The firm cares about you,

    *Lots of Team building/Social activities available.

    *Management holds company-wide meetings in Phoenix, and I think they do a pretty good job of keeping staff informed as to what's going on, what the firms plans are, etc.

    Cons

    Again, every firm has their weak points. Cons -

    *Currently we have great staff members, but many of them are young and/or inexperienced. Some depth in the form of a few "gray hairs" would help.

    *Team leaders - Some are new and struggling with their new responsibilities. Southland seems to have done the usual "Take a good engineer and Poof! you're a manager", but the skill sets aren't close to the same. The learning curve for the managers is sometimes a little painful for staff.

    *Communication - Serious improvement needed here. Teams more often than not are siloed, mainly because the young people haven't yet learned what/when/why relative to project coordination. PM's are also surprisingly inept at keeping their teams up to speed. As a result, more time is spent chasing information than ever should be.

    *Phoenix seems to be the red-headed step-child sometimes. Strategic hires are always based in other offices, marketing for the location is non-existent and I'm not sure why. Southland is a great, stable, formidable presence in the valley, yet we're the best kept secret in town.

    Advice to Management

    I guess if I could suggest one thing it would be to start getting the word out locally that we're here and we're open for business. It's incredible how many people in the industry still don't know who we are.

    Ok maybe 2 things... Culture. I went to boot camp in SoCal. Absolutely hated the thought, like I'd have rather had kidney stones than gone hated it - until I got there. The boot camp and the culture at SoCal absolutely blew me away! Everyone was motivated to do their best, the Southland culture was palpable, it was an awesome experience! Then I came home. I suggested to several managers that as a start we get some of the same posters that I saw in SoCal for the office here as a start, and 2+ years later I think we have one propped against a wall somewhere. What I experienced there was motivating and infectious, and we need to get that in Phoenix - but to be frank I'm not very hopeful when a few standard posters takes 3 years.


  6. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tempe, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology working on the big name projects around the nation

    Cons

    No complaints for me, its really a great company


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Really good, but growth is painful"

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    Former Employee - Project Bim Lead in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Bim Lead in Phoenix, AZ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits package a mixed bag. The 401k is outstanding at 50% match, but the medical HSA is a big turn off for most employees. They do some HSA contributions to help with the sting along with a wellness incentive for the family. There is also accidental injury which is great for when you have kids!

    The wealth of knowledge is vast throughout the company and you can find experts easily. Between engineering and construction, a better solution with a higher ROI can be found.

    Technology is near the forefront of the industry. There are some of the top BIM minds in the industry at Southland and are always pushing innovation and efficiency.

    Leaders of the Lean Construction Institute and try to add LEAN principles in their work.

    Promote from within for most positions.

    11 holidays and 3 combined weeks off is nice for the work/life balance.

    Accommodating with personal issues so you can tend what you need to take care of.

    Cons

    Some offices tend to focus more on the product and services they can offer than their employees which leaves employees feeling unappreciated, treated like a number, and eventually return the favor by leaving.

    The company has doubled in size in the past few years and has had a hard time accommodating that growth, losing top employees and burning out some that have stayed.

    The offices throughout the company are siloed. Offices themselves are very collaborative but there isn't much communication with the other offices.

    Lack of unified standards. There is always talk of this but very little has been done. Each office wants it their own way.

    Every year there seems to be some sort of coporate rebranding and seems like they can't find who they are or want to be, let alone get out of their own way. Pick a business model and do what you're really good at. Innovation is great, confusion while doing so, is not.

    Lack of developed careers paths makes moving up difficult.

    Advice to Management

    For corporate:

    Make sure all of the offices are on the same level and receive the same support with ALL services. Not all offices are treated equally and that hurts production of the overall company.

    For the Phoenix office:

    You have talented staff, empower and assist them to accomplish their goals set forth in their reviews.

    Be more grateful of your employees, and let them know they are appreciated. A "good job" to employees during projects goes a long way. If an employee is leaving on good terms, rather than ostracizing them, give them a simple "thank you" to show that what they did while they were there was of value, especially to some of the more tenured employees.

    Be more engaging with all employees, rather than being stuck behind a computer all day.

    Listen to your production staff about issues and do it without rank and an open and generous ear. Many of the complaints voiced seem to go on deaf ears and unnoticed. This is a morale killer and leaves the staff untrusted.

    Be more transparent with your staff about the future and do not gloss over things on the horizon. This causes concern with staff and makes them uneasy about the futures.

    Practice what you preach. As LEAN champions, there is a lot of wasteful practices going. Project Management needs to engage the discipline leads [from ALL disciplines] more to have a more refined process and outlook.

    Get back to doing more community involvement and get your employees to do so as well. There has been a growing sense of empathy towards this in the past few years.

    Pay more competitively within the market. Salaries offered are at or lower than market value for most positions. If you want to get or keep top employees, reputation and sales pitch isn't going to do it alone.

    Southland Industries Response

    Mar 23, 2018 – VP, Marketing

    With regards to the Phoenix office, you do bring up some excellent points. As a growing engineering practice, we can find ourselves focused on the growth and business development aspects and on... More

  8. "Project Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on interesting projects. I like the people I work with.

    Cons

    Not much flexibility on what projects you get to work on.


  9. "Southland is a great place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company offers great opportunities. Recognizes and awards hard work. Senior management always aims to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Nothing particular so far.


  10. "30 days in and totally impressed"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Safety Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Current Employee - Safety Coordinator in Reno, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Southland Industries full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Strong safety culture and emphasis on training. Total support from upper management and great team environment.

    Cons

    Growing pains while company transitions from one division to another

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within whenever possible


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