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Suffolk Construction Reviews

Updated December 12, 2018
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  • "Work life balance is poor, but is to be expected given the amount of work and commitments to ownership" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Long hours, but understandable when you are in this industry" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Project Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture and atmosphere

    Cons

    There are no cons to Suffolk.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being awesome.


  2. "Executive Committee in disarray"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Suffolk Construction (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is not afraid to overpay employee's to keep them from leaving.

    Cons

    The company hires and fires at the executive level almost monthly. The only tenured EC staff members are incompetent and buffer the CEO from what is really happening in the company. If you try to get advice to the CEO and are discovered by the EC, you will be fired. Over 150 executive level employee's have been walked out over the last ten years.

    Advice to Management

    John (CEO), don't be fooled by the EC that surrounds you. They are in it for themselves.

  3. "Nice place to work"

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    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 Suffolk Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A fast-growing company with lots of opportunities for growth
    Competitive compensation
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    There could be too many silos in some department


  4. "Project Engineer, Two Years of Experience"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Suffolk is one of the premier general contractors in the city of Boston. Working with Suffolk provides individuals with the opportunity to work on very high profile projects.

    Cons

    Work life balance is poor, but is to be expected given the amount of work and commitments to ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Continued emphasis on reverse mentorship, one of the best components for the company when emphasized and not ignored.


  5. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and people

    Cons

    Early hours and loud work noises


  6. Helpful (3)

    "bad culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    none I can think of. some cool people

    Cons

    overworked. unrealistic expectations. ton of pressure. benefits you cant use because too much work. too much to write here

    Advice to Management

    be better. only want results. don't care about you.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "I have had positive and negative experiences with management. I think the NYC is still navigating it’s growing pains."

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

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, good people, organized and structured.
    I think Suffolk is really striving to be different from other companies through it’s current growing pains by taking it’s employees career interests seriously. The culture encourages employees to take safety training and company training courses in estimating, budgeting, cost control, etc. which is a positive.

    Cons

    Quiet office environment, online training requirements being forced on employees

    Advice to Management

    I think they could seriously work on the culture in the NYC office. There still seems to be a divide between the Boston people and the NY people. The main office dynamic is also very awkward. It’s wide open office space and you don’t hear or see coworkers openly talking to each other. There is a sense that upper management is always watching your every move so people don’t tend to try and connect in the office. And don’t come off so threatening about completing online training courses. Also, Senior PMs shouldn’t be noting exactly what time employees come into work either; this creates a culture of fear.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Limited career growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    Fun culture, busy, a lot of useful technology, very innovative

    Cons

    There is limited career growth opportunities although they will say otherwise. It's very political, if you know the "right people" or have connections, you can do great. If you do not, there is no use for you on certain teams. The managers are too busy and micromanaged, they cannot spend time getting to know their lower level employees or mentor when needed. Too many different directions happening at once.

    Advice to Management

    Slow down and listen to your employees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "EC needs to get its act together"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great people, high performance expected, great camaraderie, great projects

    Cons

    Long days, the wheels are coming off the EC

    Advice to Management

    CEO needs to settle down, relax, focus on operations, STOP all of these initiatives


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Suffolk Construction"

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

    I have been working at Suffolk Construction full-time

    Pros

    Very proactive and client relationship business model. Large family less corporate mentality. Always looking to enhance the partner experience.
    Good working environment and great offices

    Cons

    Internal communication cascades are not streamlined and consistent. Perceived lack of transparency of management by staff.
    Constantly changing EC staff, initiatives and responsibilities creates discomfort in the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Be more engaged and less guarded with critical messaging as much as possible.
    Encourage trust through transparency and honesty with the entire business.
    Continue development of processes but make sure they at truly implemented and not just marketing spin. It’s a great company that offers so much that is different- authenticity is a critical success factor that needs some focus.