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Swinerton Builders Reviews

Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee Owned - everyone benefits from Swinerton's strong performance (in 11 reviews)

  • A good company with very great people that care (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • This problem doesn't apply to all employees obviously, but work life balance can be hard when you are away from home during the week (in 7 reviews)

  • long hours, not much training provided, could get forgotten by upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Estimator"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Estimator in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Construction Estimator in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues
    Knowledgable environment
    Work life balance

    Cons

    Old offices, need updated ones

    Advice to Management

    Screen managers better before positioning them. If they don't work out, remove them quickly


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall Review"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time

    Pros

    "Since 1888" says it all. Good overall company.

    Cons

    Like every company, sometimes focus is lost on markets and employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bust your butt, be rewarded"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time

    Pros

    Large company
    Projects large and small
    Clear career path

    Cons

    None I can think of


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The culture, the people I work with on a daily basis, comprehensive benefits package, reputation in the industry are great. The fact that its employee owned means when the company does well, the employees reap the benefits. Open door policy with upper management. If you work hard and have a positive attitude, it pays off.

    Cons

    Technology is old but there is movement toward newer technology. For such a large company, many of the processes could be streamlined. There are some employees who are afraid of looking to the future because it means change.

    Advice to Management

    My division is amazing but some of corporate could take their blinders off. If people are overwhelmed with work, hire help.


  5. "Carpenter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great company to work for
    Busy
    Lots of responsibility
    Room to grow

    Cons

    There really are no cons


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Scheduler"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I love it too too too much

    Cons

    N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  7. "Operations"

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

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Positive culture, Passionate people, Collaborative, Focused on excellence and improving construction productivity, Good teamwork and problem solving. Employee Owned - everyone benefits from Swinerton's strong performance.

    Cons

    My only cons is symptomatic to the construction industry as a whole and not specific to Swinerton; clients are demanding extremely aggressive schedules which in some instances leads to long-hours, craft overtime and work-life balance. I will say Swinerton encourages everyone to plan for and take their vacations.

  8. "Do the right thing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Superintendent in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Superintendent in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Corporate environment hidden in a smaller business operation
    Mixture of younger college educated construction engineering and management types creates an energetic work environment
    Provides plenty of opportunity to take on more responsibilities and tasks
    Work methods are traditional although innovation or thinking outside the box is encouraged

    Cons

    Plenty of corporate guidelines and structure to create a lot of work
    Core value of 'integrity' is compromised more and more
    Core value of 'innovation' does not thrive in the current work environment
    Plenty of management to do a cursory periodic review of your work but not much help or guidance to handle critical issues

    Advice to Management

    Take a modest amount of time to meet new employees when possible
    Take interest in projects more than just attending obligatory events


  9. "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good corporate values, many good co-workers.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance, Sr. leadership operates like frat boys.


  10. "Carpenter"

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    Former Employee - Carpenter Labor Mason in Honolulu, HI
    Former Employee - Carpenter Labor Mason in Honolulu, HI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Swinerton Builders full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Basically they gave you free shirts

    Cons

    You must know the superintendent to work at a site and provide for the family. Sad but true. We had superintendent's bring in other people from other companies and lay off our 5-7yr vets. Safety is last on their mind I have pics and videos of some un safe working conditions but once somebody brings it up they get laid off and never re-hired again. They just put lack of work then they hire another friend or family.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the workers not the bosses. Lots of favoritism going on and accidents not being reported. You guys lack in communication and stop getting engineers straight from the school and making them senior engineers and they can't even read a blue print. When they mess they blame us workers and where only following directions from them and you guys come and yell at us. Go yell at the guy who bid the job 1st then come down the ladder. Pop up at more job sites and talk to the workers not the bosses. Workers are scared their gonna get laid off if they say something to you guys. And clean the porter potties. If the office people won't use it why should we? Can't have 2 porter potties for 40-50 guys.


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