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Turner Construction Reviews

Updated October 11, 2017
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  • Maintaining a work life balance (in 38 reviews)

  • Need to put in long hours to satisfy clients (in 53 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to start...But don't stick around for long..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Turner Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learning Institution, Great place to start your career.

    Cons

    Unless you're someone's son, niece or best friend, the likelihood or growing into a senior management position is slim to none. There are a lot of cliques and very little peer support. Compensation is also very low as compared to the marketplace

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment that includes everyone. Institute & reward a peer support. Give proper merit increases that is reflective of the employee's performance.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Getting Smaller"

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    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent in Toledo, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, good people

    Cons

    Don't care much about employees, getting smaller

  3. Helpful (1)

    "No communication"

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    Current Employee - Helper in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Helper in Lake Charles, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great and easy money.. Long hours and you can learn more . Great experience for a growing mind

    Cons

    No days off but 1 out of 14 days.. no holiday pay or sick leave


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Upper Management Damage"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time

    Pros

    coworkers are great, cool projects, large resources

    Cons

    upper management fights and does not care about employees, often given less than a weeks notice to move hours away (even if you have family), can't win work, known for bid shopping to subcontractors, unable to estimate self-perform, outdated computers and technology

    Advice to Management

    The culture in the office is horrible. No one talks due to the "open office" plan. There is constant animosity and turmoil among the 3 men at the highest positions. None of them respect one another or their employees. The employees are taught that the highest management positions should never be approached. One tells you whatever you want to hear to make you happy, but never acts on it. Another is business savvy and sharp; however, he doesn't care about anyone's well being or life outside of the job. He thinks a career should be top priority over all other things and constantly asks employees to make sacrifices without considering the repercussions. The other is absent altogether and disconnected from the local division. Additionally, upper management has an attitude that doesn't promote change for the better. They feel that if a tactic or system has worked in the past, then it will still work now. Additionally, our fees are very high so we can't win work and we have burned subcontractors by using their numbers to get other subs to lower theirs or to use for our self perform work. The only saving grace of this office would be the employees that you get to work with. There are some great people with big hearts and a genuine respect and care for one another.


  5. "Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Worker in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Worker in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Turner Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Company - Great Benefits - People in the field are hardworking and motivated - HR Team is great - Salary is fair - Quick response on IT issues

    Cons

    Long Hours required in the field - Middle Management needs more training - high turnover - Not enough Interns or Labor hired at project sites

    Advice to Management

    Think more about the people in the field working instead of what time management will go hunting golfing or any other outdoor activity.


  6. "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Turner Construction full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    8-5 job, weekends off, great benefits

    Cons

    negative environment, lots of gossip, all politics. You have to be "popular" or be friends with someone higher up to get anywhere.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Dallas office is severely lacking."

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, good job security, and plenty of opportunity to work in many different business units across the country and internationally.

    Cons

    There is a fundamental flaw with the Dallas office specifically (the majority of this review applies specifically to Dallas). Management sees each employee below them as pieces of a puzzle meant to be slotted into a position rather than as actual people. Management also cuts cost at literally every turn. The review process for employees goes 2 ways: either your senior PM or direct manager loathes the review process because of how it keeps changing and is very tedious and does not give you real feedback and an average review, or your manager gives you the highest rating possible because they understand that your promotions and salary increases are tied to these reviews. If you are unlucky enough to have a manager that does not actively participate in the review process you will quickly find yourself without meaningful feedback or goals for that year and the negative cycle perpetuates itself. Lastly, in my time with Turner I've uncovered multiple instances of fraudulent bookkeeping by project staff which border between unethical and fraudulent.

    My biggest piece of advice is the steer clear of this company unless you desperately need a job, or don't plan to work in DFW.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at what kind of culture you are building and whether or not this culture is bringing out the best in all of your employees. Empower them to make changes and encourage your middle managers to take a more active role in the growth of your younger employees.

  8. "Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Great innovation techniques .culture of work environment is great. Great leaders.

    Cons

    Need to improve compensation and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation and benefits need to be increased so that people stay committed with firm.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Large Corporation"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Turner Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -well known company
    -large industry player
    -looks great on a resume
    -exposure to lots of industry leaders
    -great 401k match
    -large scale and high profile projects

    Cons

    -compensated based on time of service and not on merit. This results in young talent leaving.
    -minimal flexibility
    -lack of project leadership
    -human resources

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention to which employees actually do work and which ones accomplish very little and provide minimal value to the company. Once those individuals are identified they should be terminated, not shipped to another project. On the contrary the employees who provide greater value to the company should be identified, then promoted and compensated based on merit.


  10. "Poor Middle Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for. I think I'm having one of the few bad experiences.

    Cons

    It takes a long time to get promoted or change roles at the company. Middle management has lied to me many times on this topic.


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