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Turner Construction Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Turner Construction President and CEO Peter J. Davoren
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  • Maintaining a work life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Need to put in long hours to satisfy clients (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Superintendent/Project Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Superintendent in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Superintendent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent projects such as hospitals, resorts, data centers...from small to big. Working for this company will provide you with knowledge and experience that you can get at only a few other companies in the world.

    They say that Turner is the best trainer for construction in the entire industry. Everywhere you go, at whichever other company, you're bound to have someone who's an ex-Turner fellow. They truly do have some of the best and smartest talent...from top educated guys, to top builders with 30 years of experience in in-field construction.

    I miss the company at times, but decided that the GC world in general was a little too stressful for my taste.

    Cons

    Given that this is a GC with old school managers at the top, the growth is old school as well. They do promote, but it can be a very slow and painstaking process. For example, you will start out at "Level 1" and after working with them for 3-5 years you'll be at "Level 3." What that means is, you start of as "Assistant Engineer" "Assistant Superintendent" etc and by Level 3, the word "assistant" gets dropped and you'll be an official Superintendent or Engineer.

    In the meantime, other companies promote young people to "Assistant Project Manager" or something glorious like that; however, you do the same work. In all honesty, I believe you do more at Turner with a "lower" title, but the knowledge you get from the jobs is unbeatable.

    One other thing is that, you will and should go above and beyond. However, this will sometimes or most of the time not get recognized. So, some people will work extremely hard and get the same paycheck day in and out, while others will always go above and beyond and be fine with no recognition (those ppl are crazy/ 60+ hours a week type).

    Hours for a superintendent can be especially backbreaking. If a super gets in at 6AM, don't give him/her a look of disgust if they are leaving at 4PM or earlier. My God.

    Advice to Management

    Promote a little faster by giving more responsibility to individuals and then recognizing them for it. There are tons of Project Managers, Project Engineers and especially Superintendents who go above and beyond but do not get recognized.

    A recognition system needs to be put into place, even if it is a monthly company wide email letting them know the people that went above and beyond. It's simple appreciation that matters to the regular folk.


  2. "Project Engineer - Level II"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Turner promotes a great team atmosphere, where the goal is to work together to tackle problems.

    Cons

    Management can at times be unsupportive when it comes to project assignments and durations.

  3. "My experience with Turner has been above average but needs improvement."

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    Current Employee - SPD Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - SPD Project Manager in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company health benefits are good. The company has a diverse staff and continues its efforts on improving their diversity.

    Cons

    SPD department struggles to keep staff due to smaller/fast paced projects with lack of support due to small staff per project team. Work hours can be daunting and weekend work is almost always required on every project at the expense of the small project team with little to no compensation for the added efforts to keep projects on schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Reward the project teams with bonuses for early completion of projects and long hours/wknd work. I am not sure if Superintendents receive much needed bonuses for their job well done onsite but the PM/PEs certainly do not for their huge support to the field supers and sometimes taking on 2-3 projects at a time. Employee turner-over would decrease if this is addressed.


  4. "VDC Engineer Level III"

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

    I have been working at Turner Construction full-time

    Pros

    great opportunities with-in the company

    Cons

    nothing really negative overall profile


  5. "Excellent company."

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    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Management is accessible and receptive. They respond to communication, and support initiatives to help the community. They value diversity within the workforce.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is neglected too often, and sometimes the responsibility falls to one person as opposed to being spread amongst the team properly.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the work loads and hours worked of your employees. Staff jobs according to the client needs and not the project volume.


  6. "Construction Accounting"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Project Accountant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, plenty of work and opportunities

    Cons

    Support staff can be stretched on projects

    Advice to Management

    Work on standardized filing system across all departments and business units


  7. "Engineering Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Overall I had a great time at the Business Unit in New York City. Got assigned to a project in the borough I lived in (really convenient) and got a good amount of exposure to project management. The team I worked with were really friendly and willing to give you advice on career endeavors as you gel into the project. Never be afraid to ask questions as an intern, otherwise you'll be stuck unsure, they will make sure you are clear on the assigned tasks.

    Cons

    Not many, probably the hourly pay can be slightly higher for interns.

  8. "Enjoyed working with my fellow employees at this job."

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator
    Former Employee - Project Administrator

    I worked at Turner Construction (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for!

    Cons

    Worked on site. Too much mud in the warmer months!!!


  9. "Good Experience"

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

    I worked at Turner Construction full-time

    Pros

    Excellent training program, opportunities to work on high profile projects

    Cons

    It's a very large company and you can get somewhat lost in the shuffle.


  10. "Great place to start your career"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great. They provide many opportunities to rotate in different roles. Work/life balance is encouraged. Medical benefits are quite good compared to other local companies. Projects are varied and high profile.

    Cons

    Takes a long time to get promoted unless you have an advocate who will push for you. Also HR, a person who has never worked with you, seems to have more pull over who gets promoted. Pay range lags behind other companies. A lot of policies and procedures in place make you feel handcuffed to pushing paper instead of building.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that there are qualified people that can go to the next level and then when they are promoted provide the support to help them succeed.


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