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Turner Construction Reviews

Updated May 27, 2017
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  • Can encourage a work life balance more (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours and the pay could be a little low but I guess it's good enough for recent grad with no experience (in 48 reviews)

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  1. "great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the best parts of this job is the community. There are great co-workers and positive attitudes everywhere. The pay is also pretty good.

    Cons

    There is a lot of moving around and work is pretty hard. Definitely not for the weak. The job will get dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Management is fine. I'd say to have more food and more support for those that get injured. Management is fine.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Assistant Superintendent in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of amazing projects. You get to work with some of the best people in the construction industry. Lots of opportunities all around the country and the world if you want to move.

    Cons

    A little bit too much brown-nosing to supervisors to get the promotions. As a younger employee, there is much room for growth, but you get caught up and so busy that you miss any of these opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate to the younger staff more what opportunities to move up are available instead of simply throwing them out in the field and let them fend for themselves.


  3. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for professional growth. Good benefits. Access to world class projects. Committed to doing good work and giving back to community. Takes thoughtful approach to taking on new projects. Great reputation.

    Cons

    Slow to embrace change. Weak staff will still advance due to seniority despite not being effective in their positions. Can be more reactive than proactive to address issues on projects.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dallas office is severely lacking."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great Environment, Even Greater Mentors"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    As a recent college graduate, I have been with Turner for less than a year, but I've had the pleasure working with great colleagues. There is a natural emphasis on teamwork and constant learning that has kept me on my toes.

    Cons

    Since this is the construction industry, your commute is unpredictable year-to-year as project sites change.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Business Development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Turner Construction (More than a year)

    Pros

    None. It was horrible. Sexist. Report heavy. Slow plodding outdated company.

    Cons

    The most sexist, disjointed, unqualified large GC in Cslifornia. Terrible reputation in Silicon Valley and for solid reasons. A lack of engagement by management, thus employees thus poor attitudes throughout.
    Painfully non-communicative, outdated management materials and knowledge. Turner loses work because they refuse to change in an ever-changing world. Outdated and it shows.

    Advice to Management

    Update software expertise. Focus on clients' project when interviewing for work. Nobody cares to spend time hearing all about TURNER. You're already at the table. Quit talking about yourselves and get into technology as resource to reduce costs. Have a full time BIM expert in SJ. Build a BIM model based on schematics along prior to first meeting with client. Provide ROM then too. Do your homework on THEIR PROJECT, culture, and team involved. Get to know them IN ADVANCE.


  8. "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large company, lots of career opportunities if you work hard

    Cons

    Heavy workload, project staff often very light for the task. Top heavy, lots of managers but few people to do the job

    Advice to Management

    Cut some of the fat


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Typical Large Corporation"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Forward-Thinking, Great People"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great exposure to all trades for young engineers, lots of ability to have a say in where your career goes, fun people, supportive managers, service-oriented culture

    Cons

    Project hours are sometimes grueling, bad business deals with clients can make the entire duration of the project frustrating and unfulfilling.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on business deals with clients that recognize and appreciate the values that Turner staff can bring to the table... will lead to more rewarding projects


  11. "A great place to be."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Superintendent in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer/Superintendent in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work community with opportunities for those who want them. Management does their best to watch out for their employees at all times.

    Cons

    Compared to other employers there are none.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


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