GREAT LAKES DREDGE & DOCK Employee Reviews

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productive workplace through safety and haerd work
Asst. Chief Engineer (Former Employee) –  Chicago, ILMarch 12, 2017
12 hour day started at 6:00am - safety meeting to discuss days agenda and talk about ways to do the work safely. in engine room checking on computer system to make sure all engines,electriical,
and days work orders were completed. ordered all parts to keep dredge running.worked on all repair orders and maintenance orders.
I,ve learned that if al lmaintenance was done periodicly that most everything ran right. safety was really part of the work place culture.
the hardest part of the job was time away from home. I lived aboard for two weeks to 6 weeks at a time 12 to 16 hour days. but at the end of the day to see that everything was running smoothly and safely was great!
Pros
safety program, on job training
Cons
time away from home
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dont work for this company
Driver (Former Employee) –  n/aFebruary 9, 2017
a lot of gossip, a lot of back stabbing, unethical practices, and so on, racial tensions do brew from time to time and this is just the beginning
Pros
got free housing
Cons
management, and some engineers, and some site admins
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Great company, tough business
IT Guy (Current Employee) –  Corporate Office, Oak Brook ILJanuary 15, 2015
First, in order to understand the previous reviews, both glowing and whiny, and what you're getting into, you need to understand the nature of the company and most of the posted jobs.

This company is essentially a heavy construction company. Jobs and projects change constantly, and job sites are mostly up and down the east coast of the US, but could be anywhere in the world. Project and engineering staff swoop into a new project, find temporary office space, hire temporary hourly workers for things like beach security and other local jobs, and make all of the arrangements. Heavy equipment and vessels make their way to the project site when scheduled to begin work. Engineers are constantly monitoring equipment, taking survey data, and working with the Army Corps of Engineers or other clients and contractors. When the work is done, everything is packed up and demobilized, and shipped in a dozen directions to other projects. There are a lot of moving parts, and the equipment has a high operating expense - it can't just sit idle losing money, so things have to keep moving. Never mind contractual deadlines and schedule obligations. This is the case not only for GLDD, but also for her subsidiaries.

Much of the company works in the field, in the environment above. Family life is very difficult by nature, but the company generally takes care of flying people home on their time off. Schedules are rough and extended, but supplemented with generous time off in between. Housing is often paid for, and many receive a per diem for food and whatnot, but again you're away from home. "Management"
  more... and "supervisors" mentioned above are not the company management - they are the project managers, supervisors over a small group of people, vessel crews and whatnot. These folks are in the field with relatively little day-to-day management over employee drama and interpersonal BS, so your mileage may vary. This should come as no surprise - most people have worked for both good and bad managers, and it happens everywhere.

The company management is focused on three things above all: Safety, Quality of Work and Profitability, in that order. We get emails frequently outlining injuries and near misses with remediation suggestions. These injuries range from hitting one's finger with a sledge to getting one's foot caught in rigging or trip hazards on a vessel - very rarely do serious injuries occur, and on those rare occasions work is stopped at all sites and safety is focused on. That's an amazing thing for an industry such as ours with the equipment that we're working with, but it's the company's highest priority.

No place that you go, short of a silicon valley start-up, is going to provide extravagant benefits to the employees - it's just not financially feasible. GLDD, however, does go out of its way to provide for us, especially when travelling or working a project. Benefits are great, bonuses are paid out according to company profitability, and because the Dredging Division leads in revenue, they typically get the best bonuses. Employee stock options are available, etc. Corporate office work is typical. Hours, culture, and availability requirements vary between positions and departments, like most places.

So that said, Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company is a great place to work. We do fascinating, history-making work. If you're looking for a corporate job, come on over. If you're looking for a field, engineering or project based job, keep in mind the nature of the work that we do. They'll take care of you, but it's still hard work far away from home.
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Pros
Historic company, fascinating and history making work, stable, great culture
Cons
Project and deadline based, field heavy operations with lots of travel, heavy construction environment
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Excieting and challening job that requires extensive travel.
Acting Project Engineer (Current Employee) –  East Coat and Gulf Coast, USAApril 24, 2014
Great Lakes Dredge and Dock is a great company that provides skill sets along the way to mold a Field Engineer into a well rounded Senior Manager. Through my 3.5 years of experience I have been promoted to the Acting Project Engineer of the job site and feel very comfortable in my role. One of the many skill sets I have acquired along the way is the ability to lead and motivate a team of engineers.
A typical work day is all dependent on the stage of the project; during days of mobilization and demobilization it is typical to work 9 hour a days, when the dredge is digging it is typical to work 12 hour days. As a project engineer I feel 60% of my day is working on computer related material where the other 40% in the field, interacting with field engineers along with the crew.
The hardest part about this job is the ability to deal with the stress that comes along with a production driven industry. When we are up and running every wasted minute is a loss in revenue that is unacceptable. It is often that a manager will ask for a drawing or calculation that involves multiple hours of work and they always want it yesterday...
The most enjoyable part of the job is the opportunity to be on the beach/ocean. Being the outdoors person, I am about to enjoy fishing and surfing most days after work. If you do not mind spending 2 weeks away from your home at a time this is the ideal job.
Pros
Allways on the Ocean, able to see a lot of the east coast of USA, travel and housing is paid for 14 out of every 21 days.
Cons
Away from home for 14 days, production driven industry that promotes stress, some times living offshore.
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Productive and very place to work
SHOREMAN (Former Employee) –  Oak Brook, ILApril 18, 2014
A typical work day consist of a 12 hour work shift, Monday thru Sunday with a outstanding management team and co workers. There wasn't a hard part to the job and overall it was an enjoyable place to work.
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Horrible company to work for
Hydraulic Deckhand / Oiler (Former Employee) –  Venice, LANovember 5, 2013
Horrible company, it's like being in an episode of gossip girl when you're riding in the crew boat to your workstation. Several illegal immigrants working for the company, and only they get promoted. Pay is sub-par. And the management is full of illegal alien workers.
Pros
None
Cons
Everything
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Offshore
Engineer (Former Employee) –  Oakbrook,IL.January 19, 2013
A company with a strong history and great core values.The pay was great and the people were amazing.
Pros
benefits
Cons
work ends
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Pretty Miserable
Site Administrator (Former Employee) –  Oak Brook, ILAugust 29, 2012
Terrible work schedule, organizational structure, work/life balance, co-workers, almost everything.

I did get to drive a company truck and not pay rent for a year however.
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