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You can do better
Current Employee (Current Employee) –  I'm not willing to sayJanuary 24, 2017
There are hyped up descriptions of the culture at McKinstry on their website and in job postings.

Training is only superficial, departments are divided, and management is completely out of touch. Processes are not functional, folks put in charge of putting processes together have no clue what specific jobs require.

There's way too much spent on partying and not enough reinvested. They boast about having diversity when in actuality there's a bare minimum of culturally diverse employees. How about that anonymous employee survey? What a joke.
Pros
Pay is decent, work-life balance is good
Cons
Just about everything else
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Used to be a nice place to work but things took a turn for the worse.
Subcontracts Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WANovember 8, 2016
When I started at McKinstry the culture was all about the people. Somewhere along the line things changed and only ended up being about the partners of the company who already had a lot of money.
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Lots of changes
Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WASeptember 15, 2016
Company has potential to be a great company to work for. Lots of constant changes and confusion. Lack of interdepartmental communication. It has free parking!
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Struggling company
Keeping this confidential (Current Employee) –  Portland, ORAugust 31, 2016
The Portland office has been struggling financially for the last 5-years. There is little room for advancement, unless you want to relocate to the corporate office or one of the other branches. While claiming to be transparent they seem to be hiding behind inflated numbers including business units that haven't been included in the Portland numbers in previous years. Also for as busy as the construction industry is in Oregon why aren't they busier? They've had a lot of departures this year, and haven't talked about a lot of new projects.
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Smart people, company truly cares about employees. Unfortunately, financial challenges have impacted employees' total compensation packages.
Program Manager (Current Employee) –  Seattle, WAJuly 11, 2016
Great culture. Company truly cares about employees' wellbeing and understands that many of us work to live, not live to work. Demonstrated appreciation and stewardship of the environment. Amazing benefits. Salary and bonus could be better, especially bonus.
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Ibew local 112
Amazon Net Scaling Cloud Space Technician (Former Employee) –  Boardman, ORApril 8, 2016
prepping rack location and installation, along with infield out of row patching. At this time I would say one of my major accomplishments was being able to uphold customer satisfaction while obtaining substantial amounts of work
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If you aren't in the management "club" you're history
Critical Facilities Manager (Former Employee) –  Remote LocationJanuary 13, 2016
As a local manager for Data Center operations, the support from corporate was non-existent. Basically on an island, with no help to train guys, HR assistance, financial management. Politics at that level was bad; if you weren't in "the club" you were isolated, left to fend for yourself, and knew the axe could come down on your for any reason, or no reason at all. The crew I lead were a great bunch of guys, hard workers with a true sense of pride. The guys above me, were chasing the dollar (or political agendas), and client concerns were secondary. What a disappointment.

Expecting the senior management to exhibit integrity and following through on promises was the worst part: being made to look like a fool because I believed them.

There wasn't much that was enjoyable; the camaraderie with the guys, working together to solve problems.
Pros
Free Starbuck Coffee... and that's it.
Cons
Zero corporate management support, politics.
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Great company to work for
Critical Facilities Engineer (Former Employee) –  Urbana, MDJanuary 8, 2016
I would always start work 1/2 hour early, Start my night off looking at my email, look at what wo's and pm's I had then start hourly readings on all 4 chillers and water usage , then start nightly rounds like checking all Air Handler Units, all Switch gear rooms , Check all 6 Generators , checked all restrooms for any leaks or broken fixtures , Spent 2 hours a night in control room to watch for any alarms on equipment (BMS) Building Managing system , then would work on what wo's and pm's I had.Management was great to work with , Co - workers weren't very good to work with , they would stab you in the back fast, some weren't very helpful ,liked to keep their experiences on equipment to themselves and didn't like to teach, did learn more on AHU'S and RO System . Benefits were great , company paid for me to go to gym , and insurance was great. Best part of job was I could work on my own and learn as much as I could by working on equipment
Pros
Insurance, pay, company looks out for employees
Cons
Co Workers
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Good staff
Operations Coordinator - Oregon Region (Former Employee) –  Portland, ORNovember 11, 2015
Best place to work. No one was petty. It is an engineering firm and there is always a lot going on.They have good benefits once you are hired.
Pros
on site gym, full kitchen
Cons
none
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Solid company
Critical Facility Engineer (Current Employee) –  Urbana, MDNovember 6, 2015
this company is a good solid company to work for, however, there are many people within the company that don't know how to communicate well or to manage their time wisely. It seems to be doing ok, but could be improved significantly.
Pros
good pay, good work/life balance
Cons
communication problems, computer illiteracy rate is high
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I wish I was still there
Laborer - truck driver (Former Employee) –  Mukilteo, WAOctober 20, 2015
Loved working for these guy's. Always felt safe and appreciated. Paid top scale for union wages. Had all the tools and equipment to perform job.
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Depends totally on your location and management at the site
Lead Critical Facilities Support (Former Employee) –  Denver, ColoradoAugust 28, 2015
Depends on site location and the management at the location that will make the difference in your career. Location in Denver is like a revolving door .. Huge turnover..!
Pros
Benefits
Cons
Understafed
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MEP Company with the right ideas
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  PortlandApril 13, 2015
Many different silo's trying to work as a team.
Upper management trying to sell as a package however everyone is not on the same page.
Several mismatches in middle management positions.
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Lost their secret sauce
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  SeattleFebruary 5, 2015
This used to be a fantastic company but they've lost touch with the employee first and client focused culture that made them great. Now their just another corporate franchise who are mostly concerned with Operating Income.
Pros
Nice facility, good insurance, professional atmosphere
Cons
terrible higher level leadership, lost touch with their values, no appreciation of their work force
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One of the best company to work for
Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAJanuary 29, 2015
A typical day at work
- HVAC system design

What you learned
- Humidity Control of high rise hotels exceeding twenty five stories.
- Hot and chilled water system for large commercial buildings.
- Commercial kitchen exhaust and cooling systems.
- Variable Air Volume (VAV) systems for large buildings.
- Hazardous exhaust systems.
- Laboratory exhaust systems.
- Building pressurization.
- Radiant heating for aircraft hangars, commercial spaces and storage areas.
- Make-up air systems for hotels, air hangers, commercial kitchens and storage areas.
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Great company, flat out, best place I have worked.
anonymous (Current Employee) –  anonymousJanuary 19, 2015
What more can be said? McKinstry is the only place I have worked that actually puts people first. A lot of companies claim to but they really do.
Awesome compensation, excellent benefits. Fair and just assessments and evaluations.
They are growing and there is a lot of opportunity.
Pros
The internal structure of company.
Cons
They are not in every state yet.
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Good Company Great Benefits
Critical Facilities Engineer (Former Employee) –  Cupertino, CA.November 18, 2014
Probably the only company I've ever worked for that is serious about its "safety first policy." It was great to go into work and not have to worry about doing something you were uncomfortable with. McKinstry always put great emphasis on creating a work culture where team members thrive and become better.
Pros
Great opportunities to learn, amazing safety and training programs.
Cons
Advancements are setup before official postings.
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Great place for Work/Life Balance. Compensation and Benefits are Great also.
PC Technician (Current Employee) –  Spokane, WAJuly 7, 2014
Compensation was great along with Work/Life Balance. The only issue I find is that moving up within the company depending on what your job role is extremely hard.
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Started out good....ended bad/typical
Technology Solutions Engineer (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXApril 30, 2014
The job was good until people started leaving and no one was replaced. Then the personal agendas tanked any new business and ultimately there was a bleed of talent and resources.
Pros
Pay and technology
Cons
Clique-ish atmosphere
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clicky, like high school
Critical Facility Manager (Former Employee) –  Seattle, WAApril 3, 2014
Was a great place to work until they decided they wanted to be a $1B company.
Pros
work/life ballance
Cons
have to be in the "club" for advancement
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