Cleary Building Corp.
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Solid company. Can make money but you pay for your mistakes. If not detailed oriented and can handle sales and production responsibilities you will not do well. Have freedom to do your own schedule. Do not fall behind budget
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Hard work, little money.

Be prepared to work hard. Job is very demanding on your body. Pay was only $20 an hour which in my opinion was way too little for the labor you were doing.
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Decent local environment. Corporate management stuck in the 80s

If yiur looking for a job, this isn't a bad one. However, if you're looking for a career, find a more professional environment and company who values their employees. Work life balance? Not hardly. Be prepared to answer emails and calls on weekends, holidays, vacation days and even if you're home sick with covid. Advancement? Well, kind of. But only because there is a revolving door of management. In 3 years, I went through 3 different supervisors, with no direct supervisor for about 8 months because no one wanted the position. As for field employees, low pay, poor training, and limited tools and equipment keep quality personnel away. Cleary has learned that if they increase turnover, they increase profit.Pay? Sub standard when you review the job description but extremely low for all the extras they have you do. Mowing the lawn- yeah, your job. Taking payments, renting out and cleaning their storage units (owned by corporate VPs)- yep, your job. The list goes on. Retention? As long as you can take it or until you can find a better job. Be prepared to be threatened with termination for everything. Employees get termed before an investigation has even concluded.Oh, and the fun part. If someone steels equipment that a foreman leaves out- the manager gets to pay for it out of his own pocket.


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major sense of accomplishment

Learn fast. Learn how to be proficient. You learn how to manage people and delegate tasks specifically the way you want things done in the field. very easy to schedule PTO or a personal day off.


Fast growth within the company. Travel different places. no job is the same. wide range of hours.


Lots of travel time.
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Great Opportunity to learn and grow

Cleary Building Corp has provided a tremendous opportunity for me to learn and grow in my professional career. Anyone in any department is very willing to help answer questions or direct you to the correct person. I am a working parent and have the flexibility needed for a great work/life balance.


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Cleary is an amazing place to work!

When I worked at Cleary, I genuinely felt seen heard and respected In a way I never have in previous employment. My direct supervisor was amazing, understanding, and always wanted me to succeed. The environment was always positive, fun and upbeat. They are highly flexible with your needs and schedule, and genuinely care about your success and your role within the company. Anyone who gets an opportunity to work here especially in the construction processing department, is so so lucky. Because you will feel seen, heard, and supported and you will feel like you are actually a part of a family.


Flexibility, supportive, respectful, actually see you.


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pay and workload is the reason you can't retain talent

The pay is birdseed. Waiting to make a 'commission' for months on end. Even then the amount of work and knowledge they need you to do or have isn't comparable to what you're expected to produce.


Still waiting to find pros


No benefits
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Excellent opportunity for those willing to work

I started with Cleary as a branch manager. I had to work to get used to sales as that was new to me, but I quickly excelled by putting in the time to meet and get to know my customers. It's hard work, but very rewarding. The company hires from within, so ample opportunity to move up. Great place to work! You won't make it if you don't put in the effort required. It's not a free ride.


Excellent career advancement and income opportunity


not really a con, but it requires work/effort to be successful
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Decent place to work

They are a nation wide company so good job security, if it slows down locally they can send you to do a project in a neighboring state. They have a set amount of hours allowed for each project so time management is definitely important.
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Just avoid at all costs. It's a waste of time.

You don't make commission as a salesman, you get paid a quarterly bonus based on "Cleary math". Oh, the "bonus" isn't a % of your sales either. You get paid a random number per sale, which can change post-sale based on things outside your control. But wait! I need to tell you about subcontractors! They praise subcontractors as how you get paid the most! But, what they don't tell you is that you need the sub to sign up with Cleary. What that means is if your branch doesn't have a sub for concrete, you can't get paid for subbing out concrete in your job. Oh, and if you do the paperwork wrong, your sub doesn't get paid until the ENTIRE JOB is completed. Your concrete sub could be waiting up to a year to be paid.I took the job because the buildings are actually cool to design, and you're helping people get things they need... But the company gets in its own way for you to do your job effectively.


They do have a good product once it's built


Stay away
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1 star

What is the best part of working at the company?Decent product. What is the most stressful part about working at the company?Management likes to pull resources any which way causing scheduling conflicts and many other issues. They also did not want to honor their pricing and looked for any reason to add costs during the lumber inflation. Wouldn't normally have an issue with this but the customers had put a significant amount of money down they should have secured materials with that.What is the work environment and culture like at the company?Upper management did not care about the individual branches schedules. Made it very difficult to adhere to construction dates when they would pull our crews out of state because of short comings in other areas.
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Great atmosphere and co-workers

I enjoyed my time at Cleary. The management and training in the yard was much more professional than the office staff. Low base pay and long hours were disappointing.
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Nice local people however beware of the the corp office people

If you like long hours low pay this is a job for you. Ask what the turnover rate is? Or ask what the position your applying last paid to the person before you or how many have performed that job in the last two years? Is the local office equipped with a manager, salesmen, and a foreman that have been there at least a year? All these questions should be ask by you before applying. Good luck


pay, company support, turnover rate
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Management is almost non existent for the guys in the field. If there is any hiccup on the building process, which there WILL be (whether it be customer or cleary) you can expect to be waiting days for a solution. Even if it means sitting at home with no work.VERY unreliable.$5.50 (hour) anytime spent in the truck, typically 8 hours a week.
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Disappointing place to work

Very disappointed in my experience with Cleary. It couldve been a very lucrative and fun place to work. There were many helpful resources and tools, but the corporate management spoils the experience for every employee. There is constant micromanagement and it seems as if you are constantly having to work to be of any value to them. For the corporate office to have to reach out and communicate, because they wouldn't hire a BM for 6 months to help develop you as an employee is asinine. I lost all motivation for my job when I had multiple projects from the previous BM thrown at me, after he quit due to corporate micromanaging him at every turn, and because there was an issue with one of the buildings progress they withheld my bonus check. Not to mention that we were extremely short on crew, because there was no BM to interview anybody. This caused the progress on the building to slow drastically. I would try to sell to customers and had to give them extremely long lead times due to this issue. This coupled with management breathing down my neck about sales was extremely stressful and unhealthy. I hope for the next employees sake that they don't have to go through what I did.
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It was a great company

I liked working here, it was a small office, with just the secretary and two salesman. There was communication between the corporate office and the branch. It could be frustrating when it came to the intranet going down, and the IT department would have to walk you through what to via the phone.
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My Forman was good

I liked the job but I didn’t get the hours I needed and the travel pay wasn’t enough when some weeks We would spend up too 20 hours in the truck going from site to site. The team I worked with was good though the Forman knew what to do and did a good job making sure the team knew how to do the process before moving on to the next step
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Will not be paid on incentives until building is 4 weeks+ after completion. Metal shortage caused my buildings that were sold in March to be delayed. Company doesn’t order material until 4 weeks prior to build date. Crews will travel out of state to help for months and will not get any of your buildings done. Crews aren’t paid full wages during the travel time. With material shortage there was no ETA on materials to be delivered. This did not help get the information needed for customers. Owner of cleary sent and email demanding sales and price increase could be transferred to customers per the contract. Managers complete jobs early to pad their numbers and sales get emails from corporate demanding final check. I was told when I started I would have buildings completed by June/July. Finally had a completion in October after starting in March! If you are willing to just make base salary for 6+ months this job is for you….Only plus side of this job is you get a work car that you can use for personal use.


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Good Job

Its very difficult work and it is tough being out in the elements all of the time. The pay is good though and the benefits are ok. For the most part it was a pretty good experience.
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Horrible place to work

Mismanaged and horrible environment to work at. Hostile work environment and management doesn’t seem to care, work is unsafe and guidelines not followed and can be very dangerous.
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The company is only concerned with sales and checking boxes. There is really no concern for the employees. As a salesman, the company will pay you about $15.00/hour but they tell you will make money from your sales and incentives. What they don't tell you is that your incentives are ALL at the discretion of management.The company does make a good product but they don't take care, at all, about the people who are out there trying to make the company money.There is no money in any of the jobs for misc. expenses that always come up in the construction industry. At Cleary, if there is a mistake on the job or the salesman forgot something, the salesman has to pay for it out of the money he is supposed to make on the job.EVERYTHING is done so management can make money and take it away from the sales staff.You can make money at Cleary but you are going to run, run, run!


Good people in the branch offices


Nothing done to help the employees make more money
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Official response from Cleary Building Corp.

June 8, 2022
Hello,Cleary Building Corp. recognizes that employees are the company’s most valuable assets. We continually strive to create a pleasant and supportive work environment for all. For over 40 years, we have built our success, largely by listening to employee concerns and believing in continuous improvement. It is rather disappointing to read a negative, anonymous posting like this. However, Cleary’s historical success speaks volumes and stands strongly against these comments. I’d welcome anyone to come and see for yourself, and share in the rewards of working and succeeding within our dynamic and successful organization. Sincerely, Ryan Schuman; General Manager of Operations

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Based on 245 reviews

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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
2.6 out of 5 stars for Compensation/Benefits
2.6 out of 5 stars for Job Security/Advancement
2.5 out of 5 stars for Management
2.6 out of 5 stars for Culture

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