They tell you they have 98% retention rate, yet only 34% have been there 5 years or more. They tell you 8 hours a day but force you to work 12 to 14 hours a day minimum 7 days a week with night shifts. They treat all as disposable and let people go before you can collect bonuses or become vested. They violate federal harassment laws and retaliate if you report it by treating you worse followed by termination
Training was very limited due to the phase of the project I was introduced to. the formal training was to take place 16 months into my actual employment. Work life balance was poor, 12+ hr days 5 days a week with atlas one Saturday a month as a FE, often given notice of Saturday work at last minute notice i.e. was told I needed to work Saturday at the end of work day on Thursday despite having a family weekend trip planned two weeks in advance.
60+hrs wk, -5-6 days/week, Breaks are rare, many days without time to eat, Work life balance is preached but does not neccessarily apply to entry level positions
Utilities Foreman (Former Employee) - Kaneohe, HI - October 23, 2019
They hire a lot of young engineers and sometimes promote to fast with not enough experience. There were several work place violations that were covered up to protect a general superintendent and his friends on the job
Internship was very eye opening and revealed to me that a publicly traded company probably is not what I would want. Also moving your entire family every two years is not something I would want either. I recall my PM stating that he moved his family 15 times is 20 years
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District Office & Project Administrator (Former Employee) - Honolulu, HI - August 26, 2019
Always something to learn
Work Environment can be stressful at times
Things can change quickly depending upon work or job-site activities
Communication can be weak between employees and management
Most enjoyable part of job can be the people you work with
Lead Field Engineer (Current Employee) - Washington, DC - August 1, 2019
Manage field operations. We learned about layout for self performed work and helped subcontractors whenever they struggled. Higher management levels were more than qualified. Workplace culture was dependent on job. Workload to pay ratio is the hardest part if you are a new to the company. Most enjoyable part was the people.
Management was fair and supportive. They train everyone and are willing and earger to teach anyone that wanted to learn. The environment is phenominal, friendly, and fun. They look out for their employees and have great benefits. They get the job done.
The worked for a company that cared some much about their workers.treated everyone with respect and kindness. They pa good with great benefits.Over al its an amazing company. Wish they had jobs out here
If you spend your life working at Hensel Phelps, you will benefit greatly . Starting out fresh out of college, you can advance up through the company. Be ready for long, hard hours. If you are hired from the industry, you are considered an outsider.
Upper management is clueless to the well being of the employees. You are just a number. No compassion from management.
They expect you to work in a role for years regardless of competence. They hire some really great people and have a very friendly culture; however, the culture is also competitive and has high expectations for the amount of hours they expect you to work each week.
Probably the best construction company to work for in the nation. They put your through each role no matter whether you are good or bad at it. They want you to be well rounded so that when you are in the highest levels of management you know what it is to be in those positions.
Work with your life needs and career goals
Job to job, but actively are looking for employees happiness.
Typical day 6am-4pm M-F, must have a buddy with you the first 30 days at the intel location. The buddy program is greta but, its clear that your buddy/trainer is a busy person and is not happy to have you stuck to them all day.
Being construction, you'll find some more conservative folk. as an Field Engineer you're part of a team and have an Area superintendent to work with- majority of them are older and have tempers.
I;d say if you're younger and more progressive this is an uncomfortable place to work at.
I personally enjoy managing tasks and helping others resolve conflicts- The role is a good fit for me as I don't stress much and have a constant positive outlook on the goal.
Typical day at work was to complete assignement sheet. I learned a lot of safety hazards in the construction industry. Management was awesome to work with. Workplace culture was fair. The hardest part of the job was climbing stairs with harness and tools constantly. Most enjoying part of job was building safety rails and keeping people protected.
Typical day: you start at 6am and end at 4pm Monday throw Friday, you walk at least 10,000 steep a day.
I learned how to look at a blue print, how to talk to other trade to solve problems
The hardest part of the job was how to track the work.