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It's not that great
Administrator (Former Employee) –  Scottsdale, AZOctober 9, 2018
The company is bringing technology to construction. It's a pretty cool idea. They're still new and trying to figure out processes.

Management is just awful you can't trust them. Some actually take pride in being the "mean ones" in the office. People get promoted to "supervisors" that do not have the experience and don't know how to manage. There is no leadership or guidance. A lot of gossiping and it's like high school and very chaotic. Things change every day and it's very hard to keep up...but that's the life of a startup.

There are people from all different professional backgrounds, which is good because many ideas come together. Some of the people are absolutely wonderful to work with.
Pros
Unlimited PTO, free meals
Cons
Terrible Management
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Horrible company
Human Resource Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Tampa, FLOctober 9, 2018
They violet serious HR rules and regulation. No management ..no one last more than 4 months. Extremely unprofessional. Most people don't even have college education. They all seem to be on drugs.
Pros
Free breakfast
Cons
no management
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Working at Katerra
HSE Technician (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZSeptember 5, 2018
Daily tasks are routine, walk the floor (23,000 sqft), observe our team mates (TM's) for wear of personal protective equipment (hearing protection, eye protection, gloves, and safety shoes (protective toe, slip resistant, puncture resistant). Conduct safety inspections on forklifts, fire extinguishers, eye wash stations, and the overall facility. Point of contact for distribution of PPE, first aid treatment, injuries and incidents. Provide written reports on first aid and injuries to HSSE Lead, HSSE Director, and plant management. Provide reports to TM's lead or manager for verification and validation of corrective action in the prevention of future incidents or injuries. Identify and receive information and write reports on Near Misses or Close Calls.
HSSE management is good to work for, easy to discuss matters of concern, thoughts and ideas, and provides assistance and feedback regularly.
The TM's are still in an adjustment phase to a safety culture that is supportive instead of retaliatory. TM's were not used to having to abide by the safety culture of constant PPE usage, reporting of injuries or accidents without fear of repercussions.
An enjoyable part working for Katerra has been the unlimited PTO offered when hired. Though this is not something to abuse, it has offered time off when needed without fear of going in the hole for time off.
Pros
HSSE management, Pto
Cons
Accountability for actions by TM's
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Great Company to work for!
Mechanical &Plumbing Designer II (Current Employee) –  Houston, TXJuly 10, 2018
Great company to work for. Company is still in the early stages and are defining what they want to be 10+ years from now. Job security could be better but this is a very innovative and exciting company
Pros
Innovative and exciting company
Cons
Upper management, and closing down office locations can be concerning
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Great company to work for
Senior Supplier Quality Manager (Current Employee) –  Scottsdale, AZJuly 9, 2018
Overall, Katerra is a great company to work for. Compensation and benefits are very good. Katerra offers good, affordable insurance. Management is involved and supportive. Job culture is good.
Pros
Good benefits, nice work environment
Cons
Extremely fast paced and demanding at times
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Atrocious Management
NA (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJune 27, 2018
This company is a train wreck, very poor management from the top down. Poor communication, poor planning, complete total disarray. They may be successful, solely on the resources they have via investors, but with the current and existing management team they are destined for failure.
Pros
None
Cons
You name it, its bad.
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Horrid Management
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Scottsdale, AZJune 18, 2018
Katerra has the potential to be a good company if they cleaned house and got rid of the current management in the Scottsdale location. Too many people with little to no understanding of managerial skills and communication. The current management, having a limited amount of business acumen and skill is particularly unwelcoming and even threatened by anyone who wants to contribute. Overall attitude among the people that work there is to keep your head down and not say anything for fear of retaliatory action by an incompetent management team.
Cons
Atrocious managment.
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Job Charateristics
Heavy Equipment Operator (Current Employee) –  Tampa,FlJune 10, 2018
Steady Work, Decent pay,Employer recruitment very very efficient,PPE supplies furnished,Payday Advancement are so convenient,Safety Enforcement , Employee staff are all one friendly environment
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Would give them Zeros across the board if i could
Estimator (Former Employee) –  Dallas, TXMay 29, 2018
I worked for United Renovations that was acquired by Katerra; within a few months our "team" actually was more like a Hostile Regime leader was clueless in how to estimate and or build the new company headquarters in Scottsdale. he hired his old time "Life Coach" between the two of them they have personally walked several people out the door. As his style of leading is working 60hrs a week and does not fulfill any of his promises. Steer very clear of this company as the head estimator and head Architect have also left
Pros
unlimited PTO
Cons
blind leading the blind
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alright
Truss Builder and Quality control (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZMay 19, 2018
Great moderate pace have to be quick at problem solving and identifying
the culture is great
the best and worst thing about the job is how time flies when youre there
Pros
lots of hours and openings
Cons
pay rate and ability to move up
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Typical Day
Project Manager (Current Employee) –  Carson, CAApril 9, 2018
Your typical day can be different if you're at corporate office or at a job site. Depending on the team manager you have it can make a difference on how your day will be.
Pros
4 week vacation.
Cons
Management and information
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Terrible Management
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Reno, NVMarch 26, 2018
Katerra has verypoor management you will work for A group of little construction knowledge people the operations manager is a well a very good talker Katerra is made up of tech people trying to advance the construction industry if the woman in charge feels you know more than she does you won’t make it at Katerra, I’ve been in the industry for 25 years and have never saw such incompetence , on the bright side pay is good benefits as well
Pros
Good pay, benifits
Cons
Very bad management
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Jobsite quality control and project closeout document assembly and production.
Consultant (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAMarch 1, 2018
Worked as a consultant for Katerra. Work was very self directed and not continuously monitored. Lots of authority given to accomplish the tasks.Documentation and work product presented to local and Scottsdale offices.
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No direction
Industrial Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZFebruary 14, 2018
No communication and knee reactions to situations. Injury do not get reported or recorded. They break safety protocol to complete a job that is not planned.
Pros
You learn how people should be treated.
Cons
They dont care about people
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Good work, But horrible management
Lead (Current Employee) –  Phoenix, AZFebruary 11, 2018
Typical work day was going in fixing the mistakes from the shift before. Figuring out that after we fix it the next day came into work finding it was still messed up same mistakes were made and no one brought it up to the attention to the other supervisors.
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stay away
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  Las Vegas, NVFebruary 3, 2018
A typical day at work. Well there was no such animal. Always changing; couldn't get anything done. They expect you to call in favors to get subs to bid on their jobs. Then they try and yank the work away from the sub so they can "self-perform". They are burning bridges everywhere.
Pros
Pto
Cons
Everything else
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Business Strategy Consultant
Business Strategy Consultant (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaJanuary 31, 2018
Discovering the business opportunities for Katerra to use Intelligent Home Technology to develop ubiquitous wireless connectivity for their buildings and apartment campuses.
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Young Inexperienced Personnel and Poor Management
SENIOR PROJECT ARCHITECT (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WAJanuary 31, 2018
The company churned out work without regard to quality. There was insufficient time allotted to do proper work. The staff was inexperienced and too many rechnical drafters without architectural background to effectively do the work well and without errors.
Pros
Free lunches
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Great company..poor management
Lead CNC Dept. (Former Employee) –  Phoenix, AZJanuary 17, 2018
I loved working here.but the management team changed and it's been a mess since. I was able to advance and attain a leadership role, and apply my knowledge and abilities to benefit my employer.
Pros
Cafeteria
Cons
Poor management..too many new rules.
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One Star
Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Scottsdale, AZJanuary 12, 2018
very disorganized, too many people involved in the process, when new processes are put in place they are not communicated through the company. They lack experience and it shows greatly. They have terrific benefits and salary is ok but the culture there is supposed to be open communication and all you hear is just go with it. Nothing gets changed and jobs suffer.
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