Job Project Analyst (Current Employee) – Fredericksburg, VA – May 26, 2018
Company is located in Atlanta, GA and can be dysfunctional and disconnected to field operations, by design or ineptitude. Like any company, especially in construction, good days and bad but overall, a good learning experience but looking to move to a better paying, better organized operation.
PM (Former Employee) – Winder, GA – September 12, 2018
Typical work day never ends. Always required to answer phone or emails at all hours. Little crew management and no training. When you need help, little support and don't even ask for a raise. Pay is low and benefits are worthless. Backstabbing work environment leaves you feeling like you're back in high school.
Anonymous (Current Employee) – Winder, GA – March 30, 2018
I've worked at Vankirk for years. What started off as a small success-driven company, has continued to grow into a well oiled machine while still holding on to its small town roots. I have seen many people come and go and one thing remains constant, if you are organized, detailed, able to rise to a challenge, and can clearly prioritize your work, then you will be rewarded with a solid career at Vankirk. Its easy to spot the employees that will be successful at Vankirk, they take on challenges without hesitation, and drive them through to completion. This company requires critical thinking, and demands excelence. Overall, You get what you put into the company. I've seen this happen for dozens of employees over many years, myself included. I highly recommend this company for those that are self-driven, and those with the mindset of "Let's knock this out", towards anything that arises. If you strive to be your best at work, you'll fit right in. It's this pursuit of excellence that makes Vankirk a rewarding company to be part of.
Corporate Office Staff (Current Employee) – Winder, GA – March 27, 2018
I have been with VanKirk Electric for 2.5 years. There have been many changes and growth in that time. Every day gets better and better with people developing into more stable and effective employees. Great family atmosphere. The owners are very involved and willing to help out. If you are willing to ask for help you will most definitely get it. Expect to work hard, but get compensated for it!
Every aspect of the job is micro-managed. I was never able to get the materials I needed or the man power to get the job done. The help was completely inexperienced. The project managers that are supposed to have my back would rather throw me under the bus than tell the builder they are wrong. The management in the office won't give me what I need or get the questions answered, all they do is send more people out to the job site to basically take over. The easiest job sites are made into such a hassle that it makes for an extremely stressful environment. The communication is non-existent. Professionalism is out the door with this company. I don't see how they even turn a profit. I would not recommend them to anyone. The pay is good though. lol
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Winder, GA – February 21, 2018
Work there only if you are aware these points. 1. There will be no training. 2. You will be dropped in with no support or direction. 3. Your supervisor will be a small dictator, who is grossly under qualified, habitually late for work with frequent days of unexplained absences. 4. You will be bombarded with endless useless emails, attended more and more meetings with less and less resolution. 5. You should be acutely aware of the office cliques and never approach them when they are having a bad hair day. Reminded me of high school. 6. The leadership there if you will, or as they refer to themselves, THE UPPER MANAGEMENT are a group of chest beating messy Boy Scouts who are pron to temper tantrums, yelling and finger pointing.
Project Manager (Former Employee) – Winder, GA – September 30, 2017
Most unstable work environment I have ever been a part of. Not a question of if you get fired, but when. Highest turnover I have ever experienced. Worse than high school with bully management and cliques. Vicious and high stress. Absolutely no support and no training. Uneducated people poorly attempting to do educated work. Unskilled amigos are the labor force that do 90% of the work incorrectly. Project managers and superintendents are the fall guys for all that is wrong on a project and are set up to fail. Micromanaging in the office by those who have no field experience. Never seen so much red tape. Impossible to be sucessful.
Semi-decent pay for the area
Set up for failure, unaffordable "benefits", vicious cliques that the run the office, no ethics, no trust, no stability
I.T. Manager (Current Employee) – Winder, GA – June 30, 2017
Good people and friendly work environment. It is always an interesting day at work (can be fast paced and hectic but also calm and steady). The owners (The VanKirks) are wonderful people. Truly a great place to work.
Office (Former Employee) – Winder, GA – December 12, 2016
Was the worst place I have ever worked. They don't care about anyone. The turnover is incredible there is no training. They have uneducated people doing educated work. They don't help the superintendents in the field. The crews they have go to the projects last week were working at Taco Bell and this week they are electricians messing up everything. "They don't even know what a wire nut is" they are not ethical. There are way to many other reasons to even mention. If I was you I would NEVER work for this company.
Foreman (Former Employee) – West Los Angeles, CA – October 13, 2016
Lay out workers for the day. Attend contractors meeting and meet with city electrical inspectors. Keep track of all progress and labor hours for personnel. The hardest part of my job was trying to delegate labor when i didn't have enough men to complete deadlines.
Superintendent (Former Employee) – North Carolina – August 14, 2016
This company cares more about how much money they make then the quality and integrity of the work and the labor they provide. They provide all Amigos to do the work. These guys have very little experience and have never served any type of apprenticeship in there life. They make more mistakes and you have to get them to correct them which they don't like doing. They have no clue when it comes to doing electrical work. Very stressful environment and you work long hours for the same pay. They do not want to give you the proper tools to do the job. If you ask for help you don't get it.
Assistant Project Manager/ Project Engineer (Former Employee) – Winder, GA – August 6, 2016
This is a family owned company that is growing exponentially. It started as a small company that just put food on the table, but has turned in to a coast to coast electric company that provides all electrical outlets for Multi-Family housing.