Company culture is angry and prideful and like any job in the trades, you must walk lock-step with more experienced apprentices and electricians. Variations in personality need not apply. Having a job with a company like Watson is more about being accepted into the culture than it is about performance. Very military-like in the way you must approach foreman and basically anyone more experienced than you. Questioning is not tolerated.
Might make good money ten years from when you start in the apprenticeship, Sense of accomplishment.
Pay sucks, Have to pay $100 a month to be in the apprenticeship, If you stay in long enough you will be reimbursed, If you leave they keep your last paycheck and you don't get reimbursed, Have to buy all your own tools, Commute to jobsites is usually far and is never paid.
I started as a green horn and didnt know anything. They hazed the ever living life out of me. Dont bother with this company, they dont care to teach. The only thing they care about is making them look like the good guy while making you look useless. Honestly I could probably sue them for some of the stuff they put me through. If you are reading this please please please dont even consider working here
Not a good company to work for. They tell you that you can advance but in reality you probably won’t. No raises except cost of living.
Electrician (Former Employee) – Duncan, SC – June 13, 2018
I worked for the Duncan SC office. The management is terrible everyday our crew was cussed out for the smallest things by the field superintendent. They talk about bonuses but the way it’s set up makes it almost impossible to get one. Only good thing about working here was some of the people that I met who eventually left also. Employees come and go so fast. They expect helpers to work by themselves with little support and no supervision. Only raise I saw during my employment was cost of living. A little advice if you find something better do not give a notice unless you can start at your new place of employment immediately as they will let you go.
Poor field management, low pay, poor attitude/ personalities, no employee retention
Supervisor (Current Employee) – Virginia Beach, VA – May 7, 2018
Typical day: 8 hrs 7:00-3:30 5days per week Monday-Friday Overtime & weekend work often available (sometimes required) 15 min paid brake around 9:00. 30 min un-paid lunch around 12:00.
I went through the apprentice program. The apprenticeship is solid. You can start with no experience. Classroom training, books, hands on training, Safety training all provided at no cost.
Management: Is competent, like everywhere some are better than others. They prefer to promote from within as positions become available or by company growth.
Culture: A safe, productive working environment. They try to create a team atmosphere on each project. A typical job is made up of a foreman, mechanic, apprentices, and helpers. ( the number of and experience of each depends on the size of the project). A honest day’s work is required to make it. Employees with the best attendance, production, quality and work ethic are paid fairly and occasionally recieve bonuses, they are also chosen to be promoted. Employees that regularly layout of work, require prodding to stay on task and don’t follow safety rules usually quit or are terminated. (which leads to high turnover)
Hardest part of the Job: Fast paced environment! The only thing pushed harder than Production and Quality is Safety.
Most enjoyable part of the job: I’m constantly learning. I get to work with my hands. I take pride in work done well. I like building new projects and creating Satisfied & Repeat customers.
Safe work environment, great benefits, Plenty of work.
Install Temporary Lighting ,set Transformers and disconnect pannels bend and install conduit then pull wire and connect to pannel boxes. job consists of extremely Heavy eqipment and took alot of stregth .on average 14 hrs a day
Bad management , unrealistic expectations, bad eye for talent
Mechanic/Formen (Former Employee) – Raleigh, NC – February 23, 2018
Never get a raise or bonus. Don’t like you challenging there ways. Ran by old men that own the stock and appoint themselves to rediculous corporate positions to further suck up all the profit. Then they force you to use there prefab so they can steal hours of your job. They also rent all equipment they own to the job to further steal from your profits and spend nothing on raises or bonuses.
The people I worked with I have so much respect for. I gave 100% of myself and it looked like it was recognized. Management on the other hand saw differently. We still have so far to go it seems but I loved the experience, learned a lot from some good people. All I can say is thank you for the opportunity.
great place to both learn and work, employees good people who don't mind showing you anything
I guess its not for everyone. What more can I say?
Electrician (Current Employee) – Richmond, VA – July 24, 2017
A lot of these construction companies are the same. Watson's downfall is the paid vacation and holidays but at least they have them. Only one week paid vacation and seven holidays after your first year with the company. No sick days. They do however, make up for it with their benefits package and there is plenty of opportunity for overtime. Not a bad gig when you compare it to a lot of places.
Low pay for the guys in the apprenticeship program. Definitely not enough to live off of. They have a messed up way for compensating you for travel time. One job site I was on I had to travel an hour and a half to get there. That's 3 hours round trip and you barely get anything for it. If you're looking to learn this is definitely not the place to work for. They frown up newbies in the industry and will do everything to make your job harder on you.
A lot of indecent people, low pay, next to nothing travel compensation.