Howard S. Wright Construction
3.2 of 5 9 reviews
www.hswcc.com Seattle, WA 50 to 149 Employees

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Brad Nydahl

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Project Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time for more than a year

ProsDepending on the division the upper management is good or bad.
Great benefits

ConsDepending on the division the upper management is good or bad.
Corporate mandated paperwork

Advice to Senior ManagementRealize what makes scene per project, and not treat each project as the typical project.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A very unsatisfying experience would be an understatement

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction

ProsFun people
Fairly divirse project types
I had a job and received a paycheck

ConsUnorganized on large project start-ups
Management is poor w/the flow of critical project information to those that need it, and then places blame when things aren't done correctly
Good 'ole boy culture
Poor raises
Upper management manages by fear
Terrible hours 70-80/week
Very unprofessional upper management that scream at employees
Minimal team building
Advancement slow and can be impeded
Bonus structure not good
Below average pay and salary increases (1.7% in '13)

Advice to Senior ManagementRead the cons above that you have complete control over.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Growing company that has been swallowed up by Balfour Beatty

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction

ProsFun people to work with

ConsLong hours are normal for construction

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Grinds and Burns People Out

Senior Project Manager (Current Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time for more than 8 years

ProsA paycheck
Not much travel
Annual golf tournament
Everyone is equally unsatisfied

Cons-70-80 hour work weeks are typical
-1.4% payraises
-Motivates through fear
-High turnover (30%-50% on Intel Projects), so you are constantly doing 2-3 peoples jobs during the constant cycle of replacing employees who quit
-No leadership, constant confusion over who's in charge.
-Extremely unprofessional (borderline racist) environment
-Burning you out is their goal
-Senior managment views you as a number
-Extremely political environment
-Zero transparency

Advice to Senior ManagementPay employees what they are worth and allow them the freedom to grow. The CEO is unanimously disliked by the vast majority of the company and only when he steps down will this company be allowed to truly succeed.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Average Construction Company

Project Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFinishes projects on schedule.
Most employees are enjoyable to be around.
Can perform a wide variety of projects.
Does not excessively change order owner.

ConsNo emphasis on employee retention
Below average industry salaries: Project Engineers: 48-58k, PM's: 105-110k
Good ole boy culture that values field experience over intelligence.
Understaffs jobs which result in 70-80 work weeks with no overtime
Very poor pay raise philosophy, recently gave PM's 1.5% annual raise despite record year for profits.
Zero transparency in bonus structure.
Upper management has too many field promoted employees which results in a motivate through fear culture.
Is behind industry technology curve. Is not a trend setter, but a follower.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease employee salaries so the company can retain its best employees. Increase transparency so employees can set goals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Rewarding experience with one of the best west coast construction companies

Project Engineer (Former Employee)
Portland, OR (US)

I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction full-time for more than a year

ProsQuality work and quality people. Honest. Hardworking.

ConsSubject to fluctuations in market like every other construction company.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great people and a engaging place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction

ProsCompany culture is good.
People are professional, motivated, well respected and fun to be with.
Strong emphasis on long-term client relationships not just "doing a job".

ConsNeed to strengthen Company name in SF Bay Area.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Senior PM (Current Employee)

I have been working at Howard S. Wright Construction

ProsLok out for its people

ConsHas Layoff in bad times

Advice to Senior ManagementPlan sextor market better. Don't chase money, build lasting relationships.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Easy going culture, but rigid leadership hurt the company

Project Manager (Former Employee)

I worked at Howard S. Wright Construction

ProsProfessional and was a prestigious firm at the time.

ConsMandatory use of company-owned rental company on projects made our bids uncompetitive and too high.

Advice to Senior ManagementShould have had a diversity in projects than focus on a few big clients. Public sector projects would have kept firm going strong.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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