Shaw Group Reviews

Updated 21 October 2014
Updated 21 October 2014
153 Reviews
3.1
153 Reviews
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
James M. Bernhard Jr.
77 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • people oriented, pays very well, good work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Great place to work most of them good people, Good projects long term projects (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Good old boy ways rule this kingdom, very old school and very cut throat (in 4 reviews)

  • Long hours, little time to get home (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Eye opening

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Milton Keynes, England

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of responsibilities early on in my career

    Cons

    Cronyism and nepotism is an endemic that should be eradicated!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start which didn't last

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Milton Keynes, England
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Milton Keynes, England

    I worked at Shaw Group

    Pros

    Large company with lots of opportunity to travel. Good graduate teaching. High level of knowledge in experienced personnel to learn from.

    Cons

    Promotions given on length of service rather than ability. Favourites are given opportunities to develop and the choice of projects. If experience isn't gained in an area within the first year it is difficult to gain experience as you are not put on projects you can't contribute to immediately. Annual reviews are a paper exercise with little or no effect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the long term prospects and careers of the employees rather than the singular project targets. Procedural requirements are overkill and hinder performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for entrepreneur spirit within a Fortune 500 setting.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to chase profitable prospects, thinking outside the box, lively environment. This company is focused on "the next big thing" which is nice for an often stagnant industry.

    Cons

    This is not the place for those who are dogmatic about processes and procedures are the traditional corporate environment. Remember it is an amalgamation of parts and understanding the history of the individuals is important to get along.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Now that it is sold to CB&I, it is going to be an interesting integration exercise. CB&I should not take this lightly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Installer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Installer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Installer in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Christmas party x2 (kids party + adult party) are fantastic if you go. Social events if you're interested. Work more or less as much as you want, higher pay rate

    Cons

    Difficult to manage rotating schedule and weekends as single father, all other aspects of the company that are cutting corners or not doing their jobs correctly "snowball" onto installers shoulders during time of install to be dealt with all at once. Higher pay rate only truly worth it if you work excessively as expenses don't increase much when you work more but are the same if you work less. Company currently changing customer experience focus but without changing unit based pay structure to account for change in expectation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall great Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shaw Group

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, perks, hours

    Cons

    You usually have to be a family member , relative or know somebody

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay should be equal to each person

  7.  

    22 years of stress and head aches

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They have great benefits and stock options

    Cons

    The owners say one thing to employees but then get management to do the opposite and be the bad giys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest and don't play favorites

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    ironworkers/welders

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ironworker/Welder in Saint Paul, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Ironworker/Welder in Saint Paul, VA (US)

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    the best in the world.

    Cons

    second too ,in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great team work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Family Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Records Manager in Centennial, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Records Manager in Centennial, CO (US)

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    One of the best company's to work for, no matter what your title was you felt like what you did made a difference. Everyone worked really well together.

    Cons

    Very high stress and fast paced work environment, a lot of times OT was mandatory. Unfortunately this company was bought out and the new CEO/VP's did not encompass that safe work environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    highly experience organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Supervisor
    Current Employee - Mechanical Supervisor

    I have been working at Shaw Group as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    All work was being done per work packages and drawings done by the companies own planners and design engineers.

    Cons

    Other supervisors were getting involvrd in other supvisors work and not paying attension to thier own. There was an other first line supervisor that was very unprofeessional to the craft and other supervisors, the same person would not reconize the safety barriers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to train supervisors on more on the safety of all work enviroments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Company taken over

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shaw Group

    Pros

    I had a job so, pay was ok,

    Cons

    too many bad managers in the energy and chemicals divison. They promoted their friends

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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