Shaw Group
2.9 of 5 142 reviews
www.shawgrp.com Baton Rouge, LA 5000+ Employees

Shaw Group Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014

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44% Approve of the CEO

Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.

James M. Bernhard Jr.

(71 ratings)

54% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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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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Accountant (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat Team Work, Flexible Schedule

ConsLower pay than industry's rate

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I believed in the Shaw Family concept including staff and our customers

Customer Care and Retention Specialist (Current Employee)
Edmonton, AB

I have been working at Shaw Group full-time for more than 5 years

ProsUpbeat, leading edge technology, fast paced industry and we are supplied very quickly updated to support our customers with the best info and grow the Shaw business and our commission also grow...

ConsBeen with Shaw just over 5 years and the intimate family concept and the core values that the company still to this day remain the same but in reality "Whats best for the business" which is right but both the personal family "We" is now a weak link and Balance another core value..does not exist.

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect and integrity works both ways.
I'm heartbroken by the trickery and not being recognised for my contribution that I didn't even realize that people were being placed near me to learn my style of intimate and respectful approach with the customer and more importantly my way of letting the customer know we really value them as our customers.

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

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Good People

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Shaw Group full-time

Prospeople oriented, pays very well, good work life balance

ConsSr management definitely work in silos - different in each dept.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Really good company

Software Developer (Former Employee)
Calgary, AB

I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than a year

ProsGood pay, friendly people, nice offices, excellent benefits.

ConsUpper management descisons appear irrational sometimes. Sometimes these poor choices end up affecting many people's jobs negatively.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Pay!!

Lead Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Shaw Group

ProsExcellent salary compared to other local EPC companies (like bantrel, colt, snc). Three weeks vacation.

ConsNot many large projects to work on. Manhours hours are inadequate for most projects. Some departments like piping are poorly staffed. Project engineers are not very experienced.

Advice to Senior ManagementChase projects with limitless manhours. EPC work is preferred over FEED projects.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Poor Management who do not care about quality.

Process Engineer 2 (Current Employee)
Toronto, ON

I have been working at Shaw Group

ProsSome coworkers at this location are good to work. Benefits are decent.

ConsThe Toronto office has very poor management from the project level to department managers. Projects are always late and over budget. Numerous clients have stated that they will not work with Shaw again because of poor execution by Toronto office.

The majority of the Toronto "Ivory Tower" staff are lazy and technically incompetent. They are more concerned with their individual goals/salaries than the company or projects.

Employees are treated like overheads and numbers. Hard-work, merit and performance are not considered during retention. Favoritism, friends and politics play an important role in the office especially during raises and lay-offs.

There is NO training for junior engineers. Company policies are not followed by managers. Typically career length is 1-2 years till you are fired. High turnover in the last year (over 200 laid-off).

Anyone considering working at Shaw’s Canadian office should consider contractor work not full-time status because chances of being laid off in 6-12 months is high.

Advice to Senior ManagementStart over by firing some of the senior managers in the Toronto office. Focus on client retention

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Shaw Group

ProsProvided me with lots of experience.

Conslarge company can feel insignificant

Advice to Senior Managementcontinue supporting your employees

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Ok place to work.

Civil Structural Engineer (Former Employee)
Charlotte, NC (US)

I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFlexible work hour. Good experience. Friendly working place. Good work / life balance. Good training.

ConsManagement was not good, not considering for employee. sometime pressure work load. Benefits is getting worse.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsWas a great company to work for

ConsUndervalued employees, wish would have allowed telecommutting

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work at.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Shaw Group

ProsThe best balance between work and home, one can find.

ConsNone that I am aware of

Advice to Senior ManagementNone that I am aware of.

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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