Shaw Group Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
152 Reviews
3.1
152 Reviews
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
James M. Bernhard Jr.
76 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.  

    Installer

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    Current Employee - Installer in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Installer in Edmonton, AB

    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
  2.  

    22 years of stress and head aches

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON
    Former Employee - Manager in Mississauga, ON

    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
  3.  

    Company taken over

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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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  5.  

    Accountant

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Accountant in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great Team Work, Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Lower pay than industry's rate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Care and Retention Specialist in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Customer Care and Retention Specialist in Edmonton, AB

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

    Pros

    Upbeat, 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...

    Cons

    Been 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 ManagementAdvice

    Respect 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good People

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time

    Pros

    people oriented, pays very well, good work life balance

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Really good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Calgary, AB

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Management who do not care about quality.

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer 2 in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Process Engineer 2 in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Shaw Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Start over by firing some of the senior managers in the Toronto office. Focus on client retention

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Pay!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Lead Mechanical Engineer in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Shaw Group

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    Chase projects with limitless manhours. EPC work is preferred over FEED projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great company for entrepreneur spirit within a Fortune 500 setting.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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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