Shaw Group Reviews

Updated 28 July, 2014
Updated 28 July, 2014
146 Reviews

3.0
146 Reviews
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Shaw Group Chairman, President, and CEO James M. Bernhard Jr.
James M. Bernhard Jr.
73 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.  

    Good People

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Accountant

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

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

    Pros

    Great Team Work, Flexible Schedule

    Cons

    Lower pay than industry's rate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

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

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    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 for 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
  6.  

    Really good company

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

    I worked at Shaw Group full-time for more than a 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Great Pay!!

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    • Senior Management
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    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
  9.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Shaw Group

    Pros

    Salary is competitive, company provides diverse energy services to customers

    Cons

    Retirement could be better, new employee inclusion could be improved

  10.  

    Great learning experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Safety Supervisor  in  La Porte, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Safety Supervisor in La Porte, TX (US)

    I have been working at Shaw Group full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours and great benefits

    Cons

    Slow pay raises not able to make a lateral move

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II  in  Stoughton, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Stoughton, MA (US)

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

    Pros

    Large company with lots of opportunity for those who like to travel. The exposure to subject matter experts is incredible so there will never be a technical question left open. I worked for Shaw for 6+ years and really enjoyed my co-workers and the overall experience.

    Cons

    The company is made up of multiple satellite engineering offices and the distribution of projects and, by default, exposure to new engineering opportunity became less and less evenly distributed across those offices despite relevant experience and competencies. The down side to not being willing to travel and not being located at engineering headquarters.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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