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Graham Construction Reviews

Updated 17 September, 2017
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Pros
  • Good people - they live by the motto Commitment, Integrity, Reliability (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay if you can get on one of there prevailing wage projects (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • The butt kissers get ahead, and the senior management is a grand good ol' boys club (in 8 reviews)

  • Not all managers in the company understand, what it is to have work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Operations"

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    Current Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Operations in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee ownership model is the best in the industry
    Careful management - not overly aggressive but growing the business
    Good people - they live by the motto Commitment, Integrity, Reliability

    Cons

    Financial results are better than average, but not as strong as they should be

    Advice to Management

    Western Canada is changing - need to diversify


  2. "Horrible Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company.

    Cons

    -No uplift for working out of town
    -No allowance of any sort
    -Have to work during stat holidays as well, without any extra pay
    -Poor management team, that expects you to work free overtime, and that will threaten you with firing you if you do not work the overtime for free.
    -Lack of support on site. Taking additional responsibilities, without any additional pay

    Overall, just a terrible company to work for. I wish I could give it the 0/5 stars that this company deserves

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people well. Think about their work/life balance. And be direct with your employees.


  3. "Good and Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    MOST of the Graham people are great, hard working, and friendly. Toolbox system is pretty good. Benefits/pay are great.

    Cons

    Good people become frustrated seeing lazy, useless brown nosers moving up the corporate ladder. There are some really nasty backstabbers working in this company. You would think your back in junior high school, but no, just some losers who couldn't get a job anywhere else if they tried, and have been leeching off the company for forever and kissing butt to all the right people. Extremely clique.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less of your useless friends for VP-style positions and more people who actually work.


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  5. "Proposal Management"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Business Development in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    sick leave, benefits, BBQs, work life balance

    Cons

    Mentor,requires reference library, requires participation from employees, training programs needed, time management is not important to your senior leadership, team work is stated but not present, you are given more responsibilities but do not expect to be paid for them.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs work, team needs work, communication and involvement


  6. "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    They took us out for dinner once.

    Cons

    - Horrendous upper-management
    - Hire you as a laborer and expect you to do 2-3 other jobs above your pay grade without the increase.
    - Build it, Tear it down, Build it, Tear it down again.
    - Everyone's expendable unless you spend your time at graham on your Kuny's pleasing management.
    - Being rushed so badly because of poor management that taking pride in your work is out the door.
    - Hours are never concrete and change on the fly. (Usually for the worse)
    - Little to no warning of upcoming lay-offs
    - Supervisors have no idea what they're doing and as an end result millions lost on the job site.
    - They worry about their premiums over your health and wellness
    - Just an overall terrible company

    Advice to Management

    It's useless to give advice because you wont listen to it.


  7. "How the Mighty Fall"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    Driven, Young, Energetic, Aggressive that push the boundaries (some divisions)

    Cons

    Out of touch (other divisions, senior management)
    Risk Adverse

    Advice to Management

    Look back to what made you great. Without risk and commitment rewards will be lacking


  8. "finance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saskatoon, SK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Flexible workplace
    Supportive staff
    Open door policy

    Cons

    Not all managers in the company understand, what it is to have work life balance.
    Some managers need more coaching to be effective leading people


  9. "Graham"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    There is a good working culture

    Cons

    Pay in the cost centers is below average.


  10. "Check"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time

    Pros

    Okay company to work for

    Cons

    Very operations focused (good if you're in operations, not so otherwise)


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Zero Integrity"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They seem to be securing larger projects and have successfully rode out the recession despite a significant downturn in their industrial area.

    Cons

    Let's start with accountability. A subsidiary fraudulently misrepresents their books, clips the parent for millions, and no consequences. Over the past 5 or so years, hundreds of millions of dollars written off from project overruns. Then in late 2016 senior management feels the best way to deal with reduced profits is to begin mass lay-offs of good performing employees. The butt kissers get ahead, and the senior management is a grand good ol' boys club.

    Advice to Management

    Other companies during this recession have rolled back benefits, wages or both. Your approach is to amputate without care or consequence to the business which demonstrates how you truly feel about the human capital in your company. You say employees are your most valuable resource, but your actions dictate otherwise.


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