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Graham Construction Reviews

Updated 15 May, 2018
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Pros
  • Good people - they live by the motto Commitment, Integrity, Reliability (in 3 reviews)

  • Dynamic, great superintendents, very good safety culture, pay well (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It is an employee owned company so it tends to have very socialist old boys club mentality (in 10 reviews)

  • Not all managers in the company understand, what it is to have work life balance (in 5 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. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Manager in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good wages lots of work at the time.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care. Not worried about people.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on employees

  3. "Project coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Big company; Reputable in market; Have many options

    Cons

    People may remain in their own groups; Highly subjective; Old school


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful co-workers, friendly culture, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Starting salary was quite low

    Advice to Management

    no advice at this time


  5. "Labourer"

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    Former Employee - General Labour in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - General Labour in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good size company and lots of room to grow.

    Cons

    Has become increasingly large and ends to have a lot of politics at the management level.


  6. "Safety"

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    Current Employee - Safety Officer in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Safety Officer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, great superintendents, very good safety culture, pay well.

    Cons

    Can be difficult to move forward at times

    Advice to Management

    Promote training more for workers


  7. "Starting with Graham"

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    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly team, optimal work environment, opportunity to progress.

    Cons

    Below average compensation, outdated software.

    Advice to Management

    Promote training, cover expenses, update office

  8. "Old Boys Club"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Calgary, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company reputation from the past performance brought many opportunities to their door. Unfortunately, Graham VPs are so full of themselves, they don't expect to have to work hard to capture these opportunities?

    Cons

    The old boys club and brown nosing is so severe at the Calgary and Corporate office across the road, that it's very obvious to the people NOT in the inner circle. You are labelled and overstepped by the Directors and Managers within the circle, that morale is terribly low. You see bad decision after bad decision weekly, and no voice to raise them (even though you are a passenger on the Employee Shares downhill train...).

    The "Toolbox" management system is so arduous to operate, and dictates that you spend most of your day administrating to it rather than managing your projects! Forget getting some meaningful mentoring or training on the system! I've been cornered by Directors because they didn't like my forecasting, even though it was caused by terrible cost entries by controllers? No ease of correction built in. We Project Managers had to have our noses stuck into our computers so much, that we failed to properly manage out projects affectively! ll this so some lazy director could simply push a button for project status, rather than actually walk around and talk to staff about the job. Get off your butts VPs / Directors!

    Advice to Management

    Quit resting on your Laurels from 10 years ago, and actually do YOUR JOB! You're like a hockey player that just signed a long term contract after a good couple of years. Out of touch old boys club!


  9. "Good Company -"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB
    Current Employee - Manager in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Graham Construction full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good compensation, opportunities to advance, don't cheap out on tools and equipment, great safety first culture that's top down driven.
    Employee investment program in place top of industry.

    Cons

    Big company with over the top "Corporate" control by people too far removed from the front line work.
    Behind in technologies for the front line. Use of apps and handheld support.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the impact decisions made at corporate have for the front line, not just for top tier management.


  10. "Carpenter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Saskatoon, SK
    Former Employee - Carpenter in Saskatoon, SK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of room for growth. They are eager to pay for schooling and advancement. Comparable holiday pay. Budgets never felt restricting.

    Cons

    If you are on the wrong site, a bad superintendent can make it a miserable place to work. Nepotism is rampant at times.


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