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Graham Construction Reviews

Updated 17 April, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Laid off"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    graham has a tremondous safrty program. They have have put together a leading in house training program which should help employees reach there goals.

    Cons

    they communicate expectations poorly and if you are not one of the buddies of the old boys club you are pretty well left to on your own to firgue out there systems

    Advice to Management

    Senior management doesn't get out much. My VP never came out to our job in 18 months and this was one of the few jobs on the go at the time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Zero Integrity"

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    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.


  3. "Dont walk -run"

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    Former Employee - Branch Accountant in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Branch Accountant in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Clean neat office, some people care

    Cons

    I worked in accounting in Edmonton. They will over load you because they do not have the foresight to hire more staff when the branch picked up a job that nearley doubled the revenue in the entire industrial branch. When your doing the work of 4 or 5 five people and your suggestions fall on deaf ears and everything starts falling apart - Management will throw you under the bus and then implement your processes and take credit for them and make you look bad.

    Additionally, they sell you the "employee owned" then dont let everyone in.

    They also sign off on salaries in the hiring agreement and dont honor it. That was embarrising for me because I did the hiring and my supervisor signed off on it as well then when the employee was hired it wasnt honored. The employee left and went to the competitor.

    Management has not grown with the company because they have never worked anywhere else -they are learning on the job..pay is below industry standard.

    Advice to Management

    be honest. if your department is failing dont balme the people under you then implement their processes as your own that you originally denied now that it's all falling apart ..everyone sees through it..


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  5. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Accountant in Regina, SK
    Current Employee - Accountant in Regina, SK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Established company
    -Private share offering
    -Opportunities to advance and learn

    Cons

    -Poor middle management
    -Can be boys club at times
    -Had to get established unless you work for operations

    Advice to Management

    -Need managers who understand how to manage people and not just people who are technically strong


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Graham has an environment that promotes growth and actively promotes its staff on a regular basis. Graham is an employee owned company with good potential to make additional money in the form of shares and returns, which in the past have been quite good.

    Cons

    Graham has an "old boys club" culture amongst many of the senior staff which can feel a bit 1950's.
    As with many large company, politics plays a key role in promotion and opportunity.

    Advice to Management

    I don't have much advice for management except to say they could work on their soft skills. Long term customers are more valuable than short term.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Project Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Senior Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Exposure to various project types/sizes/positions/responsibilities
    - Decent compensation/benefits

    Cons

    - No work/life balance
    - Always expected to be available to take calls and address emails
    - Very unprofessional senior leadership
    - Expected to work late regularly with no compensation

    Advice to Management

    Cut out the unprofessional 'management'. Senior people are promoting friends instead of qualified individuals. They make up new positions so their friends can be promoted into them.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Superintendent"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can't really think of any during my employment at that organization as if you are not in the boys club and graduated from u of s , own a snowmobile, an iron worker, it won't be enjoyable

    Cons

    Boys club runs ramped and upper management thrives on the buddy system. Training is non existent unless your extremely poor at your job. Divisions within don't get along and like to see failure. Company is extremely unorganized and the share program is a joke. The company is in a financial crisis and had to sell properties to maintain cash flow

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring incompetent managers


  9. "Awesome"

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    Former Employee - Operations Accounting Clerk in Regina, SK
    Former Employee - Operations Accounting Clerk in Regina, SK
    Recommends

    I worked at Graham Construction full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, great people, excellent compensation and benefits, loved the work

    Cons

    Not many, there are some downsides as with most jobs but the good definitely outweighed the bad


  10. "heavy equipment trainer"

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    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Trainer in Fort McMurray, AB
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Trainer in Fort McMurray, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company, good management for the most part, good pay

    Cons

    Some managers don't buy into need for training program


  11. "Work was there, paid on time. Overall, good!"

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    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter in Calgary, AB
    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter in Calgary, AB
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When busy, plenty of opportunities for overtime

    Cons

    Top heavy. A few of those in charge couldn't construct with Lego sets, let alone steel studs, wood, concrete, bricks and mortar.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just promote the brown nosers! Look at the guys in the field, too. They may know a thing or two and be worthy of promotion.


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