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PCL Construction Reviews

Updated 21 July, 2018
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Pros
  • "Employee owned company with share offerings after 1 year of full-time employment" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Employee ownership and lean operating principles create an all-for-one and one-for-all environment" (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "If you get on a high profile project, your work/life balance will suffer" (in 35 reviews)

  • "role for someone who is not comfortable working on a jobsite or unwilling to work long hours if needed on a project" (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, BC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Richmond, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Employee ownership
    -Dividend paid annually
    -Good support from management
    -Support of various career paths
    -Good benefits
    -Good defined contribution pension (5% company match)

    Cons

    -High demands from management
    -Occasional long hours of work

    PCL Construction Response

    4 May, 2018 – Vice President, Human Resources and Professional Development

    Thank you for your review! We are very proud of our company and all that is being done to support our employee owners. You are right, at times the work is demanding.... which also makes it so... More


  2. "Welder"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Welder in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Welder in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    Well organized . Safe work environment

    Cons

    None to report that I know of

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Jul, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thanks for your review! PCL is committed to providing employees with equipment, training, and best practices to achieve a shared goal of zero incidents, and we are pleased to see that you experienced... More

  3. "Construction Invironment"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Former Employee - Quality Control Engineer in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at PCL Construction full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learning a lot. Learn how deal with people on the field.

    Cons

    A little bit scary for my first shift. living in the camp and working 12 hours of day was pretty new to me.


  4. "Excellent company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, PCL absolutely cares for its employees. There is a focus on work life balance and health and wellness. Although the pace can be fast there is also flexibility from management to offset that.

    Cons

    The only con is that the company needs to upgrade systems to improve internal efficiencies.

    PCL Construction Response

    26 Jun, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thanks for your review! At PCL, our people are integral to the success of our company - this is what continues to make us one of the top general contractors in North America, We appreciate your... More


  5. "Estimator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Estimator in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Estimator in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New and challenging work opportunities.

    Cons

    Work life balance difficult to manage.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with sr staff.

    PCL Construction Response

    22 Jun, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thanks for your review! A career in construction is demanding and rewarding, and we appreciate the hard work and efforts that our estimators put in to secure innovative projects that enhance our... More


  6. "BT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Some of the people are nice and good to deal with.
    - Free Pop.
    - Free Parking.
    - Benefits are better than most places.

    Cons

    - Bottom up Management.
    - Toxic Environment.
    - Very much a micromanaging environment.
    - Work/Life Balance is basically non existent.
    - Very Clicky.
    - Management dimisses concerns.

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Jul, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. You have highlighted some areas that are concerning to us, and we would appreciate it if you could please help us investigate these... More


  7. "Pipefitter"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pipefitter Journeyman in Fort MacKay, AB
    Former Employee - Pipefitter Journeyman in Fort MacKay, AB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay . Met a lot of great people

    Cons

    Just a number to management

    Advice to Management

    Promote due to brains and not friendships

    PCL Construction Response

    22 Jun, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Our PCLers are part of a family that teams up to work hard and have fun - this is what makes our company one of the top general contractors in North... More

  8. "Millwright"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    Steady construction work. They had a huge tool crib. Thousands of tools and sweet female crib attendants.

    Cons

    Some foremen were great. Others not so good.

    Advice to Management

    Treat us like human beings.

    PCL Construction Response

    5 Jun, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your review. If there is any specific feedback or suggestions you can provide us that could have improved your experience at PCL, please reach out to us at glassdoor@pcl.com.


  9. "Top heavy. Company does not treat employees very well if they are out on the project sites away from home."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator in Edmonton, AB
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can make good money when working out of town.

    Cons

    When out of town on project sites, there is no work life balance. You are gone 10 to 14 days (sometimes longer) at a time. Have better odds getting struck by lightning than getting a pay raise.

    Advice to Management

    Should try talking with your employees.

    PCL Construction Response

    5 Jun, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your feedback. We value the efforts of all our PCLers as this is what continues to make us a leading general contractor in North America. We encourage you to speak with your supervisor... More


  10. "assistent superintendent"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    safety first no matter what

    Cons

    just like to see other side off fence

    PCL Construction Response

    25 May, 2018 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thanks for your review! If there is anything we can do to further improve your experience at PCL, please speak with your district HRPD manager or feel free to reach out to us at glassdoor@pcl.com.


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