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PCL Construction Reviews

Updated 1 October, 2017
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  • Work/life balance is preached, but not practiced (in 30 reviews)

  • role for someone who is not comfortable working on a jobsite or unwilling to work long hours if needed on a project (in 32 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Great Opportunities"

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

    I have been working at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    Employee Ownership! Challenging and rewarding work. Lots of pride in the projects that we build and the contribution to the community.

    Cons

    It takes hard work and dedication to be successful at PCL.

    Advice to Management

    Keep changing, adapting and listening!

    PCL Construction Response

    24 Apr, 2017 – HR Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback! I hope you continue to feel this pride throughout your career because, as you said, our people put in a lot of hard work and dedication to make our projects a success. We... More


  2. "Good experience but room for improvement"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Edmonton, AB
    Current Employee - Scheduler in Edmonton, AB
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Share program creates a work environment that promotes team work.
    Compensation for working away from home.
    Excellent in house courses to help build skills that will further your career.
    Good benefits.
    Will match your pension contribution.
    Reward you for good performance and dedication.

    Cons

    There are long hours.
    Some locations expect casual overtime with less compensation than other locations.
    Currently the the company is giving working notice of layoff rather than paying severance seems like the company is looking out for there bottom dollar rather than the well being of it's people.

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid to be upfront with employees and tell them where they stand with the company. If someone is not performing let them know how and where they can improve would be beneficial to everyone.

    PCL Construction Response

    17 Oct, 2017 – Vice President, Human Resources and Professional Development

    Thank you for this review and great advice regarding being upfront and providing feedback on performance. While not used very often, we actually see working notice as a great example of being upfront... More


  3. "Great company!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    Employee ownership
    Care about employee development
    Opportunities for advancement if you're willing to put in the time and effort and you should be willing to relocate

    Cons

    Inconsistencies between industrial, civil, buildings and head office in terms of policies and employee treatment

    Advice to Management

    Move with the times; millennials value different things.

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Oct, 2017 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your feedback! It's great to see that you're taking advantage of the opportunities that PCL has to offer. We would like to better understand and address your concerns about the policy... More


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  5. "Millwright"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay, and great camp

    Cons

    No life. 14/7 shift sucks when you live outside of Alberta

    Advice to Management

    Try to change the shift. 14/14


  6. "Administative Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Wonderful corporate atmosphere, everyone is very helpful and willing to answer questions. People work as a team to help get projects completed and people are very positive.

    Cons

    Human resources was inconsistent with clothing expectations for employees.

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Oct, 2017 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your feedback! We are so glad that your time at PCL was rewarding. As for our dress code policy, this is outlined in our company intranet (PCL Connects) and our New Employee Information... More


  7. "Great company with lots of wisdom for learning"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Coordinator in Winnipeg, MB
    Current Employee - Field Coordinator in Winnipeg, MB
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for quick progression.

    Cons

    Long hours expected without compensation

    Advice to Management

    Project structure on large projects can be very unfocused. Many people are in roles that have no definition. While others pick up the slack of the workers that are doing invaluable work.

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Oct, 2017 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your review! We're happy to hear that you can see all the great opportunities for advancement that PCL has to offer. As for your advice to management, we will pass this comment along to... More


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Project Coordinator"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Few good managers/supervisors who care about young employees

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions
    Reassigned to different departments/roles without informing you
    Career development review does not mean anything

    PCL Construction Response

    11 Oct, 2017 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your feedback. We are disappointed to hear that our career development program is not as impactful to you as we intend for it to be. Please feel free to share any suggestions for... More


  9. "carpenter"

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

    Pros

    great benefits, and a lot of work

    Cons

    the union is not reputable


  10. "Great place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    There is a real family feel to this company.

    Cons

    The majority of the work is project based, so moving around to different sites is inevitable.

    PCL Construction Response

    9 Aug, 2017 – HR Specialist

    We're so glad that PCL feels like family to you! We like to go where the best work is, and having diverse projects in North America, the Caribbean, and Australia provides our employees with... More


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Run away"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PCL Construction full-time

    Pros

    Having PCL on your resume when you go and look for another job

    Cons

    I worked for this company and left a long term government job to start with PCL. They are a tough company and don't pay very well, but they promised the moon, pay raises, advancement, etc, etc. They expect you to work 10+ hour days and constantly load you with heavy work loads. When it came time for a pay raise, they gave me a token amount which was a joke and the advancements never came, they just kept holding out the carrot for you to keep running after. The Christmas bonuses are a joke.

    Its often said PCL means "People Come Last" and I would definetely agree with that statement. They really don't care how they treat people since they are Canada's largest contractor, people will always want to work for them.

    After the second project I worked on came to a close I was laid off and I never looked back. Would I ever work there again? NO

    Am I bitter, absolutely not, PCL taught me many things which I still feel were excellent in my future career. I would just caution any person taking a job there to get the employment conditions in writing that were discussed in your interview. If they don`t provide it in writing, send them a letter outlining the discussions. They have no issues with blatant lying

    They talk a good game, but run away

    Advice to Management

    Treat salaried staff like people not like cattle

    PCL Construction Response

    30 Aug, 2017 – HR Specialist, North American Headquarters (Canada)

    Thank you for your review. We do value feedback from our employees because this allows us to investigate and learn from their experiences. We would really appreciate more information so please reach... More


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