- Messer Construction Company15.Sep 2017
The company has an incredible dog and pony show to recruit but after onboarding you're left on your own to figure out everything you can before you are blamed for something or fired for not performing a part of your job you didn't even realize was there!
Support from management
You're given a project and then sent off to complete it. While that sounds ideal when items come up that are needed, such as an RFCI or something as simple as a an equipment request you're better off going to buy it yourself and eat the cost personally or hidden in your budget. Messer loves to boast about our 'Rental Division' and how "self suffecfient' Messer is but you will pay dearly should you alter that schedule in anyway even if it makes everything safer or more physically sound! God forbid you think on your own.
As mentioned previously ironically, the only existing teamwork witnessed is that between project management and that is very minimal, just enough to blame the "other guy" should something inevitably go wrong.
Freedom to work independently
As mentioned above they promote a non-existent "teamwork" and yet it's a shark tank that is stocked by Executive Management and higher. The only team work I can attest to is my Project Management where the small number of us onsite work together to simply protect each other from Corporate Management and other Project Management that have formed loyalties to teams on prior projects and still view themselves loyal to "that team" rather than Corporate success and will actually work underhandedly to undermine their current project team in hopes of being sent back because of a "successful project teamwork" before and to avoid "negative work ethics" from the current Project Management! It's seriously sad that these high school cliches not only exist but THRIVE in a corporation that at one time had such esteem and work ethic that it used to be an honor and the pinnacle of success to be employed by Messer. Like Camelot, Messer too, is no more.
Every department lead is rushing so hard and fast to take credit for the next big accomplishment that they share the minimum amount of information possible to get the job started and keep the rest to themselves. There truly is NO teamwork here;
I would say this is one area where Messer mostly gets it right. There is a very good mix of male/female employees in all fields and all levels of leadership. I can't give it 5 stars however because it is commonly known that the women are overridden by the male VP's in matters that involve their male counterparts/seniors if it involves a golfing, fishing or more common ... a drinking-golfing buddy that is being fast tracked for an Executive spot.
Attitude towards older colleagues
They treat the older Executives with the upmost courtesy and esteem because they generally are the ones that paved the way for them to be where they are now, for better-or-worse.
Messer offers its employees many career development classes and workshops. Many are even mandatory. The origination of this was brilliant. It was meant to maintain the best of the best in skilled labor. Now because of their treatment the labor force is taking advantage of these educational opportunities to better themselves and take their skills where they're appreciated and acknowledged.
Overall compensation for your work
I worked the same position I'm at now for a same sized construction company as Messer. Actually a little smaller if you compare published company revenues and profits. I made 2/3 more money at the other company!!! In my interview and job offer I was told, in writing, my salary would rise and I'd surpass my previous income plus bonuses and benefits, such as company car. Within 2.5 years they took away 75% benefits, bonuses and perks ... starting with my company truck!!! So I ended up a net loss!
Office / Work Environment
Work by the hands in the field is sometimes indistinguishable between work and play. These crews have been together for a long while most of the time and are more like family at times. They truly trust and rely on each other as one said "because they absolutely cannot rely or trust in their leadership to do the right thing, unless the right thing is to pad the Executive bonuses/pay". I've seen funeral homes more lively than Messer Corporate office!!!
The laborors genuinely make great efforts to be conscious and compliant with the EPA/OSHA and company policy but have little guidance from leadership to go beyond the basics they've picked up from other jobs. The Safety department who should be advising is a joke. If they're there at all you can't get them out of the office. And the guy in Safety that is supposedly the go-to man is literally NEVER around nor does he answer his phone. IF he does he passes it off on who ever is covering or assigned to the project. Probably because he's still home in bed or hungover.
I must admit I have been pretty free with my weekends the last 3-4 years but you can forget any regularity in what time you'll get to go home from day-to-day.
The public perception is Messer can do no wrong and does stellar work! However, the great Oz pulling the strings behind the curtain is pulling harder than ever to keep everything hidden behind that green curtain. Messer is being sued more now for faulty work practices than any other. Many are for government projects for the public that are failing within a years use! They got the work in exchange for prime land to build their new Corporate HQ on. $1.00 for the land for government contracts that the public didn't want, done for cheap prices and materials.
I'm currently looking for employment elsewhere as are many others that haven't already left yet! A lot of serious and experienced talent have and are walking out the door for better working conditions. Some are getting more money, many are getting less but are leaving for a much healthier surrounding in the workplace as well as security. I've seen people not in the cliche get fired for no reason other than they moved and didn't notify management for approval. Others no reason given until they filed for unemployment. Yet they have everyone sign a confidentiality agreement to get a severance check. If they don't sign then they don't get the check AND they'll fight unemployment. Sign and your check and unemployment being held hostage will be released. I was told this by 3 very senior and reliable sources who experienced it firsthand.
Messer takes great efforts in making work-friendly environments for the handicapped. I'm truly impressed. One famous case is of a longtime employee paralyzed while working off hours on his new home. Messer went above and beyond to see to it he nor anyone in a similar condition would be able to access anything and everything at work providing them with as much independence as possible. They even added handicap access to a project trailer for a project engineer that came to work still drunk from the night before, fell on the steps and broke her arm severely! Amazingly, even though there were witnesses, she ended up, according to documentation, broke her arm at home and was taken to the hospital from there after a team management leader drove her from the office (that she allegedly was never at)!
In general the employees practice safe work policies. Although there seems to be an occurrence of bad luck on jobs when two particular "Safety Managers" are assigned to those jobs. All other job injuries go down but under their supervision their injury rates go up!
Messer performs some of the most technologically sophisticated projects in the nation. I'm proud to have been a part of some of these great works of art.
Inclusive / Diverse
I'm deeply sorry I even have to write this openly. I have personally brought racism and xenophobia as well as homophobic acts to Executive Management, HR and Vice President and Executive VP levels with oathes sworn out that it would be "harshly dealt with immediately"! The most common denominator of the end results are transfers or most common, promotions to other positions and departments! There's a great deal of nepotism within Messer (blood relations or more rampant friendships that go back generations). There was a mid-senior level manager whom ALL the employees trusted and felt he truly cared and put their/our wellbeing at the forefront. He handled ANY discrimination complaint within 24 hours at most even if it ate into his personal time (he was salaried). Prior to him if a complaint was even lodged it was via the anonymous line because everyone knew that it would simply go away. This guy took these matters seriously and tackled them head on and made it public (within the company using no names) that this wasn't Messer nor anything he would tolerate. He later left, fired I think, and racial issues are worse than ever!
Suggestions for improvement
- I'd highly recommend a major morality and culture change from the top! It won't happen but that's the only thing that will work to get them back to sustain their old glory.
What I like about the company
I like(d) being a part of a Corporation with a reputation that proceeded itself. In a very good way! That's not the perception anymore.
What I dislike about the company
The culture of eliteness the leadership has of itself.
The following benefits were offered to me
- CompanyMesser Construction Company
- CityMulti-city Louisville, Lexington, Indinanapolis, Cincinnati, Knoxsville
- Are you a Current or Former Employee?n/a
- PositionC-Suite / Leadership
- DepartmentExecutive leadership