"Overall, I thought this was a good place to work; but I could see how it's not for everyone. The leadership staff is very client-oriented and the demands get passed down to the field teams. I believe the direction of the company is to really be the best contractor in California."
"Great company to work for. Working on interesting things and really enjoy the people I work with. I like that I get to work on different and interesting projects. All over, remote sites. I like the family aspect of things. Doors are always open. Passionate people about what they do."
"I've worked at Hal Hays Construction since 2009, mostly as a Quality Control Manager. I have enjoyed my time here very much serving our military customers and delivering the best projects that we can. I have been paired up with a great project manager a lot of the time as well as outstanding superintendents."
"I am fairly new to HHCI (3 months) and this is an assessment of what I've seen. My observation is that HHCI is a GOOD organization with a lot of of potential to be great. Overall, their processes and procedures are solid, they have good core values, good safety and quality."
"Good company. The only reason that I'm not there anymore is because my wife was diagnosed with a terminal illness and I had to leave my project halfway through. So, I was with the Hal Hays team for about 9 months, and I always had a good experience. I am not sure if I was just lucky to be on a good project, with a strong team, but I was happy when I was there, and I'd like to think that had I not had my series of challenging events, I would still be there doing projects."
"Like any company you work for, it has its flaws. As a loyal employee with good ethics, it falls on the HHCI team to make this a better place and to address any deficiencies. I am sure all comments on this site have some form of truth but all in all if you work hard, it is not a bad place to work. HHCI is not for everyone, that is correct. You either have what it takes to work here or you don't. In my time here I feel I have been treated well and and I feel that if you have something bad to say about the way you were treated, it is due to lacking what was needed to grow within the company. I am not being told to write this review, just sharing my thoughts and feelings about working here."
"HHCI employed 3 years now. I feel like the reviews in that time have been fair. Overall, the company is a place that I enjoy spending my time at. The office supports pretty well, and there is a good common vision that we are headed towards."
"I have been working at Hal Hays Construction less than a year. It is great working environment and gives you chance to prove your worth, and management respects their employees and takes care of them."
"I've seen some bad ones come, I've seen some good ones go. I've been here for a few years, and all in all, it's a pretty good place to be. There are a lot of good people, Kirby and I have always had a mutual respect towards one another. I always think back to my interview, I had done a thorough review of all the companies I was considering, and I brought up some concerns I had about the online reviews of this company. Surprisingly, they were very direct in addressing them and forthright in stating that "HHCI is not for EVERYONE". They were clear as to what the expectations are (quick learner, need good decision making, treat it like it's your money). I feel that I have been pretty successful here because I didn't oversell myself to get in the door, and I took heed of their expectations."
"HHCI employed for 5.5 years. Wasn't asked to do this. An honest assessment of my time here. Be prepared to be pushed. HHCI wants you to give it your all from the minute you clock in until you wrap up your emails at 7pm. That may not be for everyone but if you want it you'll be given good opportunities for future job assignments & more growth within the company. It's caused me I feel to become a better superintendent in dealing with the military market as well as Southern California Edison. Yes, you may miss a Saturday or 2 a month working but I enjoy my job. Sometimes you have to work away from your house. Of course it would be ideal to be placed within short driving distance but I'm grateful to be working. Tips for future interviewers. Be honest in your interview. If you're not capable of running a specific job or haven't had any experience working a military job don't lie about it!! That is a major reason for the high turnover from what I've seen here. Be honest and upfront."
"I'm currently working for halhays for some time now and things are getting from bad to worst, it make me angry and sad to have to work for these people knowing that all your hard work means nothing for them; because at the end you are just a number, that's right...starting with your key tags, which is a magnetic tag that we scan to a clock meter at the beginning of the shift and at the end of the shift. That's fear for the company right? But not for the employee because a lot of times you have to drive far away..like 100 or more miles to a military base, to get in line at 5:30-6:00 am to get a badge and wait sometimes 2-3 hours and then get to the jobsite. And that's when you clock in. ..that's when your time start because Halhays doesn't pay for travel neither for badging time. The other and most important thing. Your prevailing wages are by far pathetic. ...when you apply and get hired they explain to you that in the classification space write prevailing wage because that's gonna be your classification and that's how you are going to get paid. Yes. ..you get paid prevailing wages if you are working at government jobs but not the right ones. At this moment halhays is under the labor board radar because of several complaints of existing and former employees. Only for one reason; they are not getting paid what the law specifies. No matter what you do they consider everybody labors, doesn't matter if you are carpenter, concrete finisher you always get labor wages. Only if the labor board inspectors are visiting the job sites they start paying what's correct but that's only a few hours, and that's for a day or two. Its like they are not afraid of getting in trouble or get bad reputation. That's only the beginning of my story. ..what about the young workers that halhays hired as construction equipment apprentices and are getting paid very low and they never been sent to school? For years you see very good workers giving the best they got and to get treated like that?"
"Hal the owner and his son Heath are the rudest people I have ever met. They don't know how to treat contractors that work for them."
"Everything you read here is correct. The good comments are comings from the marketing department, obviously trying to better their reputation. Worked there for a while and saw lack of knowledge and no respect for their employees. Literally woke up dreading coming to work. CEO is a daddy's boy who has never had any other job in his life and knows nothing about managing a business. Such high turnover. Get yelled at for small mistakes, large accomplishments get ignored. You're worthless to them. They want employees to invest in them, but they won't do the same for you."
"I worked for Hal Hays for a while now and every thing that has been said on this website is right .You can't trust anyone at Hal Hays."
"I worked with a Superintendent that had worked for six years for this company. He told me things had changed for the worse. I'm just waiting for something better to come along then I'm out of here. Always being watched while in the office - hate that place. Out in the field is worse, we never get any equipment or man-power when needed."
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