This company are a complete and total shambles. From the point of application to starting work for this company, nothing ever went smoothly. Should have rung alarm bells, but nonetheless I pursued a 'career' with these jokers. Heres a small list of the reasons why these cowboys are an absolute joke.
1. Job advert is a lie. Salary of 26k is a joke, not achievable ever, especially when they make you pay for your tools and recharge you for absolutely everything they can. Manager laughed at me when I mentioned the earnings during the interview.
2. Work hours. Absolute insanity, you'll give your life to these people and get nothing in return. Working from 7 or 8am depending on the day, often being bullied into working late and extra hours. Not too much of a problem if you get paid for this, but no, they won't pay you for your additional hours.
3. Management are all absolutely useless. No support from management, all they care about is 'getting the job in' and not concerned for the safety of the installers or the actual quality of work. Management often advise/force technicians to do certain things that are not safe or are not the way that you get trained to work. They have no care for your personal lives, often threatening disciplinary or get sacked if you call in sick. Management have created an ethos in the depot where there is a terrible stigma associated with being sick. To them, no one ever gets sick, its always a lie to get out of work. Management do not care about
Transaction Manager | London | 3 Mar 2015
Very challenging and rewarding
I was with Kier Services South (Islington) for seven years (straight from Paramount restaurants where the main task was reconciling the age creditors report to the control account for the previous seven years and as they were purchasing fifty new premises where I controlled the capital control account as well as ensuing these capital cost where agreed with the venture capital investment company.
Leading on from that, at Kier I had to instigate new invoice procedures for stock and expense invoices and E-Invoicing and Flat Files. I lead the operational reviews in conjunction with I.T. to facilitate an accurate and smooth transition from the old system to the new way of processing and resolving any problems that might occur this was in part due to changes in staff and operative’s way of working and the need to improve KPI’s reporting.
I organised training of the staff to enable them to process invoices in an accurate and timely manner, Making sure they reconciled statements and communicating differences and reasons for not being able to process their invoice for payment. I inviting suppliers in to review the introduction of new systems in order to make them aware of the information and the format required from them in order to avoid late payments and our account being suspended.
I also oversaw the CIS rules for subcontractors where implemented accurately when setting up new ones and any changes throughout the year were captured and implemented .Their CIS number and UTR nu
ProsShare Purchase at discount
ConsGoing thoug too many changes at once
Heating Engineer | Southend-on-Sea | 15 Sep 2013
productive and happy atmosphere
A typical day for me will be to wake up at 7am and turn on my handheld pda computer which will bring up all the work I have to complete today. On a typical day I will have roughly 7-8 jobs. I leave my house at 7.40am and go straight to the first job for 8am. Depending on the job, it could take any time from 10 minutes to 4 hours to complete. Once the first job is completed I shall move onto the next job and so on until I have cleared all jobs. If I finish the jobs to early, I would phone up the office and take another to fill my working day up.
I have learnt a great deal working within the industry as we are always having toolbox talks and they are a great way of learning about several different topics.
The management at Kier do try their best to help myself and my co-workers. When we get a letter or phone call from a tenant saying how pleased they are with the work we have undertaken in their property we do usually get a thank you from our foreman which does boost morale slightly.
I have worked with all my co-workers since 2003 and they are a great bunch. Everyone gets on well and because of that, it makes working there much easier and more enjoyable.
The hardest part of the day is when the pda computer keeps going off with more jobs coming through that we have to try and complete in a day so we end up having to rush to much which does make some aspects of the job a little stressful. Apart from that it is an enjoyable place to work and everyday is different so you don't
| Southampton | 13 May 2019
Don't ever work for this company!
I have been with Kier for about a year now (I know, it's not a long time) but I couldn't stand to be there any longer. I will start off by saying that I am 19 years old and this is my first job out of college. A pro of this job is that the money is great especially for a 19 year old and being its my first job and I get my weekends free which is also a good thing. However, since being at Kier, I have had to be put on stronger medication for my depression and anxiety and its all down to the eminence stress and pressure that the company puts on you as an employee. I have also developed an eating disorder because I was so extremely flat out busy all of the time at work I hardly ever found time to eat. The office atmosphere is just awful. You don't get treated like an adult, it's like school all over again. The management make out that they are there to care for you but they do nothing to actually acheive this and you feel like you're left on your own to deal with problems. The amount of people that have gone off sick because of stress, anxiety or depression is actually ridiculous (including me) it's really not acceptable at all. You get victimized by managers and put on productivity plans when there are plenty of other people in the office that do less than you but it gets deliberately overseen. You never get recognition for doing good work, it's always negatives barked at you by management. This job has made me so ill, its not worth it.
ProsWages, free weekends
ConsAwful mangement, get treated appallingly
Installer | Bristol | 10 Dec 2018
Underpaid and over worked.
Two weeks training in Avonmouth. Trainers make the job seem glamorous and that you would earn £500 - £600 a week. In reality you earn half that, your contantly chasing up monies owed to you when you’ve done overtime. Company only pays you £8.61 an hour or points per task. Half the time there isn’t enough work to go around so your stuck on what’s basically minimum wage.
Your constantly threatened with your job if you don’t do something and then if you do, do the job and you damage something the company doesn’t back you up and throws you under a bus. Ensuring you pay every penny for the damage.
They don’t tell you about the fact you have to pay for tooling which totals around £700 until you’ve started the job and are in training.
I started almost three months ago and am still chasing monies up which is owed to me from week three.
The companies a shambles, payrolls a shambles and the managers are useless. Constantly contradicting one another.
You get given a van and that’s given to you completely filthy from the last person who had it before you. You’re expected to keep it clean and tidy yet they don’t give you anytime to do this.
They don’t pay for the upkeep of the van such such as screenwash or for the outside of the van to be cleaned.
You’re expected to pay for parking whilst out working.
Most of the vans are broken and damaged and in order to get them fixed you have to personally take them to the VW garage and chase up repairs etc.
Scheduler | Derby | 27 May 2015
Most Satisfying Job I've Ever Had!!!
We are currently contracted to Severn Trent Water, part of my job role is to plan work for crews who clear sewerage blockages and floodings that have been reported by customers.
Our team follows strict processes and guidelines from the beginning to the end of the job which includes keeping the customer informed and updated on all matters concerning their job. Our office environment is extremely busy and very demanding, especially when the weather is at its worst. Working within a team I will normally plan work in a county on a day to day basis, some counties are busier than others. When the crews have finished a job they will call into the office and provide details of work carried out, each job has to be closed in a particular way to ensure that it passes for payment. If this process is not followed correctly, Severn Trent Water will reject the job and Kier MG will not be paid.
I have always enjoyed working with other people, whether it’s the people I work with, in and out of the office, or with customers. I feel great satisfaction when we have provided our service efficiently towards our customers and always strive to exceed their expectations.
Unfortunately, Kier Group has lost it's contract with Severn Trent Water to Amey who are based in Stafford and this is a little too far for me to commute daily, hence why I'm seeking new employment.
Installation Technician | London | 11 Jul 2019
Over worked and underpaid
I have never worked for a company as demanding as Kier without giving anything back.
They give you a list of jobs that must be finished that day even if that means you're out until 9pm or later. Each job has an estimated average time and a usual route will keep you out until 11pm even though your hours are "8:00-18:00". Fast workers that have families to get to are critised for finishing all their jobs early and treated badly.
You get charged £150 for lost equipment, computer glitches mean you get charged for losing boxes you never even had in your possession in the first place. You have to learn a whole new language of codes for your timesheet. These are given to you in training but believe it or not the pay role department use a whole different set then the ones you are given which obviously are less in value. These are kept secret from you, you are not allowed to see these even after asking multiple times.
I could go on and on about the negatives of working here.
Please read these reviews before accepting a role with Kier, these are not from bad employees being slanderous they are honest feelings towards employment with Kier.
ConsLong hours, no reward, minimal pay for effort, recharges weekly due to system errors
Site Manager | Leeds | 4 Mar 2021
The colleagues i work with are interactive and enjoyable to work with this includes the whole team on site
My typical day at work arrive on site 7.30 am morning meeting with site staff and sub contractors to go through the days planned activities review any specific hazards in the properties planned for the day.
Tour around the area looking at any health and safety issues also quality inspections. Daily meeting with client representative covering health and safety,quality and hand overs.
All other day to day responsibilities and monitoring.
Our workplace culture is based on good teamwork and communication at all levels.
We are working on occupied properties within social housing this has its challenges which can be difficult from time to time this is where team work comes in both from our staff but also the client
The enjoyable parts are the job are to see a job well executed with happy customers/tenants and happy staff but also being on program and making our margins.
Overall i enjoy working for Kier but feel its time for me to move on looking to get onto new build as i have done in the past.
ConsNot enough interaction line manager
Supervisor | Liverpool | 5 Feb 2020
It was a Bespoke position for Kier building maintenance manger hard and soft services, contractor management ,compliance, cleaners and bins services front of house and other ad hoc jobs. University staff who was based on site it was Kiers very 1st build to open for a joint venture and i was very proud to be chosen for this 18 month contract which i served with pride always going the extra mile.typical day 7.00am check all lighting emergency common areas check dairy for contractors for snagging work check compliance make sure no toilets over flown as i am 1st in manager or not Sensor city was meeting through out week setting up meeting rooms for up too 2 people to 100 so busy busy busy .Hardest part of job was making sure meeting rooms was set up for clients of both universities .I learned as a manager have to go the extra mile every time listen to client and act straightaway to show you can achieved and your team can be seen achieving there orders for the day meetings though day car park management making sure staff are all in and are aware of there day.
Recruiter | Rushden | 19 Mar 2021
Collaborative & values driven organisation
I have worked with Kier Group for 8 weeks and can genuinely say it is an absolute delight to go to work every day, albeit currently from home!
Everyone within my direct team and wider team have been supportive, highly knowledgeable and inspiring, which has enabled me to find my feet and really grasp my new role with both hands, enjoying each and every day.
It is a fast paced working environment and there are challenges to over come, however the business is highly supportive and collaborative which stands the team in good stead to deliver to a high standard across the board.
I am extremely impressed with the welcome I have received, the organisation's beliefs and employee benefits as a whole, and the engagement and support I have received during the last 8 weeks with Kier.
ProsFast-paced and varied workload, collaborative and supportive teams, employee benefits, work-life balance.
ConsCOVID minimising face to face interaction is challenging when starting a new role, but completely out of the hands of Kier!
Questions and answers about Kier Group
How did you feel about telling people you worked at Kier Group?
Asked 12 May 2017
Happy to tell others
Answered 2 Mar 2020
Do not work for kier. They do not value fheir staff, just the figures on a spreadsheet. I was bullied in the office. Think it inconvenienced my manager when HR got involved! And they were useless. Nothing resolved.made things worse for me. Manager was an utter bully. High turnover of staff.some even walking out the same day! Which when told seemed to amuse the manager! Disgusting state of affairs and yet they get away with it. So if you value your health and sanity please dont work for this company.
Answered 28 Dec 2018
How are the working hours at Kier Group?
Asked 18 Apr 2017
7 until all jobs are complete, 30 minutes for lunch but deduct an hours wage from you. They see other 30 minutes is you turning up to job you dont start straight away so your not making them money and that adds up to 30 minutes your not getting paid.
Answered 18 Sep 2019
Long. 45 hour weeks are expected with 30 min lunch.
Answered 4 Feb 2019
How should you prepare for an interview at Kier Group?
Asked 24 Jun 2017
You need to be onestly and hard worker
Answered 9 Jan 2019
Do some research into the company online, good dress code and a reasonably outgoing personality.
Answered 2 Dec 2018
What should you wear to an interview at Kier Group?
Asked 12 May 2017
I would suggest to wear business dress
Answered 11 Feb 2019
Suite, tie, shirt and shoe's
Answered 19 Oct 2018
What is the organisational culture at McNicholas Construction?
Asked 5 Apr 2017
Ignorant of who earns them their bread and butter, a clear north/south divide is evident with preferences to the north...
Answered 24 Jan 2019
City living with kier is a modest hardship no spare cash end of the month for privlages