At Swinerton Incorporated, 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 629 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.47. It was published on Sep 16, 2016. 7647 Visitors

What Employees Say

I'm proud to tell others I work here.
Management is competent at running the business.
When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Swinerton Incorporated to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We provide commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States. A 100% employee-owned company with construction excellence spanning three centuries, we are recognized as one of the top general contractors in the nation.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Construction & Real Estate
US Headquarters: San Francico, California US Sites: 15
Major Locations: San Francisco, California; San Diego, California; Irvine, California US Employees: 1,447
US Revenues: $2,827.2 million Worldwide Revenues: $2,827.2 million
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1888

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Perks and Programs

We asked Swinerton Incorporated to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Swinerton Care Crew: Our volunteer efforts throughout the organization reflect the spirit of giving back that is a part of who we are. Over the years, our employees have volunteered countless hours to community organizations, all of which were nominated for support by our own employees because they are near and dear to them. The hours speak for themselves: 2004 - 4,148 hours 2005 - 3,314 hours 2006 - 2,392 hours 2007 - 7,540 hours 2008 - 4,034 hours 2009 - 9,284 hours 2010 - 9,237 hours 2011 - 8,501 hours 2012 - 6,130 hours 2013 - 8,181 hours 2014 - 5,071 hours 2015 - 12,368 hours
  • Stop Work Authority: In our line of work, safety is everything, and every employee must be empowered to do their part. On every jobsite and in every office location, any employee may exercise "stop work authority" when they observe a situation that poses a risk to others. This is core to our organization and has helped us to realize one of the finest safety records in the industry.
  • Employee Ownership: All employees have the opportunity to participate in ownership of Swinerton, through our ESOP and individual stock ownership programs. This ownership mentality differentiates us as a builder because we all have skin in the game and we know that each of us has the responsibility to act as an owner at all times and in all decisions.
  • LeaderBuilder: A customized leadership development program that over 1000 supervisors and managers have participated in over the years. LeaderBuilder focuses on the leadership challenges unique to our industry utilizing real life case studies shared among peers as well as solid communication, team building and leadership concepts. In each session members of the Executive Committee make themselves available for open questions on issues and policies to help demonstrate and support our commitment to transparency and an open door with management at every level.
  • Radio Swinerton: A regularly scheduled "broadcast" that features our leadership discussing the state of the company, updates on issue and initiatives, or presenting a look inside our various operations. All sessions are opened for questions from the audience and have been extremely well attended since inception. A great outreach tool for our widespread locations.
  • Focused Programs: Intensive training programs that are targeted at specific job groups within our organization. Employees in the same job type from throughout the company are brought together and meet leadership from across the spectrum who teach/facilitate various segments of the program - focused on technical as well as ethics/leadership issues. A key high point is a customized tour of our headquarters city of San Francisco (we've been building here since before 1906) that highlights the legacy of structures that Swinerton has put in place over our 128 year history. Narrated by a member of our Executive Team, it is an unforgettable experience for participants that makes quite an impression about our heritage and character.


$49,800 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Project Assistant $124,137 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Project Manager
100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary80% Company-paid health coverage for employees
72% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 80% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
30 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Employee stock ownership plan
  • Health insurance for retirees
  • Pre-tax savings account
  • Restricted stock units to employees
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22 days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment 17 days Paid time off after one year of part-time employment
Set days Paid sick days after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (8% use it)
  • Phased retirement planning (4% use it)


120 days Job-protected maternity leave120 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take
60 days Job-protected paternity leave10 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Flu shots

    Community Involvement & Philanthropy

    $533,000 Philanthropic donations in last year


    • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
    • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

    Executive Diversity

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    How to Get Hired

    We asked Swinerton Incorporated for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

    What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

    Key characteristics of success that mark a Swinerton employee-owner include a demonstrated passion for the art of building, an understanding of what it means to be accountable, and a thirst to continuously improve our organization and the serivces we provide to our clients.

    What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

    Don't tell us what you're going to do - show us what you've accomplished and how you've made an impact in your part of the world and on those around you.

    Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

    All of our locations are looking to add talent - particularly in the project engineering, project management and construction superintendent ranks.

    What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

    Please visit to find out more about our organization and current open positions.  Our YouTube channel also features information about our teams and culture.

    hiring Outlook

    100 Job openings forecast for coming year 12% Job Growth
    121 Average applicants per opening 8,500 Applications received
    336 Positions filled in past year 35% New hires by employee referrals
    176 New positions created 85 Jobs filled by current employees
    Yes Recruits on college campuses 80 New graduates hired
    9% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
    * All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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