What Do New Graduates Want in an Employer?

Construction Education Survey on what Construction Students want in Employers

The below survey was given to graduating construction management seniors and graduate students several years ago.  They were asked to rate each statement on how important it was in maintaining continued employment with the same construction company. 1= not important and 5 = very important.  The answars below are ranked from 1 being the most important.

1. Upward movement in job positions




2. Company’s reputation within the industry




3. Stability of Company’s management




4. Company’s commitment to professionalism




5. Training




6. Company’s financial strength




7. Company’s safety performance/record




8. Challenging Vs. Mundane Tasks




9. Turnover rate of Company’s key management personnel




10. Area of the country you will mostly live




11. Company culture / Company philosophies




12. Major Medical Plan




13. Company’s attitude toward management training




14. Company’s commitment to integrating technology in the field




15. Company matching 401K retirement package




16. Company paid health care benefits




17. Ability to change positions when you wish to try something new




18. Depth of Company’s management skills




19. Company profit sharing




20. Flexible work environment – attire, work hours




21. Salary




22. Dental Plan




23. Recognition of work performed




24. Company’s attitude towards continuing education




25. Turnover rate of others in your position




26. Vacation/Sick time policy




27. Company mentoring program




28. Company’s attitude toward craft training




29. Work Schedule (number of hours per week)




30. Ability to focus on the type of construction in which you plan to specialize




31. Tuition Reimbursement for continuing education




32. Type of Work (High Tech, Pharmaceutical, office, etc…)




33. Variety of project types – diverse or specialized?




34. Company’s client base




35. Employee recognition program




36. Overtime work required for a salaried position




37. Toys- computers, PDA’s, etc…




38. Allow you to take a leave of absence to pursue a Masters’ degree




39. Size of company – number of employees




40. Size of projects – large, medium, small volume?




41. Size of the organization




42. Perks company offers (sport tickets, etc…)




43. Company vehicle




44. The need to relocate for projects




45. Travel for your job




46. Job title