2017 Superintendent Survey Results

What is your title?
Asst. Superintendent 1.5%
Superintendent 40.6%
Senior Superintendent 27.4%
General Superintendent 15.9%
Director/VP of Field Operations 4.5%
Other 9.3%
No Responses <1%
What type of projects do you typically work on?
Commercial 71.0%
Residential 10.8%
Industrial 6.3%
Heavy/Highway 3.6%
Other 7.5%
No Responses <1%
On average, how many hours a week do you work?
Less than 40 hours <1%
40-49 hours 28.6%
50-59 hours 43.9%
60-69 hours 22.2%
70-79 hours 3.0%
More than 80 hours 1.2%
No Responses <1%
On average, how stressed are you at your job?
Extremely Stressed Very Stressed Stressed A Little Stressed Not Stressed
4% 16% 37% 37% 5%
How happy are you at your current job?
Unhappy It’s Okay Happy Very Happy Extremely Happy
5% 21% 34% 28% 12%
What could your employer do to make you happier? (check all that apply)
Better pay 46.0%
Better training for job 13.8%
More field resources 42.3%
More office support 34.3%
Better company incentives (car allowance, healthcare, etc). 28.2%
Other 20.2%
Do you feel there is a skilled labor shortage?
Yes 91.5%
No 7.5%
No Responses <1%
(For those who answered ‘Yes’ to, “Do you feel there is a skilled labor shortage?”) What do you think will help with the skilled labor shortage?
Better training 51.5%
More publicity on benefits of skilled labor jobs 55.1%
Better mentoring 46.1%
More resources from company 17.3%
Outreach to schools 56.8%
Better pay 31.7%
Other 12.3%
(For those who answered ‘No’ to, “Do you feel there is a skilled labor shortage?”) Why do you think your company is able to retain skilled labor?
Good training 28.5%
Mentoring program 33.3%
Company compensates well 42.8%
Outreach to schools 4.7%
Other 33.3%
Overall, what is your opinion of the younger, new-generation workforce?
Bad Okay Good Very Good Excellent
25% 53% 18% 3% 0%
Do you feel your company provides enough training and education for your role?
Yes 56.0%
No 36.1%
No Responses 7.8%
What types of technology do you use in the field for work-related items? (check all that apply)
Laptop/Desktop Computer 90.5%
Tablet 64.3%
Smart Phone 95.7%
BIM 26.1%
Other 6.8%
What type of social media do you use for your job (or related to your job)?
LinkedIn 57.1%
Twitter 4.2%
Facebook 16.3%
I do not use any social media 39.8%
Other 3.2%
What areas would you like more education/training on? (check all that apply)
Scheduling 45.7%
Mentoring others 29.9%
Building means & methods 29.6%
Jobsite safety strategies 21.7%
Management of subcontractors 34.8%
Working with owners 19.0%
Spanish on jobsite 39.8%
Time management 34.2%
Moisture issues (concrete, mold, etc) 13.4%
Other 6.9%
What are you or others in your firm using for construction project scheduling now? (check all that apply)
Oracle Primavera P6 30.1%
Suretrak 10.4%
Asta Powerproject 1.6%
Microsoft Project 51.4%
Microsoft Excel 29.8%
Not sure 7.8%
Not applicable 3.6%
Other 9.5%
What percentage of your team’s projects finish on time?
0 – 20% 2.7%
21 – 40% 3.0%
41 – 60% 10.8%
61 – 80% 16.2%
81 – 100% 59.0%
No Responses 8.1%
If a project does get delayed, what are the most common causes that you see? (check all that apply)
Subcontractors completed their part(s) late 49.0%
Material delivery issues 36.2%
Material thefts <1%
Lower than anticipated productivity 33.6%
Subcontractor availability 33.6%
Weather 40.1%
Client changes 65.0%
When purchasing jobsite products (tools, safety equipment, etc.), how do you primarily go about buying?
Phone 22.2%
Website 13.2%
Phone/Tablet app 6.9%
Through field sales rep 23.4%
Do not order in field, office handles 19.2%
Other 6.9%
No Responses 7.8%
What type of news and articles would you like to see more of related to superintendents? (check all that apply)
Products (new products, maintenance) 52.6%
Projects 46.4%
Superintendent interviews 50.0%
Safety 38.2%
Equipment 32.6%
Economic data 17.6%
Building means and methods 66.9%
Labor issues 44.1%
Other 2.6%
Outside of construction what do you like to do? (check all that apply)
Spend time with family 82.3%
Active sports (running, biking, etc). 35.6%
Watch sports 29.0%
Fish 36.2%
Ride motorcycle 21.5%
Hunt 26.7%
Other 26.1%

 

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