Philco Construction

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  • 1762 N Neville St

    Orange, CA 92865

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  • 714-283-0604

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I had a building constructed from the ground up in Tustin. We hired PhilCo to do all of our TI's Phill was on time and ahead of schedule. They were clean and very hospitable to everyone involved.\r
Phil even when out of his realm and did

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I had a building constructed from the ground up in Tustin. We hired PhilCo to do all of our TI's Phill was on time and ahead of schedule. They were clean and very hospitable to everyone involved.\r
Phil even when out of his realm and did

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We hired Philco to do a full building renovation/conversion from a tired tilt-up industrial building to a drop dead gorgeous office building. We are extremely happy with the results. The owner of the company, though professional, does

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We hired Philco to do a full building renovation/conversion from a tired tilt-up industrial building to a drop dead gorgeous office building. We are extremely happy with the results. The owner of the company, though professional, does

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Welp...ole Schwalbe must be going out of business. His contractor's license is now suspended and his court docket is full. Do not trust this scam artist at all. Karma.

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Welp...ole Schwalbe must be going out of business. His contractor's license is now suspended and his court docket is full. Do not trust this scam artist at all. Karma.

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PhilCo is notorious for not paying their subcontractors (we only found out about this after rushing out to do calls for them, were never paid, and given the run around by the office). If you look at other review sites you will see the same stories over and over again, PhilCo doesn't pay their subcontractors.

We ACTUALLY did get paid! However, this was only after reporting them to the State Licensing Board, and reporting them to their Bond Company. Both their State License and Bond were listed as pending before they sent payment.

If you run into the same problem.... REPORT, REPORT, REPORT and you will actually see your money within the year, and if all of the people that write on these online blogs and reviews reported them to the State Board and to their Bond Company (Listed on the State Board Website) they would lose their License permanently and would get what is coming to them :).

Glad that our company got paid for work that was completed, but COMPLETELY DISGUSTED WITH PHILCO, THEIR OFFICE, AND MOST OF ALL THEIR OWNER FOR THE COMPLETE AND UTTER UNPROFESSIONALISM ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR COMPANY.

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PhilCo is notorious for not paying their subcontractors (we only found out about this after rushing out to do calls for them, were never paid, and given the run around by the office). If you look at other review sites you will see the same stories over and over again, PhilCo doesn't pay their subcontractors.

We ACTUALLY did get paid! However, this was only after reporting them to the State Licensing Board, and reporting them to their Bond Company. Both their State License and Bond were listed as pending before they sent payment.

If you run into the same problem.... REPORT, REPORT, REPORT and you will actually see your money within the year, and if all of the people that write on these online blogs and reviews reported them to the State Board and to their Bond Company (Listed on the State Board Website) they would lose their License permanently and would get what is coming to them :).

Glad that our company got paid for work that was completed, but COMPLETELY DISGUSTED WITH PHILCO, THEIR OFFICE, AND MOST OF ALL THEIR OWNER FOR THE COMPLETE AND UTTER UNPROFESSIONALISM ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR COMPANY.

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PhilCo is notorious for not paying their subcontractors (we only found out about this after rushing out to do calls for them, were never paid, and given the run around by the office). If you look at other review sites you will see the same

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PhilCo is notorious for not paying their subcontractors (we only found out about this after rushing out to do calls for them, were never paid, and given the run around by the office). If you look at other review sites you will see the same

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Philco is a great General Contractor to work with. The Philco staff really stands out; always doing their best to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The owner Phil is very busy but always makes time to show his customers they are

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Philco is a great General Contractor to work with. The Philco staff really stands out; always doing their best to get the job done quickly and efficiently. The owner Phil is very busy but always makes time to show his customers they are

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It doesn't take a educated person to figure out how Philco gets he's business. If someone would just look into who is getting paid off. IE: the person who excepts the bids.( maybe not cash, but check to see how much debt that person has and I bet a few of he's credit cards have been paid off) Follow the money and maybe just maybe you'll be able to get the answers everyone wants. Vacation shame on you!!!!! Pay us fairly and on time and you just may have a chance to get your reputation back.

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It doesn't take a educated person to figure out how Philco gets he's business. If someone would just look into who is getting paid off. IE: the person who excepts the bids.( maybe not cash, but check to see how much debt that person has and I bet a few of he's credit cards have been paid off) Follow the money and maybe just maybe you'll be able to get the answers everyone wants. Vacation shame on you!!!!! Pay us fairly and on time and you just may have a chance to get your reputation back.

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Phil Schwalbe is an arrogant thief. He has made a career of screwing his subs. Finally last month, a sub went all the way thru a six week trial and won. if enough people file complaints with contractors board and the district attorney he will be stopped. He is so arrogant that he went on vacation the last week of trial. he is a crap stain on the construction industry and should be flushed.

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Phil Schwalbe is an arrogant thief. He has made a career of screwing his subs. Finally last month, a sub went all the way thru a six week trial and won. if enough people file complaints with contractors board and the district attorney he will be stopped. He is so arrogant that he went on vacation the last week of trial. he is a crap stain on the construction industry and should be flushed.

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I worked for a commercial real estate developer for 4 years in Orange County and PhilCo Constrution was our GC for all of our TI work. I must say all the negative comments regarding PhilCo and Phil himself are all lies. I have never come

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I worked for a commercial real estate developer for 4 years in Orange County and PhilCo Constrution was our GC for all of our TI work. I must say all the negative comments regarding PhilCo and Phil himself are all lies. I have never come

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Reading the reviews I guess I am not alone. I am a small business owner who provided on site facilities for the tenants and clients of place they were remodeling and 3 months after the job completed, I am still holding 2 substantial unpaid invoices for the equipment and services we performed. I have email requests from Philco stating that they needed the equipment rental term extended as the remodel project was extended ,payment promises to keep the equipement on site and still no payment received. No returned calls or emails, nothing. I am still trying to collect and if i do , i will re-review Philco.

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Reading the reviews I guess I am not alone. I am a small business owner who provided on site facilities for the tenants and clients of place they were remodeling and 3 months after the job completed, I am still holding 2 substantial unpaid invoices for the equipment and services we performed. I have email requests from Philco stating that they needed the equipment rental term extended as the remodel project was extended ,payment promises to keep the equipement on site and still no payment received. No returned calls or emails, nothing. I am still trying to collect and if i do , i will re-review Philco.

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Yes I am one of the suckers. It would appear that I have been tricked like some of the other subs who have posted complaints on here. I did a job in LA on 1 day notice for Phil co. According to the project manager It was a emergency to get it done to make the client happy. Well that was back in August and we still have not been paid. The invoice is pretty small but its the principal. My opinion is the entire company is in on it. The project manager, accounting and the owner. I have been in business in Orange County for over 15 years and we have taken our licks with a bad economy also. But this is not a company who has bad brakes or a slow up in business. They just don't pay there subs and some how get away with it. Hopefully the bad reviews and a class action lawsuit will put this crooked company out eventually.

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Yes I am one of the suckers. It would appear that I have been tricked like some of the other subs who have posted complaints on here. I did a job in LA on 1 day notice for Phil co. According to the project manager It was a emergency to get it done to make the client happy. Well that was back in August and we still have not been paid. The invoice is pretty small but its the principal. My opinion is the entire company is in on it. The project manager, accounting and the owner. I have been in business in Orange County for over 15 years and we have taken our licks with a bad economy also. But this is not a company who has bad brakes or a slow up in business. They just don't pay there subs and some how get away with it. Hopefully the bad reviews and a class action lawsuit will put this crooked company out eventually.

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It is interesting that Phil has a sister named Amy H. I will not provide your last name out of respect for your privacy. The things that are being written about your brother are true. His business practices are illegal and unethical. I know these are hard things to hear, but Phil is in for a very big fall. He has ensnared himself in a web of lies. None of us wish him ill will. We just want him to do business ethically. The things being said by his subs are true: he does not pay them and he does hire illegals. My concern is for the subcontractors and owners. If Phil does not pay the subcontractors/ vendors, they can place a lien on the Owner's property while Phil pockets the money. I hope you will hear the things that are being said and take them to heart. Maybe something can be done before it is too late.

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It is interesting that Phil has a sister named Amy H. I will not provide your last name out of respect for your privacy. The things that are being written about your brother are true. His business practices are illegal and unethical. I know these are hard things to hear, but Phil is in for a very big fall. He has ensnared himself in a web of lies. None of us wish him ill will. We just want him to do business ethically. The things being said by his subs are true: he does not pay them and he does hire illegals. My concern is for the subcontractors and owners. If Phil does not pay the subcontractors/ vendors, they can place a lien on the Owner's property while Phil pockets the money. I hope you will hear the things that are being said and take them to heart. Maybe something can be done before it is too late.

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I hired PhilCo in 2010 to complete a small tenant improvement project. It was scoped for 6 weeks and took 9 weeks. My time managing and overseeing PhilCo was nearly a full time job. I was assigned 5 supervisors in the first 5 weeks of the project. Nothing got done in the first 5 or 6 weeks despite my regular (ultimately daily or twice daily calls). Immediately after I made my final payment to PhilCo, a sub called to say they hadn't been paid. I then called all the subs of which I was aware and none had been paid. They reported that this was typical- PhilCo delays payment if it pays at all. I was able to remedy the situation with the known subs and thought I was through with PhilCo until I received a notice of intent to file a lien from a supplier who was owed money by PhilCo for my job (despite numerous previous assurances from PhilCo that they had identified everyone owed money when I previously demanded this information). Not surprisingly, Phil Schwalbe (and ultimately his staff) are stonewalling me and have failed to return my calls. Call me naive, but I am stunned that PhilCo continues to get jobs. Perhaps, tenants of The Irvine Co put too much stock in the fact that The Irvine Company gives them business. The Irvine Company needs to remove them from their list of contractors as it reflects poorly on them. I now consider it a duty to do everything I can to inform others in the market for a contractor as well as their gatekeepers (e.g., architects) to avoid this unscrupulous contractor. Phil Schwalbe is despicable.

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I hired PhilCo in 2010 to complete a small tenant improvement project. It was scoped for 6 weeks and took 9 weeks. My time managing and overseeing PhilCo was nearly a full time job. I was assigned 5 supervisors in the first 5 weeks of the project. Nothing got done in the first 5 or 6 weeks despite my regular (ultimately daily or twice daily calls). Immediately after I made my final payment to PhilCo, a sub called to say they hadn't been paid. I then called all the subs of which I was aware and none had been paid. They reported that this was typical- PhilCo delays payment if it pays at all. I was able to remedy the situation with the known subs and thought I was through with PhilCo until I received a notice of intent to file a lien from a supplier who was owed money by PhilCo for my job (despite numerous previous assurances from PhilCo that they had identified everyone owed money when I previously demanded this information). Not surprisingly, Phil Schwalbe (and ultimately his staff) are stonewalling me and have failed to return my calls. Call me naive, but I am stunned that PhilCo continues to get jobs. Perhaps, tenants of The Irvine Co put too much stock in the fact that The Irvine Company gives them business. The Irvine Company needs to remove them from their list of contractors as it reflects poorly on them. I now consider it a duty to do everything I can to inform others in the market for a contractor as well as their gatekeepers (e.g., architects) to avoid this unscrupulous contractor. Phil Schwalbe is despicable.

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Too funny. I'm looking around the Internet trying to find out more about this company. They haven't paid us for work we did almost 2 years ago. They won't return calls. Phil won't ever take a call. Phil won't respond to emails. Sounds like I found my answer!
I just find it hard to fathom.

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Too funny. I'm looking around the Internet trying to find out more about this company. They haven't paid us for work we did almost 2 years ago. They won't return calls. Phil won't ever take a call. Phil won't respond to emails. Sounds like I found my answer!
I just find it hard to fathom.

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Before you say such good thing about Phil why don't you call around to his subs and see who"s not being payed?Some of us are still owed money from over a year ago.He comes off as a great guy but then behind closed doors is a crook and liar.He wont be in business long because know one one wants to work for him and he is getting a bad reputation in the business,Amy h if you would like some phone numbers I can get you some.Did you notice the last few years he has different subs every job??That's because all the good ones wont work for him,look at the behind the door before you judge the cover.I agree he is a total crook,and all the good guys he had working for him are gone.And all the so called charities?That's all the money he is not paying his workers and subs,yea he is generous,but just does not pay the money for the worked you have done.He needs to remember where he came from and not try to impress anyone with the money he does not have,total fake and total liar.

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Before you say such good thing about Phil why don't you call around to his subs and see who"s not being payed?Some of us are still owed money from over a year ago.He comes off as a great guy but then behind closed doors is a crook and liar.He wont be in business long because know one one wants to work for him and he is getting a bad reputation in the business,Amy h if you would like some phone numbers I can get you some.Did you notice the last few years he has different subs every job??That's because all the good ones wont work for him,look at the behind the door before you judge the cover.I agree he is a total crook,and all the good guys he had working for him are gone.And all the so called charities?That's all the money he is not paying his workers and subs,yea he is generous,but just does not pay the money for the worked you have done.He needs to remember where he came from and not try to impress anyone with the money he does not have,total fake and total liar.

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wow , how unprofessional to write such negative things about philco and phil ,maybe you are a sub contractor that does not do quality work !! philco has done millions and millions of dollars of work through out the years ,i am one of those people he has done work for ,the work and phil himself are nothing but top quality !! i have been to many charity events that philco and phil has put together , the company and the man give back ! you don't stay in businesss for 20 years like philco without having great service !!

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wow , how unprofessional to write such negative things about philco and phil ,maybe you are a sub contractor that does not do quality work !! philco has done millions and millions of dollars of work through out the years ,i am one of those people he has done work for ,the work and phil himself are nothing but top quality !! i have been to many charity events that philco and phil has put together , the company and the man give back ! you don't stay in businesss for 20 years like philco without having great service !!

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Total crook and cheat,Makes promises that are never kept and does not pay subcontractors at all.Phil schwalbe is a liar and cheat.he hires illegal workers and does not pay them fair wages,does everything to benefit himself and will stabb anyone in the back.This company needs to be put out of business,do not trust one word he says.

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Total crook and cheat,Makes promises that are never kept and does not pay subcontractors at all.Phil schwalbe is a liar and cheat.he hires illegal workers and does not pay them fair wages,does everything to benefit himself and will stabb anyone in the back.This company needs to be put out of business,do not trust one word he says.

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He may do beautiful work, but Philco pays his subcontractors very late if at all. Some over 120 days. Some are paid when they threaten to lien your property. He knows how to cover his butt when push comes to shove to make everything look legit, but it is not. Phil Schwalbe is a liar and a crook.

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He may do beautiful work, but Philco pays his subcontractors very late if at all. Some over 120 days. Some are paid when they threaten to lien your property. He knows how to cover his butt when push comes to shove to make everything look legit, but it is not. Phil Schwalbe is a liar and a crook.

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Fantastic general contractor!
Very professional, knowledgeable, and litterally saved me thousands of dollars by pointing out mistakes made on the "approved" set of plans. I would not hesitate for a minute to use this company again in the future. The build out was well over $300.000.00, and not only were they completed ahead of time, the punch list was very small.

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Fantastic general contractor!
Very professional, knowledgeable, and litterally saved me thousands of dollars by pointing out mistakes made on the "approved" set of plans. I would not hesitate for a minute to use this company again in the future. The build out was well over $300.000.00, and not only were they completed ahead of time, the punch list was very small.

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They do not pay their subcontractors. They will pocket your money instead of paying the appropriate vendors which could result in a lien on your property. Do not hire this general contractor. They are liars and cheats.

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They do not pay their subcontractors. They will pocket your money instead of paying the appropriate vendors which could result in a lien on your property. Do not hire this general contractor. They are liars and cheats.

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