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Bechtel Reviews

Updated October 11, 2014
Updated October 11, 2014
408 Reviews
3.6
408 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 18 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 26 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company going out of business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Bechtel gets amazing once in a lifetime projects to work on. Offer competitive salaries if you go overseas.

    Cons

    The company is currently in the process of going out of business as over half of the employees have been laid off over the past couple of years. They will most likely be bought out by another engineering firm in the next few years. Salaries are not competitive in the U.S.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bid for more than 2 projects a year that are worth less than a billion dollars. Companies such as southwest airlines, h&m clothing, and other companies took advantage of their Bechtel like competitors and took up the majority of the market that their competitors refused to get into. These companies have become more valuable than their luxury counterparts.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Unqualified Personnel Leading Experienced Personnel????

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Pipe Fitter Helper III in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Pipe Fitter Helper III in Cameron, LA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay was okay, hours not horrible and SOME of management knew their job. Also was able to live not too far from the site.

    Cons

    Unqualified management personnel, lied to constantly about being given a weld test and then when they did give me the weld test, instructor showed up 2 hours late then stayed on his cell phone for 3 hours while I sat waiting for him to check my root and stringers. I finally couldn't take it anymore and left. When I was confronted by upper management the evening I came back to work with them calling me a liar about what happened, I lost my cool and was likely fired for insubordination. While I needed a job, I didn't need it bad enough to work in an environment of fear, bullying, threats and intimidation. The pipe superintendent is a power mad former IRONWORKER who knows NOTHING about pipe and fires people at will simply because he can. Fired a relative too about 3-4 weeks before that....has over 35 years of experience in this business AND has NEVER been fired from a job in his life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Only put QUALIFIED personnel in positions of power. I've never worked for a company where so many people in management knew nothing or very little about the craft they managed. Management manages through intimidation, threats and fear. I (and my fitter) were told on more than one occasion if we didn't lay enough pipe we would be fired. How do you get the best out of your people when all you do is tell them how terrible they are, that they are useless and worthless (because we missed our goal by 2.5 ft) and they wished you'd never been hired? What kind of management mindset is that????

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Pay is competitive, but it's not worth it.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is competitive for those right out of college.
    If you like to travel, this is the place to be. During the 7 years I worked there, I moved to numerous cities. Overtime is pay and a half. Majority of folks are incompetent, so you'll most likely be the smartest one there. Nepotism is strong and flourishing at this company.

    Cons

    Management only looks out for themselves.
    Zero work / life balance if you're at a project site.
    If you're female, be prepared to be sexually harassed - HR won't help you.
    If you work at a project site, don't expect career development and growth to be based on performance. During one of my annual reviews, my manager said "your performance doesn't matter. Promotions are based on your number of years with the company."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cold and unwelcoming environment in Reston, Va office.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flex schedule
    Good salary and bonus

    Cons

    Fear of downsizing and layoffs always present
    Management changes mind and isn't supportive
    People are unfriendly and not welcoming to new employees
    No on boarding so you are lost for months
    No community
    Too big for it's own good
    Management created positions that aren't supported with a champion or company buy in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more thought and effort into recruiting plan. Support professional hires as much as college hires. Do not create positions or a dept. without a thorough plan that supports them.

    In my entire career, this has by far been the coldest and worst place I have worked. I was hired into a newly created position and placed on a newly created team. This meant that about 20 of us were brand new to the company. These are highly educated, highly experienced new hires - and we were dropped in the middle of the colosseum to fight for ourselves. There was so much promise around my new position and the whole department, which would create an area that Bechtel hadn't formally touched before. Within weeks I realized that while management created the dream of the job, they wouldn't support it organization-wide by mandating some necessary new processes. To date, the majority of brand new hires (who bonded well over the many issues of the company) are looking to leave as soon as possible. Change is impossible in this narcissistic environment. People will be sure to tell that they are "Bechtel brats" - meaning their parents worked there, and now they work there, and they sadly have no other experience (or education in many cases). Nepotism at it's best. A rich heritage is not the feeling you get at Bechtel, but more an old, white guy fraternity (or even worse - cliques of threatened women worse than Mean Girls!!) that doesn't like newbies to come in. On top of all this, most people are just flat out not nice or good people. Not a good environment with terrible morale; run for your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    GOOD OLE BOYS, Nepotisim,Nepotisim

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Spring City, TN
    Current Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Spring City, TN

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay Good benifits no a bad life

    Cons

    Managers son was an extermanator on day the a full fledged Electrical field Engineer the next day

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the good people not the ones who are not

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor HR

    Former Employee - Benefits Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good company with some managers that are good leaders.

    Cons

    Little to no communication from HR. Inexperience managers that only process paperwork. Nothing innovative about the company.

  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Do not recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, opportunity to work on multibillion dollar projects. Salary is average for the industry.

    Cons

    Opportunities for career advancement depend on networking.
    It's about who you know, not what you know. One needs to be part of a clique or have relatives working for the company in order to advance career. Favoritism is a rule not an exception. Privileged are given exposure to acquire new skills and promoted. There is too much politics in getting promotions and assignments.
    Some leads can be unfair and even disrespectful to people however, those characters continue to thrive and move up.
    Turnover is high.
    Bonus is meager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    bad bechtel

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    no good thing at all

    Cons

    so many bad thing to tell

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    dis

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    Engineering

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Opportunity to work on some of the world largest projects

    Cons

    Extremely poor middle management in engineering.
    Favoritism. Promotions, positions, opportunities for engineer-worker are given exclusively based on connections within the company and NOT based on qualifications,knowledge or experience.
    Mostly Indian people get promoted and get opportunities based on connections and in extreme number of cases, despite of lack of qualifications or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your "great place to work" initiative is a joke and will fail unless you stop promotions based on favoritism which causes poor morale in some engineering disciplines and which already cause so many qualified engineers to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Bechtel: Make it look good on paper

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For those who are not as experienced, you are paid for every hour you work.
    You become a creative problem-solver, because it's apart of a job
    Home office / Design engineering roles have far better culture and quality (see good reviews below)

    Cons

    No work life balance
    - Anywhere from 6/10s to 7/12s, 7/14s, some 16 hour days, and always on call even when off
    - no idea when you will move to the next project or when,
    - no pre-planned work schedule
    - they will revoke your approved time off
         - They will fight you on paying for your pre bought tickets

    Poor quality construction practices
    - Management may not know the correct standards or how to achieve quality
     - Complete lack of training and experience of Field engineers and superintendents
     - They have procedures that they red-line and go against industry accepted standards.
     - They go against manufacturer's requirements on equipment then back charge them when equipment no longer runs correctly
     - A favored practice is if no one saw it or documented it, nothing happened even if there's a dent to a turbine, 1" alignment on a fuel line on a fuel line, or chemical spill.

    Employee Opportunities Limited in field
    - If you are "cross disciplined" (ie Mech working as Elec) your skills will not translate over into other companies
    - They will assign you tasks how they seem fit despite your career goals, mentoring, or requests for future improvements
    - No technical training, no accurate reviews, no constructive criticism
    - You are likely to have a new manager or lead every 3 months to 2 years meaning growth will only be see in that time frame
    - People strongly play favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your structure, quality of work, and actual people. There is more correct on paper than what is in the field - some strong talents are being covered up along with some strong mispractices. Schedule, Cost and Quality need to balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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