Bechtel Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Lots of potential but...

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    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator
    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Pay is among the best in the industry
    Opportunity to travel
    401K matching (immediately fully vested)

    Cons

    Jobsite work week is 6 days a week
    Rotation on most assignments are every 12 weeks
    Projects are usually in the middle of nowhere
    Work-life balance is compromised
    High-stress environment
    Large company that treats employees like a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review how your mid-level managers treat their subordinates. Also, adequately staff your projects. I know it's easier to win work when you plan to understaff a project but having 1 employee do the work of 3 is no way to retain quality employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2. EPC Industry

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Many diverse projects so it never gets boring

    Cons

    A company in transition trying to determine where it wants to go in the industry

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good pay, good position if your in the right click.

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Engineer

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Money is fantastic, where there is confusion there is money. 401K, health insurance is better than the stuff you find on the Affordable Care plans. 5 weeks vacation.

    Cons

    You have to work allot of hours for the above mentioned money. The ethical values the company claims to hold as important stop as soon as the work starts. This is not a company good for families unless money is all your after. They do not promote individuals with credentials they only promote off of the buddy system. You're hired to do what your told and keep your questions and concerns to yourself. Raises only come to the chosen ones and usually if your lucky to get a raise it is very small.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start weeding out the leaches that just so happen to belong to the right off site group and start listening to the rest of your employees. It wouldn't hurt to show a little bit more appreciation to employees that work there butt off to make you look good.

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

    Bechtel, Declining for the last 2 decades

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction Field Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Construction Field Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -The benefits are good for full time employees.
    -You get the opportunity to travel, on short notice. (I was literally told to move across the globe in 1 week.)

    Cons

    -You are often locked into your job, until the end of a project at which point you're laid off. You are pretty much on your own to find a new job.
    -Training in the company is rather poor. If you've seen the 40 year old technical manuals QC and Construction BCert employees are using to train, it is pretty embarrassing.
    -Questionable qualification of some employees. Getting a PE license isn't going to keep our esteemed Engineering department from making poor designs because they have NO EXPERIENCE IN A PLANT.
    -Pay is not competitive with the clients we work for.
    -OT is not paid for certain positions. If senior employees are working 11, 12 hours a day to do the work in a 10 hour day they should be re-imbursed at a fair rate. Not a bonus that is 1/4 the cost of the hours they put in.
    -Quality is quickly falling on projects as more and more jobs are outsourced. More Bechtel projects seem to have some rather significant issues that are frankly embarrassing. This leads our 'repeat' customers to leave us.
    -Site employees are second class citizens compared to those working in the home offices.
    -Over utilization of visa holding employees, not hiring enough employees (state side) with U.S. citizenship. Hiring visa holders to work in the states should be the exception, not the rule.
    -Rampant anti-union attitude when most of the non-manual employees at this company have never held a tool or worked in the trades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Instead of talking about 'quality' do something about it. Don't reward people with useless trinkets. Establish training programs that actually work. Update some of the 40 year old training material we use in Construction.
    -Get your engineers out of the office and into the field. There is too much information that Engineers with zero construction or operating experience know about the plants they are tasked with designing. If they're working at a project office, make sure they actually get into the plant instead of sitting at their desk all day.
    -Update the internal Bechtel website, it is unorganized and is unprofessional.
    -Hire more people with actual skilled backgrounds. Believe it or not, Engineers who have worked in the trades do exist.

    Try executing a project that does not hit the newspaper with significant quality or schedule issues and then maybe we'll have some new repeat customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Good company, easy going and good work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    It's a very good company with good work life balance. No long hours, very occasionally.

    Cons

    There average age of people work here are on higher side. Too many managers. Some of the managers perform lower grade employee's job. Very heavy and complex processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to really change the working culture. People are very tightly married to old complex process which is costing the company money and loosing projects. Some of the managers are not valuable, very inflexible and may be roadblock in taking Bechtel in new direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 8 people found this helpful

    A once great company, lost at sea.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The chance to travel the world, experience the challenge and reward of building mega projects.
    Good benefits and Trust & Thrift package (US)
    9/80 schedule in some locations

    Cons

    A senior management that has lost its way. Bechtel is desperately trying to modernize itself but is doing so at the expense of tried and proven processes well before their replacements are in place. Do their customers realize that Bechtel is now inventing previously core process and procedures on the fly on every project instead of starting day 1 with a firm plan? Functional Construction management especially weak. Their plan and vision is hollow and doesn't bear scrutiny, yet is causing significant damage through process disruption and loss of moral.
    The company is not winning work at the moment, is blaming it's tools and processes and is in a severe downturn with huge numbers of layoffs. The 2015/6 outlook is grim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what made you last 116 years. Revitalize Bechtel's reputation for being able to hit the ground running with proven and winning strategies. This is why your customers hire you. Right now, your JV partners and clients are wondering who exactly they are in bed with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Disappointing experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    It's a job, but not much else.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, perhaps the very upper management is on the ball but it doesn't travel down. Mid management is only concerned with how things affect them, not the folks that report to them. They preach values, but their biggest value seems to be don't complain.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have to go to your third choice to lead a team, you've gone to far down. When the line folks try to tell you that their supposed lead needs HELP to be a lead, you should try LISTENING TO THEM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Good Company that needs to find ways to retain employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits; When they care, they really care; Good Benefits; 9/80 Schedule

    Cons

    Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s.; Too much political play and individual agendas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to changing times; Stop political play and individual agendas; focus on getting more jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Very poorly managed

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    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    location, can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    different department manager every 6 months, all of which had no experience in IT at all.
    very poorly defined chain of command (8 bosses situation)
    no budget for technician tools or software (better hope there's a freeware version)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start listening to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful

    Let you go in a heartbeat if you make a higher salary.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    When there is work, you can make a lot of hours. They do stress safety.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Lots of OT. Power division employees will get put on 'holding status' (unpaid) between projects for up to 90 days then they will terminate you. They might call you back after you have used all your saved up vacation. Very hard to switch between divisions, though they have work in them. They are getting rid of higher paid experienced people and it shows in the quality, which means less work. They have almost no work in the power business in the US. Though safety is stressed, things aren't quite what they should be. And lastly, there are cliques, and they are strong-the only way to keep working. I have a few weeks before I'm terminated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This certainly isn't the same Bechtel of years past when quality was second only to safety. You have to toe the line to stay employed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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