Bechtel Reviews

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
346 Reviews

3.5
346 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 schedule (off every other Friday) with flex scheduling (can come in any time between 6:30-8:30a (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment (in 19 reviews)

  • Long Commute, sometimes long hours, but generally rarely (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Can learn a lot of new things. Pretty stable ....!!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Bechtel as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn

    Cons

    WORK , Growth and Enviroment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, not great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a big company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of movement inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managemente should have more mentoring for college hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Bechtel in a Nutshell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Variety, coworkers, and on-line training.

    Cons

    Laying off experienced workers to hire lower wage new graduates.

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  5.  

    Challenging work and lots of exposure to new things

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    Current Employee - Lead ATC Field Engineer  in  Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Lead ATC Field Engineer in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of hands on with good team members that support you.

    Cons

    Lot of downtime between projects. HR department overwhelmed and upper management doesn't communicate well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Senior Cost Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Cost Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good viable and stable company.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for employees. Lost of labor cost cutting by outsourcing work to overseas offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for individuals who have the educational and technical skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, wide ooportunities

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Large Organization, well known company. Company will work hard to keep employees even when work is slow

    Cons

    Need geographical flexibility. Management is not open to switching to different Business Unit within the company. Noticeable different in the age demographic. Will get lost in the crowd.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too top heavy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great salary, time-off policies, convenient location, opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, office politics, poor morale. They have too many managers that somehow climbed the ladder many years ago but are horrendous at managing people. Tis the age of the MBA, not the experienced, proven worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster an environment where your lower level employees feel valued and have the ability to grow within the company.

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

    Not a great experience out of college.

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer I  in  Homestead, FL
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer I in Homestead, FL

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The projects are in the Nuclear industry which is unlike anything else. I got to experience and be a part of something that few get to do. You meet a lot of interesting people with different backgrounds.

    Cons

    Horrible work-life balance, the culture there is to not take any time off and you are negatively judged if you do. The work itself is very monotone and boring. They don't encourage the employees to learn new and different things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    enjoyable and intresting

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    Former Employee - Millwright  in  Russell City, CA
    Former Employee - Millwright in Russell City, CA

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Hours the tool setups and the perks

    Cons

    needs to pay better attention to the attitudes of management before they go to a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of others input on current situation no matter if they are on the top or bottom seniority.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A pretty good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    This company pays well and has well-established procedures in place.

    Cons

    If you don't make yourself known to your department manager, he doesn't know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're moving in the right direction with these "forthright conversations" training for supervisors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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