Bechtel Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Pros
  • Good Benefits; When they care, they really care; Good Benefits; 9/80 Schedule (in 18 reviews)

  • It's a very good company with good work life balance (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 26 reviews)

  • No work life balance at all, even in the corporate office (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Finding work/life balance

    Former Employee - Administrative Secretary in Pacifica, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Secretary in Pacifica, CA

    I worked at Bechtel (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    401(k) plan with employer matching employee contributions (up to maximum allowed).

    Cons

    Company espouses/encourages employees to find work/life balance. Unfortunately a reduced staff/workforce has resulted in remaining employees taking on additional responsibilities.


  2. CA

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Money was plentiful and bonus great

    Cons

    Travel was on short notice

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff


  3. Helpful (4)

    Politics

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TX-Texas in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TX-Texas in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, autonomy to work independently without being micromanaged. Great employee lunches and events.

    Cons

    Too many politics. Must be a part of the social elite to advance. Continuing education not paid for. Transferring is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers aren't the only employees. Treat everyone equal. And don't base everything on ivy league schools. Everyone can't attend one.


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  5. QC

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is great and so are the benefits with the option to travel all around the world and they pat for your move.

    Cons

    Word very long hours, most of the time is 7 days a week 10-12 hours a day. Great pay but don't expect to have a life


  6. BOILERMAKER

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Cameron, LA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Pay, Vacation, Retirement Plans.

    Cons

    Unorganized, Travel Pay, That is about all there is to say

    Advice to Management

    Drug test the workers that are acting unusual


  7. Bechtel

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buena Park, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buena Park, CA

    I worked at Bechtel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great company to work for

    Cons

    good old boys attitude, need to be part of their in group to get ahead

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  8. Senior Associate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Good company and good people. Decent benefit package.

    Cons

    Success depends, to a large degree, on networking. Culture tends to appreciate aggressive and assertive personalities.

    Advice to Management

    Better career development and management program.


  9. Great until they moved and refused to pay competitivelyin new area

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Systems Coordinator in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Systems Coordinator in Frederick, MD

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    typically good pay, 5 weeks time off, often flexible schedules

    Cons

    company worked with states of VA and MD to receive money in return for having specific number of employees in each state - disgusting that a company of their size would make these agreements (and shame on the states too). Move Frederick office to Reston without raising pay (the Reston area typically pays 20-25% more than Frederick).


  10. Administrative Opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Swift onboarding - HR team is very organized, Many opportunities for software training available online, stable company.

    Cons

    Project work is cyclical; can be laid off if funding is not available. Cronyism is a BIG issue among administrative staff and some management. It's who you know that keeps your job intact, whether or not you're a solid performer.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize those who get the job done. Don't play favorites.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Depends on you're department and who you know

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Money and the benefits were amazing, some cool people work there are a lot of uptight people. Moving around can be fun if you aren't tied down.

    Cons

    The biggest problem with Bechtel is how unequal people are treated. Some departments are treated better then other departments and going anywhere is all about who you know, not what you can do. Moving around can be a drag.

    Advice to Management

    Too many people get promotions who aren't smart and can't lead, promote who deserves it and people will be happier.



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