Bechtel Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
375 Reviews
3.5
375 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 25 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.  

    Bechtel is a company doing great things in the world.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pride in making a difference, good compensation

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, middle management at corporate need to recognize and develop talent that is overlooked because of an old school buddy system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company and employees are proud to work here- but great employees get stale when left at remote projects with little opportunity to increase skills and value. Turnover will continue to increase if this is not addressed. Great places to work survey supports this opinion.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    good people and secure employment

    Cons

    government run to much paperwork

  3.  

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn

    Cons

    WORK , Growth and Enviroment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, not great.

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (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
  7.  

    Challenging work and lots of exposure to new things

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    Good experience, wide ooportunities

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an 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
  10. 6 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 (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
  11. 3 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 (more than an 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

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