Bechtel

  www.bechtel.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Bechtel Reviews

Updated August 10, 2014
Updated August 10, 2014
344 Reviews

3.5
344 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley
Bill Dudley
18 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

130 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Place to Work

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits package; good training program

    Cons

    so many politics; managers are a bit too greed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Management is aware of difficult working environment (international site work) and take measures to support personnel.

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

    Pros

    Wideranging options for work, opportunities for travel and experiencing different locations and situations

    Cons

    Rotation could be improved. Other companies have better options. Not so much support from corporate divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better utilization of personnel. Often get stuck in work that you are not interested in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Amazing opportunities ... if you know where to find them

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

    Pros

    You can go anywhere in the world with Bechtel, with the right skill, the right connections, you can go far! I've heard great things about being on a "Project", so that is where I would love to be!

    Cons

    You may feel landlocked into a location if you are working at one of the business offices. The opportunities afforded the larger business units are not necessarily offered to equally qualified individuals in smaller units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the smaller units, please don't only rely on Bechtel University to be your only source of training.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    big company and experience

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

    Pros

    projects are exciting and huge

    Cons

    changing locations frequently and moving

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great place to learn, not a place you can stay

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

    Pros

    Bechtel is a great place to learn, travel and if you get really lucky a great way to make some money. If you can get onto an international job with good tax benefits then you can make money. You have to be great at what you do, but that doesn't guarantee anything these days. It is a secure company, the global financial crisis didn't really hit it too hard. If you want some amazing engineering experience than I would apply, but like I said, moving up is a battle.

    Cons

    Worthless people get promoted and end up running the ship. The great people get locked in where they are and have to fight to move up. The pay scales are not comparable to other companies like Fluor or Worley. Don't expect to make any money unless you find a cushy job overseas in the middle east.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, overall good benefits

    Cons

    Poor project management, declining job stability, mandatory weekend work on occasion

  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Family-oriented company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Glendale, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Glendale, AZ

    Pros

    Salary is above the average in the industry. They will take care of you well as long as you work hard.
    The company values ethics and moral more than anything else.

    Cons

    There are some incompetent employees who got hired because they knew someone. The company should screen applicants based on their education and experience.
    A very male dominant organization.
    Bad medical benefits - more and more doctors reject the plan that Bechtel has.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider promoting minorities and women more.
    Improve benefits plans.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mostly good

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

    Pros

    people in general are good, freedom & flexibility,

    Cons

    bonus is low, management too eager to cut budgets, no long term funding for IT projects, not enough appreciation and rewards for a work done well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut costs where appropriate i.e. on software initiatives that yield nothing after spending millions rather than the ones that are actually used and yield value. Get better managers for your IT

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing job if you are single and like to travil

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Tower Climber  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Tower Climber in Phoenix, AZ

    Pros

    They are the safest company that i have ever worked for. I wish there was a postion in Grand Junction I could transfer to. If there was, I would still be working for them.

    Cons

    Long streaches away from my wife and kids, being all over Arizona all the time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Bechtel

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

    Pros

    Good place to work ok salaries

    Cons

    Hard to know when are you going to be move to another proyect

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for Bechtel? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.