Bechtel Reviews

Updated June 29, 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. Great Place, Lots of Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bechtel (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    -Good Benefits (better than most)
    -Managers with lots of experience
    -9/80 schedule for most employees
    -Opportunities to travel the world
    -Major Infrastructure projects you can tell your friends about
    -endless amounts of learning

    Cons

    -9/80 is not available to all employees
    -Some departments are required to stretch their time and effort more than others
    -Pay scale is "dumbbell" - managers and owners earn significantly more than the "worker-bees"
    -not a lot of business mentors/training
    -for its size, company invests as little as possible in employees


  2. Good company but salary changes difficult

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clear and defined work procedures and job description and a strong history of mega projects in the U.S. and worldwide. Excellent opportunities to maintain a career by crossing into multiple industries. Flexible work schedule and 9/80 work periods.

    Cons

    Salaries only move a little at a time. The maximum salary increase available in a single year is 15%. Out of cycle raises require business unit's President's approval.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility for salary changes at the functional level. Have functional managers focus on development of individuals within the organization rather than staffing requirements.


  3. Great place to learn/grow..can be bureacratic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    family company
    strong foundation of values
    known globally; huge scope of work
    great reputation
    strong financials

    Cons

    bureaucratic
    traditional
    not innovative
    new ideas not welcomed or accepted


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  5. Work hard

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, most of the management are very supportive, and try to foster a team environment. Lots of employee incentive programs that you are encouraged to make use of.

    Cons

    Hard to cross train, gain experience in other departments if you excel at your current position. Upper management is aging and it is hard to see that they are willing to support younger Sr. professionals to executive type roles.

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed working with you all, cross training would be so amazing for those who are willing to do so, and you will foster even greater company cohesion.


  6. superintendent piping /also mechanical

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Superintendent in Pinson, TN
    Former Employee - Mechanical Superintendent in Pinson, TN

    I worked at Bechtel (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    they are a huge company and they pay good ,and they treat you good and they do have good benefits.

    Cons

    but they are so big with over 50,000 employes when you do finish a job ,you really don't have to much of a chose of where you want to go and if you don't like the chose that they offer ,they don't take it so well

    Advice to Management

    and to be fair the way the work in this country is not so good right now ,no matter what hang on to all the good people you can because every one is looking for them


  7. Great Company

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

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Has a family atmosphere. All employees have the opportunity to advance as far as they want. With projects all over the world, travel is one of the many benefits.

    Cons

    benefits could be a little better.


  8. Steady Employer

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

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stability, Reputed Company, Competent colleagues, Safety culture, Highly ethical

    Cons

    Less flexibility, slow to change

    Advice to Management

    Be more flexible, caring towards employees


  9. Quick Review

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

    I have been working at Bechtel (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big projects with exciting aspects.
    Ability to be mobile and work in new cities

    Cons

    Management does nit put employees in positionso that mesh with their skillset / background / education

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the culture that you think your are trying to project. Actually follow through with the values and covanents


  10. Helpful (1)

    Very Friendly atmosphere

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Global Card Services in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Global Card Services in Glendale, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Family Owned and good pay

    Cons

    Outsourcing. There tends to be a bit of favoritism with some management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it here in the US


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great entry level position with lots of passionate people who care about their work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Good people to work with and gain knowledge from. Allowed me to learn technical details of development.

    Cons

    Not much to speak of in regards to bonuses. Some people were only in their positions because of who they knew.

    Advice to Management

    Better bonuses. Reward hard workers. Remove some of the legacy dead weight who were put in positions where they had no experience.



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