Bechtel Reviews

Updated July 28, 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. Best Internship Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Ir
    Former Intern - Ir

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Bechtel is a huge company with lots of money, but they know how to treat their employees and interns right. Even on projects where budgets are tight, they find a way to make working with them worth your time.

    Cons

    If you are not into chasing jobs around the country and even the world, then Bechtel is not a place for you. Bechtel is a construction company through and through and you need to know how they make their money, which means working on a construction site. This could be anywhere in the world.

    Advice to Management

    Keep holding your base values above the next biggest project and you'll be around for another 100 years to come.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Young Masters Graduate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Reston, VA

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

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

    Pros

    They're the ENR #1 contractor 17 years running for a reason. There's a strong vision, values, and ethics plan in place. There's a sense of belonging that stems from it still being a private, family company. My time here has been such a positive experience, I continue to learn daily, and I've heard no complaints about the company from my colleagues, a rare find in any civil firm or company.

    Cons

    Given the breadth of work the goes on at Bechtel, these cons are only from what I see in my area. There does seem to be a bit of a generational lag that impacts innovation potential. There are older staff hesitant to move along with progressing computing applications and work platforms. Information sharing among GBU's could be better as well. There are supposedly recent corporate initiatives to address both these cons.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the core values that have brought you this far. Continue to hire people rather than buy up companies. Use your private status to stand for quality over bottom line dividends. Take action to make the world you're building a better place.


  3. Great Company

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

    I worked at Bechtel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary, Experience, Client interface, Location

    Cons

    Leadership tries very hard to create a positive environment but competitiveness often interferes


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  5. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bechtel (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Really takes care of their employee from all fronts

    Cons

    Slow growth, Company IT department is getting a big overhaul.


  6. Best Job Ever

    • 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
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company was exceptional in building team spirit. Managers were very professional and quality and safety most important factor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the project we worked on was not favorable to the area eventually needing to relocate or layoff its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your leadership in managing contracts and encourage your employees to stay committed.


  7. Construction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work several years at construction

    Cons

    Quantity Tracking for concete works at site


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company to spend a career at, if you don't mind moving around a lot.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DC - DIST of COLUM in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - DC - DIST of COLUM in Washington, DC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very stable company, excellent wages and benefits. Supportive in-company services. Many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    This company is in the business of building things. Big things. A lot of the time their projects are located in relatively remote (read: non urban) parts of the United States or around the globe. The company places a high premium on project experience, so if you work here for a long period of time there is a high probability that you will be asked to move. If you only want to live in an urban area, or do not want to move at all - this could be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the firm commitment to ethics and work quality, it is one of our most redeeming attributes. Make a better effort to hire/promote women and minorities - this needs to be written into a board level strategy document. It will benefit the company in the long run.


  9. Field Welding Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Welding Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Field Welding Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Largest Construction Company in the World

    Cons

    Not very many at all

    Advice to Management

    One time done right.


  10. Positive growing experience

    • 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 full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Employees from many different cultures Organization has well developed world view Unlimited opportunity if you are mobile

    Cons

    Longevity in jeopardy if not mobile

    Advice to Management

    Continual reorganization up-ends established relationships requiring rework


  11. Fantastic experience, amazing mentors and working environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Reston, VA
    Former Intern - Human Resources Intern in Reston, VA

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Welcoming coworkers and engaging environment. Very helpful and I learned a lot from the employees attitudes and willingness to teach me as an intern. Very positive experience and I would love to return as an employee. Respectable pay for an intern.

    Cons

    As an employee, there is an expectation to move homes to advance your career, which is not for everyone. Also heard that maternity leave is not generous.

    Advice to Management

    Make Bechtel's name and reputation more visible to people who are not in the industry to attract more talent and recognition.



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