Bechtel Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
373 Reviews
3.5
373 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel is exciting, driven for excellence and extremely highly qualified in all aspects of major, large construction.

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

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

    Pros

    Bechtel trusts its professional employees with a large degree of responsibility and matches the trust with very thorough procedures. The "team" on a project is always professional, committed and qualified - like working on an all-star team. Our prime directive was to meet the schedule: Quality and safety were "given". Bechtel was really an exciting and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    I would say the main challenges have to do with family stress. We moved often and lived in remote locations, which are always tougher on the families than on the employee. I was fortunate in that my wife enjoyed foreign places and strange languages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think senior management was terrific so I don't have specific advice. Everybody, of course, would like more pay and better assignments; so that is not real advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent company where I was able to learn about the corporate world.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Columbia, MD office has a great team of people who actually care for thier employees not just the bottom line.

    Cons

    Like any other work place, there is always room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue taking care of the employees

  3.  

    Great place to learn and do.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fantastic people, structured plan for intern, and diverse backgrounds in employees. The rotational aspect of the program makes it great for someone looking to find their strengths in corporate finance, be it in: financial reporting, management information & planning, or in treasury. 10/10 would work there again.

    Cons

    Typical high costs that come with working in the city of San Francisco. Transportation, eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all above usual. That being said, SF is a great place to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Do not work for Bechtel in Sabine Pass.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journeyman Pipefitter in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Pipefitter in Cameron, LA

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only thing good about that job is the fact that you can take home tools. They don't check your box good when you leave.

    Cons

    There is NO planning on that job. It's a complete cluster. You have to bus in an out which takes 2 hrs an they don't pay you either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your stuff together an raise the pay rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to work and they care about the Employees

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance. The company is Project driven so it depends on
    what period of the Project you are on. They will try to keep you on a project of function if possible.

    Cons

    The same cons that would come with any large company, but none worth mentioning. You will have to relocate when
    a project comes to an end and there is not another one to jump on in the same office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent management

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

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

    Pros

    Seasoned managers. Well-developed processes and systems, roles and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Hiring/firing due to cyclical swings in the engineering and construction industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Very powerful experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Meaningful work supporting a great cause. Work is very challenging and advanced.

    Cons

    The work environment is restrictive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  9.  

    Bechtel

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

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

    Pros

    Lot's of opportunity
    Great for aspiring project managers
    Very diverse

    Cons

    Politics can dictate future
    Performance does not always lead to promotion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, that cares about it's employees and upholds it's values and safety practices

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Columbia, MD

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loyal to their employees, personal growth, time off, benefits, overtime, you are given the opputunity to move around the company/try different positions if you so desire, team environment, pleasant work environment: not stuffy, takes safety seriously and has the history to prove it.

    Cons

    High turn-around rate if you are contractor, Work availability depends on the client, stressful environment at times-some people are overworked, you can be subject to relocation based on project load.

    The high turn-around rate causes stress on management because they have to re-train, but that is the nature of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't even think about sacrificing some of the values for the client. I've never seen it done, but I feel like their has been close calls

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Construction Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Lead Construction Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Tops in almost every industry in pay.

    Cons

    Lots of processes and paperwork, there are reasons though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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