Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated December 1, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014
211 Reviews
3.6
211 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development (in 13 reviews)

  • B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 10 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work

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

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    If you don't want anyone to know you are there this is a great place. Certain divisions are better than others.

    Cons

    Very little assistance to improve quality of work due to lack of feedback. Very hard to engage manager. Great place to remain unseen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter job

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Okay pay, great atmosphere, some good people

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities few and far between. Senior management doesn't care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place as long as you are an engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Solid salary, very smart co-workers. You can learn a lot just by asking questions.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, you will constantly be badgered. I was in sales, selling a new product and service that they wanted to try. Sales cycles are long to the product, they did no get the concept of selling. All other customers came to them, they don't have to sell their standard product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, don't slam the door so son when projects are in the works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Privately help. They want you to work in another part of the company after 12 months

    Cons

    Big company. Hard to maneuver and find someone to get answers. Does not pay very well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you have and make local decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Same Work... Less Pay

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician IV in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineering Technician IV in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a Eng Tech you get promoted very quickly if you can take on more responsibility than just what is expected of you. You are given real responsibility of project tasks instead of grunt work. Flexible work hours available.

    Cons

    Doing the same job for less. Very cognitive of degree type rather than recognizing talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize talent, provide transparency of responsibility of upper management, and be more open about opportunities within business lines.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Challenged to adapt to consulting business

    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A good solid engineering company. Capable, experienced personnel.

    Cons

    Does not understand the consulting business.
    I came in as part of an acquisition. B&V did not take advantage of what our firm brought - was not able to leverage the expertise and brand to help build its consulting business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To successfully move into management consulting, need to adapt practices and policies including sales and pricing.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Descent Experience in telecom

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Family environment, Ability to be flipped from contract to full time, when they do promote they will promote from within, employee owned company, pay is actually pretty good.

    Cons

    As is with most companies the chance to advance are slim to none, I didn't agree with the concept of hiring family members. Offers little to no training,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients instead of relying on one, Find more training tools for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Training is available and there are people to ask questions to.

    Cons

    Slow work environment so there isn't much of a challenge.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Telecom has no rudder

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally a good company infrastructure for an engineering firm.

    Cons

    Telecom, at least the Turf project, is actually run by the field organization. The central leadership does not have the industry background nor management ability to rein in the Turf Directors. Penny wise and pound foolish. Not strategic (no, not really).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be in charge. If you think something sounds wrong or fishy, it is. Don't make your judgments on how well a turf is doing by how much money it brings in, judge it by how much it promised it would bring in vs what it does. The opportunity cost of allowing free rein to the Turf Directors is about 40% again of what they bring in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall, a good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very financially healthy and highly respected engineering consulting firm. Local office culture and work environment in Central Florida is a good one to work in. Local management is respectful to its employees.

    Cons

    Corporate management is out of touch with individuals in the branch offices. Training opportunities and implementation are sub-par at best for those working outside of the corporate offices. Unfortunately, this company is in the habit of laying off many of its senior employees. They are more concerned with the bottom line that their employees well being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult with local office management to get a true idea of the value and contribution of is senior employees, instead of allowing the bean counters to cull the workforce by simply chopping off their higher paid intellectual talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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