Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
183 Reviews
3.4
183 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has good respect for work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • They have very good benefits and I received a fair compensation for my responsibilities (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 8 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for more than a 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
  2.  

    Descent Experience in telecom

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst  in  Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor for more than a 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
  3. 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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Telecom has no rudder

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

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for 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
  6. 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 for 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to finish your career, OK place to start it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule. Satisfactory pay and benefits. Room for growth. Get to work with very bright people who are willing to share lessons learned. I feel part of a community and not just a number.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance is preached, not practiced. Recent projects have been poorly staffed. Very minimal training is provided. When it is offered, I find myself saying "Boy, this sure would have been more useful when I first started here". It is up to you to learn your job on your own, or rely on the goodwill of fellow coworkers to teach you. Year end reviews are meaningless and the process is needlessly time-consuming. The Document Control process and drawing database is outdated by about 15 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a great company to work for...if you are 45 years and older. There is a reason mid-level professionals are few and far between. Get with the times and revamp the IT department. Make the company more appealing to the younger professionals who do all the dirty work without receiving any profit sharing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    One year in, scratching my head.....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Moving expenses, flexible schedule, salary offered was better than where I was working before. No comparison yet to see if it meets market standard.

    Cons

    Got dropped off almost like an orphan. New city in BV market somewhat hard to introduce unknown market entrant. No real training or mentorship. "Guidance", folks, is a trip. Everything needed is in the hands of someone else somewhere not near you. Hard to get information across divisional lines since we really don't talk to each other.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some employees need a helping hand, step by step instruction, especially when this is their first project with a new company. Everyone learns differently. Having the "Black & Veatch" way tends to slow folks down as while PM's aren't selling work, no one encourages them to learn the "BV" way of doing things (where are needed internal forms, when to complete, which contract should be used, who needs to approve stuff) . Then when new PM wins work, everyone clamors to get things done, and the new PM is left in a blur still unable to comprehend decisions made outside of their knowledge. Indispensable PM should be divided in half. Too much responsibility to be seller-doer at times.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    As of 2013, B&V seems a hidebound company trying to modernize.

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Extremely diverse sets of projects and capabilities

    Cons

    Dated org structure and undiverse management team, both of which severely hinder career growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    overall my 10 years of employment with B&V has been very.... Unfulfilling!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Construction Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Field Construction Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    great benfits in regard to insurance, sick leave, holiday pay ect. Lots of Vendor Discounts i.e. FORD Motor Co. X-Plan, AT&T celluare service discount, ect.and good on-line training resources

    Cons

    there is a very proinent culture of "social inequality" in regard to the professioinals who have college educations and how they interact with the professionals that do not have degrees.
    the pay is only so-so, with management unwilling to "bridge the gaps" on most subject. the upper management have a very take it or leave it attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    examine ALL things in the light of truth and expeerienced based reasoning, instead of making decisions from positions of misinformed information, incorrect facts and/or personal bias, as upper management you should hold yourself to a higher standard and never judge professionals from a view of corprate politicies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Terminated for Insubordination and Unprofessional behavior, My head is still spinning

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician IV in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Private Networks, Telecom. Great middle management and project management. Great section to work in. A lot of volunteer activities. Great Company benefits. Room to grow within the company. Retirement potential in this section is high.

    Cons

    Public Networks, Telecom. Poor middle management and project management. Must be willing to lie and stab other professionals in the back to move ahead in this section. Volunteering makes other professionals look bad. A lot of he said she said. Must be part of upper middle management friends list to move ahead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Karma has a way of coming back around

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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