Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated Jul 8, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 171 reviews

74% Approve of the CEO

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Steve Edwards

(23 ratings)

63% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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 person found this helpful  

    Short term.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    Telecom has no rudder

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGenerally a good company infrastructure for an engineering firm.

    ConsTelecom, 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 Senior ManagementBe 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall, a good company to work for.

    Senior Engineering Technician (Former Employee) Orlando, FL

    ProsVery 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.

    ConsCorporate 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 Senior ManagementConsult 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 people found this helpful  

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible 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.

    ConsWork/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 Senior ManagementThis 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

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

    Project Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsGot 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 Senior ManagementSome 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsExtremely diverse sets of projects and capabilities

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

    Field Construction Manager (Current Employee) Kansas City, MO

    Prosgreat 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

    Consthere 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 Senior Managementexamine 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disappointing

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe pay is the only thing I can say good about the company.

    ConsLack of direction for senior leadership

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    administrative assistant

    Administrative (Former Employee) Leawood, KS

    ProsFriendly environment, employees friendly, clean, professional, busy all the time

    Consconversation with supervisor, email, phone, verbal, raising voice

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

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

    Engineering Technician IV (Former Employee) Overland Park, KS

    ProsPrivate 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.

    ConsPublic 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 Senior ManagementKarma has a way of coming back around

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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