Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated October 3, 2014
Updated October 3, 2014
195 Reviews
3.5
195 Reviews
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Pros
  • Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development (in 13 reviews)

  • Good Pay, Good benefits, some nice coworkers, very nice office building (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.  

    Good Company To Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Trechnician in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Engineering Trechnician in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Financially stable company. Good local office management . One of the top tier Engineering firms on the planet.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate home office out of touch with local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the local office management manage the local employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Database Administration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is pretty good, and collegues in general are pretty enjoyable. They are beggining to use innovative software to continue efficiency in the near future, which will make the job easier to learn in the future. Alot of excel work. Great work life balance, no evenings or weekends.

    Cons

    After you learn your responsibilities, the job is repetitive. Not much team interaction on a face to face basis. Everything is done through e-mail and IM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tune up the training period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Black & Veatch is a good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    If you stick it out you will have chances to travel.

    Cons

    Contract Engineering, unless you want to do that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Black & Veatch is a fantastic company to work for, but behind the times with regard to technology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    The office is fully of friendly, knowledgeable people who are more than willing to help and share their knowledge. Very pleasant culture, not too clicky, with a sense of orderly openness. If you're up for it and ask, they'll certainly show no hesitation to throw you into a calculated "deep end" (usually in the good way) in order for you to develop the necessary skills to flourish in the industry, and of course, you'll have plenty of help and encouragement along the way. Work-life balance is excellent for most, unless projects are short handed and require mandatory overtime, a rare but real occurrence. Great benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    I think Black & Veatch suffers from the same problems that most large engineering corporations suffer from: slow-moving when it comes to adopting new technologies, and a general sense of having a sterile corporate personality. In the last year, management has sent out several emails reminding new professionals about dress code policies outlining appropriate forms of footwear and pants, presumably concerned that their recent influx of young new hires has lowered the standard of their image. What they do not realize, however, is that by failing to loosen up in changing times (their passive reminders of official dress code standards given as just one example), they are alienating the younger generation that they so desperately need to connect with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I strongly advise that you give professionals more freedom to wear appropriate casual wear to work (e.g. blue jeans) unless interfacing with clients, where more traditional attire is still appropriate. Also, avoid sending out emails to the office reminding professionals about rules and regulations. If there is a problem, address it in person with the people it directly concerns. Having to read reminders of rules and regulations on a regular basis may seem to improve productivity and quality on the surface, but it actually propagates a sense of overbearing management power which diminishes morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall positive experience

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

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities and roles

    Cons

    Travel, some people managers not very people oriented

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Internship at Black & Veatch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Inter in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Inter in Denver, CO

    I worked at Black & Veatch as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Black & Veatch does a great job at giving employees options when they are hired on. During the first two years, the company rotates you to different divisions within the business; Energy, Water, Telecom, etc. When the employee finds a division that suites them best, they can further explore within the division. Black & Veatch really wants the employees to enjoy where they work so the employee can be effective and efficient.

    Cons

    During my time as an intern the company came off as very divided between engineering and construction. Pointing fingers became a daily occurrence. Not that other companies will not do this, but I found it to be excessive and distracting during work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern I really enjoyed going to field assignments. Even if it took two weeks to get my feet under me, the experience was valuable and gave a good representation of what work was like at job sites. I believe more interns could have benefited more from seeing the job site.
    There are many (~50) interns each summer and it's easy to get classified as a typical intern. The program is well constructed and thought through, but it makes you feel like your on a conveyor belt. I wish the interviews and updates were less regimented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Solid Company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Black & Veatch is a well established engineering company. Their brand is based on providing high quality projects. I've worked there for 16 years in the Energy Division. B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program. They have a wide variety of technical specialists with extensive experience in many areas. Their health care is costly compared to other firms, but is a full service package. B&V Energy has a group dedicated to training, although like any firm, they struggle some with the delivery of technical training. The people are friendly, and generally concerned about doing the right thing for our projects and our clients. Management seems to care about employee concerns. B&V is a global organization- with many opportunities for multi-cultural experiences. They execute a wide variety of project work in multiple industries.

    Cons

    B&V is a large company with a bureaucracy that can be difficult to navigate. They have very experienced managers. However growth beyond the engineering discipline can be difficult due to the number of managers already in place. Career growth is available within the engineering disciplines. There is a tendency to pigeon hole individuals once they have demonstrated competence in a single area.
    They emphasize training- but have a training delivery problem in that they aren't able to devote the resources required to formally publish and distribute key technical training. They are working to improve this.
    They tend not to drive career growth- but expect employees to drive the growth themselves. This works ok- but can be really difficult when tranisioning between business lines or divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for growth outside of one's specialty.
    Recognize and reward good performance with added responsability.
    Provide the necessary investment to improve training delivery mechanisms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    review

    • 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

    Good Benefits and Pay, nice people

    Cons

    very conservative stable growth focused on the bottom line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful as long as your find your own opportunities, if you wait for it to come you will wait a very long time.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Great professionals, very knowledgeable people, lots of opportunity to engage in multiple roles, semi-ease of transfering between internal business units and within busiiness unit groups. Great culture and value system.

    Cons

    Limited room to grow into full manangement positions due to an already top-heavy management. can be difficult to switch between business units or between groups in the same unit. Not as flexible and adaptable to today's working culture expectations in terms of compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible in allowing professionals move around from and between groups, it will allow for a more diverse workforce which increases flexibility and minimizes sudden gaps during normal yearly employee turnovers. Maybe due to being so top heavy, compensation down the food chain is pretty low compared to its peers in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding Experience, Great people, Great Place to learn and grow

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

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

    Pros

    - Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development.
    - With almost 100 years in the industry, there is a great balance of experienced and newer professionals. Hard work is valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    - Easy to fall between the cracks and become very monotonous if you are not a motivated self-starter. Not the place to be shy - you have to consistently be a positive go-getter if you want to see career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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