Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
213 Reviews
3.6
213 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.  

    I worked in the Telecom division for Black and Veatch.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Associate in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Construction Associate in San Ramon, CA

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    My co workers were all very friendly and quick to help with processes or answering questions about processes. They did encourage employees to come up with ideas and ways to improve processes. The salary was very good.

    Cons

    Most of the leadership was not very approachable. They would sit in their offices with their doors closed. Also, It was not very clear how to move forward in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give the proper training when bringing on a new employee based on what position they will be doing. People want to work and do a good job for the company and it would be great to start out with the right tools from the start.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer 1

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, environment, open to debate on existing methods

    Cons

    Growth rate is not exactly very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have a clearer branch structuring of the managers , supervisors and project managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff controls engineer

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    At B & V the work atmosphere is great it's layed back but thing get completed. They have a "flex schedule" with core work hours that is nice when you wnt to beat the traffic or have somethng that requires you to be out of the office. the pay rate for the area is about the same as simular groups. It was nice that with a large company, when assigned to a new job / contract - they would arrange to have the group working on the job into the same general area of the building, this makes for much eaiser communication between diciplines.

    Cons

    It seems as though all employees are on a per getting the next contracted job. I worked there for 2 plus years and was always wanting to know what the next job would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was told for the whole time there that I was going to be brough in as direct hire, but each time the topice was brought up, I was told some thing along the lines of: We would hate to do that then have to lay you off if we don't get the next contract. So, as a contracted engineer there, I was treated for as far as I could tell the same as the direct employees, but not the same benifit package. If your going to bring in contracted employees, make your decission - don't keep them thnking that there is something coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work

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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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great work life banance. Small company feel, large company benefits.

    Cons

    Growth is limited. Work is not that exciting.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company with Opportunities to gain experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Accounting Associate
    Current Employee - Project Accounting Associate

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

    Pros

    Big company with many opportunities to move around the six divisions. They are supportive and want their employees to grow and gain lots of experience. Value your input and encourage problem solving solutions. strong core values

    Cons

    Often hired as a contingent employee rather than direct hire. The company culture is very conservative feeling a bit stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more of a team environment, more opportunities for training and certificate/education compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company To Work For

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    • 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
  8.  

    Database Administration

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    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
  9.  

    Black & Veatch is a good company to work for.

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    • 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
  10.  

    Black & Veatch is a fantastic company to work for, but behind the times with regard to technology.

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    • 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
  11.  

    Overall positive experience

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    • 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

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