Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
182 Reviews
3.4
182 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.  

    Overall positive experience

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    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
  2.  

    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 for less than a 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
  3.  

    Solid Company to work for.

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    • 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 for 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
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    • Comp & Benefits
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    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
  6.  

    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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    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 for 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
  7.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Not bad. Flexible work schedule

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Development Opportunities, Travel Opportunities, Nice People

    Cons

    Very Corporate, Ultra-conservative, Located in White Suburb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open a satellite Office in downtown KCMO because Overland park is a terrible place to be stuck as a young professional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Wonderful learning experience, with a bright future to come.

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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 as an intern

    Pros

    Big Company with room to move. YPDP program seems promising, and the future will tell. The company is in many different markets to please what you really are interested in. As an intern you are treated well. They have plenty of people willing to help you when difficulties appear.

    Cons

    The hiring process took time, as it does with any large engineering firm. I see many people in the company getting stuck in the position that they are in, and like anything in life experience rules over education. Telecom in general is a tough market to work in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Brilliant people, interesting projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very smart, competent and friendly. The company has good respect for work-life balance. Because many employees stay around for decades, they really care about your well being.

    Cons

    It's a big company and sometimes it's bureaucratic. Also, when I worked there you only got 10 days PTO + national holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your younger employees to get a better sense for what they need in terms of compensation and growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company with deep roots

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you're a motivated, self-starter and you work hard, you definitely get rewarded. There are really great opportunities if you're interested in working abroad and they're supportive of training and continuing education.

    Cons

    Overall benefits are good, but compensation isn't great. Some technology upgrades have occurred, but I think we have a long way to go to catch up with some of the more innovative companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to keep your finger on the pulse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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