CB&I Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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CB&I President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
Philip K. Asherman
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Pros
  • Paid well, and offered good benefits (in 14 reviews)

  • Open culture, Challenging environment, Work life balance (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is out of touch with reality (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management can treat you like you don't exist or matter (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    GOOD FOR A CAREER START BUT OVERRAN BY "GREY BEARDS"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at CB&I full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Being part of a organization that is the first to build a nuclear facility in 30 years. Very interesting project with a lot of moving parts and able to learn quite a bit about a extremely political industry. Nuclear pay is probably the most , underneath the bankers of course.

    Cons

    There are so many rules and regulations that you have no room for creativity nor do you do any work. The work "Engineers" were doing was paper pushing and very very little engineering. The company is so large that you are merely a bug on the wall and can get by with very little if you like that. Not an industry for young leaders to progress . Full of the "good ole boy's" who all have man crushes on each other. QA is so stringent, if you fart in the wrong direction, there is a probability a stop work order will be issued because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that you are in the 21st century and embrace the change.


  2. CB&I Ronnie Brown Review

    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at CB&I

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent Safety, They made sure that I would go home unblemished. They Payed a more then reasonable salary.

    Cons

    Your Unable to Work during Bad Weather. The Commute was bad, because traffic was heavy on an everyday basis. Odd Schedule.

    Advice to Management

    Try to shift the schedule around in rain days so employees can receive maximum hours on a rainy day basis.


  3. Typical EPC Company

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

    I have been working at CB&I

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

    Pros

    There are lots of projects in the Houston office. Most are long term projects with long calendars and require large project teams.

    Cons

    Just a good place to be until the industry opens up again. Quality and Teamwork, are more like posters to dress up the walls in conference rooms. The halls are full of politics and "good old boy" activities.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what real people out on the "floor" think. Just sitting around in meetings, listening to each other saying all the right things will not help move the company forward. Overall a little old school.


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  5. Have not been there long enough to experience at first hand

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at CB&I

    Pros

    Large company, numerous divisions and locations

    Cons

    Seemed not to gather information before making decisions

    Advice to Management

    Educate yourself about all aspects of your business, especially the newly acquired ones. If not, surround yourself with people smarter than you.


  6. Controller

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Multiple Positions in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at CB&I full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    CBI pays well for the most part. If they didn't change the rules so often, it could rate a 4. If you are willing to relocate anywhere, anytime, you will be OK. Good camaraderie found at most sites. Corporate offices are more uptight.

    Cons

    Ridiculous bureaucracy. Good ole boy network is too big. Rules on per diem, transfer and incentive pay change often always favoring the company at the expense of the employee. Temporary jobs are reclassified as permanent in some cases at great financial detriment to employees. 30 year old patched up DOS based green screen software (JD Edwards) is the primary financial tool.

    Advice to Management

    These guys don't take advice.


  7. ironworker

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Foreman to Ironworker in Ingleside, TX
    Current Employee - Foreman to Ironworker in Ingleside, TX

    I have been working at CB&I full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There's plenty of work to do and when you are working all day the time goes by so fast. There's always something to do.

    Cons

    The cons would be once the job is complete you get laid off and then your back to looking for more work.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be don't believe everything you are told "like rumers". Take the time to investigate and then make sure rumers are true .


  8. Helpful (4)

    VC Summer, Units 2&3

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jenkinsville, SC
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Jenkinsville, SC

    I worked at CB&I full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, being able to watch construction happen, made a few great friends, learned a lot, improved Microsoft Office skills

    Cons

    As an admin, too many cons to count! Long hours, ridiculously heavy workload, very little opportunity for advancement, being forced to do all the things that nobody else wanted to do, being seen as a nobody by pretty much all other groups, ridiculous demands from management and staff, working in an environment that feels more like high school than a professional workplace, too many chiefs and not enough Indians, good ole' boy management system, being micromanaged in every way possible, just because it makes people feel important to enforce rules that they make up as they go along, very little communication between groups, yet meetings up the wazoo which accomplish NOTHING other than social hour for management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop it with the good ole' boy system, stop holding people back, try being proactive instead of reactive for once in your lives, stop making up rules as you go along, stop making people walk on eggshells by feeling like their jobs are ALWAYS at risk, do some of your own work instead of filling your time with useless meetings and forcing your admins to pick up the slack, stop making ridiculous demands of your admins (especially where catering your last minute lunch meetings is concerned), and stop kissing corporate office butts every time they decide to make an appearance - they put their pants on the same way you do! Start communicating with your workers instead of micromanaging them, perhaps more work will get done that way.


  9. Struggling to integrate Shaw Group businesses

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at CB&I

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large company with many locations

    Cons

    Large company with many locations, struggling to integrate Shaw Group businesses


  10. Process dept oil and gas

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Developer in Houston, TX

    I worked at CB&I (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    close to home free parking

    Cons

    very poor line management in my dicipline

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of process manager, he will destroy the organization


  11. Scientist

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

    I have been working at CB&I full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Long term projects. Hardcore engineer experience.

    Cons

    Recent merger with Shaw Group has lead to a corporation with minimal knowledge of what many branches of the company actually do. Strict rules for advancement given as "guidance" to managers, but never put into writing.

    Advice to Management

    Allow managers to control merit process. The existing merit system ties managers hands when the good/experienced employees are offered higher paying positions.



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