Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
151 Reviews

3.1
151 Reviews
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Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
Philip K. Asherman
62 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • have a great pay scale and good benefits package, RRSP Dental Extended Medical all really great (in 12 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; very good work-life balance (at the local office level) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover of contract staff in UK IT help desk (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management typically makes decisions without realizing the full impact of the people doing the work (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Sketchy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    Chances to travel worldwide, all expenses Paid

    Cons

    Lack of experienced managers make for hazardous work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut through the political aspects of doing your job and actually focus on possible infrastructural flaws.

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you work in IT, avoid this company like the plague

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

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Leaving! There were no pros to this company.

    Cons

    There are just to many to list. Every good IT person they have hired in the last 4-5 years has walked right back out the door. Note good in that sentence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop letting a little gnome run around and build server rooms when you could rent rack space like everyone else has been doing for 5 years now. 3 failed attemps at building server rooms should be enough. Second, stop calling server rooms data centers. It's insulting to those who actually know what a data center is and how one is managed. The people who have been there for 30 years only have the mental capacity to manage technology that was current when they joined the company. Licking stamps is not a valuable skill these days.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Relocation of Lummus Tech to Woodlands September 2014

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, most office supplies & coffee provided, exceptional service in booking travel arrangements with a company dedicated AmEx travel service. Responsive Facilities staff

    Cons

    The recently announced office relocation from the Houston Galleria office to The Woodlands poses a significant hardship to the majority of those "invited" to either move to or drive the 40 miles to the new Woodlands office, resulting in the majority leaving the company to avoid the move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This significant reduction in seasoned, quality technical knowledge will result in a hard blow to the company's anticipated revenue for years to come, because the "COMPANY" hasn't planned well enough in advance to anticipate the loss of those who will be leaving within the next several years due to retirement, and now with the relocation, those who are not willing to relocate. The technical expertise cannot be replaced with new hires who can just step into those positions and it is unrealistic for the "COMPANY" to expect that bringing in 50% or more new hires will be able to manage the current workload. Because the "COMPANY" has chosen to make this fiscally poor decision, it will result in sub-par deliverables to the client & CB&'s reputation will suffer in this competitive industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    CB&I has decimated the former Shaw E & I, Inc.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company

    Cons

    Everything is a con where this company is concerned

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Job satisfaction and morale decreases the longer I work for them.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I really like my coworkers. For the most part we have all been together for nearly ten years and we are more like a family. When one of us is struggling we all pull together - in spite of company policy. I also like my schedule.

    Cons

    Since we were acquired we have lost more employees than in the entire time I was employed up until they bought us. Even within other CB&I sites people are fleeing. No bonuses, no more 401K matching. High deductible medical plans, prescription drug plan a nightmare. Training is hard to get approval for, even when it is job-related.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop neglecting your talent. We are what makes the company work. Not just the supervisors, but the "little guy" too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This is not a people company.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer  in  Waynesboro, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Waynesboro, GA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There were a lot of caring engineering professionals. Some of the plans for a rebirth of Nuclear Power were creative and forward thinking.

    Cons

    The implementation of those plans transmogrified the plan into a very difficult project to manage. It may be more difficult to complete than ever envisioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees are saying. Then ask questions. Then develop a plan and implement it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Uncaring huge company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Centennial, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Centennial, CO

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company with lots of policies.

    Cons

    Bad insurance
    No severance
    Lack organization/hr
    No workplace etiquette

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees happy. They will produce more quality work and in the long run, it will aquire you more clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Backyard & backwards business

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

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    For lazy employees who want to find an employer with no accountability, and who tolerates incompetence and idle people. Or if you do not wish to learn current industry practice, but how things were done 50 years ago- then this company is for you.

    Cons

    Going back decades to use antiquated systems. Join if you wish to be wow'ed by spreadsheets, or outdated drafting/engineering software.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Until I left, I did not realize how backward CBI was. Control your senior management who get away with whatever they want on projects. Get some new blood in a the corporate management level. The old guards must go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    management was a joke

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    pay is reasonable and benefits

    Cons

    management at three rivers office is unbelievably inexperienced

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of project management, very poor support to new employees.

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

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Multinational company, opportunities, supposed "diversity culture", "open minded environment"

    Cons

    The project in which I worked founded a lack of project management, very poor support to new employees. Design managers, project engineers and checkers were unable to find an agreement
    to work in one direction, driving the staff crazy. So concerning result was, many jobs had to be redone.
    Asked for support to develop my job and almost every time was forwarded to ask to others. I got a real disrespectful feeling from some managers or co-workers. I may think contract employees are not welcome, I didn´t find that "equal opportunity employer" funny statement.
    My conclusion working here: you´ll be fine if you´re "someone´s friend" or a recommended one.
    I´ve known several people were terminated or resigned themselves to go to work elsewhere.
    Generally very disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take notice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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