Chicago Bridge & Iron

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
179 Reviews
3.0
179 Reviews
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Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
Philip K. Asherman
76 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • have a great pay scale and good benefits package, RRSP Dental Extended Medical all really great (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Senior management typically makes decisions without realizing the full impact of the people doing the work (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Can't wait to leave.

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

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits. Payroll errors seem to be lessening. There are still a lot of competent and dedicated people trying to do a good job.

    Cons

    Don't understand the "H" in HR stands for human. Morale is terrible. Anyone with the ability to do so is heading for the door. Opportunities for training, advancement and promotions are nil. If you enjoy working for a company that clearly doesn't care about you as an individual or your contributions, check out their career site - I'm sure they're hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to those several levels below you in the chain of command, and listen to that reality. I think you will find it educational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not to be trusted. Too many back door meetings.

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

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron (less than an year)

    Pros

    Other employees were good to work with. There is a lot of knowledge.

    Cons

    Upper managers are not in touch with the people that work for them. Entirely too many meetings and very little is shared. While working at CB&I, employees that had been with the company for years were laid off with only 2 weeks severance. One employee had worked there for over 20 years. Very bad way to treat employees. Also while I was there, people were told they were being laid off with only 2 weeks notice. Most of them were from SHAW. I do not recommend this as being a place to work at if you are looking to the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When making promises to employees and contractors, managers should ensure they follow through with projects. It appears as though long term plans can not be followed through and employees and contractors pay for their lack of planning. This advise if for the Information Technology department. I would advise that the person in charge of IT have a IT background.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    You are just a number in this company

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

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Well" known company, even though not for good reasons.

    Cons

    You are just a number in this company. Rare opportunities for advancement. Management lacks skills and recruiters are well known for not doing their work and thinking they are better than others in the industry. Lack of training. Work environment very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training to new and existing employees. Adopt open door policy. Have more interest in your employees. Pay and benefits should be more competitive to industry.

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

    Company of Frauds and Incompetence

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is OK. That's about it.

    Cons

    Management would not care if you dropped dead. They do not even pretend to care about you. Company will lie to you. Just because you get certain benefits coming in the door does not mean you will continue to receive them 12 months later. Butt kissers with zero talent are promoted to very high paying positions while those with knowledge are left in the trenches to get the work done. Company inflates stock prices with shady accounting and moving money within the company along with manipulating employee stock purchase program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope you don't end up in prison.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    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.

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Relocation of Lummus Tech to Woodlands September 2014

    • Senior Management
    • 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
  9. 3 people 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

  10. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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
  11.  

    This is not a people company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (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

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