Chicago Bridge & Iron

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated November 30, 2014
Updated November 30, 2014
189 Reviews
3.1
189 Reviews
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Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
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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. 3 people found this helpful  

    A Gaping Black Hole

    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits, alternate work week schedule (every other Friday off).

    Cons

    Where to begin... Raises are rare, but when they happen, they are insultingly low. And worse, there is no severance. There is very little potential for personal development and absolutely no potential for career advancement. Responsibility is greatest at lowest grades, lessening as grade levels increase. Yet lowest grades have no authority; creating a clearly divided corporate culture of either aristocratic hubris or fatalism. Executive staff and their sycophants are condescending, patronizing, and mendacious, and favoritism is so obvious it is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your golden parachutes and golf clubs and ride off into the sunset. Your plan as soul-killers is wildly successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent experience working with a team of dedicated folks

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    A good place to work for if you are looking for a stable employment. They are not risk takers

    Cons

    Company is rooted in the past and does not invest in new technology. Even the work hours are odd

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please invest in new technology and allow employees to dabble in it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Currently CB&I is downsizing Environmental & Infrastructure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Alpharetta, GA
    Current Employee - Project Scientist in Alpharetta, GA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, flexible hours, ability to work for other offices in the US while not enough work in my office.

    Cons

    Currently no business development support for a lot of the offices leading to little to no future work for those offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need new business development employees to help regrow a shrinking company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Career at CBI

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the people that work for you. They are all easy going and very loyal to CBI. Get great work experience to build on with future employers.

    Cons

    The supervision is very one minded, treats their employees like a number, don't review your performances on a regular basis, and are extremely stingy come time for raises. Everything is based on some written procedure which gets white washed across the entire company regardless of your particular type of work being performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your No Tolerance Policies and their true impact to your safety culture. Treat your employees more like human beings who want to work and help CBI Succeed than a simply number that is no more than a plug and play periphery to the system called CBI.

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

    Employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

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

    Pros

    Pay, Opportunity to travel (paid by the company), great people to work with

    Cons

    CB&I claims to be a global company, but operates like a local mom and pop. There is truly no reason to put hundreds of people out of a job in the Baton Rouge office and move all of those positions to The Woodlands. Global companies know how to effectively operate without everyone being located in the same office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. Get some education on contemporay workplace flexibility and get current.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Process focused, not solution focused

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    paycheck comes every two weeks

    Cons

    CMS attrition turnover direction information flow

  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Avoid at all costs if you value your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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 8 years)

    Pros

    Collaborating with talented and loyal employees and working on a variety of interesting projects.

    Cons

    CB&I may have acquired The Shaw Group, but it was only on paper. Instead of getting the best of both companies, we've got the worst of both sides as far as management is concerned. Shaw practices has infected CB&I upper management, resulting in questionable and shady behavior, muddled processes, and cloak-and-dagger backdoor politics.

    A forced relocation of all Corporate personnel to the Woodlands by September 2014 will result in 90+% cannibalization of IT and HR departments (among others). Only "selected" persons were asked to move, given paltry and laughable relocation packages, then told to keep "hush hush" about it. The unlucky ones left behind are being hung out to dry, still waiting for any official word from management about office closures, severance (yeah, right) and any other pertinent information related to the obliteration of their jobs. Management has been silent and uncommunicative about the whole affair. This company likes to preach and extol high moral and ethical standards, yet they can't even maintain the common decency to communicate to employees who have been loyal and hard-working to them for many years.

    Plans to outsource work overseas is the cherry on top of this putrid cake. Avoid at all costs if you value your career and your professional development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Enjoy your shiny new building and best of luck this September. You'll need it.

    Also, say hi to our friends in India.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Poor Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist II

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, opportunity to travel across the country, good travel agency, Fortune 500, worked with some very intelligent, amicable people that I still keep in touch with

    Cons

    Poor communication between management levels, rampant favoritism and nepotism, poor management of offices, treatment of field personnel is sub par,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This was my first job as a professional. I worked for the company for six years and despite receiving repeated good reviews from my superiors I was only "promoted" once. There was always talk of advancement opportunities within offices and projects, yet these "opportunities" never actually seemed to materialize. I witnessed several very intelligent, hard working people forced to leave the company after many years of service due to poor upper management decisions. I once worked on a project where I had 6 different supervisors. It was hard no to think of the movie Office Space because of this. "So that means that when I make a mistake, I have eight different people coming by to tell me about it. That's my only real motivation is not to be hassled, that and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired." Sadly, this was my introduction to corporate America.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Give it a year or two, then leave! Bottom line: No one will fight for you!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Denver, CO

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a good starting job to move on from. I started my first job at Shaw after undergrad as an Environmental Scientist. The starting pay wasn't terrible, but there was no opportunity for advancement. If you are a low-level employee, they will just try to get as much out of you before you leave for something better. The only other good thing was every other Friday off (9/80 schedule), but this was a Shaw thing that I heard CB&I is getting rid of.

    Cons

    Worked for Shaw Environmental for 5 years. During that time, it always seemed like things were going downhill. When the CB&I acquisition came along, they made us believe things were going to get better. They didn't. No communication at all from higher-ups, with shutdowns of departments and layoffs. You couldn't even get through to get your voice heard, because regional management denies they are kept in the loop at all. Bottom line: No one is fighting for you but yourself. This is a terrible company to work for, very unreliable, and does not care to keep its promising assets. Only join as a last resort if you plan to move on in a year or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a change in company culture. Management only cares about themselves. Loyal employees and technical assets are treated very poorly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized money machine

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy and Sustainability in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Energy and Sustainability in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Opportunities, if management likes you

    Cons

    constant turnover; little to no training. Often thrown into projects plans or context.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The energy management practice lacks direction and doesn't understand it's strengths. Somehow it's stayed pretty profitable. For me, it's taken a lot of the warm-fuzzy out of working in sustainability, it's clear they wouldn't be in the business if it wasn't for the money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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