Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated May 6, 2014
Updated May 6, 2014
313 Reviews

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Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock
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Pros
  • Kiewit has a great employee evaluation program with lots of opportunities for advancement (in 15 reviews)

  • Smart and talented people are rewarded with responsibility and good pay (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off (in 55 reviews)

  • Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish (in 47 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great employees terrible, horrible, management.

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    Former Employee - Procurement  in  Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lenexa, KS

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I guess if you were right out of college it would be a good place to work, but as a professional, run, don't walk away from Kiewit. The time to work at Kiewit is when you are 22, and then hope you get to become a shareholder.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Inexperienced engineers on a combined cycle power plant project, does not lead to good results. Kiewit does not respect engineers, if you are PE go elsewhere, this would explain why their leads are young inexperienced and screw up critical items leading to huge losses. My manager's power plant experience was being in the Navy, not an officer, and being a licensed stock broker, to say he didn't know anything about power plant construction was an understatement, this is prevalent at Kiewit Power, I foresee more massive losses in their future. Apparently the last two years have been very tough on the Kiewit stockholders, and if they continue to drive away experience this will only continue. There is a reason the successful engineering companies have a lot of grey hair around the office--it pays, there' are many things that long hours and desire cannot teach, and you can't learn unless you have the experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It would be good to have director level employees actually have experience in power generation construction and engineering. More managers in upper level positions need more technical expertise, talking only goes so far until someone need technical expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    You May Be A KieEmployee If...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    If you’re a white male, new college graduate, arrogant, sexist, heavy-drinker, willing to move on a moment’s notice, and family life isn’t your priority, then you’re a KieEmployee and you’ll be well-rewarded. KieEmployees get stock via a controversial, mysterious compensation system.
    If you’re willing to work for a KieEmployee, let him take credit for your work while he dangles carrots and promises; flirt with, flatter, drink with, and generally support a KieEmployee while you’re working a ton of extra hours, then you’re a B-Employee: still important to the Kiewit machine, and there are a surprising number of these employees in the organization. You’ll benefit from good healthcare benefits (which you’ll need) and a 10% 401k (which is frequently better than the stock program – 6% match and 4% discretionary company donation).

    Cons

    All others, look elsewhere.
    - Ladies – there are no female senior level managers in the organization. None. Not one on the Board of Directors, not as a District Manager, not as a Division Manager, not as a Corporate Officer… There are some in mid-management roles, mainly because they are good B-Employees (see above). There are so many cases of talented women being overlooked for advancement, or for being selected for advancement based on an ability to flirt, or for being trashed because they aren’t willing to flirt/flatter/drink with/work for KieEmployees.
    - Design Engineers – don’t do it. Kiewit considers design engineers a means to an end, a commodity, and under-values your work. Construction will force you into impossible deadlines, belittle you, bully you, all from a bar stool where way too many decisions are made and opinions are formed.
    - Previously Experienced – Kiewit only believes in Kiewit experience. You may get hired, but you’ll be viewed skeptically, and your previous experience or opinion will not count for much unless they need your name on a new project resume. Also, Kiewit is wildly attracted to young employees and frequently mistakes youthful energy and passion as “the right answer.” You can see this for yourself if you look at the intern reviews on here. Your age and experience will work against you at Kiewit.
    - Any employee other than construction personnel – all business personnel (HR, IT, Accounting, administrative, etc.) should really not consider working in this organization. The compensation for these employees is not competitive, and they are generally treated as the dreaded evil “overhead” and they're always worried about job security.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek diversity. There are so many young KieEmployees feeding BS to the manager KieEmployees, fueling damaging misinformation on up the chain of command, that you wouldn’t know that your projects are on fire unless a B-Employee buys you a beer with a bar napkin note under it to tell you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K, CO-workers were great

    Cons

    Salary too low, hours too high, no overtime compensation- Upper management (PM and above) completely out of touch and unavailable. Employees are not treated equitably. If you become a pet of a sponsor you'll do well. Poor treatment of females overall including undermining their credibility and raises being half of what men get. Severe lack of integrity. Managers hide (and expect you to hide) safety and quality concerns. Sponsors even ask business managers to hide monetary losses from district management. Very shady if you have morals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, give promotions to those who work hard, not long. Face time is ridiculous considering all the technological advancements that you've invested in and implemented. Expecting a "professional" to work more than 50 hours a week for less than $60k/year is ridiculous. Working 80 hours/wk is not okay- for anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Work like a dog, long hours - 7 days a week, no appreciation

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    some co-workers, you can sleep on job if you were out late

    Cons

    pay, benefits, management, hours, advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so narrow minded and appreciate your workforce, take a ethics course and then train managers

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

    Didn't live up to the hype... Not even close.

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    Former Employee - Minion  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Minion in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Depending on where you are, the job you're on, etc., it can be a very good job.
    If you're one of the area manager's buddies you may get raises and promotions. There are SOME great people in the company with a huge wealth of knowledge.
    401k matching (6% of salary and 4% annual bonus is good), as long as you can actually get a % of vested.

    Cons

    They will lure you in with various stuff like training etc., but at the end of the day only a few people actually get to attend Kiewit's various sequential training schools. If you don't get to attend then your career is held back.
    Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples in the district I was unfortunate to work for than did a pretty crafty job of alienating me from their little clique / group of incompetent buddies. Very borderline EEO issue that could get people in trouble, but done in a way that it's hard to prove.
    Good vacation (3-months) although it's combined with sick. If you're healthy, it's good.
    Don't get roped into the Stockholder handcuff BS. It's not the deal it used to be... Getting it requires a hefty bout of brown-nosing and meeting fairly secretive criteria to be privileged (haha) to let Kiewit offer your a loan to buy their stock and then they own you.
    While a lot of other GC's will give you company vehicle, this is a rare thing in Kiewit unless you're an Area Manager or higher.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a serious look at the level of incompetence of some people and get rid of them. Stop screwing your own company our of retaining talent because of company policies / the bottom line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Engineer II  in  Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Tacoma, WA

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Strong job security, high dollar value pay. Nominally benefits are great.

    Cons

    14+ hour days are a minimum, so is 6+ days a week. Comparatively benefits are terrible and not worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut the hours, stop having "engineers" do clerk work. Upper and top management say beautiful things, but actions rarely trickle down, if at all, to the benefit of the employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Overwhelming

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, PTO (if you get a chance to use it), good external training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, poor work-life balance, bullying, angry/disrespectful co-workers and managers, two faced, tons of office politics, HR is a joke, poor internal and job specific training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HA!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working in Kiewit (Northern Cal District)

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    Former Employee - Planner  in  Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in Concord, CA

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Training schemes and Techniques

    Cons

    Work 80,90 hours to get paid 40 hours. They try to doctrine you with loads of "Harassment Free" environment slides presentation and a "hot line" for it but the place is infested with it and bullying. If you denounce this attitude from some Engineer or any upper Management you are fired. Loads of inside politics,especially between PM and District Sponsors. Loads of people with egos bigger than a cathedral and dubious character.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tame down the ego of Engineers, PM and Sponsors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard work, long hours, and no appreciation. Bullies are encouraged.

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    Former Employee - Middle Manager  in  Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I can't think of any today.

    Cons

    If you work hard, it doesn't matter. Offer ideas, nobody cares. Suck up to the boss, lie on your resume, steal credit from others, undermine your competition and you're the next senior manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to complaints. Follow through and get all sides of the story. Don't believe someone simply because they have a better salary than someone else. The lower salaried employee may just be hitting a brick wall because of a bully who won't let them excel.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Be prepared to be overworked, under appreciated, and mismanaged while being fed adages of hipocracy.

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    Current Employee - IT  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The most positive part of working at Kiewit is the co-workers. For the most part extremely hard working bright & dedicated people trying to do the right thing for the company and leadership. Decent pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Coming to learn that unless you are part of the 'old boy' school and can navigate the cliques and politics you are not going to go far. Learning that just because you're earning Paid Time Off, you're not expected to use it. Just about every poster and company saying is nowhere close to the truth. Their People are not their number one Asset, they are treated like commodities. Safety is number one as long as the job is getting completed quickly. Ethics are only the most important thing when you're standing in front of the room giving a speech or taking the annual 'trainings'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have been with the company over 7 years and keep hoping that change is just around the corner. That the Senior leadership will finally realize that they are the major obstacle to the company being a great place to work.

    With over 30 years of professional work experience I have never seen an organization so poorly managed. My co-workers and I often wonder has Kiewit has managed to last 125 years.

     To me, the only answer is that earlier in the life of the organization, the leadership was much more humble and genuine. Which lead to a quality work, strong finances, and an excellent reputation.

    So my advice to management? Get off your high horse. You are not entitled to anything and the people that work for you are not disposable. The morale of this organization is crumbling faster than you realize and you are on the cusp of losing what really makes this company great; your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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