Kiewit Corporation
3.1 of 5 274 reviews
www.kiewit.com Omaha, NE 5000+ Employees

Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.1 274 reviews

                             

76% Approve of the CEO

Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock

Bruce E. Grewcock

(172 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Two years tops and then move on

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time

ProsWill learn a great deal about the industry. Nice perks. Health benefits are top notch.

ConsZero work-life balance. Favor some people over others. If you break down the hours you work (60+ hours a week) compared to your salaried pay, the pay is terrible. After a year or two, you will get burned out. Never any recognition when doing a good job.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Low pay and lack of career path

Engineer (Former Employee)
Omaha, NE

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

ProsExposure to numerous interesting projects in many different industries across North America
Good resume builder
401k match is very good (compensation is below average, however)

ConsBelow industry average compensation with very poor raise/promotion structure
Old-school construction attitudes
Stock Program not the same as it used to be. Have to put up with relocating every few years for your entire career or you wont go anywhere career-wise.

Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries company-wide or Kiewit will continue losing young and bright people...The stock program is not good enough incentive and very over-hyped.

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Poor overall experience

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation as an intern

Pros1) Onsite work, 2) Worked on meaningful projects, 3) Interns got hourly overtime pay

Cons1) Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish

Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to take a hard look at employee satisfaction if they are going to reduce high turnover rates

– I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Applications Administrator (Current Employee)
Minneapolis, MN

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

ProsBenefits are very good also 401k
Kiewit has the money to provide some job security
If there is such a thing
They a big if you like to be a number

ConsWork is scheduled regardless if it is good for the employee
If you turn down assignment you will not get future promotions
Stock is used as a hook to make employees except assignments
If your a senior you are finished for promotion or advancement and Arn't eligible for stock
This company burns out there employees

Advice to Senior ManagementStop spending all the money on non revenue generating functions and more on employee retention

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Field Engineer (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

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

ProsGreat experience and opportunities getting to work on huge projects and dealing with expensive operations. Got to see a little bit of everything from office work and estimating to field operations.

ConsWork/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off. I was moved around monthly from the day I got there. I was basically used to catch certain parts of the job to where they needed to be and once caught up I was tossed away.

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you hire someone make sure you actually need them instead of having someone move across the country to get laid off 6 months later. Employees don't really matter as much as the stock holders shares.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at Kiewit Corporation

ProsGreat experience, good benefits, travel all over country

ConsLong hours, little pay, do not see home very often.

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Great company to gain experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGreat coworkers and the benefits are fantastic, great health insurance and 401K matching.

ConsThe pay is not competitive, especially when you take into account the amount of hours you'll work. The company is very construction driven, therefore if you work in "support" staff i.e. (not an engineer, superintendent, project manager) there is not much appreciation for your effort or many opportunities for upward advancement. If you're ambitious, you can look for your own opportunities and training, but you'll have to be your own advocate to see any of them actually happen, many employees are told no when they ask for outside training, even if it is not training that is offered within the company.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe culture here is not at all what we say it is. If "People" are supposed to be a core value, then start acting like it. Our compensation is terrible and it's almost implied that overtime is an expectation, whether it's necessary for task completion or not. Listen to your employees, when such a huge percentage leave and complain of poor compensation and no opportunity, stop trying to say compensation isn't the issue and start addressing it head on.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou will have the oppurtunity to work on neat projects and be given lots of responsibility. There are aspects that allow you to be creative in your work to get the job done.

ConsCons – "Engineer" is the equivilent of "dung farmer". Everybody on the bottom is titled an "engineer" even if they do not have an engineering degree. This is frustrating to me and shows what little respect the company as a whole has for engineering talent and the profession. I am fairly certain that the only reason they are calling people "engineers" who are salaried is because they can get away with not compensating for overtime with this title under the labor law exemption of being a "professional". This allows Kiewit to abuse "Engineers" to the full extent of the law. I have worked 80-90 hour weeks for up to 5 months consecutively, worked nearly a year of Saturdays and some Sundays, worked 6 day weeks on night shift with start times changing by 3 hours every day so your 16 hour day leaves you with basically no sleep for the next 16 hour day. There is always a fear that even if you are done with your work before you put in your 12 hours that you cannot leave. I have caught myself feeling guilty for wanting to leave at 3PM on a Friday after arriving at 6AM and having done all my work and so I stay until Five "Just to be safe".They will harp on safety but NEVER admit that they overwork supervision. All your creative capacity will be stamped out within a few short years and you will be coerced into doing things the way they always have been done. Forward thinking is a term that is thrown around but is not the reality. Work Life Balance is a poster on the wall, not the reality. You will watch your less than stellar peers move up and recieve perks while your hard work will go unnoticed. Management does not like thinkers or smart people. They like people who will do as they are told and nothing more. Prepare to become very, very Bitter.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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"Appearances" are not reality

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

ProsMedical and 401(k) benefits are pretty standard. Co-workers can be good friends especially when working conditions aren't ideal.

ConsMany other reviews provide good insights. The company says it wants employees to have a good work/life balance...so untrue. It's interesting the corporate dress code is based on 1960's standards yet people in a department and different departments do not get along with each other. Lots of disrespect and backstabbing. Management doesn't see this or maybe they do and just aren't interested in addressing those types of internal issues - yet they worry about a strict dress code. Everything I was involved in proved to be very discouraging with multiple attempts to make me feel very "inadequate". I have been around the block for many years so it's not like I was just "learning" the job. My experience was completely a less than an ideal/acceptable work environment in so many ways especially when the critique of my work was made by others who performed inadequately in many, many ways. Those people couldn't figure anything out on their own; they had to have it spelled out for them - often more than once!

The company was recently listed on Fortune 500's Best 100 companies to work for, what a joke! How many years did they try and fail? Did the people at F500 get tired of Kiewit trying for so many years and gave in? Did people lie on the survey or what? That designation gives me reason to doubt Fortune 500's ratings of all companies.

Interns have given good ratings, of course they did! They were interns - meaning they worked a few short weeks with the company - too short to see and "live" the reality. Kiewit considers everyone replaceable. Unless a person likes to be single and have 2 activities - working and drinking, life is too short to allow a company dictate that we will work and work and work our lives away. I read the review stating the divorce rate for employees is very high, do not discount that comment. It's hard enough for those people without children, if one does have kids - they can forget being a parent.

Advice to Senior ManagementI'm not going to share any advice for management as it won't make a difference in what they think and/or do. After all, they are already sitting pretty financially with no regard to the price their employees personally paid - which put them in that position of not worrying about their financial future or living/working by the standards they expect their employees to live and work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ended up in a dead end position, with no true support after giving all I had to give until I couldn't handle it anymore.

Job Superintendent (Former Employee)
Denver, CO

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

ProsGreat experience if given the opportunity to be part of the large scale projects Kiewit is known for.

ConsSafety is preached, but definitely not followed when managers are involved. Kiewit's way of neglecting their stated commitment to their employees. Older, experienced but non-educated employees eventually sent to the glue factory, so to speak!!!

Advice to Senior ManagementSome people are too proud to ask for help afraid to appear weak, so spend a little time to notice when there is a problem, more importantly, step in to help!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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