Kiewit Corporation

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Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated November 10, 2014
Updated November 10, 2014
336 Reviews
3.3
336 Reviews
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Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Lots of opportunity to move around and learn different areas of construction/contracting (in 17 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 59 reviews)

  • Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish (in 52 reviews)

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  1.  

    Engineer

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    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pros of this company is that there were a lot of jobs and if you like to move around you get the opportunity.

    Cons

    The cons of this company is that the hours can be stressfully long and you are not localized to one location and have to travel.

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

    Good company, if your in operations.

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    They will treat you great if your on operations and production side. Give you your just do.

    Cons

    If your in the admin staff, get ready to be treated like dog crap. They figure if your not in the field your no good to them. That's why there's so much internal turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business people are the ones that handle the money. Production makes the money, and management moves from one bucket to another to cover losses. Never showing the true losses.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Company - You'll have to deal with strong personalities - Senior Management can sometimes be misleading

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Good People, Passionate about their projects. Kiewit is a very diverse company in many market sectors, so if and when there is another downturn Kiewit it well insulated and read to go where the projects are.

    Cons

    Senior Management is secretive at times which causes unrest with the rank and file. Operations personnel are valued, but underpaid. The Employee Ownership program is limited by the number of people in the program and large amounts of stock are consumed by Senior Management before the rank and file have an opportunity. The possibly of having to uproot your family is always hanging overhead, even when you're located in a strong market with plenty of work. Some Senior to Mid-Level Management tries to make things right for the employees, but they are often shut down by District Management and above. Kiewit has a very high overhead cost which can put them out of the competition at times. The company is trying to implement new technologies but is taking a one size fits all approach which is failing and bringing down morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't make moving a requirement for stock eligibility or future promotions. You'll get 3 or 4 times the production and loyalty from your employees if you pay them at market rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern Review

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    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Field/Office Engineer in New Orleans, LA

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Experience with some really well rounded people.
    I was given a fair amount of responsibility pretty early on, nothing to overwhelming.
    The compensation was well above average, in my opinion.

    Cons

    A LOT of hours. I worked Monday - Friday and averaged about 58 to 60 hours a week.
    Regular employees seemed to average around 75.
    The employees also seem to relocate offices quite frequently.

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and pay. large company with lots of locations. Lots of opportunity to move around and relocate. Very diverse industry work.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and HR skills. Its a very dog eat dog world and you survive by who you know. So as long as you have good relationships you can be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take more time to develop and mentor talent and future leadership. If there are problems take the time to hear both sides.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    Learn as much as you can and get out

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer III in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer III in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    You will not find a better learning opportunity at any other company right out of school. They will give you as much responsibility as you can handle and then some. Take advantage of the training and safety program. At Kiewit you learn how to do things the right way and not take short cuts. Your co workers will become your best friends and at least when you are working until 1AM everyone else on the project is still there. Once you move on like most the people you work with and go to other companies you will be so much further along than everyone else at your new company. The safety program at Kiewit is top notch and is something that will always stay with you. Even after working for 3 years and 100 hour weeks I will never regret working at Kiewit.

    Cons

    There is no reason for anyone to stay at Kiewit for more than 3-5 years. The pay is towards to the bottom of the industry for the hours and BS you have to do to get you job done. Once you have those years of experience working at Kiewit go start looking at other companies. Typically former Kiewit employees are top performers at other companies once they leave. So start looking for another job and enjoy the 20 -30k pay bump and work life balance improvement once you move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the company profit back to where the money came from. The guys in the field that are breaking their back making Omaha money should be rewarded for their work. Get rid of the insane amount of overhead and dead weight and get back to what made Kiewit a great construction company. Find a way other than the now crappy stock for people to stay. I felt while at Kiewit that that management understood this as issue but I seriously don't know if they can fix it. I was fortunate to learn from some of the best long time Supers & PM's at Kiewit. As these guys retire, quit, or die from stress there will be big issues for Kiewit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good benefits, but salary leaves something to be desired

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits, i.e. Retirement plan, insurance coverage, wellness plan, continues training, etc.. are all good reasons to work here.

    Cons

    The salary leaves something to be desires, especially on the IT side of things. Kiewit is fairly new to IT and still does not fully grasp how crucial they can be to the business and how much work it can truly take to perform your job even though you may just be "sitting behind a desk all day."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a close look at your IT department and reevaluate their worth. You may realize that you have a lot of people that care about your company and are working very hard, but feel frustrated because they do not feel they are making what they could at a comparable job somewhere else.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Just a Number

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Training, opportunities to move, decent pay.

    Cons

    They treat you like just another number. When they expect you to move (which is often) little notice is give, maybe 4 days ahead of time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase work-life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Okay, but not great

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    Current Employee - Data Architect in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Data Architect in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fair work-life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is not competitive, risk-adverse culture, buying company stock is only open to a select few.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be willing to pay people what they are worth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work you to the bone

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    Former Employee - Corporate in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Corporate in Omaha, NE

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company is stable and respected

    Cons

    Work you to the bone. Overtime, weekends, travel, all work and no play. This is really geared toward your grandfather's work environment mentality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line people. Don't shut everyone out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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