Kiewit Corporation

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Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
349 Reviews
3.3
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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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    Engineer at Kiewit

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer I
    Current Employee - Engineer I

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

    Pros

    Available training, challenging work, competitive pay, stock option, many locations to move to, great 401k plan.

    Cons

    No work-life balance, normally work 55 - 80 hours a week. Management is very heavy on favoritism. Very little holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want all employees to feel engaged and "own" the company, give non-stock holder bonuses. Different district received different COLA is not a good standard.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Resume Builder; Not Forever Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Craft Superintendent in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Craft Superintendent in Fort Worth, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to gain experience with abundant resources at your disposal to learn from.
    Great Benefits - 401k ($1:$1 match to 6%; plus potential additional 4%), Good Insurance (medical, dental, vision), Stock Program (If you stick around long term)

    Cons

    Below average base salary for industry
    Work/Life Balance somewhat non-existent (60-70 hour average week)

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

    If I could go back and do it all over, I wouldn't.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great training program, large scale projects, great employee relationships, great benefits, experience looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Work you to death, travel a lot and only let you go home if you're married or have children, communication is horrendous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees and work on communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big "Once-in-a-Lifetime" projects

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You can get to be part of some of the biggest, most challenging projects in the country. Often you can be given a lot of responsibility as a new-hire.

    Cons

    Most districts of the company are known for hard-working salaried employees and long hours are expected. Not much time for work/life balance, unless you make work your life. Lots of policies and procedures (and paperwork) that goes above and beyond most contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relative to it's 130+ year history, Kiewit's business seems to be increasingly reliant on subcontractors, so if you are unlucky you will be managing subcontractors and can get in a rut where you are unable to prove yourself in self-perform operations. Don't pigeon-hole employees in positions with no chance of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst Human Resources policy makes a good company bad

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    Former Employee - Information Management Technician
    Former Employee - Information Management Technician

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

    Pros

    The people, co-workers, everyone treated each other well and with respect. Good people that cared about me as a person and helped me grow. Allows liquor to be charged at meals during business travel! Good benefits, job stability.

    Cons

    Has the worst pay raise and promotion policy I've ever encountered! All employee reviews are conducted in April but any raise you may get is not applied to your paycheck until October six months later!! This means if you start in May, you'll have to wait until the NEXT October to see a raise. Insane.

    Speaking of pay, if you work in any part of the business other than construction, they view that as a drain on the bottom line, so you're treated very different from those people (who make the money). No bonuses, minimal professional development, etc. Very poor work life balance for non-hourly staff.

    They lure you in with a good starting salary, but raises are minimal yet you can get "promotions". This is their shifty way of having people do more work for the same money. Meanwhile the construction people get nice bonuses and good raises.

    IT dept is a mess. Old CIO had very poor long-term vision, thus he is gone, but not before most of the good workers also left. Now they're outsourcing everything possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the employee review and pay raise policy. After reviews are done, raises should be applied immediately (no more than 2 pay periods later). Don't make people wait 6 months to get a pay raise. If it takes you that long to figure it out, your entire Human Resources department should be fired.

    Also, stop trying to pinch every penny. If the construction business has such low profit margins, why are the sponsors, PE's and engineers getting all the bonuses?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    HiPPO Culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administration in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Administration in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation.
    The company is not afraid to make significant investments and taking risks.
    Financially very stable company.
    If you are a work-superhero or happy to follow a superhero (if you are lucky) then you will feel right at home.

    Cons

    HiPPO Culture: the "highest paid person's opinion" is making decisions regardless of competence or team input.
    Collaboration and team work is optional. Personal wins are more important than team wins. Hierarchy driven culture.
    Many teams and departments are struggling because of immature processes and unclear roles and responsibilities. Frequent organizational changes may result in frequently changing managers and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, just observations: there is a lot of fear in the organization at all hierarchy levels.
    Many failed projects and investments are covered up, which means you miss the opportunities for improvement and learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9. 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
  10. 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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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    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 a 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

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