Bechtel Reviews in Frederick, MD

Updated July 2, 2014
Updated July 2, 2014
346 Reviews

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346 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 schedule (off every other Friday) with flex scheduling (can come in any time between 6:30-8:30a (in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment (in 19 reviews)

  • Long Commute, sometimes long hours, but generally rarely (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Bechtel as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice Hospitality, Good Ethics, Nice work culture

    Cons

    Very early shifts, starts at 6:30a.m

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience, wide ooportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Large Organization, well known company. Company will work hard to keep employees even when work is slow

    Cons

    Need geographical flexibility. Management is not open to switching to different Business Unit within the company. Noticeable different in the age demographic. Will get lost in the crowd.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Too top heavy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great salary, time-off policies, convenient location, opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, office politics, poor morale. They have too many managers that somehow climbed the ladder many years ago but are horrendous at managing people. Tis the age of the MBA, not the experienced, proven worker.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster an environment where your lower level employees feel valued and have the ability to grow within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good/Bad

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Great overtime, good projects, good experience

    Cons

    Once project is done you're out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    A former long-term employee now with some external perspective...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting work on some of the world's most important projects
    Widely respected name in the construction industry
    You feel you're doing important work with mostly talented people

    Cons

    Lack of respect for everyone outside of the most senior managers (PVPs and above with a few young LDP's who have family connections thrown in). Everyone else is treated like they can be repeatedly squeezed on benefits, salary, bonuses, and crappy assignments, because "hey you work for the greatest construction company in the world!"

    No longer an implicit culture of "give and take", where I as a worker will put in extra hours and travel over the weekend/holiday missing important family events, living away from home, etc., because my team and manager respect me and will help me through the rough patches of work slowdowns. It's become of matter of take, take, take, and when you pathetically ask for a little decency and understanding in return you're reminded that it's a job stupid, not a work family like you thought.

    There's a lot of heartache coming down the pipe for many extremely talented and hardworking people as the Power GBU follows downturns in work for Civil, M&M, and BSSI. It makes me sad because I really did love working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think the current management, including the "uber" CEO/COO/President really cares what anyone else has by way of suggestions. He's been lucky to preside over some recordbreaking profits over the past few years and has clearly solidified himself as the Wizard who can surround himself with those, ahem, "leaders" sharing his maximum short-term profits vision.

    My only hope is that the next generation of Bechtel, who by all accounts has been a hardworking, decent, and much respected individual in his quick rise through the organization, will soon take over and herald a return to a company culture like that established by his grandfather and those who came before him. By the way, RPB is no longer the CEO; should change this in Glassdoor before you ask people to approve of his performance!

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

    Slow paced, project driven, change projects frequently.

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Company has great history, good benefits.

    Cons

    Changing projects frequently, difficult to advance your career without putting many years in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more young people and do more to keep them.

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

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, tons of overtime if your are an engineer.

    Cons

    Lack of good management, too many relocations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and a plethora of work opportunities and locations

    Cons

    They put you where they need you with little regard to where you want to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees feel that they are interested in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Extremely technical due to the industry they serve, nuclear power

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They have a number of very gifted engineers who are proficient at a difficult task - building and maintaining nuclear power plants.

    Cons

    Many employees have been there for decades and they form a tight clique, especially when it comes to downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas, employees, and ways of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great Place to work

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    Former Employee - Bechtel Intern  in  Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Bechtel Intern in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, decent work environment, high emphasis on safety and employee happiness. Always opportunities to seek advice or improvement, both internally and on a project.

    Cons

    Some malcontent employees may tend to try and drag you down, but that doesn't necessarily differentiate Bechtel from anywhere else in the world.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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