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Bechtel Reviews in Frederick, MD

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
398 Reviews
3.6
398 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 18 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 26 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel provides great opportunity and responsibility with terrific mentoring.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Bechtel people are truly professional and the projects are exciting. Salaries and benefits are excellent, of course, and the opportunities for growth are never-ending.

    Cons

    My biggest challenge was living in the San Francisco area: very expensive and time-consuming commutes. The quick decisions to make major moves were difficult for some families. If you cannot tolerate living in backward places, some assignments would pose a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the reasons behind some decisions better. Dedicate some time to individual or small group meetings just for the purpose of communicating to employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Bechtel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Bechtel projects are always exciting and challenging. Bechtel promotes and compensates high performers who are willing to be flexible and goes beyond expectations.

    Cons

    Only way to move up in Bechtel is working projects which means moving approximately every 2 to 3 years. Dealing with office politics at times can be overwhelming. At times significant mandatory overtime to get the job done. Not a good work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Designer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Designer in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits and vacation/PTO time. Good people to work with very diverse backgrounds.

    Cons

    A lot of travel and sometimes to remote sites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into consideration that people are away from family sometimes for extended periods.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Good experience, wide ooportunities

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an 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
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Too top heavy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (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
  7. 2 people 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 (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
  8. 13 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 (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
  9.  

    Excellent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice Hospitality, Good Ethics, Nice work culture

    Cons

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

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Slow paced, project driven, change projects frequently.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an 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
  11.  

    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 (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

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