Bechtel Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
375 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 25 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.  

    Cost Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    The company is divided into multiples global busines units. This help the company to remain solid economically speaking. Benefits porfolio is good as well.

    Cons

    You have to travel a lot and the jobsite are normally in the middle of nowhere. Starting salary may be low.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company that needs to find ways to retain employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits; When they care, they really care; Good Benefits; 9/80 Schedule

    Cons

    Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s.; Too much political play and individual agendas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adapt to changing times; Stop political play and individual agendas; focus on getting more jobs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits package; good training program

    Cons

    so many politics; managers are a bit too greed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management is aware of difficult working environment (international site work) and take measures to support personnel.

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    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Wideranging options for work, opportunities for travel and experiencing different locations and situations

    Cons

    Rotation could be improved. Other companies have better options. Not so much support from corporate divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better utilization of personnel. Often get stuck in work that you are not interested in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, not great.

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

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

    Pros

    It is a big company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of movement inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managemente should have more mentoring for college hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very poorly managed

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    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    location, can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    different department manager every 6 months, all of which had no experience in IT at all.
    very poorly defined chain of command (8 bosses situation)
    no budget for technician tools or software (better hope there's a freeware version)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start listening to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Senior Cost Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Good viable and stable company.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for employees. Lost of labor cost cutting by outsourcing work to overseas offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for individuals who have the educational and technical skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mostly good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    people in general are good, freedom & flexibility,

    Cons

    bonus is low, management too eager to cut budgets, no long term funding for IT projects, not enough appreciation and rewards for a work done well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cut costs where appropriate i.e. on software initiatives that yield nothing after spending millions rather than the ones that are actually used and yield value. Get better managers for your IT

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A pretty good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    This company pays well and has well-established procedures in place.

    Cons

    If you don't make yourself known to your department manager, he doesn't know you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're moving in the right direction with these "forthright conversations" training for supervisors.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fair

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible Time, Friendly, Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    I really do not have anything negative to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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