Bechtel Marine Propulsion Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Incredible Place to Grow - Few Drawbacks to Consider

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent mentoring - Various training topics and opportunities - 9/80 schedule - Challenging work - Meaningful work - New employees are given important work early - Fair performance evaluations - Positive Working environment

    Cons

    - PED policy (no cell phones in particular allowed on site) - Champions itself as a world-class lab that produces world-class work; however, bases salaries off of "Market Average". - Lengthy security clearance process

    Advice to Management

    Make reasoning behind policies and policy changes transparent to entire workforce.


  2. Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company has a large amount of technical work to do. Has very good benefits (health insurance, life insurance, dental, disability). You are discouraged from bringing work home with you due to the classified nature of the work done.

    Cons

    During my employment I was subject to the two year government pay freeze; however, am not really a government employee. The salary increases in most of the other years was limited due to lack of overall pot of money.


  3. Could be a great place to work if management wasn't so incompetent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Meaningful work in most places, they truly care about producing a great product and take great pride in that, good benefits (3 weeks of vacation to start, 9/80 schedule), large amount of training available and is encouraged to take as much as possible, job security

    Cons

    Stole this from another review because it sums everything up perfectly. "Minimal rewards or recognition for high performers, no consequences for low performers, management is disconnected and communicates as little as possible with the rank and file, getting work done can be a challenge because of bureacracy, red-tape, or just incompetence, no technology (cell phones, fit bit, etc.) allowed on-site due to security restrictions, many employees have just 'retired in place' willing to keep showing up to work, doing little, and collecting a paycheck

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with your employees in a meaningful way, reward high performers, and cut the low performers.


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  5. engineering manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Systems Engineering Manager in West Mifflin, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, talented people, on the job training, good support from senior management, awesome job stability, great opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Overly rigid operations/facilities/laboratory safety rules that are not clear and concise. Cafeteria is poor. Long walk from parking lot to office.

    Advice to Management

    The people here are talented.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schenectady, NY

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    Job stability, pride in work

    Cons

    working conditions and environment, not enough $ to endure this.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your folks, communicate and stop trying to get away with your own agendas.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Just show up and work and you'll never be let go.

    Cons

    Enormous amounts of red-tape, which is frustrating and prevents the job from getting done.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Job security, rewarding work, but dysfunctional

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security, rewarding and meaningful work, good benefits, 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off).

    Cons

    Minimal rewards or recognition for high performers, no consequences for low performers, management is disconnected and communicates as little as possible with the rank and file, getting work done can be a challenge because of bureacracy, red-tape, or just incompetence, no technology (cell phones, fit bit, etc.) allowed on-site due to security restrictions, many employees have just 'retired in place' willing to keep showing up to work, doing little, and collecting a paycheck.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people better, defend them, not always the customer. Institute a system that rewards hard workers. Get rid of dead weight. Train your managers to manage people.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Refueling Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idaho Falls, ID
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Idaho Falls, ID
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job Security. Would recommend to anyone with no education or limited education as you will make far more here than anywhere else in Idaho if not the country. About average for professionals as a starting salary but raises are below average so you go downhill fast.

    Cons

    Horrible culture, long drive, gone from home 12 hours/day, hard to feel like you get anything done due to all the regulations/requirements, company is more about pointing out the bad than ever acknowledging the positives. Workers with little to no education get paid more than engineers and scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Time to re-structure the entire pay structure for all employees, it has just gotten too bad to defend at this point. Start listening to your employees and empower them to make improvements and find a way to cut through the red tape, it's out of control.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Enjoyable experience, learned many useful skills

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Job security, many different opportunities, important mission

    Cons

    ability to access Internet for work is difficult


  11. Helpful (3)

    This company provides great support to help you learn on the job, and provides room to grow.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Room to move around within company Semi Flexible hours Interesting Work Forget about work after you leave, no "on call" work

    Cons

    Bureaucratic red tape everywhere for everything Crushes your individual soul Sometimes unpaid overtime

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest about benefits and don't try and manipulate salary information to give your juvenile perspective.



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