Bechtel Marine Propulsion Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. This company provides great support to help you learn on the job, and provides room to grow.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Schenectady, NY

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Interesting and Engaging work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Type of work, Job Security, Interesting people. Lots of avenue to grow

    Cons

    Work can be very challenging with fast deadlines and not enough overtime

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Average from technical standpoint, lacking in a number of other areas

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Relatively smart employee base, Benefits (401, insurance, etc.), strict and consistent 40 hour work weeks for most employees, easy-going type of work place, slow pace of work for those that want it

    Cons

    Morale of employees, compensation (many people leave for this reason), leadership, silly/ antiquated processes in the name of security, competence of leadership team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more honest with employees during hard budgetary times - they understand. Too often it felt like they were doing their best to tell people want they want to hear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful

    Mixture of technical challenging problems, political battles, mundane "collateral tasks", and poor morale.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Niskayuna, NY

    I worked at Bechtel Marine Propulsion

    Pros

    Overall mission is impressive--designing and providing technical support for nuclear naval power plants. The program has a thorough culture of finding technical answers to solve challenging problems. Often proposed solutions need to be technically defended (using data, physics, experience, risk assessment, etc.) and agreed upon. Management generally provides time and resources to make sure the answer is "right".

    Benefits are generous--generous vacation schedule, tuition reimbursement plans, and moving expenses. 9/80 schedule is great! (off work every-other Friday).

    Lots of horizontal mobility to move to different areas of the company.

    Cons

    While engineers' recommendations need to be backed by convincing technical arguments, this is not true of all decisions. Management can give edicts without justification that must be followed. Safety and Security personnel make unreasonable edicts and interpretations of policy without understanding or considering the total cost of compliance. This leads to onerous policies that restrict an engineers' work without providing much benefit.

    Some restrictions are necessary to protect the classified information, but much is not. No cell phones, thumb drives, or MP3 players allowed. Internet access is limited to specific coomputers with many useful websites blocked.

    Low pay, with stagnant pay increases. After I left KAPL, my pay jumped up by 25%.

    KAPL does not trim the dead weight. If you are the slug, this may be a benefit. There seems to be about 5-10% of the people who dread their jobs and hence drag their feet if they have to support you. Hopefully you are not put in a place where you have to depend on these people, but inevitably you will be from time to time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is behind the curve trying to constantly respond to le problem du jour. It is difficult for upper management to lead the organization's direction as they are stuck within the confines of the government regulators that dictate the contractor's role.

  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Niskayuna, NY

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. There are a few nice people in the mix of the horrible culture.

    Cons

    Very unproductive place to work. If you like slacking off, this is the place for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. Extreme salary compression. After MANY years of service, I know it will never change.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in West Mifflin, PA

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, secure work, no overtime

    Cons

    Poor pay, dishonest management, minimal career development, no future

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Paying people even what you call average would be a great improvement. Enough satisfaction surveys, too little action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    Good work, good pay, not open to change

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Niskayuna, NY

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

    Pros

    Pay is good
    Ownership is a key tenant of the work
    Interesting and challenging work and projects
    Job security/stability
    Easy to jump around into new jobs internally
    Vacation package is very generous
    When you leave work, you LEAVE WORK (no email access outside of work)
    Good work/life balance
    Rarely have to work more than 40 hours per week
    9/80 (every other Friday off) schedule available
    Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Increase in pay is slow
    Job progression is far too structured and timed
    Security environment is demoralizing
    No cell phone access on site (must be left in car)
    Limited (or difficult) access to Internet
    Hard to affect any change at any level
    Health insurance is continuously going up and it will eventually be high deductible plan only
    Most people start their day at 6:30 or 7:00 (very early)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely on collateral duties to get everything non-technical done
    Look more to the outside world on how to best do things, especially new types of things we don't normally do
    Engineers can't do everything, even though we seem to think we can
    Fund special initiatives if you what a professional outcome
    The move to "One Company" isn't being accepted as much as it should
    Directors are already making their organizations into fiefdoms; far too much stove piping from the beginning of "One Company"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 4 people found this helpful

    Best days are in the past

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Niskayuna, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Niskayuna, NY

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

    Pros

    Stable job environment. Important national security mission which most people value and appreciate. Interesting work. Good people who honestly care about the work and mission.

    Cons

    Salaries and benefits are below industry standards. Raises are poor, no bonuses, no pension for new hires. Poor morale and getting worse. Personal cell phones are not allowed. Attracting and retaining top talent has become more difficult and turnover has increased. Work environment has become suffocating due to increase in compliance and oversight making it difficult to get work done unless it is the top priority. Planning, process, and project management are valued over productivity and quality. Government oversight is stifling, tensions are high and trust is low. Future is unclear and budgets are uncertain. Many managers lack technical experience in areas that they manage. Promotions don't always go to most qualified. Work is managed through schedules which are often artificial and meaningless. Poor performance is tolerated while significant contributions are poorly rewarded. Maintaining professional contacts and/or authoring publications is very difficult and not actively encouraged. Unlike previous corporate parents (GE, Lockheed/Martin), Bechtel does not appear to be an advocate for employees. Employee concerns often go unanswered or unresolved. Employees are unrepresented and left out of negotiations with government over benefits and working conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regain and act according to the values and principles that made the Program a success or risk an unrecoverable loss in capability and credibility. Put people first and advocate for their benefit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Secure and interesting work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good, especially the vacation and 9/80 schedule. The work is interesting and satisfying. As an individual contributor you can influence pretty key decisions. There is always more responsibility if you want it. Coworkers bond very closely, probably because we don't have the Internet to distract us. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average and raises for high performers are comparable to raises for low to average performers elsewhere (if I believe a recent Forbes article). Company culture is harsh and can be a shock at first. Mistakes are analyzed to death. Management says it's to learn from mistakes, but it can seem like dwelling on the past.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Process Improvement Office (Lean, Six Sigma) for 7 years

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    Good job security, decent pay.

    Cons

    Very negative culture. Can be difficult to move around the company interally. Government oversight on a nuclear material handling facility is very restrictive and create a very slow production system. This can frustrate employees and cause strong negative culturual issues. The controls

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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