Bechtel National Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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Bechtel National Chairman, CEO, and a Director Riley P. Bechtel
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Pros
  • Work/Life balance is acceptable (in 4 reviews)

  • Benefits Package, location, work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Most of the upper management are constuction people who know nothing about engineering (in 3 reviews)

  • Unless your part of the in-crowd, might as well forget it (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of OT for some positions Company encourages employees to develop their talents Company values family and living away from home Strong culture Pays well

    Cons

    Supervisors can sometime select their "gold child" and that individual gets more attention than the rest of the project team High turn over rate, team members are here today, gone tomorrow ( leave on their own will; very rarely would someone get canned). The force ranking system for salary action is not the best. If you work on the jobsite, the chances of you getting ranked high, compared to someone who is constantly interacting with management in the town office is less.


  2. Telecom supervisoer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Plenty of work. Extremely stressful work environment.

    Cons

    Low raises, poor management. very poor HR and management associations. Say all the right things and do no of them, Protect the big shots and dump the peons.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real people managers not just corporate ladder climbers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Sr. Project Procedure Specialist

    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor/Writer in Benton City, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor/Writer in Benton City, WA

    I worked at Bechtel National (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good working groups.

    Cons

    Management asks for results to be skewed in the company's favor


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  5. Level-II NQA-1 Receipt Inspector

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Michael Klym Level-II NQA Receipt Inspector in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Michael Klym Level-II NQA Receipt Inspector in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. All supervision was approachable. Above average pay.

    Cons

    I can not name one.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!!!!


  6. Civil Superintendent

    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Superintendent in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Civil Superintendent in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They will allow you to rotate among different jobs at your request and introduce a mentor for you if needed and that's a plus in itself and that helps you understand the aspects of the job and also they will give you Bechtel University training that is simuliar training to your job scope.

    Cons

    I've worked for Bechtel16 years and have had very little issues with Bechtel. although there have been potintual oppertunities for situations that would create problems.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees with leader plus and to mix the culture in all deparment areas, I like the different mixtures of culture and learn different things about cultures.


  7. bechtel vit field engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Steady work, good pay, great culture and community, great values, diverse experience

    Cons

    long drive, management moves you around a lot,

    Advice to Management

    get a better system for getting employees to the site, let people get good with their work before moving them


  8. An agonizing experience at the Hanford WTP Project, which is haunted with innumerable logistical hurdles -

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Document Control in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Project Document Control in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Tangible corporate benefits package, comprehensive in nature, modest corporate match to their internally-subsidized pension plan. Sufficient provision for Paid Time Off; adequate justification has to be initially proffered to Immediate Management for approval; upon approval, Time Off is best utilized judiciously, attributable to intense, overhead scrutiny, again by Management. Payroll, for the most part, is accurate and timely, these are predictable incentives to ensuring that personal, domestic fiscal affairs are consistently kept in order.

    Cons

    Watch your backs, for the love of God, for the gossiping and perpetual BACKSTABBING, ever prevalent in Richland, on this momentous project. People will STOP AT NOTHING to undermine your professional integrity, contrary to the DIRECTLY STIPULATED Bechtel Code of Conduct, which essentially doesn't amount to anything substantive, in the first place. Covert machinations are perpetually prevalent among the rank and file, watch your back on this one, lest your professional integrity again be unduly compromised, in direct violation of the Corporate guidelines of Conduct. Internal strife IS RAMPANT on this project; you will go home nightly, mentally wiped out, just from maintaining your mental equilibrium, during the respective course of a given work day. Corporate etiquette...nothing of the sort exists, you have to exercise the individual initiative to allow this to manifest itself. Is this a 'real-world' nuclear-grade Construction Project...FORGET IT. It exists in the mere GUISE of the same; in the context of reality, this is pure MYTH. I grew up around Commercial Nuclear Construction during the 1970's and early 1980's here in this state; the WTP Project is by comparison, PATHETIC in contrast, on all fronts. In the news of recent, significant structural components of this cumulative endeavor are now not projected to be completed until THE YEAR 2028...WHAT GIVES? In addition, rhetoric abounds pertaining to the impending construction of a hypothetical, secondary "Pre-Treatment" facility. What the hell is the necessity for this ancillary construct, when the pre-existing one is already almost 66% complete, and has the majority of the concurrent Structural Design at or above 90% completion?? WHAT ever happened to having the present, existing PTF completed by approx. 2019?? Again, more pervasive hypocrisy that invariably results from the preceding. This project is literally turning into a massive exercise in 'smoke and mirrors', LITERALLY. Lies and hypocrisy, in summation, formulate the basis of conduct for this entire cumulative endeavor.

    Advice to Management

    Design should have been AT LEAST 90 PERCENT COMPLETED, prior to the initial onset of Construction, back in the early 2000's. Huge logistical oversight there. At the Human level, TRY ATTAINING to a CONSISTENT LEVEL of Project Staffing; at the rate of perpetual turnover on this Project, it is a genuine wonder if the damn thing will ever, ultimately reach eventual fruition!! In ancillary fashion, attempt to show some RESPECT AND DIGNITY to the average employees on a daily basis; this WILL ASSIST TREMENDOUSLY in restoring the already DECREPID Morale, to this vastly DEMORALIZED Project!


  9. A career like a sequoia: strong, reaching great heights... and grows very slowly.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bechtel hires great people. The great majority have top-level skills, are very professional, and consistently produce good work. There's a genuine sense among most employees that the company's projects are important, even vital, and they bring that sense to the table in getting the work done. The projects are, in fact, usually high-profile and significant, whether measured by national security, ecological safety, or the advancement of science. Line management I've worked for have been quick to recognize talent, and when it's being under-utilized. They also see when talented folks are under-compensated, and work hard to rectify the problem, including getting approval from corporate-level management (that is, above the project level) for greater-than-average increases in compensation.

    Cons

    The downsides are what you'll get with any world-class contractor working on Federal projects, most of them both nuclear and defense-related: every stage of the project takes years, requires crushing levels of documentation and inspections, and has layers of security that make it pretty much impossible to stay within five years of the rest of the world in technology. These truths make it very difficult to grow a career with any speed. In the last three years, I've tried to set "performance goals" that had some meat on their bones, that would expand my skills, deepen the pool of skills in the department, and broaden my opportunities within Bechtel's Global Business Units (cross-unit mobility is highly prized and openly developed). I've been required to thin out these goals to near-invisibility, and I get the sense that I'm "rocking the boat" by aiming so high. Maybe cross-unit mobility isn't so desirable in employees who, like me, are outside of engineering and project management; maybe it's the supervisors in my direct line. Either way,

    Advice to Management

    The talk about "quality" is nearly as constant as the talk about "safety," but the elephant in the room is that quality is a lot harder to measure than safety is. The result is metrics that are created solely to measure themselves, while "quality" is still defined negatively ('quality is the absence of [these things]') and by 'I know it when I see it.'


  10. Helpful (3)

    Not good in the long run

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits, some benefit of the project(s) down the line once bechtel finishes or is run out.

    Cons

    Management, culture, arrogant corporate mgmt, there are two companies, corporate and project. Unless your part of the in-crowd, might as well forget it. Mgmt consists mostly of amoral self involved salesman that would tell anyone (above them in rank) whatever they wanted to hear, and they really, really do not care on whit about employees, the majority of rank and file folks are thought of as garbage behind closed doors. If you dont mind being on the Con, or at the least can use orwellian "doublethink" you can do very well at bechtel.

    Advice to Management

    All of this "great place to work" nonsense is your fault, no one wants to work for narcissists.


  11. Senior Pipe Hanger Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Designer in Richland, WA
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Budget cut, I am waiting to be called

    Cons

    Good and challenging Job to finish Important Waste Treatment Plant

    Advice to Management

    I will Love to come back and try to be part of Team.



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