Bechtel Plant Machinery

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Bechtel Plant Machinery Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
17 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Experience -- HR is Questionable

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    Current Employee - Intern in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Monroeville, PA

    I have been working at Bechtel Plant Machinery as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is incredible. The work schedule allows for every other Friday off. Management was tremendous and the employees were great. Very interesting and important work! Great experience for interns to visit the Newport News Shipyard to tour Navy Submarines and Aircrafts.

    Cons

    A LOT of training. You sort of don't know what your doing the entire summer because there is so much to do. HR Department mishandled numerous issues. It takes a bit of time for your security clearance to be granted so your kind of wait in limbo to see if you are granted it or not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A paying job and not much else.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Monroeville, PA

    I worked at Bechtel Plant Machinery full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance can be attractive, especially for someone with a family. Most of the time you can put in your required time each week working at a steady pace (though beware being on call as a coginizant engineer, discussed in other reviews). BPMI personnel are also generally cordial and friendly, moreso than other companies I have worked.

    Cons

    Other reviews for BPMI accurately depict the role of a conginizant engineer. There is very little, if any, technical skill required for the role. Not only is it administrative, but changing policies and expections make it near impossible to accomplish even the most basic and routine tasks. Moreover, while there are career advancement opportunities, my observation is that seniority and meeting the exepected experience levels are the main driver for advancement. I found it hard to excel within the confines of my pre-determined assignments, again assigned mostly on seniority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training for engineering position needs to be immediate, intense, group-driven, and brief; the sink or swim approach is not sufficient. Also, the roles and expectations of the exact position one is being hired into are important and should be discussed during the interview, i.e. not all "cognizant engineer" positions are equal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    You Can Do Better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA

    I have been working at Bechtel Plant Machinery full-time

    Pros

    I think the pay has traditionally been a little bit low, but the total compensation package is fairly competitive. They're acting pretty desperate for new hires now, so you might be able to negotiate a higher salary. If you're hard up, this will at least let you pay the bills while you work on getting a real job. If technical work doesn't interest you, then you'll feel right at home.

    Cons

    Once onboard, you'll quickly learn that obedience and conformity are the highest virtues, and you will continuously be treated like a child by overbearing managers who will, for instance, carefully monitor how much you drink at company parties and an HR department strategically positioned near the entrance ramp to keep a look out for "core hour" violators. As a glorified paper-pusher, your daily tasks will closely resemble preparing a tax return (by hand), and if you don't learn to wriggle through enough policy loopholes to get them done on time, you can expect to work an abundance of "discretionary" overtime, for which you will be compensated at a rate of around 1 for 10. After awhile, you'll notice those engineering skills you worked so hard for in school have severely atrophied, leaving you greatly disadvantaged when Defense budget cuts and debt ceiling squabbles eventually expel you back into the real world.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We need more of those rah-rah Navy posters on the walls. The government eats it up. Also, more rehearsals preceding the next Admiral visit. It can never be too tight. Finally, lots more mandatory training. In fact, get rid of any remaining task-specific training, and replace it with high-level, useless training (problem-solving, critical thinking, career planning, etc). Without a formal training regiment, I feel pretty powerless to guide my own development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bechtel employees wonderful people, but does not appreciate them.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel Plant Machinery

    Pros

    The people at Bechtel are wonderful and the salary is ok. This is a great starting position but don't waste to much of your life stuck here.

    Cons

    This company expects overtime and does not compensate for the overtime in anyway. This company has a major retention problem and expects the remaining employees to be the answer with overtime.

    Bechtel gives you a decent amount of vacation time, but before you leave for vacation and when you return you will work every hour of that time. They need to come up with a better system for people to take their vacation.

    Bechtel has no advancement opportunities. A few people were labeled as the possible future managers and no more space is available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to upper management is to appreciate your people.

  6.  

    This is a procurement engineering firm

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA

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

    Pros

    The job has great benefits: 3 weeks vacation starting and 4 weeks at 3 years. There is also a 90/80 schedule to get every other Friday off. The people are good to work with.

    Cons

    The company advertises the positions as "Cognizant Engineer". This is actually a procurement engineering firm. If you are interested in procurement engineering as a career this can be a great place to work. Otherwise, run. Lots of people are roped into this job not realizing what it is and then there is rapid turnover.

    There is also an incredibly dry and stagnant culture. Process changes are made instead of having personal responsibility for mistakes. Drinking is a dirty word.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advertise open positions as procurement engineering so people know what they are getting into.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sounds impressive to people, inappropriate responsibilities for an engineer

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    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Former Employee - Associate Engineer in Monroeville, PA

    I worked at Bechtel Plant Machinery full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Pay and benefits are pretty competitive in the area for someone right out of school.
    -Job security is excellent. I never heard of anyone getting laid off or fired unless they failed a drug test, or something else that would threaten their security clearance.
    -Easiest way to get paid an engineering salary without doing any engineering.
    -A pretty good portion of the workforce is in their 20's to early 30's, so younger people won't feel out of place.

    Cons

    -Engineers take note, the "Cognizant Engineer" position is not even remotely technical. The overwhelming majority of your work is writing procedures and filling out forms, and don't mistake those as possibly technical. We are talking procedures like this: "Double click setup.exe, click the "OK" button, click the "NEXT" button, click the "FINISH" button. As a Cog E you can expect your job to be about 70% writing and 30% logistics.

    -As a Cog. E realize that you are essentially on call 24/7/365 for any problems related to the equipment you are assigned. They do not tell you this, and since it isn't really "official" I suppose they can't do anything to you if you don't pick up the phone, but if you don't answer your manager will continue calling you and all of your immediate coworkers until someone does, because someone has to be there in the event of an issue.

    -Opportunities for advancement are somewhat limited. BPMI is a very "flat" organization, so management opportunities are fairly limited. Movement up the "Engineering" ladder is straightforward and simple, but arbitrary. Realistically an "Associate Engineer" and a "Senior Engineer" do exactly the same job, the senior just has a less oversight, and higher expectations from management. There is minimal change in day to day responsibilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Drop the facade of "engineering" from the Cog E position. You don't need to be an EE/ME/etc.. to do this job, or even an EET/MET/etc... or even have a college degree. The honest requirements for a Cog E are ability to read, ability to write/type, and the ability to get a security clearance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Ok place to start right out of college, but don't waste too much time here.

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Monroeville, PA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Monroeville, PA

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

    Pros

    They pay good money right out of school to get you in the door. The people you work with are great and very talented. It's nice to know you are supporting your country by supporting the nuclear Navy. There are some good opportunities to learn in the line activities.

    Cons

    Once you become cognizant of a particular piece of equipment it can be boring after you know everything about it. Since you are salary you will never be paid any OT, no matter how much you put in (some line activities put in A LOT of OT). Pay quickly departs from industry average on the low side. You can't access the Internet or bring a smart phone or mp3 player to work. You are forced to work OT even if ALL of your work is complete. Management is extremely poor and treats employees like 5yo children. You will do much better career wise working in the private sector.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck retaining top talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Overall good place to work, good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Monroeville, PA

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

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with, good work/life balance, good place for first job out of college.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, it may not be an ideal place to advance your career. However, with some initiative, I believe this can be overcome in some instances. No personal cell phones permitted and other security-related restrictions make it less desirable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A pretty solid first job out of college if you are looking to gain experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Procurement Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, pretty good work life balance, and job security.

    Cons

    Compensation, career advancement, and not willing to recognize young talent properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the 21st century and improve your technology base and focus on employee happiness to increase productivity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Great first job, learning the ropes in a big business, but with personal attention

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    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist II in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Information Technology Specialist II in Monroeville, PA

    I have been working at Bechtel Plant Machinery full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent people, and great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Can be slow at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make the internet more accessible

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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