Bechtel Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Pros
  • Good Benefits; When they care, they really care; Good Benefits; 9/80 Schedule (in 18 reviews)

  • It's a very good company with good work life balance (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 26 reviews)

  • No work life balance at all, even in the corporate office (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Young Masters Graduate

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    They're the ENR #1 contractor 17 years running for a reason. There's a strong vision, values, and ethics plan in place. There's a sense of belonging that stems from it still being a private, family company. My time here has been such a positive experience, I continue to learn daily, and I've heard no complaints about the company from my colleagues, a rare find in any civil firm or company.

    Cons

    Given the breadth of work the goes on at Bechtel, these cons are only from what I see in my area. There does seem to be a bit of a generational lag that impacts innovation potential. There are older staff hesitant to move along with progressing computing applications and work platforms. Information sharing among GBU's could be better as well. There are supposedly recent corporate initiatives to address both these cons.

    Advice to Management

    Don't change the core values that have brought you this far. Continue to hire people rather than buy up companies. Use your private status to stand for quality over bottom line dividends. Take action to make the world you're building a better place.


  2. Work hard for big rewards.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Collegeville, PA

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

    Pros

    Challenging Work that is always changing. Good opportunities for cross training. If you work hard, it doesn't go unnoticed.

    Cons

    Projects are often short staffed.


  3. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Bechtel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Salary, Experience, Client interface, Location

    Cons

    Leadership tries very hard to create a positive environment but competitiveness often interferes


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  5. Combo welder

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Granbury, TX
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Granbury, TX

    I worked at Bechtel (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Love the safety incentive program

    Cons

    Try insuring an even combination of bilingual people that can help translate

    Advice to Management

    THIER is a huge language barrier


  6. Good for someone willing to put life on hold for work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Tempe, AZ
    Current Employee - Construction Engineer in Tempe, AZ

    I have been working at Bechtel (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable with diversified GBUs (global business units). Hardworking, intelligent people who like to have fun. Lot of opportunities for movement. Competitive salary and benefits. Hard-working people who deliver are likely to get moved up quickly if they also make the right connections.

    Cons

    Very corporate. Upper management is always pushing; 50-60 hour week is the norm. it feels like. Many people seem to get in based on personal relationships, which is understandable, but nepotism seems to be more of a matter in hand than other places.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management seems to be disconnected with those working day to day operations.


  7. Day-to-day

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    This is a long ago established company and things remain the same. You come to the office and then leave after your eight hours. Even though sometimes your work requires you to stay longer, on most days I can leave on time and leave work behind me.

    Cons

    The company is old fashioned. Don't expect fancy .com treatment. No working from home.

    Advice to Management

    There is still some favoritism left. You don't always feel like you have the same opportunities than the guy next to you.


  8. Good company with a few faults

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Family feel even though the company is huge. Great work life balance, 4 weeks of PTO and good benefits which includes 9% 401k match. Company is still building the most amazing infrastructure projects in the world.

    Cons

    Pay and bonus are below standard. Hard to move up if you are in the corporate functions and are not willing to move

    Advice to Management

    Don't settle to pay your employees average for the industry. If you want to be the best E&C company, you need to attract the best talent and that doesn't come cheap. Reward employees as the bonus structure is outdated and well below par. Find ways to promote from within in the corporate functions rather than going out to find people - take a chance on the talent you already have.


  9. Good Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bechtel (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really takes care of their employee from all fronts

    Cons

    Slow growth, Company IT department is getting a big overhaul.


  10. Best Job Ever

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company was exceptional in building team spirit. Managers were very professional and quality and safety most important factor.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the project we worked on was not favorable to the area eventually needing to relocate or layoff its employees.

    Advice to Management

    Continue your leadership in managing contracts and encourage your employees to stay committed.


  11. Bechtel

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Company they pay well and you get to see the world

    Cons

    They need to work on training more!



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