Bechtel Reviews

Updated July 4, 2015
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Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley
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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)

    Great Place, Lots of Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Good Benefits (better than most)
    -Managers with lots of experience
    -9/80 schedule for most employees
    -Opportunities to travel the world
    -Major Infrastructure projects you can tell your friends about
    -endless amounts of learning

    Cons

    -9/80 is not available to all employees
    -Some departments are required to stretch their time and effort more than others
    -Pay scale is "dumbbell" - managers and owners earn significantly more than the "worker-bees"
    -not a lot of business mentors/training
    -for its size, company invests as little as possible in employees


  2. Good company but salary changes difficult

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Expediting Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Expediting Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Clear and defined work procedures and job description and a strong history of mega projects in the U.S. and worldwide. Excellent opportunities to maintain a career by crossing into multiple industries. Flexible work schedule and 9/80 work periods.

    Cons

    Salaries only move a little at a time. The maximum salary increase available in a single year is 15%. Out of cycle raises require business unit's President's approval.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more flexibility for salary changes at the functional level. Have functional managers focus on development of individuals within the organization rather than staffing requirements.


  3. Politics

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TX-Texas in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - TX-Texas in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, autonomy to work independently without being micromanaged. Great employee lunches and events.

    Cons

    Too many politics. Must be a part of the social elite to advance. Continuing education not paid for. Transferring is hard.

    Advice to Management

    Engineers aren't the only employees. Treat everyone equal. And don't base everything on ivy league schools. Everyone can't attend one.


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  5. Construction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    work several years at construction

    Cons

    Quantity Tracking for concete works at site


  6. Great place to learn/grow..can be bureacratic

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Reston, VA

    I have been working at Bechtel

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

    Pros

    family company
    strong foundation of values
    known globally; huge scope of work
    great reputation
    strong financials

    Cons

    bureaucratic
    traditional
    not innovative
    new ideas not welcomed or accepted


  7. QC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

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

    Pros

    Pay is great and so are the benefits with the option to travel all around the world and they pat for your move.

    Cons

    Word very long hours, most of the time is 7 days a week 10-12 hours a day. Great pay but don't expect to have a life


  8. Work hard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glendale, AZ

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great salary, most of the management are very supportive, and try to foster a team environment. Lots of employee incentive programs that you are encouraged to make use of.

    Cons

    Hard to cross train, gain experience in other departments if you excel at your current position. Upper management is aging and it is hard to see that they are willing to support younger Sr. professionals to executive type roles.

    Advice to Management

    I really enjoyed working with you all, cross training would be so amazing for those who are willing to do so, and you will foster even greater company cohesion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    superintendent piping /also mechanical

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Superintendent in Pinson, TN
    Former Employee - Mechanical Superintendent in Pinson, TN

    I worked at Bechtel (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    they are a huge company and they pay good ,and they treat you good and they do have good benefits.

    Cons

    but they are so big with over 50,000 employes when you do finish a job ,you really don't have to much of a chose of where you want to go and if you don't like the chose that they offer ,they don't take it so well

    Advice to Management

    and to be fair the way the work in this country is not so good right now ,no matter what hang on to all the good people you can because every one is looking for them


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company to spend a career at, if you don't mind moving around a lot.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DC - DIST of COLUM in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - DC - DIST of COLUM in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Very stable company, excellent wages and benefits. Supportive in-company services. Many opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    This company is in the business of building things. Big things. A lot of the time their projects are located in relatively remote (read: non urban) parts of the United States or around the globe. The company places a high premium on project experience, so if you work here for a long period of time there is a high probability that you will be asked to move. If you only want to live in an urban area, or do not want to move at all - this could be a problem.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the firm commitment to ethics and work quality, it is one of our most redeeming attributes. Make a better effort to hire/promote women and minorities - this needs to be written into a board level strategy document. It will benefit the company in the long run.


  11. BOILERMAKER

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Cameron, LA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Pay, Vacation, Retirement Plans.

    Cons

    Unorganized, Travel Pay, That is about all there is to say

    Advice to Management

    Drug test the workers that are acting unusual



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