Bechtel
3.5 of 5 298 reviews
www.bechtel.com San Francisco, CA 5000+ Employees

Bechtel Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.5 298 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Bechtel Chairman Riley P. Bechtel

Riley P. Bechtel

(187 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "9/80 schedule (off every other Friday) with flex scheduling (can come in any time between 6:30-8:30a"
    in 14 reviews
  • "multicultural, exposure to different work environment, get to learn a lot"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment"
    in 16 reviews
  • "no work life balance, over work you"
    in 6 reviews
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Great employer

Lead Construction Coordinator (Current Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsTops in almost every industry in pay.

ConsLots of processes and paperwork, there are reasons though.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Long hours, great pay, plenty of projects, strong moral, great co-workers

Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)

I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLong hours, great pay, plenty of projects, strong moral, great co-workers

ConsLong hours, travel to different projects wherever in the world.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

ProsOpen door policy, Career Development, cross functional experience, lots of opportunities

ConsNot necessarily a con, but may involve travels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Bechtel full-time for less than a year

ProsComparatively high salary, nice benefit, life/work balance. Sweat 80/9.

ConsToo many managers and controls are making every decision-making slow and often things fall into inefficiency. Organization is definitely top-heavy structure. Favoritism and politics in the massive bureaucracy is over employees who is not favored by management.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease look around and figure out who is really leading the works.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A former long-term employee now with some external perspective...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Frederick, MD

I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 10 years

ProsInteresting work on some of the world's most important projects
Widely respected name in the construction industry
You feel you're doing important work with mostly talented people

ConsLack of respect for everyone outside of the most senior managers (PVPs and above with a few young LDP's who have family connections thrown in). Everyone else is treated like they can be repeatedly squeezed on benefits, salary, bonuses, and crappy assignments, because "hey you work for the greatest construction company in the world!"

No longer an implicit culture of "give and take", where I as a worker will put in extra hours and travel over the weekend/holiday missing important family events, living away from home, etc., because my team and manager respect me and will help me through the rough patches of work slowdowns. It's become of matter of take, take, take, and when you pathetically ask for a little decency and understanding in return you're reminded that it's a job stupid, not a work family like you thought.

There's a lot of heartache coming down the pipe for many extremely talented and hardworking people as the Power GBU follows downturns in work for Civil, M&M, and BSSI. It makes me sad because I really did love working for them.

Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think the current management, including the "uber" CEO/COO/President really cares what anyone else has by way of suggestions. He's been lucky to preside over some recordbreaking profits over the past few years and has clearly solidified himself as the Wizard who can surround himself with those, ahem, "leaders" sharing his maximum short-term profits vision.

My only hope is that the next generation of Bechtel, who by all accounts has been a hardworking, decent, and much respected individual in his quick rise through the organization, will soon take over and herald a return to a company culture like that established by his grandfather and those who came before him. By the way, RPB is no longer the CEO; should change this in Glassdoor before you ask people to approve of his performance!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great on resume, average internally

Project Controls Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX

I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than a year

Pros- Opportunity to work on some of the largest projects
- Great place to launch a career
- Job is relatively stable unlike some competing EPC companies
- Good 401K and benefits (4 weeks vacation)

Cons- The management recognizes talent but pay is not tied to reviews
- Favoritism (this happens at most places)
- Poor leveraging of technology
- Value years of experience over all else
- Take people for granted, better pay for new hires than existing employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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power is failing

Mechanical Supervisor (Current Employee)
Temple, TX

I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 8 years

Prosstill good spot to gain entry level experience for the next job

Consno work life balance, home office culture is polar opposite of job site locations, extremely heavy in upper management. As long as you have a skill set to get them out of a bind you are useful, when that is over you are over. Moving from jobsite to jobsite incurs out of pocket expense that should be covered by company, who can travel for years on end with just a 1000 pounds of personal items. Major good old boy network, not skill set that gets you next job, its your connections, when you have manager who was sent by the company to anger management 3 times and still is a manager why doesn't the red light go off.

Advice to Senior Managementlearn how to realistically bid jobs so that the projects are not constantly over budget and behind schedule before even breaking ground

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Bechtel

ProsThey are a great company with fabulous employees who act as family.

ConsContractors move to different job sites

Advice to Senior ManagementIt was fabulous management.

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Best company ever!

Manager (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThis company cares for its employees like none I have seen before. It's no wonder that most employees have been there since they entered the job market!

ConsNone I can think of.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the great work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent

Control Systems Engineer (Current Employee)
Frederick, MD

I have been working at Bechtel as an intern for less than a year

ProsNice Hospitality, Good Ethics, Nice work culture

ConsVery early shifts, starts at 6:30a.m

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