Bechtel

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Bechtel Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
398 Reviews
3.6
398 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 18 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 26 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Corporate Finance Internship

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Opportunities! A lot of challenging projects and autonomy of work. People are very friendly and willing to help.

    Cons

    Early on in the internship it can seem overwhelming with all the acronyms and level of details being explained.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    internship onboarding videos earlier in the internship. Less requirements to attend webcast that usually do not apply to the corporate office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Telecommunications Construction Managment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for .
    Great benefits.
    Yearly employee reveiws..

    Cons

    Relies to heavily on AT&Ts build plans, they need to expand to perform work for other carriers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to perfrom more work for Sprint, T mobile and Verizon

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work life balance

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    "Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off"

    Wealth of knowledge and experience. Ideal for a young engineers seeking professional mentorship.

    Cons

    Hesitation to expose younger engineers to site or commissioning work. With the growing number of retirees, the company seems slow to groom more mid-level professionals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek better ways to transfer knowledge from seasoned engineers to younger ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice place, care about safety and ethics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Bechtel (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone treat you like family. Very diverse company of all race. Good company to work for.

    Cons

    Move around a lot from projects and not knowing until last minute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better job training new college hires. Sometime mentor That is assigned is too busy to train you or make time for you. Better next assignment options. These people sacrifice and move their family for this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Working for Bechtel, construction perspective

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Challenging projects across multiple industries in locations worldwide, you can gain exposure to multiple disciplines - within construction in field engineering or superintendent positions in different crafts such as civil, electrical etc, and outside construction with engineering, contracts, project controls etc.

    Cons

    Always on road somewhere for project but this is typical for construction disciplines, which I am. Engineers have more opportunity to stay in a home office environment if that is what you want although they encourage site assignments as well to promote better understanding of what it takes to build a project.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Hard work and efficiently gets noticed, positive office environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Bechtel is willing to take risks on employes in whom they have faith. Managers appreciate hard workers who complain little and keep their nose to the grindstone. Additional responsibilities and potential for advancement are offered to specific employees who perform. Others are left idle, mainly because they've proven unreliable. Mentors are provided and genuinely help and offer guidance. I also had access to Project Management who provided encouragement, insight into business practices and future plans.

    Cons

    Although hard work is noticed and appreciated, it's not always rewarded monetarily. On projects there is an endless supply of urgent work and not enough hours in the day. Employees often suggest leaving the company and returning at a later date as a method of career advancement. Projects are cut to the bone and every dime is watched on every level.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel provides great opportunity and responsibility with terrific mentoring.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Bechtel people are truly professional and the projects are exciting. Salaries and benefits are excellent, of course, and the opportunities for growth are never-ending.

    Cons

    My biggest challenge was living in the San Francisco area: very expensive and time-consuming commutes. The quick decisions to make major moves were difficult for some families. If you cannot tolerate living in backward places, some assignments would pose a problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate the reasons behind some decisions better. Dedicate some time to individual or small group meetings just for the purpose of communicating to employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Analyst
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Analyst

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

    Pros

    - Complexity of business structure makes for interesting challenges
    - Good work/life balance
    - Rewards for good performance

    Cons

    - Traditional company, and therefore slow to change
    - Career path and opportunities are limited if you are not willing to regularly relocate and take on new assignments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take more time to understand employee needs
    - Create a more flexible culture

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Engineer II

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pipe Stress Engineer in Spring City, TN
    Current Employee - Pipe Stress Engineer in Spring City, TN

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

    Pros

    Benefits are very good, 6% match on 401k and a 3% bonus to 401k each year for the last 6+ years.

    Cons

    Management gives better promotions/benefits to employees at the main offices. Recent relocation to new main office gave no thought to relocation of employees especially in the increase in cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees on site jobs with the same consideration as employees at the main office, when classes are given in the main office need to use video conferencing to share information to sites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Washington, DC

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. A lot of opportunity to grow and learn and step out of your comfort zone. This makes work more enjoyable.

    Cons

    There are more politics involved in this company compared to others that I have worked for. Compensation is somewhat lacking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember that your people are your greatest asset. Treat them as such. Compensate them fairly but remember to hold people accountable. Seeing employees getting perks when they do nothing is not good for morale!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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