Bechtel Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
376 Reviews
3.5
376 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 25 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel is exciting, driven for excellence and extremely highly qualified in all aspects of major, large construction.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent & Senior Mining Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent & Senior Mining Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Bechtel trusts its professional employees with a large degree of responsibility and matches the trust with very thorough procedures. The "team" on a project is always professional, committed and qualified - like working on an all-star team. Our prime directive was to meet the schedule: Quality and safety were "given". Bechtel was really an exciting and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    I would say the main challenges have to do with family stress. We moved often and lived in remote locations, which are always tougher on the families than on the employee. I was fortunate in that my wife enjoyed foreign places and strange languages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think senior management was terrific so I don't have specific advice. Everybody, of course, would like more pay and better assignments; so that is not real advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Electrical Field Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Big company, not going under any time soon.

    Cons

    Most of their work is going overseas.

  3.  

    Good company to work

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    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation if you know how to impress managers

    Cons

    Lack of advancement unless you know someone

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Money

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

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

    Pros

    If you are willing to move around, you found the right company. International work pays great and is an exciting challenge.

    Cons

    Typical corporate issues - base pay is low, but all of the incentives and international bonuses make up for that and some. Unless you are on one of the government projects, you will typically work long hours, but you're paid for it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smile!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent company where I was able to learn about the corporate world.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Columbia, MD office has a great team of people who actually care for thier employees not just the bottom line.

    Cons

    Like any other work place, there is always room for improvement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue taking care of the employees

  7.  

    Great place to learn and do.

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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

    Fantastic people, structured plan for intern, and diverse backgrounds in employees. The rotational aspect of the program makes it great for someone looking to find their strengths in corporate finance, be it in: financial reporting, management information & planning, or in treasury. 10/10 would work there again.

    Cons

    Typical high costs that come with working in the city of San Francisco. Transportation, eating out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all above usual. That being said, SF is a great place to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company, easy going and good work life balance.

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

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    It's a very good company with good work life balance. No long hours, very occasionally.

    Cons

    There average age of people work here are on higher side. Too many managers. Some of the managers perform lower grade employee's job. Very heavy and complex processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs to really change the working culture. People are very tightly married to old complex process which is costing the company money and loosing projects. Some of the managers are not valuable, very inflexible and may be roadblock in taking Bechtel in new direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Bechtel is a company doing great things in the world.

    • 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 (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pride in making a difference, good compensation

    Cons

    Lack of advancement opportunities, middle management at corporate need to recognize and develop talent that is overlooked because of an old school buddy system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company and employees are proud to work here- but great employees get stale when left at remote projects with little opportunity to increase skills and value. Turnover will continue to increase if this is not addressed. Great places to work survey supports this opinion.

    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    good people

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    good people and secure employment

    Cons

    government run to much paperwork

  11.  

    Do not work for Bechtel in Sabine Pass.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Journeyman Pipefitter in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Pipefitter in Cameron, LA

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The only thing good about that job is the fact that you can take home tools. They don't check your box good when you leave.

    Cons

    There is NO planning on that job. It's a complete cluster. You have to bus in an out which takes 2 hrs an they don't pay you either.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your stuff together an raise the pay rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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