Bechtel Reviews

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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 (3)

    Century-old company stays private, nimble, and grows.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The advantage of working for a large, stable company while each division is like a small company. The work is project-based, so each year or two you get to start something from the ground up. If one part of the business is down for a while, usually other parts are doing well. There is great deal of allowance for shaping a project, and new ideas that improve it are usually accepted. The company is highly dynamic - if there is a new market, and if there is a business case to pursue it, you can do so. If you like to travel, Bechtel is the place to be. Employees you work with are from many countries of the world - you get a global perspective. I cannot recall a project or job I did not like.

    Cons

    Corporate functions can tend to become bureaucratic. Projects start and they end - you need to be looking out for what the next project you can work on. It is possible to live in one place for a long time, but you need to be flexible in what you do. The bottom line is -- well -- the bottom line. Being able to compete on cost is very important, so if this is not your cup of tea, then this is not your company.

    Advice to Management

    For more than a century the company has grown and stayed private. The fourth generation is at the helm and is getting ready for the fifth to take over. It is usually number 1 or 2 in the ranking of engineering/construction companies in the world. It gets advice from the best in the business. How do you give advice to Senior Management in this situation??? Ok, here is one piece of advice based on the 80/20 rule and what Steve Bechtel, Sr. did: Spend 80% of you time with employees, clients, and projects and only 20% with other senior management.


  2. Bechtel is an exciting place to work with room for growth and the opportuntity to work around the world.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The ability to work on a variety or projects througout the world and interact with professionals in a variety of disciplines. The work can involve power plants, civil infrastructure, oil, gas and chemicals, communications, mining, and goivernment projects.

    Cons

    If you are not willing to relocate several times in the course of your career, this is not the place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve communication from top management about the performance and direction of the company.


  3. Work with Can-Do People to Tackle Challenging Projects Worldwide

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Manager in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    At Bechtel, you work with a can-do bunch of people. The work is challenging, partly because of the technical and safety requirements associated with engineering and construction projects and partly because of the geographic locations of our projects. But, there is a real spirit of camaraderie and a sense that we can overcome the challenges. We do work hard, but we are satisfied by what results from our efforts. The company has high standards in the way that it operates. At times, this seems corny, but it has helped the company be successful for 110 years. These standards focus on ethical behavior, safe behavior, and inter-personal behavior.

    Cons

    Bechtel's projects are all over the world, so the company really values those who have a willingness to relocate. You need to figure out if that lifestyle is appropriate for you and your family. If it isn't, you can still have a satisfying career, but you need to realize that you probably won't end up as a senior leader. All of the leaders are those who have extensive project experience and global experience. Working at Bechtel also requires being comfortable with change. Our customers (typically governments or large multi-national corporations) will make changes in their projects that cascade through the company. A political event in a far-off country can significantly impact the company, either because we have people in the affected area or because we are asked to help deal with the aftermath. In the early 1990s, for instance, Bechtel led the effort to put out the Kuwait oil fires. More recently, we helped the U.S. Agency for International Development rebuild the civil infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports, power facilities) in Iraq. And, we create our own change. For nearly a decade, the company has been integrating Six Sigma into its work. This has meant a lot of training and rethinking of our work processes.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on keeping employees satisfied. Your most recent decisions, such as increasing the number of vacation days for new hires and increasing the 401k match, were positive. Try to find positive ways to be visible outside the company. Too often, it seems that you are only seen dealing with the negative side of engineering and construction projects: the costs, the schedules, the disruptions. It seems worthwhile to counter-balance those issues with positive actions, like the I'm Great program to help Gulf Coast residents rebuild their communities.


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  5. A great place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, colleague support, management, compensation, benefits. Very transparent and open lines of communication exist within each department and company-wide. The standard code of conduct facilitates business across all departments within the company, as well as across international borders. The global nature of the company allows one to work with a group of culturally sensitive and highly competent group of people. Work/life balance is not only supported but greatly encouraged with a comprehensive benefits package, extensive promotion of health and safety at work, and special employee-only discounts (eg.: membership to gyms). Community service events is also regularly organized and heavily attended.

    Cons

    As a non-engineer in an engineering company, career growth is naturally, limited. But this is a great place to start or develop your career in any field. As an engineer or human resources professional, for example, one has almost limitless opportunities for career development and growth, as well as international placement opportunities (both, permanent and temporary assignments). As an entry-level graphic designer (my current position at the company), for example however, the advancement is limited to expanding one's discipline-based knowledge and skills. Despite all this, this company is a great place to start and/or develop one's career. The management skills I have acquired here will stay with me in any endeavor.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. A good contractor to work for.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Aiken, SC
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to most Engineering/Construction companies, Bechtel values its employees. If you do a good job for them on one job, your chances of getting on at another jobsite are excellent. This is far from the norm with most big construction/engineering firms I have been able to observe.

    Cons

    Bechtel has had a sort of blue-collar/macho culture. However, this seems to be changing with a new generation at the helm. The professionalism has improved markedly.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Family Owned and Still Strong After 110 Years

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Oak Ridge, TN
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    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Bechtel has good pay, opportunities, and good work environment, but probably the best thing is the company is still family owned. Pay is generally pretty good. You do get paid for what you do. Most jobs are hourly, so if you work more you get paid more including overtime. It's not like some places I've worked where the pay seems great at first, but then the employer works you 60 to 70 hours a week. The firm is fairly diverse with a lot of different divisions, so when one division is doing poorly there's usually another that's doing good. There's a lot of opportunity for travel and relocation. I have not explored this yet, but there are a lot of people in the office that have done this. Many have done overseas assignments, but I don't believe there are many for people with my title. Being a private company seems to be a plus. This allows the company to make good long term decisions and not worry about the next quarter.

    Cons

    If you're not an engineer there's still a place for you, but you can easily be overlooked since those are the "rock stars".

    Advice to Management

    Keep thinking long term and never go public.


  8. Exciting place to work.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chance to work on siginficant, mega-projects. Opportunities around the globe. Colleagues are committed and work as a team. Opportuntity to work on a variety of projects.

    Cons

    Travel demands can be a challenge, particularly for families. Communication among the variouse offices could be improved. Sometimes work is not as coordinated as it could be,

    Advice to Management

    Communication and information sharing can always be improved. Employees want to hear more details about management's long-range strategy for the company.


  9. A Great Company to Work For

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are endless opportunities at Bechtel. Management encourages you to try different assignments in order to broaden your knowledge and experience. There are many opportunities to learn with Bechtel such as working on many different projects in all parts of the world.

    Cons

    Bechtel is a project driven organization and works only on large scale projects. There is zero overhead at the company, you must have a project to work on otherwise you are out of a job.

    Advice to Management

    There is a large generation gap within the company. Management needs to pair experienced employees with younger talent. This will position the company for future success by bridging the gap in experience within the company.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Bechtel Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The job pays well and includes some nice benefits. Since the company is privately own it can operate in accordance to long-term goals, which is a large reason for Bechtel's success. Upper management is knowledgeable and supportive of their staff.

    Cons

    Sometimes the company can seem a little bureaucratic. There is set time for lunch, etc. Additionally, there is a noticeable difference in the age demographic. It seems at times this can create communication errors between the young and old.

    Advice to Management

    This company is a great place to work and provides opportunities to work overseas. Since the company is project based the uncertainty of work availability can sometimes be stressful, but if you perform they will try their best to keep you with Bechtel.


  11. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Excellent company to work for if you like to travel the world working on a wide variety of projects.

    Cons

    Never in one spot very long. Must be highly mobile. Government jobs involve alot of red tape. Long commute times.



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