Bechtel Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
373 Reviews
3.5
373 Reviews
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Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance (in 11 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  

    Management is aware of difficult working environment (international site work) and take measures to support personnel.

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    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Wideranging options for work, opportunities for travel and experiencing different locations and situations

    Cons

    Rotation could be improved. Other companies have better options. Not so much support from corporate divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better utilization of personnel. Often get stuck in work that you are not interested in

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Amazing opportunities ... if you know where to find them

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    Former Employee - Support
    Former Employee - Support

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can go anywhere in the world with Bechtel, with the right skill, the right connections, you can go far! I've heard great things about being on a "Project", so that is where I would love to be!

    Cons

    You may feel landlocked into a location if you are working at one of the business offices. The opportunities afforded the larger business units are not necessarily offered to equally qualified individuals in smaller units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the smaller units, please don't only rely on Bechtel University to be your only source of training.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Can learn a lot of new things. Pretty stable ....!!!!

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Bechtel as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lot of things to learn

    Cons

    WORK , Growth and Enviroment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bechtel in a Nutshell

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Variety, coworkers, and on-line training.

    Cons

    Laying off experienced workers to hire lower wage new graduates.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, not great.

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    It is a big company.

    Cons

    Not a lot of movement inside the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managemente should have more mentoring for college hires.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very poorly managed

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    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    location, can't think of anything else.

    Cons

    different department manager every 6 months, all of which had no experience in IT at all.
    very poorly defined chain of command (8 bosses situation)
    no budget for technician tools or software (better hope there's a freeware version)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start listening to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Challenging work and lots of exposure to new things

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    Current Employee - Lead ATC Field Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Lead ATC Field Engineer in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of hands on with good team members that support you.

    Cons

    Lot of downtime between projects. HR department overwhelmed and upper management doesn't communicate well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Senior Cost Engineer

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    Current Employee - Senior Cost Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Cost Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good viable and stable company.

    Cons

    No upward mobility for employees. Lost of labor cost cutting by outsourcing work to overseas offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for individuals who have the educational and technical skills.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    A great place to learn, not a place you can stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bechtel is a great place to learn, travel and if you get really lucky a great way to make some money. If you can get onto an international job with good tax benefits then you can make money. You have to be great at what you do, but that doesn't guarantee anything these days. It is a secure company, the global financial crisis didn't really hit it too hard. If you want some amazing engineering experience than I would apply, but like I said, moving up is a battle.

    Cons

    Worthless people get promoted and end up running the ship. The great people get locked in where they are and have to fight to move up. The pay scales are not comparable to other companies like Fluor or Worley. Don't expect to make any money unless you find a cushy job overseas in the middle east.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Seasoned managers. Well-developed processes and systems, roles and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Hiring/firing due to cyclical swings in the engineering and construction industry.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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