Bechtel Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
354 Reviews
3.4
354 Reviews
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Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley
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24 Ratings

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)

  • Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment (in 19 reviews)

  • Long Commute, sometimes long hours, but generally rarely (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    enjoyable and intresting

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    Former Employee - Millwright  in  Russell City, CA
    Former Employee - Millwright in Russell City, CA

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Hours the tool setups and the perks

    Cons

    needs to pay better attention to the attitudes of management before they go to a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of others input on current situation no matter if they are on the top or bottom seniority.

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

    It was not the friendliest

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    Former Employee - Recruiter
    Former Employee - Recruiter

    I worked at Bechtel as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Compensation was not bad, they pay you at market rate.

    Cons

    Management was not the best. Are not very social with contractors, and are bit as flexible.

  3.  

    Fair

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    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexible Time, Friendly, Relaxed environment.

    Cons

    I really do not have anything negative to say.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    good job to be on lots of money

    Cons

    contract job went is done you are gone

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company, that cares about it's employees and upholds it's values and safety practices

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    Current Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist  in  Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Site Acquisition Specialist in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    Loyal to their employees, personal growth, time off, benefits, overtime, you are given the opputunity to move around the company/try different positions if you so desire, team environment, pleasant work environment: not stuffy, takes safety seriously and has the history to prove it.

    Cons

    High turn-around rate if you are contractor, Work availability depends on the client, stressful environment at times-some people are overworked, you can be subject to relocation based on project load.

    The high turn-around rate causes stress on management because they have to re-train, but that is the nature of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't even think about sacrificing some of the values for the client. I've never seen it done, but I feel like their has been close calls

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Top rate company, focuses on improving the employee experience.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields.

    Cons

    Challenging complex jobs, may not be able to remain in one location throughout your career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people and avoid micromanagement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fun Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good pay, great people

    Cons

    Long Commute, sometimes long hours, but generally rarely

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work 4x10s

  9.  

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

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good/Bad

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Frederick, MD

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

    Pros

    Great overtime, good projects, good experience

    Cons

    Once project is done you're out.

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

    Interesting jobs, but bureaucratic

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    These are the biggest and best engineering and construction projects in the world.

    There is a serious interest from Project Management for the work done by Project Controls.

    Cons

    Too many times you identify something dumb that we do, you take it up the chain, get agreement that it's dumb, but then are told, "It's just the way we do it here".

    There is always talk of how we want to be more nimble, flexible, but never any real discussion of how a large company is going to do that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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