Bechtel Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. 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
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Bechtel provides great opportunity and responsibility with terrific mentoring.

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    • 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
  3. Good Place to Work

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    • 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
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  5. 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
  6. Great

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    • 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 a 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
  7. Nice company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    - Flex hours
    - 9/80 (every other Friday off)
    - Retirement contributions
    - Values/Covenants

    Cons

    Life/work balance if on Projects

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful

    Bechtel, Declining for the last 2 decades

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

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

    Pros

    -The benefits are good for full time employees.
    -You get the opportunity to travel, on short notice. (I was literally told to move across the globe in 1 week.)

    Cons

    -You are often locked into your job, until the end of a project at which point you're laid off. You are pretty much on your own to find a new job.
    -Training in the company is rather poor. If you've seen the 40 year old technical manuals QC and Construction BCert employees are using to train, it is pretty embarrassing.
    -Questionable qualification of some employees. Getting a PE license isn't going to keep our esteemed Engineering department from making poor designs because they have NO EXPERIENCE IN A PLANT.
    -Pay is not competitive with the clients we work for.
    -OT is not paid for certain positions. If senior employees are working 11, 12 hours a day to do the work in a 10 hour day they should be re-imbursed at a fair rate. Not a bonus that is 1/4 the cost of the hours they put in.
    -Quality is quickly falling on projects as more and more jobs are outsourced. More Bechtel projects seem to have some rather significant issues that are frankly embarrassing. This leads our 'repeat' customers to leave us.
    -Site employees are second class citizens compared to those working in the home offices.
    -Over utilization of visa holding employees, not hiring enough employees (state side) with U.S. citizenship. Hiring visa holders to work in the states should be the exception, not the rule.
    -Rampant anti-union attitude when most of the non-manual employees at this company have never held a tool or worked in the trades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Instead of talking about 'quality' do something about it. Don't reward people with useless trinkets. Establish training programs that actually work. Update some of the 40 year old training material we use in Construction.
    -Get your engineers out of the office and into the field. There is too much information that Engineers with zero construction or operating experience know about the plants they are tasked with designing. If they're working at a project office, make sure they actually get into the plant instead of sitting at their desk all day.
    -Update the internal Bechtel website, it is unorganized and is unprofessional.
    -Hire more people with actual skilled backgrounds. Believe it or not, Engineers who have worked in the trades do exist.

    Try executing a project that does not hit the newspaper with significant quality or schedule issues and then maybe we'll have some new repeat customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. Accountant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Accountant in Sugar Land, TX

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

    Pros

    Good salary, benefits, management and 401K

    Cons

    To much overtime and if you want to grow you need to move to other countries or states.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More control over employees, management is to flexible.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Project Controls

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Project Controls in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    health care, oppportunities, training to perform assigment

    Cons

    Limited contact with corporate supervisors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work survey is waste of time and money

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Bechtel

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

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

    Pros

    Bechtel projects are always exciting and challenging. Bechtel promotes and compensates high performers who are willing to be flexible and goes beyond expectations.

    Cons

    Only way to move up in Bechtel is working projects which means moving approximately every 2 to 3 years. Dealing with office politics at times can be overwhelming. At times significant mandatory overtime to get the job done. Not a good work life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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