Bechtel

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Bechtel Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
406 Reviews
3.6
406 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 18 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 26 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  

    Good Experience, not great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Very poorly managed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    Challenging work and lots of exposure to new things

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent management

    • 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 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
  8.  

    Very powerful experience.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Meaningful work supporting a great cause. Work is very challenging and advanced.

    Cons

    The work environment is restrictive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

  9.  

    big company and experience

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

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    projects are exciting and huge

    Cons

    changing locations frequently and moving

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Decent

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Good pay, overall good benefits

    Cons

    Poor project management, declining job stability, mandatory weekend work on occasion

  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cold and unwelcoming environment in Reston, Va office.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Reston, VA

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

    Pros

    Flex schedule
    Good salary and bonus

    Cons

    Fear of downsizing and layoffs always present
    Management changes mind and isn't supportive
    People are unfriendly and not welcoming to new employees
    No on boarding so you are lost for months
    No community
    Too big for it's own good
    Management created positions that aren't supported with a champion or company buy in

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more thought and effort into recruiting plan. Support professional hires as much as college hires. Do not create positions or a dept. without a thorough plan that supports them.

    In my entire career, this has by far been the coldest and worst place I have worked. I was hired into a newly created position and placed on a newly created team. This meant that about 20 of us were brand new to the company. These are highly educated, highly experienced new hires - and we were dropped in the middle of the colosseum to fight for ourselves. There was so much promise around my new position and the whole department, which would create an area that Bechtel hadn't formally touched before. Within weeks I realized that while management created the dream of the job, they wouldn't support it organization-wide by mandating some necessary new processes. To date, the majority of brand new hires (who bonded well over the many issues of the company) are looking to leave as soon as possible. Change is impossible in this narcissistic environment. People will be sure to tell that they are "Bechtel brats" - meaning their parents worked there, and now they work there, and they sadly have no other experience (or education in many cases). Nepotism at it's best. A rich heritage is not the feeling you get at Bechtel, but more an old, white guy fraternity (or even worse - cliques of threatened women worse than Mean Girls!!) that doesn't like newbies to come in. On top of all this, most people are just flat out not nice or good people. Not a good environment with terrible morale; run for your life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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