Bechtel Reviews in San Francisco, CA

Updated March 27, 2014
Updated March 27, 2014
359 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Best company ever!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    This company cares for its employees like none I have seen before. It's no wonder that most employees have been there since they entered the job market!

    Cons

    None I can think of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor HR

    Former Employee - Benefits Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Benefits Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good company with some managers that are good leaders.

    Cons

    Little to no communication from HR. Inexperience managers that only process paperwork. Nothing innovative about the company.

  3.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Engineer  in  San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Market Engineer in San Ramon, CA

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

    Pros

    Diverse, worldwide opportunities. Excellent leadership and high integrity. Opportunity for a long career working with excellent people.

    Cons

    Subject to world wide economic conditions, although opportunity to treansfer among several offices.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Evil company not bad to wor at, though

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Let me do what I wanted, left me alone, paid good

    Cons

    They're really doing a lot of evil things in the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do less evil!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Questional ethical behavior but great projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Engineer Bechtel Power (Nuclear)  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Cost Engineer Bechtel Power (Nuclear) in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    great projects around the world

    Cons

    questional ethics around the world

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider consequences other than profit

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company retains its employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Even during economic downturns, Bechtel management looks for ways to retain its employees. For example, there may be offices where staff hours are cut but layoffs are minimized.

    If you are a good performer, management is flexible in moving you to another city or country for personal reasons. There are also many opportunities to switch functions, especially if you are a non-engineer.

    Opportunities to work overseas for people willing to do so. Compensation is competitive.

    Cons

    Double standard for top managers who don't have to adhere to companies policies of treating others with respect, transparency, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More accountability for senior managers to adhere to corporate covenants.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    a rewarding and learning experience

    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter  in  Hayward, CA
    Former Employee - Journeyman Carpenter in Hayward, CA

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    company philosophy and pay scale

    Cons

    they lay you off when the job is completed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    tranfer employees job to job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good Job for Older Experienced Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits package

    Cons

    Stagnant Working Environment. Few Opportunities for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more respectful of employees and they will be more productive, not less.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Unusual company,

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HR Specialist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - HR Specialist in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Good benefits and work life balance. The company is passionate about safety- I've never seen anything like it.. some very impressive people work here. People here like to build stuff

    Cons

    Very top down approach. Innovation difficult to accomplish (though possible).Career development is poor. Atmosphere is comortable but markedly undynamic. Very slow moving company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up the control. Help enable people to contribute and support innovation from the ground up. Work on your communication skills.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good variety and ethical firm

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    projects are varied and international

    Cons

    travel is necessary to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    greater pay for employees that produce

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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