Black & Veatch Reviews in Cerritos, CA

Updated July 8, 2014
Updated July 8, 2014
184 Reviews
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184 Reviews
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Pros
  • The company has good respect for work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • They have very good benefits and I received a fair compensation for my responsibilities (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 8 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 8 reviews)

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    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were some really good people that worked there whom dedicated many, many hours to build a client base and grow the wireless division at the California office. The large company, stability, and employee incentives attracted a lot of talent.

    Cons

    The headquarters in Kansas did not understand the strict and complicated California permitting requirements, which lead to severe inefficiency for the local office to meet and exceed deadlines, causing substantially more work for staff whom were already overworked. In addition the Los Angeles office practiced extreme favoritism which eventually lead to many talented people leaving the company as they had no upward mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work with the local offices to implement region specific and industry specific processes and requirements instead of a blanket standard process which create unnecessary work that staff will have to address which takes time and energy away from their jobs and production. As for the favoritism in the Los Angeles office, they know about it so they obviously made a decision not to do anything about it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company as a whole has such a great reputation. Cerritos telecommunications office really ruins that reputation.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cerritos, CA

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Not many pros. Got a work laptop on my first day, but that is pretty standard for all jobs nowadays.

    Cons

    1. No training whatsoever. Promised an sop in order to become acquainted with the terminology and processes. Never received sop.
    2. Supervisor is not helpful and does not want anyone to grow intellectually. When asked for more work, she/he will not delegate any work to me and instead treats me as if I am uneducated and slow.
    3. 8 out of the 9 hours I am here, I have nothing to do.
    4. Whole office is extremely unprofessional. I hear swearing and racial remarks on a daily basis.
    5. Very uneducated office. From the people I have met, they have no desire to further themselves in their career or education.
    6. Have talked to several people in the office who have similar feelings to mine.
    7. Very poorly managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more acquainted with what is going on in the office. A majority of employees, including myself are frustrated with how the office is being run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Telecommunications

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great local team with a lot of industry experience. They hire great local people.

    Cons

    Site Development and Construction teams are separate and do not work together well. The company encourages this dysfunctional setup. Most strategic decisions are made in corporate office in Kansas City. There is almost no telecommunications experience in Kansas City and this is obvious to the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the local offices better, they are the ones in front of the customer. The purpose of this business is support of the customer not support of the corporate office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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