Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated December 18, 2014
Updated December 18, 2014
213 Reviews
3.6
213 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development (in 13 reviews)

  • B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 10 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Black & Veatch is a good company to work for.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance
    If you stick it out you will have chances to travel.

    Cons

    Contract Engineering, unless you want to do that.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Experience
    Helpful Mentors
    Large amount of resources

    Cons

    Long hours, poor communications between offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Not the best...no loyalty.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Opportunities for advancement/relocation.

    Cons

    Office politics. Poor management decisions, inexperienced supervisors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Variety of work is high and I work with highly skilled professionals.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Variety of work, possibility of working in a variety of locations around the world.

    Cons

    Workload is greatly variable during a typical year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Review for Expeditor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    A very enjoyable work experience

    Cons

    Difficult sometimes to obtain pertinent information

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    The Institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work if your in IT or an engineer....only

    Cons

    It's referred for years/decades as the Institution for a reason. They encourage you to think "out side the box" but DON'T YOU DARE! Walk the line like everyone else does and smile. Horrible place to work if you have a brain and decide to use it. A good place to start and have on your resume but don't stay too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change, it's NOT a bad thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    overall my 10 years of employment with B&V has been very.... Unfulfilling!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Construction Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Field Construction Manager in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    great benfits in regard to insurance, sick leave, holiday pay ect. Lots of Vendor Discounts i.e. FORD Motor Co. X-Plan, AT&T celluare service discount, ect.and good on-line training resources

    Cons

    there is a very proinent culture of "social inequality" in regard to the professioinals who have college educations and how they interact with the professionals that do not have degrees.
    the pay is only so-so, with management unwilling to "bridge the gaps" on most subject. the upper management have a very take it or leave it attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    examine ALL things in the light of truth and expeerienced based reasoning, instead of making decisions from positions of misinformed information, incorrect facts and/or personal bias, as upper management you should hold yourself to a higher standard and never judge professionals from a view of corprate politicies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Cheap People, Harassment, bullying

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, free coffee once a year (yeah), peanuts in increment (so generous)

    Cons

    I worked for this company for over 4 years as Electrical Power Delivery Engineer, Energy Division. All went well until new department manager took over the office. The company policy encourages diversity, visa sponsorship etc. However, this manager just taking advantage of his position harrases employees on their visa requirement. Employees are bulleyed, refused opportunities etc. Something shocking to see in this industry. Hope the HR / Management takes some action if they want to see the department to grow. This is just a word of caution to those who need visa sponsorship. There are tonnes of companies sponsoring the visa. Do not spoil your future in this department. This company has no projects lined up except some feed projects. Please be careful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and take action against such people if you need to see your company to grow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Black & Veatch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer III in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer III in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Room to move between divisions, travel, and great training.

    Cons

    Can get stuck in one place if you aren't proactive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR practices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Financially, mentally, and socially supportive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Water Leadership in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Water Leadership in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Paid well
    Great benefits
    Daily challenges
    Plenty of room for growth

    Cons

    Have to bid to get other divisions projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know entry levels on a personal level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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