Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews in Kansas City, MO

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
221 Reviews
3.6
221 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.  

    Excellent experience, especially in work life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Geologist in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growth potential, especially in the Kansas City area.

    Cons

    Company is still a bit Kansas City-centric, but getting better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Employee owned, people focused, challenging environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Construction in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    I love the work flexibility and how quickly new professionals can "have a seat at the table." I have worked for companies in similar industries and they can be stuck in the past, set in their ways with the "due your time" mentality. Don't get me wrong, B&V is still pretty conservative but we have flexible work schedules and recognize that, to meet our aggressive growth initiatives, we have to be open to new and innovative ways of getting the job done. They do a good job of promoting internal job opportunities which I like as well.

    Cons

    It's a matrixed corporate environment so making decisions or getting the go ahead can be a lengthy process at times. Also, we are growing rapidly so there is naturally some pain involved with the process. Lots of new exciting programs but you have to be resilient to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get on the ground level a bit more and familiarize yourself with the masses that feel the pain of the work and who have great ideas on how to make things better. Get creative in what constitutes a "benefit" i.e. health and wellness programs, remote work capabilities, casual Fridays, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Gained some valuable experience in construction management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Great management and working environment

    Cons

    Employment was temporary, project based.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great people, good company but not for me.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    The people here are great. In every group I worked with, the people were the best part. The management is good, in my opinion, allowing me to work on real projects from the start, who value and respect their employees. There is the ability to move around and try out new areas but you have to let it be known and work hard for it.

    Cons

    The work for me was very mundane and boring. The software can be old at times as they create their own software for many tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give it to the people you hire straight. You will probably be doing the same thing day in, and day out, for a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer 1

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, environment, open to debate on existing methods

    Cons

    Growth rate is not exactly very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have a clearer branch structuring of the managers , supervisors and project managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent

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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    Good Experience
    Helpful Mentors
    Large amount of resources

    Cons

    Long hours, poor communications between offices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Staff controls engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    At B & V the work atmosphere is great it's layed back but thing get completed. They have a "flex schedule" with core work hours that is nice when you wnt to beat the traffic or have somethng that requires you to be out of the office. the pay rate for the area is about the same as simular groups. It was nice that with a large company, when assigned to a new job / contract - they would arrange to have the group working on the job into the same general area of the building, this makes for much eaiser communication between diciplines.

    Cons

    It seems as though all employees are on a per getting the next contracted job. I worked there for 2 plus years and was always wanting to know what the next job would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was told for the whole time there that I was going to be brough in as direct hire, but each time the topice was brought up, I was told some thing along the lines of: We would hate to do that then have to lay you off if we don't get the next contract. So, as a contracted engineer there, I was treated for as far as I could tell the same as the direct employees, but not the same benifit package. If your going to bring in contracted employees, make your decission - don't keep them thnking that there is something coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, world-wide location, benefits, leadership

    Cons

    Some people consider constant change a con and things are always changing / growing / improving at Black & Veatch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Database Administration

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is pretty good, and collegues in general are pretty enjoyable. They are beggining to use innovative software to continue efficiency in the near future, which will make the job easier to learn in the future. Alot of excel work. Great work life balance, no evenings or weekends.

    Cons

    After you learn your responsibilities, the job is repetitive. Not much team interaction on a face to face basis. Everything is done through e-mail and IM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tune up the training period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Black & Veatch is a good company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 a 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

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