Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated April 28, 2015
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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. Helpful (2)

    10,000 employees, operates worldwide, employee-owned, very good employer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    10,000 employees, operates worldwide, employee-owned, very good employer

    Cons

    Do not have anything to contribute

  2. Civil Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Stable job, great pay, respectful co-workers, good benefits

    Cons

    Little room for movement with respect to project management

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not a family company

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money is great
    They don't breath down your neck while you are working.

    Cons

    They don't pay good PerDiem
    They allow $16.00 dollars a day for travel to your home location that does not pay for the whole trip home.

    Advice to Management

    Get professionals closer to home, they will be happier.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Great company, questionable upper management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Full of resources and opportunity if you are friends with upper management.
    Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Favoritism.
    Lack of honest communication with the majority of employees, and contingent employees.
    Large (60%+) layoffs without notice.
    Lack of training for new permanent and contingent employees.

    Advice to Management

    Train managers to train new coming employees.

  6. consistant work and a great team of people

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are great ......department structure was good

    Cons

    The waiting period from contingent to core employee.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Training Coordinator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Training Coordinator in Overland Park, KS

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People enjoy what they do.

    Cons

    Management is out of touch with the everyday employee.

    Advice to Management

    Better change your methods or your emotes will go elsewhere.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Horrendous and degrading

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

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I met some lifelong friends at B&V that were of great support during some difficult and stressful years of employment.

    Cons

    This organization is full of executive leadership that wants only to control and have power over people. I would classify these individuals as adult bullies. There are a multitude of managers that take credit for the work of their subordinates and talk openly about issues within the workplace (including health issues) of these subordinates, obviously violating HIPAA. I many times saw individual contributors being released from the organization when really it should have been those at the management level being released. Those within management are quick to throw subordinates under the bus - it's an us vs. them mentality. If you aren't 'liked' by your manager you can bet you won't advance at all in the organization. Period. A truly dysfunctional and toxic organization.

    Advice to Management

    I would highly encourage management to attend some training on simply how to treat others with respect and dignity. The old saying, 'treat others how you would like to be treated.' This has been lost at B&V. The leadership at the very top level, specifically CEO, needs to open their eyes as to what is going on within the business. People are being treated very poorly and even bullied.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Cerritos, CA
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Cerritos, CA

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The hours and the time off were very nice. I think the work and life balance was excellent.

    Cons

    Few openings in upper management. Not a lot of room to move around within the area office. But if someone is willing to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    hold individuals more accountable for their job positions.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Time to move

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

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

    Pros

    Not many things happening in my favor
     Seems there us not true employee concerns.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and management.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contingent works with more respect

  11. Black&Veatch is very good company to work with. Excellent training and working environment culture.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Freelancer - Senior Project Controls Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Freelancer - Senior Project Controls Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Black & Veatch (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good training and great supervision there.

    Cons

    Compensate is average, not really outstanding.

    Advice to Management

    none.

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