Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Pros
  • The company has good respect for work-life balance (in 13 reviews)

  • International travel and good pay (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • B&V is a large company with a bureaucracy that can be difficult to navigate (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. Mid Level Civil Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer IV in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer IV in Kansas City, MO

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work with competitive salary, flexible working hours, and team atmosphere. I have received great support in continuing education and career advancement. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Some times procedures or protocols are not communicated effectively due to size of the company and those policies are not always logical for all aspects of the business.


  2. Engineer

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great 401K Plan and awesome people to work with.

    Cons

    Health Plan does not really care much and is expensive.


  3. Electrical engineer IV

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    It's always good to be at company's headquarters.
    Flexible work schedules including 9/80 schedule, good work/life balance, lots of opportunities for growth and challenging work. Professional culture without ties and other showoffs..

    Cons

    Little Over conservative and traditional approach which in a way good as you will have every opportunity to improve the systems.


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  5. You'll love it here, once you get a foot in the door

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

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

    Pros

    The staff is friendly, but they do expect you to meet expectations and deadlines. If you can get an internal network going, there are many opportunities that can help advance your career. Great benefits, you can also purchase employee stock (this is an employee-owned company), and travel to different job sites, should that be necessary.

    Cons

    They may move you around a little, but nothing that they won't notify you about in advance. Internal job postings are not always advertised to all professionals.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company with lots of opportunities for professional growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Vice President in Overland Park, KS

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well established and employee owned company makes for a great environment!

    Cons

    A little slow to respond to market changes and conservative approach means predictable and safe but often less "sexy" big movements.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be more nimble and "fail fast" to find the big ROI opportunities.


  7. Forward thinking engineering company with good values.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS

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

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

    Pros

    I feel well cared for as an engineer at BV. The upper management practices what they preach. I have plenty to work on and the company is invested in my career, education, and future.

    Cons

    It feels a little corporate at times. Otherwise, not a whole lot. I would prefer that the company be a little more liberal in its energy production and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks on innovation, especially in the energy industry. There are many different ways to do things. Maybe partnerships with design companies.


  8. 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


  9. Very Nice

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pune (India)

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Freedom good feel good colleagues

    Cons

    Only power projects limited growth prospects


  10. Great atmosphere, team based family friendly environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, who care about you and your career development. Supervisors work hard to give you the proper tools and mentoring to successfully do your job and develop your career. Has good benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Larger office, so if you like a smaller close knit group where you recognize every face, you need to make extra effort to meet people.


  11. 10,000 employees, operates worldwide, employee-owned, very good employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - As A Lawyer One Can Learn A Lot About Engineering and Construction
    Current Employee - As A Lawyer One Can Learn A Lot About Engineering and Construction

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

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

    Pros

    Very good business, working with highly motivated and highly educated engineers

    Cons

    None, other than that the headquarters is in Kansas City, which is in the middle of the Midwest.



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