Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
183 Reviews
3.4
183 Reviews
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Steve Edwards
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Not bad. Flexible work schedule

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Flexible Work Schedule, Development Opportunities, Travel Opportunities, Nice People

    Cons

    Very Corporate, Ultra-conservative, Located in White Suburb

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open a satellite Office in downtown KCMO because Overland park is a terrible place to be stuck as a young professional.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful learning experience, with a bright future to come.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as an intern

    Pros

    Big Company with room to move. YPDP program seems promising, and the future will tell. The company is in many different markets to please what you really are interested in. As an intern you are treated well. They have plenty of people willing to help you when difficulties appear.

    Cons

    The hiring process took time, as it does with any large engineering firm. I see many people in the company getting stuck in the position that they are in, and like anything in life experience rules over education. Telecom in general is a tough market to work in.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Former Employee - BDM  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - BDM in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Promise of high pay and benefits

    Cons

    I ha a one-year contract that was cancelled without cause after one month. Empty promises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your word.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Intern at Black & Veatch

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Very friendly office atmosphere. Co-workers and engineers are all willing to help. Got to work on various projects.

    Cons

    As an intern, you don't get all the management level details and changes. But I assume that is true for most companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assist
    Former Employee - Administrative Assist

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun job with lots of perks. Everyone got along really well and that made everything run smoothly. I really hated to leave.

    Cons

    Very ethnically diverse group (good thing) which sometimes make communication difficult. I truly have nothing negative to say about the Ca. office I worked at. However, I understand from former co-workers, that the Overland Park office was stiflingly depressing and the morale was very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At my old office, no advice. At Overland Park, treat your employees with respect and they will work that much harder. A happy employee is a productive employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Brilliant people, interesting projects

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    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Renewable Energy Consultant in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very smart, competent and friendly. The company has good respect for work-life balance. Because many employees stay around for decades, they really care about your well being.

    Cons

    It's a big company and sometimes it's bureaucratic. Also, when I worked there you only got 10 days PTO + national holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your younger employees to get a better sense for what they need in terms of compensation and growth opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    opinion

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor

    Pros

    good pay for a contract employee

    Cons

    job not secure
    stressful work environment
    poor management
    no reward for hard work

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunity and great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great Benefit package for all employess

    Cons

    You do not get a lot of training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good company with deep roots

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    If you're a motivated, self-starter and you work hard, you definitely get rewarded. There are really great opportunities if you're interested in working abroad and they're supportive of training and continuing education.

    Cons

    Overall benefits are good, but compensation isn't great. Some technology upgrades have occurred, but I think we have a long way to go to catch up with some of the more innovative companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to keep your finger on the pulse.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A great design engineering and construction firm!

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    Former Employee - A Former Division Director  in  Kansas City Suburban Acreage, MO
    Former Employee - A Former Division Director in Kansas City Suburban Acreage, MO

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

    Pros

    B&V is known *primarily* for its design engineering and construction services to the public utilities industries. It's an outstanding firm for anyone who wants to build a career in those *and related* industries.

    There are many other career opportunities within B&V, but one *must* be mindful of the firm's primary focus and vector.

    Cons

    One must almost certainly have P. E. following one's name! Sans that, one must be braced to settle for a second best career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay the course, as Mr. Veatch and his founding Partners did.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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