Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
208 Reviews
3.6
208 Reviews
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Steve Edwards
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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)

  • Good Pay, Good benefits, some nice coworkers, very nice office building (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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Civil structural technician

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours are nice, most of the other professionals are friendly and always willing to help. Decent benefits. Clean safe area Ann Arbor is a safe city lots of restaurants close by.

    Cons

    Office is super outdated ergonomics suck! Technology isn't too bad. Chances of advancement are slim even if you bust your butt. Pay is crappy raises are small. Ann Arbor gets treated like a step child annual reviews are a joke and seem staged with no real information. No profit sharing for the people working in the trenches. No lunch room... Seriously? It's 2014 get with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ya wonder why it's hard to retain younger employees... Share the wealth with everyone not just line the pockets of upper level employees. I feel like a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Project Facilitaor
    Current Employee - Project Facilitaor

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

    Pros

    Great people that want to help you to grow

    Cons

    Standing desks and more options to excerise would be nice. If you dont have your health you really dont want to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be a great employer that creates a positive atmoshere and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Pay, nice people

    Cons

    very conservative stable growth focused on the bottom line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wonderful as long as your find your own opportunities, if you wait for it to come you will wait a very long time.

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    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Great professionals, very knowledgeable people, lots of opportunity to engage in multiple roles, semi-ease of transfering between internal business units and within busiiness unit groups. Great culture and value system.

    Cons

    Limited room to grow into full manangement positions due to an already top-heavy management. can be difficult to switch between business units or between groups in the same unit. Not as flexible and adaptable to today's working culture expectations in terms of compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible in allowing professionals move around from and between groups, it will allow for a more diverse workforce which increases flexibility and minimizes sudden gaps during normal yearly employee turnovers. Maybe due to being so top heavy, compensation down the food chain is pretty low compared to its peers in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Descent Experience in telecom

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Family environment, Ability to be flipped from contract to full time, when they do promote they will promote from within, employee owned company, pay is actually pretty good.

    Cons

    As is with most companies the chance to advance are slim to none, I didn't agree with the concept of hiring family members. Offers little to no training,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients instead of relying on one, Find more training tools for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Rewarding Experience, Great people, Great Place to learn and grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development.
    - With almost 100 years in the industry, there is a great balance of experienced and newer professionals. Hard work is valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    - Easy to fall between the cracks and become very monotonous if you are not a motivated self-starter. Not the place to be shy - you have to consistently be a positive go-getter if you want to see career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    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 (more than an 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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

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