Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
176 Reviews

3.4
176 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.  

    Good experience with Black & Veatch

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    Diverse workforce, flexible schedule and growth potential is absolute

    Cons

    With a diverse workforce comes diverse personalities. The only time that this causes a problem is if your boss doesn't care for yours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate your real agenda, so your staff may support you better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor human resource management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are appropriate.

    Cons

    Internal barriers are fatal to human resources management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Variety of work is high and I work with highly skilled professionals.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Variety of work, possibility of working in a variety of locations around the world.

    Cons

    Workload is greatly variable during a typical year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Overall, a good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician  in  Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineering Technician in Orlando, FL

    Pros

    Very financially healthy and highly respected engineering consulting firm. Local office culture and work environment in Central Florida is a good one to work in. Local management is respectful to its employees.

    Cons

    Corporate management is out of touch with individuals in the branch offices. Training opportunities and implementation are sub-par at best for those working outside of the corporate offices. Unfortunately, this company is in the habit of laying off many of its senior employees. They are more concerned with the bottom line that their employees well being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consult with local office management to get a true idea of the value and contribution of is senior employees, instead of allowing the bean counters to cull the workforce by simply chopping off their higher paid intellectual talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Good Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

    Pros

    get to learn the technical prospects in power systems

    Cons

    Rather than it is a good learning experience you get paid very less.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Review for Expeditor

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    Current Employee - Expeditor  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Expeditor in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    A very enjoyable work experience

    Cons

    Difficult sometimes to obtain pertinent information

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

    Competitive with Industry Standards... Mostly

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

    Pros

    Some of the benefits.
    Flexibility of work hours.

    Cons

    The benefits are not consistent across the board for all job families. Even though B&V is employee owned, employee's are not eligible for the annual incentive plan (AIP) until they reach a certain job level, unlike the employee owned competition. Many job titles/levels have limited sick leave but others do not.
    Business casual work attire is ok, but it would be better if we were allowed to "dress for your day" so those who actually have meeting with management or clients can come in business wear as needed and those of us who never have higher level meetings can come to work and be comfortable.
    The technology, work station equipment, and everything else that should make your job easier is always behind.
    The Telecom division does not offer the 9/80 schedule and is slow to "roll over" their contract professionals to be core employees.
    Professionals are expected to provide their own PPE's that are required beyond a hard hat, ear plugs, a reflective vest, and basic safety glasses (i.e. boots and prescription safety glasses are your out-of-pocket responsibility).
    Employee-owned, but you only get the perks if you are at or above a certain job level.
    They are slow to adjust your job title when you reach experience milestones (like obtaining your P.E. license or after so many years on the job). Which in turn affects your eligibility for the AIP.
    The performance review process is a joke. You pick who you solicit feedback from, so of course everyone will pick friends who will give them a good review. Then, to top it off, no matter what anyone says about you or how well you do the work, it's virtually impossible to receive a "1" rating (out of 3). It's more about who you know. This makes it hard for people to want to be the best they can be since they will never be rewarded for their hard work at the end of the year. It's like B&V strives for being... mediocre.
    The Telecom division department heads do not allow uncompensated personal time unless there are extreme conditions and you have already used your vacation time, even if the work load at the time is slow.
    You are expected to train yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not say we are "competitive with industry standards" unless you are willing to back up that claim with specific examples about where we stand vs. what our competition offers.
    Show some goodwill and at least make a counter offer to the stellar employees who are leaving for other companies. We've lost several key team members who would have stayed if B&V had actually been "competitive with industry standards."
    Take the time and make resources available to actually invest in training both new and experienced professionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company and great people.

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    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Coordinator in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Stable firm with ongoing projects in many sectors..

    Cons

    At times can be very corporate structured.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep everyone in the loop on projects since many are nationally and globally dispursed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great corporate multicultural work environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Estimator/Construction Manager  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator/Construction Manager in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    Best diversified professional workforce in this global EPC corporation. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    No parking garage in HQ building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the Oil, Gas & Chemicals department and pursue more EPC projects in the Gulf of Mexico market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Incredibly proficient with energy engineering infrastructure processes

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer I in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Employee owned, profit sharing, schedule flexibility, access to broad range of company talents, high potential for career development and advancement, overtime eligibility.

    Cons

    Cumbersome corporate processes can make acquiring new software or implementing process improvements difficult, reducing flexibility and slowing response time to business opportunities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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