Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
185 Reviews
3.5
185 Reviews
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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.  

    A great design engineering and construction firm!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company as a whole has such a great reputation. Cerritos telecommunications office really ruins that reputation.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous  in  Cerritos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cerritos, CA

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

    Pros

    Not many pros. Got a work laptop on my first day, but that is pretty standard for all jobs nowadays.

    Cons

    1. No training whatsoever. Promised an sop in order to become acquainted with the terminology and processes. Never received sop.
    2. Supervisor is not helpful and does not want anyone to grow intellectually. When asked for more work, she/he will not delegate any work to me and instead treats me as if I am uneducated and slow.
    3. 8 out of the 9 hours I am here, I have nothing to do.
    4. Whole office is extremely unprofessional. I hear swearing and racial remarks on a daily basis.
    5. Very uneducated office. From the people I have met, they have no desire to further themselves in their career or education.
    6. Have talked to several people in the office who have similar feelings to mine.
    7. Very poorly managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more acquainted with what is going on in the office. A majority of employees, including myself are frustrated with how the office is being run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Training is available and there are people to ask questions to.

    Cons

    Slow work environment so there isn't much of a challenge.

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  5.  

    System Design Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Rigor of the design process. As a young engineer the process develops quality engineers and lays a foundation for success. The firm also gives opportunities only afforded to those working at a top engineering design firm.

    Cons

    Lot's of employees limiting the career growth options. The raises are typical of any large firm - standard 3-4%.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Black & Veatch is a great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, great benefits, challenging work, diverse opportunities, global presence, involvement in numerous markets, financially solid

    Cons

    The company has a strong culture that is somewhat risk averse and, as a result, resistant to significant change in business practices

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was great, just had a bad relationship with my direct manager.

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Associate  in  Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Controls Associate in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    International travel and good pay

    Cons

    Kansas management is not in touch with satellite office issues and tend to ignore them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to your employees when they complain about an abusive manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to get you foot in the door, you'll definatly learn something here; good or bad

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer

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

    Pros

    Always something to do, new technology implementation always needed without enough time to get it done within a 40hr week.

    Cons

    1. Corporate BS allows for here say business and blame to take place vs consideration of employee response.
    2. beyond demanding time-lines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great benefuts, paid time-off;

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience with Black & Veatch

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Manager  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Telecom has no rudder

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Generally a good company infrastructure for an engineering firm.

    Cons

    Telecom, at least the Turf project, is actually run by the field organization. The central leadership does not have the industry background nor management ability to rein in the Turf Directors. Penny wise and pound foolish. Not strategic (no, not really).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be in charge. If you think something sounds wrong or fishy, it is. Don't make your judgments on how well a turf is doing by how much money it brings in, judge it by how much it promised it would bring in vs what it does. The opportunity cost of allowing free rein to the Turf Directors is about 40% again of what they bring in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor human resource management.

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

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    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

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