Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
211 Reviews
3.6
211 Reviews
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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)

  • B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program (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  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Awesome Work Environment

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assist
    Former Employee - Administrative Assist

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor (more than an 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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6. 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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 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 (less than an 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
  11.  

    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 (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

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