Burns & McDonnell

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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
122 Reviews
3.7
122 Reviews
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Burns & McDonnell President and CEO Greg M. Graves
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great company - employee ownership, profit sharing, collaborative environment (in 12 reviews)

  • Every full time employee is part owner in the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Horrible work/life balance if you plan on meeting schedules (in 6 reviews)

  • A few of the upper management have huge egos which can be frustrating at time (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome. Great place to be an employee owner.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Assistant Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employees are given a large amount of responsibility very quickly. Project Managers are able to run their projects as if it's their own business.

    Cons

    It's and employee owned company and everyone gets their own shares at an equal rate. I wish I could buy more.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help regional offices integrate into the BMcD system quicker.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for. I would work for them anytime.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Construction Site Manager, Project Manager, Outage Coordinator Manager in Stow, OH
    Former Employee - Construction Site Manager, Project Manager, Outage Coordinator Manager in Stow, OH

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very good and friendly people, that are very easy to work with. Never have to worry about anything being said or done behind your back. Very fair compensation and travel accommodations when needed. Great help in personnel growth in experience level and very considerate in work-life balance issues.

    Cons

    Per Deim is not quite where it should be for site locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only things that I can comment on is that they put more stock in having a degree then in the amount of experience you have in the field that you are applying for and that it would behoove them to more closely follow the GSA standards when offering Per Deim.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Terrific Work Environment and Challenging, Rewarding Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great retirement benefits, the work is rewarding, fun work environment. Everyone is friendly and works well as a team. People really care about the company's success to ensure benefit for all involved. I definitely feel rewarded for the amount of effort I put in.

    Cons

    Work life balance can use improvement. It is often frowned upon if someone works less than 45 hours a week. No matter if I am working 40 hours or 50 hours, it should not matter as long as the product is delivered and quality is present. Managers travel often or don't show up to the office, but chastise employees for being 5 minutes late. It is evident favorites are played in certain departments when it comes both to promotional opportunities and work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Managers take advantage of their position and create double standards with their team. Lead by example - don't do something if you won't allow your team to do it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, good ESOP program

    Cons

    Ethnic and sex diversity: This is a old white boys club. There are few females in position of power. Even rare are minorities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more diverse

  6.  

    Not the Best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are okay. ESOP is nice if you are there for over 6 years to be fully vested.

    Cons

    This company wants you to give up your personal and family life for the company at 110%. They also force you to work overtime but don't get paid. This is an old boy's club with a glass ceiling in regards to females. This may not be true in all the divisions but it is true in the division I work. If you are a male, this is the perfect company to get ahead. There are a few token females but it is for appearances only and they have no power. Management loves to get together and talk badly about employees until they quit or force them out. When a company is "the BEST place to work" it is because they pay for the title to get their name out there. They appear to be at the top of the list but pay is low in comparison to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to quit gossiping about employees. They also need to practice what they preach in regards to billable time. So many managers on overhead while the "workers" need to be over 100% billable to keep up their lack of work and huge salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Being an employee owned company is the difference in this company and others.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior End User Support Technician in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior End User Support Technician in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee owned... fair time off, good personal and professional growth.Time off is earned as PTO, ESOP is great for long term employees and 401 matching is OK as well.

    Cons

    Not many cons here, they are a little old school with shirts and ties everyday, but that can be easily overlooked with everything else happening around the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Growth and Opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Electrical Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are tons of projects to work on so employees will never have to worry about looking for work. If you are the type to take initiative and put in tons of time into the projects then this company is right for you as you will be rewarded for your work. The benefits and pay lack, but will make up in bonus rewards.

    Cons

    Expect to work weekends and very late nights. However, even though you have to pull late nights, some clients complain about overtime charges which means you are stuck putting in late night work without being able to charge overtime. People are also an issue as a lot of engineers criticize rather than teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on teamwork as some personal believe criticism is normal. Some of the statements I heard coming from certain individuals were very disturbing. Overall, management is doing their best to hear everyone's concern.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Burns and McDonnell

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Construction in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Construction in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people and great environment

    Cons

    none, I really can't complain

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Amazing!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Communications Intern in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Communications Intern in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great outlook, ESOP, and just a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company. I loved working there.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work if you want to work all the time

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Successful company
    Good upper management with diverse outlook
    Good company culture - but can be too much at times

    Cons

    difficult place to work being a female in engineering - do not fully acknowledge all of the challenges
    low salaries that rely on end of year bonus to compensate
    no work-life balance - expect too much "donated time" from employees, travel on own time
    rigid work environment - strict dress code, not flexible on schedules
    Difficult as a female to balance family life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better work-life balance
    Don't expect all employees to put in 50+ hour weeks because they want to - some want to have a 9-5 job
    Realize that you're not fair to female employees, that there is inequality between employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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