Chicago Bridge & Iron
3.2 of 5 135 reviews
www.cbi.com The Hague, Netherlands 5000+ Employees

Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.2 135 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman

Philip K. Asherman

(58 ratings)

56% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "have a great pay scale and good benefits package, RRSP Dental Extended Medical all really great"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Open culture, Challenging environment, Work life balance"
    in 5 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior management typically makes decisions without realizing the full impact of the people doing the work"
    in 6 reviews
  • "High turnover of contract staff in UK IT help desk"
    in 5 reviews
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    Lots of potential for new employees to perform interesting work.

    Human Resources Business Partner (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    Prosstable; proven strategies for successfully delivery of work objectives. Competitive pay & benefits package. Decentralized field operations.

    ConsSuccession planning on projects is not very comprehensive. Pay is unequally distributed. Females & minorities have a more difficult time navigating and succeeding in the old The Shaw Group locations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage all of the business, not just what is close to corporate offices. The current construction projects in SC and GA needs some more CB&I corporate oversight.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CB&I was a fair company to work for, but somewhat draconian in employee affairs

    Middle Management (Former Employee)

    ProsPaid well, and offered good benefits

    ConsUndue reliance on "Employment at will."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Change is tough

    Electrical Planner (Former Employee)
    Joseph City, AZ

    Prosgreat benefits , great Pay
    Safety Minded at the Corporate Level

    ConsAs CB&I gets the Jobs,they are hard pressed to fill positions with like minded new comers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInternal resources are invaluable.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized money machine

    Energy and Sustainability (Current Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsOpportunities, if management likes you

    Consconstant turnover; little to no training. Often thrown into projects plans or context.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe energy management practice lacks direction and doesn't understand it's strengths. Somehow it's stayed pretty profitable. For me, it's taken a lot of the warm-fuzzy out of working in sustainability, it's clear they wouldn't be in the business if it wasn't for the money.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    CB&I Power Division

    Senior Engineer (Current Employee)

    Pros- Some talented, dedicated people in certain areas
    - Large company that may or may not have potential for advancement
    - Large industrial projects with some interesting aspects

    ConsThis mostly applies to the Nuclear Division:

    - Chaotic, disorganized project management
    - Management creates a wall between themselves and staff. Poor communication breeds rumors and low morale. Management tells staff how to act and does the opposite themselves. Staff treated like children.
    - No bonuses or employee incentives
    - A lot of dead weight
    - High turnover of talented people...good people don't usually stay here too long
    - A lot of nepotism/favoritism
    - Actual results are not valued as much as adherence to ambiguous metrics
    - Unprofessional, hostile behavior is tolerated (almost encouraged) by management with no consequences
    - Hard to get a promotion or raise unless you leave the company and return or have another offer for bargaining

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest and fair with employees, stop treating employees like contractors if you want to retain them long term (clear career paths, incentives, training, regular promotions), weed out poor performers and stop accepting mediocrity to get projects on a successful path

    CB&I management is supposed to be addressing issues in the newly acquired power division but changes have been slow in coming...time will tell what reforms take place. CB&I overall as a company seems much better than the former Shaw Group. In current practice, they have not been well integrated and are still very separate entities.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Passionate people made this place great, and now those people are gone.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's been a pleasure to work with passionate and talented professionals and to be exposed to a wide variety of projects and opportunities.

    ConsCB&I's recent acquisition and merger of The Shaw Group has caused a massive upheaval in management and personnel, and none of it is for the good. Employees are no longer seen as value assets, just expendable resources. Low base pay from the get-go paves the way for a culture of cloak-and-dagger business politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Management obviously knows what they are doing. Lets obfuscate more processes, make more managers even more powerless, and marginalize more employees. There's a bright future ahead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Superintendent (Former Employee)

    ProsGood Pay and management a plus

    ConsMaterial delivery by customer a factor to keep man power forcast

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Times are Changing at CBI and the Direction is Chaotic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCasual environment and a whole lot of tools to work with. Company has a lot of cash and a tremendous reputation in engineering, construction and safety. FT work force from the legacy CBI company is friendly, helpful and skilled. Extending their corporate campus in south Houston, TX.

    ConsCompany all but rubbed out 90% of its IT staff to prepare for its unification with the rest of the corporate business in Texas.

    Company just bought The Shaw Group at the end of February 2013 and promptly pushed aside its legacy IT resources and promoted Shaw resources into 80% of the mid-management positions without any explanation. Within a year, 75% of the resources promoted left the company or will not take the relocation offer.

    Middle management is ineffective when it comes to project management. The IT department cannot understand PM concepts although the engineering and construction disciplines have a solid understanding of project management methodology which represents a tremendous gap in their maturity model.

    Middle management caters to executive levels with a a strange sycophantic behavior but cannot manage their workforce effectively as constant change of direction on projects and process are the norm. Middle management resources show bad habits when it comes to being presented with logical suggestions from staff.

    Highly political environment where "playing the game" is the key to longevity.

    Full timers that prove their worth suddenly realize that the company will call their number 24/7 (literally) when issues are presented so you will be working a minimum of 50 hours a week.

    Projects constantly suffer from poor planning and constant rework. Resources are thin but upper management continues to challenge its work force with never ending projects and the day to day organizational duties.

    Loyalty from executive management is all but non-existent. Bonuses are promised and when the work is delivered those bonuses rarely come to fruition.

    Overall, the Shaw purchase and imminent relocation to Texas discouraged the FT CBI IT staff while driving a wedge between the employees from the two respective companies. When your senior level executives cannot even come down from the ivory tower to face and communicate their strategic vision of the IT department to the work force that has been loyal to them for years it is very telling.

    A tremendous amount of work remains with poor direction and a bevy of middle managers that have no business making critical decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave the fortitude to PERSONALLY organize and present strategic vision to your middle managers and loyal work force. Treat the people that helped build this company with respect and dignity instead of constantly thinking about how to cater to you're directors and shareholders.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be a employee centric company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlex day every other Friday. Pears are great to work with and have great skills

    ConsManagement is only worried about stock options and bonuses

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart acknowledging workers for the time and efforts and quit giving management stock for near nothing. 18 Million to the CEO for $0 is just a slap in the face to the actual workers

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Could Be better!

    Billing Clerk II (Current Employee)
    Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsCoworkers, environment, benefits, location, managers

    Conssalary, Aged Processes, Workload, Billing Process, aged Software

    Advice to Senior ManagementRaise pay because the workload is a lot for abysmal pay.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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