Chicago Bridge & Iron

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
171 Reviews
3.0
171 Reviews
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Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
Philip K. Asherman
72 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • have a great pay scale and good benefits package, RRSP Dental Extended Medical all really great (in 13 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours; very good work-life balance (at the local office level) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management typically makes decisions without realizing the full impact of the people doing the work (in 7 reviews)

  • Upper management can treat you like you don't exist or matter (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company just looking for something in Houston to work for.

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    Former Employee - Quality in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Quality in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good mentors and leaders I learned a lot with CB&I.

    Cons

    Moving to different projects constantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very organized corporate structure with plenty of experts and experience.

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    Current Employee - Community Outreach in Trenton, NJ
    Current Employee - Community Outreach in Trenton, NJ

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very nice folks working together for common goals. Competitive pay and decent benefits with safety as a core value. Health and Safety is constantly being monitored and improved upon.

    Cons

    Most employees are assigned to a specific project, so towards the end of a project, the search beings for another. Stress levels are high on certain projects and deadline demands are constant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retaining employees after many years would be benefitial rather than losing them to competitors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    they have allowed me to change positions and explore many opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good culture, lots of opportunities worldwide.

    Cons

    Somewhat unstable with the Shaw Group aquisition. May require you to move as needed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Can't wait to leave.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefits. Payroll errors seem to be lessening. There are still a lot of competent and dedicated people trying to do a good job.

    Cons

    Don't understand the "H" in HR stands for human. Morale is terrible. Anyone with the ability to do so is heading for the door. Opportunities for training, advancement and promotions are nil. If you enjoy working for a company that clearly doesn't care about you as an individual or your contributions, check out their career site - I'm sure they're hiring.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to those several levels below you in the chain of command, and listen to that reality. I think you will find it educational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    You are just a number in this company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Well" known company, even though not for good reasons.

    Cons

    You are just a number in this company. Rare opportunities for advancement. Management lacks skills and recruiters are well known for not doing their work and thinking they are better than others in the industry. Lack of training. Work environment very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training to new and existing employees. Adopt open door policy. Have more interest in your employees. Pay and benefits should be more competitive to industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Dedicated Contract Employee to Client

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    Former Employee - Contract Employee in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Contract Employee in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not much favorable leadership, very few pros to discuss. Benefit package and medical coverage is good. Convenient and flexible schedule dependent on client needs.

    Cons

    Very little value of the individual employee. Pay is less than average. Management is not supportive of the individual. The individual employee has no value beyond the contract requirement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support the Individual. These are the people who make the business model successful. Management does not create the client work product...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad senior management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    Staff members are good people.

    Cons

    Senior management is out of touch with reality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Career at CBI

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    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The best reason to work here is the people that work for you. They are all easy going and very loyal to CBI. Get great work experience to build on with future employers.

    Cons

    The supervision is very one minded, treats their employees like a number, don't review your performances on a regular basis, and are extremely stingy come time for raises. Everything is based on some written procedure which gets white washed across the entire company regardless of your particular type of work being performed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider your No Tolerance Policies and their true impact to your safety culture. Treat your employees more like human beings who want to work and help CBI Succeed than a simply number that is no more than a plug and play periphery to the system called CBI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn. Everyone is really nice and helpful.

    Cons

    The communication between upper management and employees is not good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay, Opportunity to travel (paid by the company), great people to work with

    Cons

    CB&I claims to be a global company, but operates like a local mom and pop. There is truly no reason to put hundreds of people out of a job in the Baton Rouge office and move all of those positions to The Woodlands. Global companies know how to effectively operate without everyone being located in the same office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micromanaging. Get some education on contemporay workplace flexibility and get current.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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