Chicago Bridge & Iron

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
162 Reviews
3.1
162 Reviews
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Chicago Bridge & Iron President and CEO Philip K. Asherman
Philip K. Asherman
69 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • have a great pay scale and good benefits package, RRSP Dental Extended Medical all really great (in 12 reviews)

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


Cons
  • High turnover of contract staff in UK IT help desk (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management typically makes decisions without realizing the full impact of the people doing the work (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could Be better!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Clerk II  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Billing Clerk II in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers, environment, benefits, location, managers

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise pay because the workload is a lot for abysmal pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a employee centric company

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

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Management is only worried about stock options and bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Interesting place to work and develope engineering and technical skills.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer  in  Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay, overtime hours available, management cares about the employees, family oriented, good company culture, employees concerns are heard when expressed, friendly staff, opportuniy for growth.

    Cons

    Long hours (but long hours = more pay). Small town location so the area is a bit slow but yet still a little overpriced for the area. Daytime shift is a bit hectic. Lack of communication between day shift and night shift in some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and continue to listen to the employees because when they are satisfied the products are fabricated consistently with better quality.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Working Foreman  in  Glen Rose, TX
    Former Employee - Working Foreman in Glen Rose, TX

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good management. Great training, and good benefits.

    Cons

    Better pay. Don't promote brown nosers, rather take care of hard workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your performers, not the people with seniority.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Relocation of Lummus Tech to Woodlands September 2014

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    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    Decent benefits package, most office supplies & coffee provided, exceptional service in booking travel arrangements with a company dedicated AmEx travel service. Responsive Facilities staff

    Cons

    The recently announced office relocation from the Houston Galleria office to The Woodlands poses a significant hardship to the majority of those "invited" to either move to or drive the 40 miles to the new Woodlands office, resulting in the majority leaving the company to avoid the move.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This significant reduction in seasoned, quality technical knowledge will result in a hard blow to the company's anticipated revenue for years to come, because the "COMPANY" hasn't planned well enough in advance to anticipate the loss of those who will be leaving within the next several years due to retirement, and now with the relocation, those who are not willing to relocate. The technical expertise cannot be replaced with new hires who can just step into those positions and it is unrealistic for the "COMPANY" to expect that bringing in 50% or more new hires will be able to manage the current workload. Because the "COMPANY" has chosen to make this fiscally poor decision, it will result in sub-par deliverables to the client & CB&'s reputation will suffer in this competitive industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    CB&I has decimated the former Shaw E & I, Inc.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chicago Bridge & Iron

    Pros

    There are no pros for this company

    Cons

    Everything is a con where this company is concerned

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very professional company but poor benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Plainfield, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainfield, IL

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

    Pros

    Very large company with good opportunities for advancement. Lots of experience and support for newer employees. Pay is probably in line with the industry average.

    Cons

    With the acquisition of Shaw in 2013 CB&I has become a huge energy infrastructure company. This industry is very competitive and an organization this large can only survive by keeping costs to an absolute minimum. Company is continually looking for ways to cut costs so expect year on year benefit reductions. There were significant healthcare and 401k cuts in 2014.

    CB&I has many employees with 20yrs + service. This leads to cliques within the management which can lead to favoritism and cause conflicts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loyalty works both ways. You rely heavily on the experience and skills or your workforce. if you strip away the employees benefits how can you expect loyalty?

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Subcontract Admin for Chicago Bridge & Iron

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Subcontract Administrator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great opportunities for employees willing to relocate.

    Cons

    Compensation is a tad below market average.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Co-workers, but Upper management doesn't really care about it's employees.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer II  in  Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer II in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Co-workers in engineering are great. Benefits are average for consulting firm. Great place to learn a lot of things. Pays pretty well.

    Cons

    Management doesn't offer raises with promotions. Management doesn't really care about work/life balance more of slave drivers to get the work done. A lot of overtime required on certain projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider showing more appreciation to employees for all the hard work they accomplish

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good past, not so rosy future.

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

    I have been working at Chicago Bridge & Iron full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Was a very tight knit IT group that consistently delivered results on nearly impossible timelines/budget.

    Cons

    The amount of work was at times overwhelming with requirements to work nights, weekends, holidays, away from home, etc.. However, when the deliverables were met, and they usually were, the euphoria was unequaled in my professional experience.

    The upcoming forced move to Texas will cost 80% or more of the historical base of IT, and will cause tremendous chaos in the next 12-24 months. Combine that with the currently all time highs in backlog work, and I fear some projects will suffer.

    It is a vicious cycle when your future work is partially based on general perception of your ability to complete the job. One major misstep can affect your prospects for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The idea to centralize IT to The Woodlands is causing loss of personnel and historical knowledge. This introduces a huge risk to the environment that is required for the business to work. I feel that if CB&I has issues going forward with IT, this move will be the point where CB&I "jumped the shark".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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