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Good Benefits, Work Enviornment

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Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Flex Time and 9/80 schedule (every other friday off). Good benefits, 401k matching plan.

Cons

Petty co-worker interaction, old school personalities.

Key to advancing is all about who you know.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Invest in your people and have personable communication and meaningful relationships with employees.

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  1. Extremely technical due to the industry they serve, nuclear power

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Writer in Frederick, MD

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have a number of very gifted engineers who are proficient at a difficult task - building and maintaining nuclear power plants.

    Cons

    Many employees have been there for decades and they form a tight clique, especially when it comes to downsizing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open to new ideas, employees, and ways of doing business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Bechtel: Make it look good on paper

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    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For those who are not as experienced, you are paid for every hour you work.
    You become a creative problem-solver, because it's apart of a job
    Home office / Design engineering roles have far better culture and quality (see good reviews below)

    Cons

    No work life balance
    - Anywhere from 6/10s to 7/12s, 7/14s, some 16 hour days, and always on call even when off
    - no idea when you will move to the next project or when,
    - no pre-planned work schedule
    - they will revoke your approved time off
         - They will fight you on paying for your pre bought tickets

    Poor quality construction practices
    - Management may not know the correct standards or how to achieve quality
     - Complete lack of training and experience of Field engineers and superintendents
     - They have procedures that they red-line and go against industry accepted standards.
     - They go against manufacturer's requirements on equipment then back charge them when equipment no longer runs correctly
     - A favored practice is if no one saw it or documented it, nothing happened even if there's a dent to a turbine, 1" alignment on a fuel line on a fuel line, or chemical spill.

    Employee Opportunities Limited in field
    - If you are "cross disciplined" (ie Mech working as Elec) your skills will not translate over into other companies
    - They will assign you tasks how they seem fit despite your career goals, mentoring, or requests for future improvements
    - No technical training, no accurate reviews, no constructive criticism
    - You are likely to have a new manager or lead every 3 months to 2 years meaning growth will only be see in that time frame
    - People strongly play favorites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at your structure, quality of work, and actual people. There is more correct on paper than what is in the field - some strong talents are being covered up along with some strong mispractices. Schedule, Cost and Quality need to balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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