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Be wary of OG&C management

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

I have been working at Bechtel

Pros

Benefits package is comparable and in many cases better than their direct competitors.
Career advancement is possible if you can move and you are on the "list."
Bechtel has a diverse portfolio and is very risk adverse, which is good if you are looking for a conservative company to work for with lots of possible opportunities.

Cons

Bechtel is an old conservative, large and complex company, so experiences can vary greatly across the organization. Bechtel's work load is diverse and lumpy, so the stability of your career is based on your ability to move around or a willingness to sit at the house before the next project gets started. When Bechtel cuts and runs, they really do cut and run, doesn't matter what they may have told you at your appraisal review or in the staff meeting, if you aren't high up enough on the reduction in force list, which you might not know, you will get cut.

Based on what I know, if you are looking to work at Bechtel and you need an environment that is nuturing and supportive, don't work in the OG&C division, the current managers are myopic, disconnected and driven by financial results only, as most of them are the shareholders or receive financial incentives for performance which is usually geared towards making more money (aka greedy). This can even get out into the field in, although the field assignments tend to be better as the managers are in it with the workers and working to a single goal of building a plant or facility.

The functional managers are hit or miss, some of them are great leaders, some of them are just horrible, I mean they make you want to just not get out of bed in the morning.

Just watch your back, don't believe the hype, get it in writing. If you are a Generation Xer looking for career advancement, this isn't the place for you unless you are ok with waiting a while to advance your career as the baby boomers aren't going anywhere until their retirement accounts recover from recent poor performance.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Things aren't as bad as they have been in the past with regards to employee engagement, so keep on working the issues you are working on, wish you would expand those efforts to the middle grade pool of workers not on your hipot lists. Making sure you continue to push these efforts to the rest of the world population at Bechtel.

Hold your management at all levels to task, if they aren't taking care of your most precious resource, your people, then remove them from that role.

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    Bechtel Power Quick Review

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    Current Employee - Project Planner/Scheduler in Frederick, MD
    Current Employee - Project Planner/Scheduler in Frederick, MD

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Interesting work. Various kinds of positions and not all that difficult to try out new things. Salary is good. People are great. Opportunity is good. Overall I have been happy.

    Cons

    Moving up in the company can be slow.
    Field work is pretty much required if you plan on advancing. If you are not willing to relocate, advancement can be difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing a good job of managing their people. There needs to be a rotational program for young people.

    Recommends
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    Felt like the movie "Office Space"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Richland, WA

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    -Awesome work/life benefits (Most employees get at least 4 weeks PTO regardless of length of service; some projects offer option to purchase an additional week of PTO to total 5 weeks)
    -Excellent training opportuntities
    -Open door policy with leads and most managers
    -Great mentoring program
    -International travel opportunities
    -9/80 work schedule in town. This means we work Monday thru Thursday 7am to 430pm. Every other Friday is a day off. Working Fridays at 7am to 330pm. It rocks!
    Out of the construction site the schedule is Mon thru Thursday 630a to 5pm. Fridays off.
    -Projects all over the world. There was a minor layoff last year on our project and several people were placed on different projects. Bechtel is also diversified and involved in many industries - so if one sector goes south, there are other opportunities.

    Cons

    -OLD SCHOOL mentality (no flex time, military style mgmt, big time generational gaps)
    -Encourages "questioning attitude" but when you exhibit questioning attitude, you are put down and mgmt retaliates.
    -Very high turnover due to disatisfaction with mgmt. Yet mgmt continues with crappy practices. The problems not addressed.
    -Have to get overtime approved in advance. Sometime unforeseen circumstances cause OT and then you don't get the OT because it wasn't approved in advance.
    -Extremely UNFLEXIBLE mgmt. They do not allow deviation from the set schedule of 7am to 430pm. If you are just one minute late, some mangers really come unglued. One mgr does a "walkaround" at 7:02am to see who is at their desks and takes roll. Hello we aren't 5 years old. However, if you stay 1-2 hours late, no one notices or says thank you.
    -Babysitting environment = very rule and procedure oriented
    -Cronyism. Good ol "boys" club and heavy politics govern promotion rather than hard work or compentency. One person keeps getting promoted over and over and over and no one understands why. They are very incompetent, lose documents, forget deadlines, puts people down. Whenever they are in charge of a department...turnover goes through the roof. YET they keep getting promoted. Many HR complaints have been logged against them but they keep getting promoted.
    -Slackers seem to get away with chronic lateness, long lunches, and not pulling their weight...and get rewarded with promotions and praise. The hard workers are harassed and bullied out of their jobs. Many hard working competent people have left because of this!
    -Published company policies and procedures are applied in an inconsistent and variable manner
    -The company pigeon-holes you into where they think you fit instead of where you want to go
    -Lots of promised opportunities that don't come to fruition.
    -LOW LOW LOW LOW LOW LOW MORALE

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that flexibility and choices make employees happy and more productive; not control and military-style leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
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