Black & Veatch

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Beware of B&V Wireless Telecom

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Former Employee - Project Manager in Overland Park, KS
Former Employee - Project Manager in Overland Park, KS

I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Very little. They have decent medical benefits, but not much else.

Cons

Everything!!! B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster. There is a severe lack of decent management in every level of this company, irrespective of any particular division (telecom, water, energy, etc.). Pay levels are generally at the bottom of any industry average, and the company provides very little incentives to stick around. The company tries to hire overqualifed candidates and place them in lower level positions at reduced salaries while still giving them more advanced responsiblities, as they have been taking advantage of the bad economy over the past 5+ years. But this always backfires, as the more qualified employees eventuallly realize their mistake and inevitably quit after a while. No training is provided, and you will immediately get thrown under the bus when things go awry. But since nobody within the company can provide any training (management doesn't even understand the companies own processes or systems), or develop permanent and logical solutions, you'll be left to fend for yourself until you resolve the issues yourself and learn everything yourself as you go along. There are few opportunities for internal advancement, unless you're part of the 'favoritism' crowd. The company culture is obsessed with hiring externally, and only hiring personal contacts, rather than promoting internally from within the company or vetting anyone properly. In other words, you're stuck at whatever job you get hired at, if you're even (un)lucky enough to get hired in the first place. The only way to get promoted is to quit (or threaten to do so), work for a competitor, and wait for B&V to try and hire you back. Favoritism rules, and most of the 'leadership' shuns new ideas. They are stuck doing things the only way they know how (which hasn't worked before), and they only want to hire people they know from previous. Hence the company is stuck in the past and can't progress like most competitive companies. The average age of their engineers is over 50. Since these people aren't going anywhere anytime soon, innovation is more or less frowned upon, and the company-wide culture is against any change whatsoever . Their long term work is questionable as well, as they only have one big client within the telecom group (AT&T), and even with that being said they still can't manage the work effectively. In time even this work will fade away, and BV Telecom will inevitably have to shrink. Unfortunately for BV, their only solution is always to hire more people, since most of the company is bereft of true problem solvers. Sadly, history shows that empire building only has one final outcome, which is sadly the same direction BV is heading in. The rug will get pulled out from under this company in due time (starting with their telecom division), but it's doubtful anyone in any sort of leaderhip role within BV will notice until it's too late. Only work for this company if you need a paycheck. If you already have a decent job, don't even consider working here.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Quit, so more competent people can take your place.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great employer, fair salary, good management, IT needs help

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Consultant in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Employee owned company
    Job security
    Great work life balance (9-80 schedule)
    Fair pay
    Opportunities to learn new skill sets and travel/work abroad
    Values quality and integrity over winning work

    Cons

    The IT really needs help, there are too many internal outdated software tools which reduce efficiency and morale
    Promotions may be slow coming
    Not enough vacation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest to fix the IT problems. Inefficiency hurts everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Professional Company that Rewards and Grows Professionals

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Portland, OR

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A positive attitude and strong work ethic will take someone to the top in a short time. I've personally recieved four promotions in five years. The company is filled with highly analytical people who work strategically for the benefit of the organization. There are lots of training opportunities and advancement possibilities for those who raise their hands. B&V cares about its people and works tirelessly to make sure people are treated ethically and fairly.

    Cons

    B&V, like other engineering company's, is a consulting firm. The drive to offer the best service to it's clients sometimes overshadows people appreciation initiatives. Not that people aren't important, but sometimes we're so busy getting the work done, we forget to celebrate our successes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is conservative, fair, and ethical. However, an open door policy would benefit the organization greatly. Communication makes a difference, and B&V could learn more from not only treating everyone like they are special, but listening to what people have to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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