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Great Company But Needs to Strive for More than Mediocrity

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Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III  in  Overland Park, KS
Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS

I have been working at Black & Veatch

Pros

Being a large, global company there are opportunities to work throughout the world. There are ample opportunities to develop a strong career, especially those who remain flexible in the type and geographic location they are willing to work. Also, being a world class engineering firm, you have an opportunity to work on some of hte most challenging and rewarding projects in the world. They types of projects that are recognized throughout the world for their positive impact on the people.

Cons

I am sometimes frustrated with the pace of change at the company. Upper management claims to strive to be one of the best engineering firms in the world yet when it comes to pay and benefits the "industry average" is often quoted for why some benefits are not offered.

The yearly performance evaluation process is frustarting to both managers and the rank-and-file.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Strive to exceed the "industry average" to bring about faster change in the companies culture. Continue your commitment to building Black & Veatch into the best engineering firm in the world.

Recommends
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't plan on retiring at Black & Veatch

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Overland Park, KS

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    The only reason to work at Black & Veatch is that it is a job that you need during down sizing and you get benefits.

    Cons

    Every few years the employee assessment procedure changes and every year managers, who don't know how to write an assessment as well as how to do an assessment are forced to put people in a lower range even if their work is exemplary. Dilbert is based on the Black & Veatch workplace. Get your five years of good experience and then get out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of deadwood middle management who have managed projects badly. Upper management. if you have been around longer than 20 years, leave because you are operating on 70's management principles and have kept Black & Veatch from being recognized as a dynamic company. Think outside of the box to reduce the turnover rate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Black & Veatch a good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Estimator  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Estimator in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    9-80 work schedule, reasonable workloads, diverse project opportunities, great benefits. Also many different geographic locations. Great patience to teach young proffessionals. Decent pay, low degree of backstabbing, and open communication. Great HR support, good industry reputation

    Cons

    Poor morale, too much "dead wood" in many positions creating lack of motivation. Company is too cheap. Even trying to get a stapler can be a challenge. Always claim to lose money. Loe emphasis on emerging markets and technologies, aging office buildings with depressing grey cubicle structure. LAck of company peks and teambuilding activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start clearing out the non productive positions to increase profitability.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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