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Competitive with Industry Standards... Mostly

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Civil Engineer II  in  Overland Park, KS
Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Overland Park, KS

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

Pros

Some of the benefits.
Flexibility of work hours.

Cons

The benefits are not consistent across the board for all job families. Even though B&V is employee owned, employee's are not eligible for the annual incentive plan (AIP) until they reach a certain job level, unlike the employee owned competition. Many job titles/levels have limited sick leave but others do not.
Business casual work attire is ok, but it would be better if we were allowed to "dress for your day" so those who actually have meeting with management or clients can come in business wear as needed and those of us who never have higher level meetings can come to work and be comfortable.
The technology, work station equipment, and everything else that should make your job easier is always behind.
The Telecom division does not offer the 9/80 schedule and is slow to "roll over" their contract professionals to be core employees.
Professionals are expected to provide their own PPE's that are required beyond a hard hat, ear plugs, a reflective vest, and basic safety glasses (i.e. boots and prescription safety glasses are your out-of-pocket responsibility).
Employee-owned, but you only get the perks if you are at or above a certain job level.
They are slow to adjust your job title when you reach experience milestones (like obtaining your P.E. license or after so many years on the job). Which in turn affects your eligibility for the AIP.
The performance review process is a joke. You pick who you solicit feedback from, so of course everyone will pick friends who will give them a good review. Then, to top it off, no matter what anyone says about you or how well you do the work, it's virtually impossible to receive a "1" rating (out of 3). It's more about who you know. This makes it hard for people to want to be the best they can be since they will never be rewarded for their hard work at the end of the year. It's like B&V strives for being... mediocre.
The Telecom division department heads do not allow uncompensated personal time unless there are extreme conditions and you have already used your vacation time, even if the work load at the time is slow.
You are expected to train yourself.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Do not say we are "competitive with industry standards" unless you are willing to back up that claim with specific examples about where we stand vs. what our competition offers.
Show some goodwill and at least make a counter offer to the stellar employees who are leaving for other companies. We've lost several key team members who would have stayed if B&V had actually been "competitive with industry standards."
Take the time and make resources available to actually invest in training both new and experienced professionals.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    The Institution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Good place to work if your in IT or an engineer....only

    Cons

    It's referred for years/decades as the Institution for a reason. They encourage you to think "out side the box" but DON'T YOU DARE! Walk the line like everyone else does and smile. Horrible place to work if you have a brain and decide to use it. A good place to start and have on your resume but don't stay too long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace change, it's NOT a bad thing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great corporate multicultural work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator/Construction Manager  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Estimator/Construction Manager in Overland Park, KS

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Best diversified professional workforce in this global EPC corporation. Lots of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    No parking garage in HQ building.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revamp the Oil, Gas & Chemicals department and pursue more EPC projects in the Gulf of Mexico market.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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