Burns & McDonnell

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Great company, lousy benefits.

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

Pros

This company, without a doubt, is the best engineering company I've ever worked at. Great people to work with. Responsible, courteous, dependable.

ESOP is OK. Not a huge selling point for those engineers who live in an area of the country where there are other employment options, such as Houston.

Cons

5+ day work week: all our competitors and clients work some type of alternate work schedule. We work 5+ days a week.

Vacation time is minimal and accrual is sub par. You get one additional day of vacation after the 5th year. Not an extra week like other places. Also senior level folks hire in with the same amount of vacation as junior level.

"Blue" culture: How "blue" are you is the question used to gauge how willing you are to sacrifice everything for the benefit of the company and, since its employee owned, the benefit of your coworker's retirement account. This hard charging culture is a double edged sword. Its great that you really can count on people to work hard and come through, and you do the same. But consistently asking employees to go above and beyond has resulted in burnout.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Beef up the vacation time and throw in every other Friday off and your recruiting woes will be forever solved.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not recommend to anyone I know

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    ESOP program is nice if you stay long enough to benefit from it.

    Some interesting projects if you are in the right department.

    Decent comradery within non-manager employees.

    Overtime is paid at 1x hourly rate.

    Paid yearly license/society membership fees.

    High community involvement and philanthropy.

    Cons

    Cut-throat management system. Will never take responsibility or blame for anything and push it onto their employees. Managers know their power and will belittle you knowing there is nothing you can do about it. There is a huge ‘boys club’ here. Managers will not let you gain experience from projects or groups outside of theirs – you are pigeonholed immediately.

    Hostile work environment – managers will scream at you and make condescending remarks about your abilities. Teacher’s pet colleagues will use anything against you to bring to upper management. You have to be careful of what you say in the office. A lot of whispering occurs so no one else can hear.

    HR is just a smoke screen – they will never back up the employees at the non-management level, so don’t count on their assistance.

    You’re questioned whether you enjoy working there if you’re not in the office by 8am and staying well past 5pm, and a lunch (let alone an hour-long lunch) can rarely be taken.

    Employees are expected to work 40 hours of billable work and then 8 hours of unpaid marketing time every week.

    Too much focus on billable time to the point where it causes rework. Impossible to stay billable if managers are telling you to do things that aren’t for a project that is set up yet. Poor budgeting, so time ends up needing to be donated so the project’s budget stays afloat.

    Ergonomics in the office is terrible (e.g., chairs, mouse, etc.). No one is willing to help if you experience issues or pain.

    Employee review process is a joke, as another review described.

    Pay is absolutely sub-par. Non-engineers are paid well below engineer colleagues. As an example, I got over a 60% raise when going to a new firm (calculate that at any starting level and you’ll see how low they pay). Even though OT is paid (for billable hours once you’ve gone over 40 billed hours already), it’s not worth it.

    Constant, unending and unwelcome advertising of how great the company is. Who are you trying to convince? How ‘blue’ you are depends on how much time you’re willing to donate to the company without compensation.

    No flat expensing rate for using your own cell phone. You have to pro-rate the minutes you used for work and divide by the minutes you used personally. Would come out to like $3 a month, even if you’re in the field all month. Company wants you to pay for things for you to be able to do your job.

    Simply put, it’s a private company with all of a public company’s downsides.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not even going to waste my time with this section.

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

    Stuck in 1980's

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Their are some great people at this company, but most of them are looking to get out.
    Some decent benefits, but their should be more with a company this profitable and large.

    Cons

    This place is absolutely stuck in the past. Seriously, NO FLEX TIME and required to work a 45+ work week. Vacation time is absolutely horrible, especially around the holidays. Who still actually required women to wear PANTY HOSE AND CLOSED TOED SHOES? Men are REQUIRED to wear ties. I mean, seriously, COME ON. No wonder we're losing new recruits.

    Very dry and unwelcoming environment. The pay structure is an absolute joke. They are constantly harassing you about how great the company is...and the ESOP. I don't think many people plan on working or living in the same city for their entire life like the past generation.

    A lot of competition between groups. Only 20% of the workforce is females.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    MODERNIZATION. Let people wear jeans on friday's, flextime, open a daycare, invest more in your people.

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