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It was a good learning experience.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation

Pros

Large company with opportunity to relocate, if wanted.

Cons

There is too much relocation for employees, especially if you have family. Not enough communication with upper management and staff.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Better work life balance is needed.

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great resume builder, poor place for a career unless your one of the select few

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation

    Pros

    - Having Kiewit on your resume is a big plus, I would not have had the opportunities that I have now had I not worked with Kiewit
    - In conjunction with my previous "pro" you get the chance to work on large high profile projects and gain a lot of experience quickly - hence its a great resume builder

    Cons

    - As stated in the review headline the company is a huge popularity contest. It does not matter how hard you work or how good you are at your job if you are not friends with someone in the boardroom you will get the token raise (or the annual insult as many employees call it), no bonus and IF you are a stockholder you will get a token number of shares (sometimes none if someone really has it in for you – it has happened to several of my collegues while I was there so I’m not kidding)
    - In conjunction with the first con, the company is BIG on face time. Employees will stay after work and come in on weekends just to be "seen" so that they are thought of as hard workers - the popularity contest. If you don't put in this face time you are perceived as lazy and everyone else will call you a "part timer" and this of course is not good for your popularity rating.
    - Work / life balance is non existent. In all my years in the field I would say on average I worked 60-70 hrs a week (one project I worked 80+hours an entire summer and almost had my marriage fall apart). If you go home because you want to have a work/life balance then you don't get face time and you are branded a lazy part timer.
    - Endless paperwork, there are so many systems and approvals required to make decision it’s almost like the government. You need to fill out a piece of paper to get approval to fill out another piece and so on - completely counterproductive
    - Ridiculous amounts of busy work, there are times when a manager will fly in to "visit" the project. So then when this happens everyone has to drop everything and help fill 3" binders full of information that the manager will look at for 10mins, tell you everything is messed up and could be better
    - The stock program is a dangled like a carrot in front of all the employees. All of the senior managers will tell you stories of the consistent return on the stock and how one day you can retire with millions. The reality is once you become apart of the program you lose your 401K/RRSP dollar for dollar matching. You then have to use your own money to buy into the program. Once in the program sure you get this magical return on your investment but you actually get offered very few shares while the managers themselves who have many shares just keep getting richer. Every year they add new members at the bottom with a few shares while the managers never retire as the rich keep getting richer. Last time I checked this is the definition of a ponzi scheme. The company is over 125 yrs old so I guess it works but unless you are really popular then don’t count on retiring with the millions they promise. Just all lies from senior management about how lucrative the program really is.
    - Potential for advancement is great if you are one of the select few, doesn't matter if you are incompetent. As long as you put in enough face time to cover that up then you will keep moving up. However due to the stock program the old timers never leave as they just keep getting richer. There is a dearth if qualified middle management as many get there and then can’t move any higher so most of them take their experience and move on elsewhere. Hence there are either new hires or old timers in the company
    - Benefit package is sub-standard, 2 weeks holiday, basic dental only covered 80% etc......There are many better packages out there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Listen to your employees
    - Stop the contradictions – to say the company had record profits and then tell employees that there will be no/minimal raises but all the upper management benefits from a huge stock gain and take home a big bonus is just plain wrong
    - Do what you say you are going to do – many of the programs are just lip service. mentoring, career development program, leadership development, work/life balance. Every year another program gets rolled out and for about 2 months some leg work is done and then there is no follow up
    - Stop lying to employees and treating them like a piece of equipment. If you tell someone they are going to project A to be a superintendent only to have them find out the day before they have to move to another city to be a field engineer on project B.
    - To go hand in hand with above comment, instead of telling people where they are going and what they are going to do, perhaps try talking to the employee and finding out what career path THEY want.......again people are not a piece of equipment to be mobilized where ever at a moments notice

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

    Like stepping back in time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation

    Pros

    Great benefits, competitive pay, good developmental and promotional opportunities, great people, good office work environment, privately held / employee owned.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations, no work/life balance, poor leadership expecially at the senior levels, good-old boy mentality, little respect by construction for engineering, antiquated systems and processes, closed to new ideas, change is VERY slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share the wealth. The company touts being he most profitable construcion company in North America and most profits go to senior management and stockholders. Recognition for going above and beyond is non-existant. Few employees receive bonus and they are pretty small...while managements can be huge. Listen to your employees!!!

    Disapproves of CEO
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