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Current Employee - Project Business Manager  in  Omaha, NE
Current Employee - Project Business Manager in Omaha, NE

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Benefits are good (Health, 401k, etc.) and it is a good place to work if you like to move around and see a lot of places.

Cons

They claim to judge people on merit, but clearly don't since those who work the hardest don't get promoted/decent raises. The moving can get tiresome as it is usual to move around every year (or less). The stock program has gone downhill too, only the very senior management continue to get increased amounts of stock as middle level employees lose it.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Acually do what you say, value people as your most important asset.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Other Reviews for Kiewit Corporation

  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    Pleased but never satisfied

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

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great healthcare benefits, PTO (if you can actually use it), 401k. Many opportunities for new challenges, training, and learning something new. Really nice people in the Kansas City office.

    Cons

    It's a good old boys' club, and if you're not a part of it and everything that comes with fraternity life, then your opportunity to fully contribute your talents and expertise to the organization and to important decisions will be dismissed. Everyone is maxed out, stressed out, overworked, exhausted - especially management. Priorities shift every single day, sometimes every single hour, making any headway you made in the 12-hour workday before worthless - feels like chaos. Everyone is given so much more work than could ever be handled in a 55-hour work week (let alone 40 - ha!), setting you up for failure if you're a mere mortal. The only people who seem to have a working home relationship with their spouses are those who have spouses that do not have a professional career, making compensation even more crazy when you factor in that you will have to be a single-family income or end up divorced. If this is considered into your salary calculations, then it's obvious that pay is way underscale.

    This is a very unhealthy organization overall. Employees actually appear physically exhausted when walking into work in the morning. Blame gets tossed around very carelessly, and most employees get boxed into a performance quadrant within six months of starting work from which they will NEVER escape (whether the performance be viewed as good OR bad), especially if one of the good old boys have their say (which they do). The Kiewit culture is a cult. Unprofessionalism and bad behavior is sanctioned and promoted. HR is absolutely no help whatsoever (and in my experience, is an extension of "the fraternity"). Diversity in the Kiewit workforce is NOT the norm nor is it valued or sought out. They actually quote with a straight face Peter Kiewit's motto: "Be pleased but never satisifed." If anyone in this company has ever been pleased or satisfied, I've never been witness to it - it's a pitiful motto that demotivates, frustrates, and is painfully revealing of how out of touch the culture has become with today's workforce.

    Also, there is so much competition in the organization that has made for a splintered, greedy, fractured, and in some cases dishonest group. Home office vs field, district vs district, industrial vs infrastructure, construction vs engineering, department vs department, discipline vs discipline, project vs project, etc. It goes on and on. It would take a few decades to undo the damage done by these "healthy" competitors (Kiewit thinks this internal competition is healthy). Every group claws for stock and bonuses, which is granted via a VERY political, secretive, uneven, non-merit-based distribution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the chaos. Be the big thinkers you need to be, and trust your direct reports to tend to the details. Pay fairly for the work that's expected! And if you really want to be an engineering firm when you grow up, then a lot of changes need to be made that start in the CEO's office. "One Kiewit" is the new motto - expect that this will take behavioral changes that start in the executive offices of Omaha, and that it will take 20 years for it to happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Hard work, long hours, great experience

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great projects, and top quality people. great opportunity to grow and make a ton of money as a stockholder

    Cons

    Long 12+ hour days, with Saturdays and some Sundays. Moving with little notice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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