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Helpful (7)

Be prepared to be overworked, under appreciated, and mismanaged while being fed adages of hipocracy.

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Current Employee - IT in Omaha, NE
Current Employee - IT in Omaha, NE

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The most positive part of working at Kiewit is the co-workers. For the most part extremely hard working bright & dedicated people trying to do the right thing for the company and leadership. Decent pay and decent benefits

Cons

Coming to learn that unless you are part of the 'old boy' school and can navigate the cliques and politics you are not going to go far. Learning that just because you're earning Paid Time Off, you're not expected to use it. Just about every poster and company saying is nowhere close to the truth. Their People are not their number one Asset, they are treated like commodities. Safety is number one as long as the job is getting completed quickly. Ethics are only the most important thing when you're standing in front of the room giving a speech or taking the annual 'trainings'.

Advice to Management

I have been with the company over 7 years and keep hoping that change is just around the corner. That the Senior leadership will finally realize that they are the major obstacle to the company being a great place to work.

With over 30 years of professional work experience I have never seen an organization so poorly managed. My co-workers and I often wonder has Kiewit has managed to last 125 years.

 To me, the only answer is that earlier in the life of the organization, the leadership was much more humble and genuine. Which lead to a quality work, strong finances, and an excellent reputation.

So my advice to management? Get off your high horse. You are not entitled to anything and the people that work for you are not disposable. The morale of this organization is crumbling faster than you realize and you are on the cusp of losing what really makes this company great; your employees.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Avoid

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  2. Helpful (10)

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

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