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Current Employee - Estimator in Vancouver, WA
Current Employee - Estimator in Vancouver, WA

I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (less than an year)

Pros

All the resources you need are at your finger tips when you work for Kiewit. Everyone is willing to share ideas and help each other succeed. The work is interesting and satisfying. They pay pretty well.

Cons

Unfortunately, when I worked for Kiewit the economy was at the bottom of the downturn. Kiewit was a standstill in their estimating department, which was where I was placed. Us interns did not have any substantial to do.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for new graduates.

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    Former Employee - Project Business Manager
    Former Employee - Project Business Manager

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You're given a lot of responsibilities early in your career, and there's a reasonable amount of upward mobility. Positions are fairly autonomous. You get to be a part of really unique and challenging projects that you can be proud of. The pay is good (although Business Management makes substantially less than all other positions). 401K and benefits package is very good.

    Cons

    1. Work/Life balance is poor. There exists the old school mentality that you need to work 70 hours per week "because that's just how we do it". Getting your work done early is not rewarded with better work/life balance - you are just given more work, so there's little incentive to be efficient.

    2. Starting pay is good, and there are raises given (in my experience) on an annual basis. However, if you are good, you will be given more and more responsibility but not an equitable increase in salary. It's very important to negotiate the best salary you can when you get hired, because it's very hard to get an adjustment to your salary based on increased responsibility and/or merit.

    3. Pay scale is inequitable across areas/districts/companies. Two engineers with the same experience can differ by $10K, depending on which area they work for (even aside from the times where cost-of-living adjustments are made). This is not a problem unless multiple areas form a JV project, which they often do, in which case a real sense of inequity exists and can be problematic.

    4. Lots of unilateral decisions are made regarding your future without your knowledge. You don't know what will happen until they tell you you'll have to move within a week. Part of this is the nature of the industry, but a large part of it is poor communication, and it tells employees that they are just commodities who shouldn't have any say in their future. It's a great company for young people between the ages of 22-30.

    5. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define roles and expectations more clearly. If expectations are exceeded, reward the employee. The annual review process is a good thing, but what good is it to be a "high potential, high performance" employee, when you're given the same raise as everyone else?

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor overall experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    1) Onsite work, 2) Worked on meaningful projects, 3) Interns got hourly overtime pay

    Cons

    1) Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to take a hard look at employee satisfaction if they are going to reduce high turnover rates

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