KBR Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
364 Reviews
3.8
364 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Company value, employee mentoring focus, outstanding work/life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Good work environment; 401K benefits are reasonable; good work/lie balance can do 9/80 (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Management follows a good old boy system of hiring and promotion practices (in 7 reviews)

  • There are long hours and quite a bit of micro managing by supervision (in 10 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontract Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The working and environment and the staff are very friendly

    Cons

    It gets to be very challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see more projects award to KBR.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Marine Technical Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Marine Technical Professional in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working in Granherne, a subsidary, allows for a wide variety of interesting work. We have a wide range of projects to work on from very early stages of an oil and gas development to detail engineering

    Cons

    It is a large Engineering company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Every EPC profession should work here once - Great work procedures

    Cons

    none that i know of

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Professional in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Company value, employee mentoring focus, outstanding work/life balance

    Cons

    In the 7 months I have been with this company I can say NONE.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Training Ground not a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time

    Pros

    Young engineers get the chance to work on major project designs and implementations within their discipline. There are decent mentors in some groups. Employees can put international company experience on their CV.

    Cons

    No long term future for moving up. The company is stacked with senior engineers which limits the abaility of new employees to move into more challenging roles. There are long hours and quite a bit of micro managing by supervision. There is not a good work life balance and many managers are clock watchers. Company seems to be going the wrong direction, so the long term future is questionable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pretty relaxed and comfortable work environment.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Professional - Structural in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Professional - Structural in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment, nice people, reasonable salary, paid overtime, downtown location, challenging projects, travel opportunities.

    Cons

    Not really to many that I can think of, PPR can be a little annoying, and the red tape can get in the way at times, but patience is a virtue.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take one more risk and win those big jobs!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    In my experience, KBR is the best in what they do, and I have been very proud to represent them.

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    Current Employee - Business Segment Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Segment Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Safety is their #1 priority. As an engineering, construction, and services company, they "get it" and walk-the-talk. Leadership takes care of their employees, and do their best to provide opportunities for those who are loyal and stick with them. I sincerely feel they are the best at what they do. i have found them to be a company who values and displays high integrity, delivers top quality, on time, and in a safe environment in all circumstances.

    Cons

    Thier business is project based, so while long-term employement cannot be a guarantee, they remember their dedicated and loyal employees, and call them back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those who do the work and own their AROs.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Working experience

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    Current Employee - Technical Professional Leader - Mechanical in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Professional Leader - Mechanical in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job security, plenty of work

    Cons

    A little bti stress to deal with daily work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to be realistic on schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Company, Excellent Workplace, Nice place to work if you are looking for opportunities abroad.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontracts Administrator in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The workplace is nice, I made very good and true friends there. I had a chance to work for them in different countries and this is good for improving the experience.

    Cons

    The salary is OK comparing to the market. There are no bonus, just the regular and basic benefits. The Human Resources is not supportive when you need them most. If you are an Engineer or in Management the treatment is totally different. No equal opportunities, if you are a woman, good luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was always looking for additional training outside the company during the time I spent there but I did not have any opportunity and motivation from Management. I was the one motivating myself.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    G&I: Dumb and Dumber meets Gomer Pyle

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I'm sure there are many good reasons to work for KBR, but you will need to work for another division to experience it.

    Cons

    This is merely one division of KBR and what a doozy. If you are ex-military or a blood relative of an employee, you'll do great. If not, pass. You can do better working for a competitor if this is really the type of work you want to do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire business analysts to come in and do a thorough examination of your business and hiring practices. Better yet, outsource your hiring since nepotism couldn't occur if someone from the outside hired your "cousin Jimmy". Are these words from a disgruntled ex-employee? No, I loved 7 of my 8 years. But I had to fight against the popular vote many, many times to take an ethical stand against what was occurring.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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