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KBR Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
379 Reviews
3.7
379 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 18 reviews)


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

  • They preached but did not seem overly concerned about a work-life balance (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Experience over seas in the Middle East

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Travel the world. Paid vacation flights every 4 months

    Cons

    Away from your family for several months at a time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I worked in the Project Controls Department of the Government & Infrastructure Division, performing Cost Accountiing

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    Former Employee - Cost Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Cost Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    After 36 years, it was like family. The company was dependable and seemingly progressive.

    Cons

    Too little opportunity for advancement, too much nepotism and favoritism, seemingly some unethical practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have the rank-and-file employees perform annual anonymous performance reviews of their supervisors/managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Grateful for the Meat Grinder

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

    I worked at KBR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    KBR offered me a priceless opportunity to help launch a business unit, which taught me an immense amount and honed my team-building, business acumen, time-management and cross-functional consensus management skills.

    Cons

    The business-unit management created an unnecessarily caustic working environment through micro-management and haranguing that undermined faith among the middle managers and established a pervasive climate of fear among the staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making business decisions based solely on your Short-Term Incentive compensation is understandable, but incongruent with a message of focusing on the long term. Rewarding managers who can squeezing value from staff is understandable, but publicly humiliating those who make mistakes and manipulating those who excel is unnecessary and destroys organizational commitment. For perspective, this behavior is not evident throughout the company, and this business unit may not survive the year as a separate entity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent company to work with.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  8.  

    KBR Review

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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
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    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
  10.  

    Working experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Pretty relaxed and comfortable work environment.

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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

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