KBR Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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KBR Chairman, President & CEO Bill Utt
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Pros
  • Work/life balance were excellent here (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. Process Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Process Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Process Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place to work downtown Houston. People are nice and the benefits are good- was better with Halliburton.

    Cons

    Recent changes in the top management have caused confusion within the organization and has resulted in increasing the overheads and loss of projects.

    Advice to Management

    There are a lot of silos still within the organization with duplication. Organization needs to be more streamlined.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Administrative Position

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    9/80 Schedule, good benefits, casual working environment.

    Cons

    No notice of impending layoffs. When management decides to cut employees, HR discretely comes in with a stack of red folders with a list of employees on their hit list. Management asks to meet with you along with HR to advise your position is being terminated that day. I worked for KBR for over 14 years and that's what happened to me. Very sad, because it was a great company to work for until management decides you're no longer needed.

    Advice to Management

    With all the reorganization that goes on at KBR, management is unstable; they don't stay around long or are also terminated.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Outside lokking in

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QC Department in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - QC Department in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR (More than 3 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are very good and craftsmen are pretty good.

    Cons

    management has issues with communication and overall objectives. Project managers have to much direct control over managers. Managers have no one to go to about project managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and more consistent. Listen to you managers in the field more. promote from within when able it will better your job site.


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  5. Commercial

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time

    Pros

    Many opportunities for expat assignments.

    Cons

    No long term employee career development.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Working at KBR for 17 years was a great plesure

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Work On Computers in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Work On Computers in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The relationships I encountered over the years.

    Cons

    Really wasn't really any for me, I really enjoyed working there.

    Advice to Management

    If they called me back I would not hesitate to return.


  7. Technical Professional Structural

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Professional Structural in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Professional Structural in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    KBR is a great group with various areas choice

    Cons

    poor monitoring of training employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    Materials Supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement & Materials Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Procurement & Materials Manager in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

    Very good processes and procedures and latest program support available. Professional and focused management team.

    Cons

    Too political in terms of self interest and not looking for the best but merely promoting those that can gain access to the good ole boys network.

    Advice to Management

    Please look at all of the qualifications and not just a diploma. There are workers that do a fantastic job and are deliberately overlooked because their education was OJT and not academic. This is not the American Way... Working hard, being a good employee and accomplishing each task above expectations should count for something. (Shouldn't It?)


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great Company, Good Benefits, Nice team of Senior Engineer and upper management.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor - Structural in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Technical Advisor - Structural in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Team of Person and Management.

    Cons

    Need to focus on more projects and in competitive market

    Advice to Management

    Management is excellent.


  10. A great place for seasoned professionals. Leadership caring. Leadership will not sacrifice employees as first solution.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Mostly talented, dedicated coworkers who believed in teamwork and were enthusiastic about working to a common goal. Leadership loyal to subordinates, and vice versa.

    Cons

    High personnel anxiety brought about by uncertainties in the oil & gas and government contracting areas.

    Advice to Management

    Work on communications between and within business units.


  11. Wonderful support from my manager, director of operations up to the Division VPs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Operations Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I appreciated the multiple business trips a year that were necessary for me to do my job.

    Cons

    It would've been nice to have had jobs available at another location for their loyal employees upon layoffs.



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