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KBR Reviews in Houston, TX

Updated February 10, 2015
Updated February 10, 2015
124 Reviews
3.6
124 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.  

    Subcontract Supervisor, Procrement Compliance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Subcontract Supervisor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Subcontract Supervisor in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR

    Pros

    KBR is a great organization with great benefits. The company respects your expertise and allow the employee to work without being micromanaged.

    Cons

    If you are new to Procurement or at an itermediate level, the company works to increase your knowledge and to help you grow and acheive promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rewarding, both professionally and personally. It provides opportunities regardless of your nationality or ethnic background.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    I have learned a lot in process design, calculation and software habilities these have developed an excellent background

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Professional - Process in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Professional - Process in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    I have developed my process skill in the company

    Cons

    None, I am happy working for KBR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NOne

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    A great company to grow and learn from management and tenured colleagues - very knowledgeable in the industry.

    Cons

    Project Based ... Contractor/Services companies can leave feelings of uncertainty.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Middle Management Killing Opportunities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Ips Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Ips Applications Developer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flex work schedule with every other Friday off

    Cons

    Middle management micro management to maintain control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perform 360 reviews on middle managers to understand how they are perceived as leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall okay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are okay. Good people to work with.

    Cons

    No advancement or opportunity. Work balance not so good

    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Company good for long term stability but slow growth for employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Professional in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    KBR is a global brand and top tier Engineering and Construction contractor

    Cons

    Salary not too great but OK

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should give chance to young employees to drive change for future and cut bureaucracy. The yes man culture should end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    I worked in the Project Controls Department of the Government & Infrastructure Division, performing Cost Accountiing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Experience over seas in the Middle East

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  10.  

    Grateful for the Meat Grinder

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  11.  

    Excellent company to work with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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