KBR Reviews

Updated April 23, 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. Electrician

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrician in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Electrician in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It was the first company in Kosovoafter the war in Kosovo the first emploiment with American company Help as to bild the life to have good existence to make life easy .

    Cons

    It was good to work with KBR Very good experience for me with U.S.Goverment Company it was helpful Good educations i

    Advice to Management

    My first experienxe with KBR if Was very good Managment it was helpful in all situations.


  2. How bad can it be?

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    Former Contractor - Master Electrician in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - Master Electrician in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Iraq offered good living conditions. The housing was comfortable and the DFAC's served good food. This was the end of conflict there so it was pretty peaceful. money was good.

    Cons

    sand storms, lack of material, the heat in Southern Iraq is nearly unbearable. The worst part was this is where the lunatic management techniques began. Middle managers were overwhelmed with demands by the client. This escalated once the troops began getting electrocuted. These under-skilled, out-of-their-depth buffoons began by blaming the very people which had the wherewithal to repair the problems efficiently. They offered NO boots-on-the-ground support. A strategy should have been used and a plan drawn up with a reasonable timeline. None of this happened

    Advice to Management

    NEVER pencil whip an inspection. Managers by their very nomenclature should guide the work. It is of no use to witch-hunt. The time for recriminations had passed and the middle managers were ineffective due to a total lack of understanding what the true nature of the crisis actually was. Instead of a orderly process they panicked and the hell of LOGCAP middle managers, who by all rights couldn't manage a lemonade stand. This same team made the transition to Fluor and later impregnated IAPws with this obscene level incompetence. Hire smart problem solvers who know the value of their workforce as your managers. The average electrician does NOT need to be told HOW to install the electrical systems. Micro-management would have been the key here. drop the heavy-handed tactics and the needless abuse. Gather your team, explain WHAT the problem is. Be sure your teams are well supported with all necessities, material, labor, correct tools for the job....let the work force do what its name says.


  3. Kind of disappointed with the pay for overseas hazardous duty!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - ROWPU Operations in Balad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - ROWPU Operations in Balad (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR

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

    Pros

    I liked the people I worked with, misery loves company!!! Haha! But seriously did work with a great bunch of guys.

    Cons

    Get used to 16 hour days and lower pay rate than some of the other contracting companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get pay levels equal with other contractors and you may retain more people who know what they are doing.


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  5. Fair

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - MWR Coordinator in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - MWR Coordinator in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary,living conditions,and shortly they will take care of you,if you get hired.

    Cons

    80% of Americans don't respect you if you are not from US.They assume you don't know much or you cant pair to their knowledge,then they get surprised but will still stick to their first opinion.It was frustrating sometimes but got used to it.Btw am from Kosovo.

    Advice to Management

    Work more...


  6. It was an awesome experience, great job.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistic Warehouse Man in Kirkuk (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Logistic Warehouse Man in Kirkuk (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR

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

    Pros

    the pay was good I got to travel to another part of the world.I learn a lot about logistics and the supply chain. Lots of opportunities to learn new job skills up close and personal lots of hands on.

    Cons

    The out processing when it was time for vacation and the in processing coming back from vacation. I was contracting over seas.


  7. For the most part, I enjoyed working for this company.

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    Former Employee - Food Service Lead in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Food Service Lead in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great pay, had a chance to travel and met some wonderful people.

    Cons

    Because this job was in a war zone, there were some harsh and hostile conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Always stay committed to dignity and respects toward all employees.


  8. Overseas Contractual agreement"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Property Specialist in Tikrīt (Iraq)
    Current Contractor - Property Specialist in Tikrīt (Iraq)

    I have been working at KBR as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The experience of working to support the Military on it's logistical needs. Met all kind of people different races, cultures, religions. Compensation was good.

    Cons

    Sadly" it was war and because we were contract, job was secure as long as the military was there. Growth within the company was possible for that geographic area in Iraq as long as there was a war going on. Your promotions were no guarantee future employment with KBR once demobilization was begun and troops started to come home.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advise to management because i am not in the position to offer one as a regular employee'


  9. Over promise and under bid

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I have been working at KBR as a contractor (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    You can get away with a lot

    Cons

    Good ole boy system. Managers violate ethics policies and bully employees to prevent them from reporting. Senior managers may be unaware... & what they don't know, they are not responsible for responding too. very "if it didn't happen on paper, it didn't happen" culture.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing. Use people as tools to your success.


  10. 17 years of experience as Construction Superintendent and CAD Designer in Bosnia, Jordan and Iraq.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - CAD Designer in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - CAD Designer in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

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

    Pros

    Getting new experience in Construction and Engineering areas as also learning new procedures.

    Cons

    There are many challenges but the biggest one is working overseas in hostile environment.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should have in consideration new ideas and solving problems not just from expats but from other nations to. there is so many talented peoples from Third Countries who has so many good solutions for so many problems happening worldwide.


  11. Challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Balad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Manager in Balad (Iraq)

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

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

    Pros

    Very Diverse mulitible locations around the world

    Cons

    Very tough working conditions in a ever changing atmosphere with ever changing leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Adverse work zones



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