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KBR Reviews in Iraq

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
383 Reviews
3.6
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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.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Always stay committed to dignity and respects toward all employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Overseas Contractual agreement"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Property Specialist in Tikrīt (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Property Specialist in Tikrīt (Iraq)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
  3.  

    Over promise and under bid

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - CAD Designer in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Balad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Manager in Balad (Iraq)

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

    Pros

    Very Diverse mulitible locations around the world

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Adverse work zones

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very Satisfied

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Securiry in Ar Ramādī (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Securiry in Ar Ramādī (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good treatment of employees, Respect on all levels regardless national, cultural ...

    Cons

    Company stay in contact with me, and offer me new job openings

  8.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Baghdad (Iraq)

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

    Pros

    Pay is competitive; promotion opportunities are available for those who reach for it. Many networking opportunities for those looking to work for other contractors. .

    Cons

    Lack of mature leadership is the weak link and the good old boy network is alive and well. Some are promoted because of who they know and others couldn't make a decision even it was written on a piece paper for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people who can lead instead of those who walk on the backs of others because of greed. Do a better job of screening and hiring potential employees; verifying the information on résumés.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The positions I held with this company opened a lot of opportunities for me in employment thereafter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Operations Coordinator in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working overseas provided the best compensation and benefits compared to other contractors in the area.

    Cons

    Unprofessional management of personnel stifled those who were promotion-worthy,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to perform more thorough background checks to facilitate certain management positions, in order to deem candidates qualified for the job.

    Recommends
  10.  

    LOGCAP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary for overseas was good, especially as the Iraq war ended. Free travel back home for vacations.

    Cons

    No personal growth what so ever. The manager's had their own agenda and didn't care about the people, they could always get another "body" to fill the position. The hours are long (84 hr/wk), but what else is there to go in Iraq, can't go to the club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better advancement opportunities.
    Need Management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Clicks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Balad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Balad (Iraq)

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    LOGCAP III salary, opportunity to meet people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Most people you work with are nice.

    Cons

    You have to suck up to managers to get a promotion. Promotions are not based on eligibility or knowledge, they are based on who you are friends with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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