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KBR Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
386 Reviews
3.6
386 Reviews
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KBR Chairman, President & CEO Bill Utt
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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.  

    C.M.C. Project"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBR

    Pros

    Good Company" Very rewarding experience working with people of different nationalities. Had a good tour with them.
    Also you got enrolled in their ESOP employee stock option.

    Cons

    Project ended" No where to go with Parsons outside Iraq.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bid on more Middle East Projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Part Time Merchandiser

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Part Time Merchandiser

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    You will need to be a self-starter in this position, capable of seeing a problem and solving it on your own. You'll most likely never see anyone other than the Territory Manager and then only by "accident" as the super routes do not allow one on one assistance. The pay is great for a part-time position, one of the best.

    Cons

    Be prepared for no benefits, no assistance, no holiday pay (that's because you'll already be working them for straight time). Be prepared for a massive hour cut in the last quarter to make up for the over-spending in the preceding quarters. Be prepared to work your tail off on force outs so that upper management can hit their numbers and gather up their bonus. Be prepared to be the fall guy for any errors even if you are on your day off. Be prepared to "train" new managers beginning with merchandising 101 because any QUALIFIED manager won't be working for this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Giving advice to management is a solid waste of time and effort. They treat their TM's like dirt, talk to them like they're idiots and the only constant is their jobs being in jeopardy if they don't hit unrealistic numbers. If you want to keep good and talented managers I would suggest you stop all the lying and that's got to be from the top down. Be honest with these guys and gals. In 8 years I've witnessed first hand your lack of empathy to your employees and the end result of your bullying tactics has been losing some of the best talent around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Company good for long term stability but slow growth for employees

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    • 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 have been working with KBR since 1991

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    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Crossett, AR
    Former Employee - Warehouseman in Crossett, AR

    I worked at KBR

    Pros

    Pay is good and there is a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    There is opportunities for promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

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

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    • 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
  7.  

    Average company to work for

    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBR

    Pros

    Friendly environment, straightforward work responsibilities

    Cons

    Long work days and no compensation, double standards in pay for man to woman ratio

  8.  

    Senior Professional

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Okay to work, nothing special

    Cons

    People with too many years in one company with no space for new guys

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow new guys to higher positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Experience over seas in the Middle East

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    • 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.  

    Accountant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    Flex time scheduling - working a 9/80 schedule with every other Friday off

    Cons

    Unbelievable favortism, lack of training, hard to get promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trains managers better, take care of ALL your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Grateful for the Meat Grinder

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    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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