KBR Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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KBR Chairman, President & CEO Bill Utt
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. Good Place to Work Overall

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

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Stable work environment Good work culture 4/80 Alternative Work Weeks Flexible vacation scheduling with PTO rollover up to 400 hrs Good young professionals organization

    Cons

    Opportunity for professional development sometimes limited by training budgets Flat management structure makes opportunity for promotion few and far between Performance reviews highly subjective and handled inconsistently from one manager to another Hard to move around internally from one department to another as it is easy to be blocked by your current manager Slumping Oil prices have negatively impacted business and they have been cutting a lot of jobs lately

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the professional development of your employees. Salaries and benefits somewhat below what the top companies are offering


  2. Senior technical professional

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KBR

    Pros

    Big company, lots of opportunities

    Cons

    There is no bonus for people not reaching certain levels.


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    A blue-chip, top-tier, technically outstanding firm

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A firm that generally promotes based on results, however - some good-ole-boys club rules apply. Some of the best talent - technically and commercially lay within the company; embedded in pockets that are not easily seen. With a world-class project portfolio and reputation that is held in high regard; KBR is an employer of choice - now that I have a perspective of an "outsider".

    Cons

    KBR has it's share of negative reputation aspects - but what Fortune 500 company doesn't. The biggest flaw is a top-heavy structure that prevents decision making and fact-based choices. Jim Collins in "From Good to Great" had it right - you have to have the right people on the bus; KBR is now paying for that mistake. The old KBR structure made it difficult to leverage one another capabilities and expertise - but again, what firm really exhibits the best collaboration across business streams? The new vision for the corporation looks to leverage that ability.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent. Diversify top-tier management - enable autonomy; balance emotional (gut) decisions with fact-based realistic analytics. The world is changing faster than you can keep up - put the focus in the right area and be true to the world-class, industry-leading core that you're used to. I see KBR having a meteoric rise again.


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  5. Management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, AL

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

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

    Pros

    Good people at the company who are willing to share their knowledge and help people along.

    Cons

    Management used to be good until changes were made to the core management systems, One had does not know what the hand is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Make the right decisions, management style is outdated and does not work any more.


  6. Great company, needs to be agile

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

    I have been working at KBR full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, positive attitude, market scale based pay structure

    Cons

    not agile, unable to retain progressive talent, harly any succession planning. Not a place for career hungry people.

    Advice to Management

    try to find talented people who are being hidden behind politics and give them challenging assignments, else they'll leave


  7. Logistic Admin Assist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Material Administrative Associate in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Material Administrative Associate in Houston, TX

    I worked at KBR (More than a year)

    Pros

    KBR is good management company. KBR Service For US Army and Defense Army. KBR Support US Army Facilities transportation everything in war area.

    Cons

    KBR is worldwide company. Since 2011 KBR company down In Iraq because US Army hand over with Iraqi government and left In iraq

    Advice to Management

    sir/Madam, I want to advice management some point because i have knowledge for a lot off experience for logistic job. if i get this position i can do material receive, Material issue,Material loading and any kind of job in logistics department i am capable to solve for problems and any kind of operation logs department.


  8. Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Instrument Fitter in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Instrument Fitter in Cameron, LA

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

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

    Pros

    They give out safety incentives. Gifts. Lunches bonuses also some training for NCCER CERTIFICATION

    Cons

    They will threaten your job for missing a day. Weather you were sick or needed to take care of personal business

    Advice to Management

    Try to remember where you came from. Sometimes we are treated like robots. No feelings or that the Company cares at all about what we might be going through. It would be a positive for upper management to get envolved in making sure we get our materials ordered. We will work hard if we have what we need to get the job done. We can't build a job on an IOU. OR CREDIT


  9. chef

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chef in Palm Springs, CA
    Current Employee - Chef in Palm Springs, CA

    I have been working at KBR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great place, work..40 to 60 hrs. per week, benefits include vacation, days off with pay...birthday, and one every two months, work force stays to to great percs and bennies.

    Cons

    not too many, not enough time to train, health insurance could be less expensive, kitchen can get very hot at times, scheduling can be better.

    Advice to Management

    More training time to servers including food items and custumer interaction, especially with olden folks who need more time to understand menu.


  10. its a job not much more

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Rigger in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Rigger in Columbia, SC

    I worked at KBR (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    overall safety is good and inforced every second of the work day the pay is good on these projects most of the time and the hours ar good as well training is provided to advance yourself on kbr projects

    Cons

    you hear a lot of people saying all the time of why they will fire you from safety all the way thru forman its like they have no leadership anymore so they use threats of being fired to inforce policy the team effort is lacking on a lot of their projects each craft fights each other a lot and there is a click if you want to stay with the company on the long term basis


  11. Helpful (3)

    Work availability

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KBR

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    They provide NCCER training that is recognized world wide.

    Cons

    Traveling out of town to work is stressful on growing family's.



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