Kiewit Corporation
3.1 of 5 292 reviews
www.kiewit.com Omaha, NE 5000+ Employees

Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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3.1 292 reviews

                             

77% Approve of the CEO

Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock

Bruce E. Grewcock

(181 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Lots of opportunity to move around and learn different areas of construction/contracting"
    in 10 reviews
  • "401K and benefits package is very good"
    in 19 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off"
    in 52 reviews
  • "Long hours, insufficient pay for work being performed"
    in 44 reviews
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    Great place to learn a lot, but not competitive with pay.

    Craft Superintendent (Current Employee)

    ProsIf your new to the industry, it is a great place to learn a lot. Starting salaries are decent for new college graduates.

    ConsSalary doesn't increase enough with experience and is not competitive wit companies of similar size. Salaries are also not consistent based off job position. Stock option is very elusive, they like to dangle the carrot. Turnover rate of employees is fairly significant.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you want to retain top-talent, try paying competitive wages to your competitors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    12.5 + hour days

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of responsibility and actually felt like you job mattered

    ConsWhat is work life balance? 65+ hour weeks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Two years tops and then move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWill learn a great deal about the industry. Nice perks. Health benefits are top notch.

    ConsZero work-life balance. Favor some people over others. If you break down the hours you work (60+ hours a week) compared to your salaried pay, the pay is terrible. After a year or two, you will get burned out. Never any recognition when doing a good job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Demanding work loads

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits and 401K program is above average

    ConsDon't treat seniors well and demanding o0n work schedule
    If you don't meet demands of work your out

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your seniors better with respect and work life balance
    Stock program is a hook

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience and training

    Job Superintendent (Former Employee)
    Dallas, TX

    ProsHad a great experience learning all aspects of managing a construction project from estimating to close out. Plenty of training in the field and in "classroom" type settings. Competitive pay.

    ConsWorked MANY hours, usually 60+ per week. Travel frequently and often to remote places. Company was very "cliquey". People who went out with managers and had similar tastes often advanced ahead of others, even if they were weaker on the job.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff project appropriately to avoid everyone having to work so many hours. Listen to employees concerns about wanting to work close to home.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company if you're young and willing to move

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompetitive pay, great benefits, being involved with building permanent structures, level of autonomy is great. There are great educational opportunities within the company that help you grow your career.

    ConsMust relocate every couple of years, they don't practice what they preach a lot of the time, many managers to answer to

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more open to your subordinates. They don't like being in the dark.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great employees terrible, horrible, management.

    Procurement (Former Employee)
    Lenexa, KS

    ProsI guess if you were right out of college it would be a good place to work, but as a professional, run, don't walk away from Kiewit. The time to work at Kiewit is when you are 22, and then hope you get to become a shareholder.

    ConsToo many to list. Inexperienced engineers on a combined cycle power plant project, does not lead to good results. Kiewit does not respect engineers, if you are PE go elsewhere, this would explain why their leads are young inexperienced and screw up critical items leading to huge losses. My manager's power plant experience was being in the Navy, not an officer, and being a licensed stock broker, to say he didn't know anything about power plant construction was an understatement, this is prevalent at Kiewit Power, I foresee more massive losses in their future. Apparently the last two years have been very tough on the Kiewit stockholders, and if they continue to drive away experience this will only continue. There is a reason the successful engineering companies have a lot of grey hair around the office--it pays, there' are many things that long hours and desire cannot teach, and you can't learn unless you have the experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be good to have director level employees actually have experience in power generation construction and engineering. More managers in upper level positions need more technical expertise, talking only goes so far until someone need technical expertise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for new graduates.

    Project Business Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsYou're given a lot of responsibilities early in your career, and there's a reasonable amount of upward mobility. Positions are fairly autonomous. You get to be a part of really unique and challenging projects that you can be proud of. The pay is good (although Business Management makes substantially less than all other positions). 401K and benefits package is very good.

    Cons1. Work/Life balance is poor. There exists the old school mentality that you need to work 70 hours per week "because that's just how we do it". Getting your work done early is not rewarded with better work/life balance - you are just given more work, so there's little incentive to be efficient.

    2. Starting pay is good, and there are raises given (in my experience) on an annual basis. However, if you are good, you will be given more and more responsibility but not an equitable increase in salary. It's very important to negotiate the best salary you can when you get hired, because it's very hard to get an adjustment to your salary based on increased responsibility and/or merit.

    3. Pay scale is inequitable across areas/districts/companies. Two engineers with the same experience can differ by $10K, depending on which area they work for (even aside from the times where cost-of-living adjustments are made). This is not a problem unless multiple areas form a JV project, which they often do, in which case a real sense of inequity exists and can be problematic.

    4. Lots of unilateral decisions are made regarding your future without your knowledge. You don't know what will happen until they tell you you'll have to move within a week. Part of this is the nature of the industry, but a large part of it is poor communication, and it tells employees that they are just commodities who shouldn't have any say in their future. It's a great company for young people between the ages of 22-30.

    5. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine roles and expectations more clearly. If expectations are exceeded, reward the employee. The annual review process is a good thing, but what good is it to be a "high potential, high performance" employee, when you're given the same raise as everyone else?

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    Low pay and lack of career path

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    Omaha, NE

    ProsExposure to numerous interesting projects in many different industries across North America
    Good resume builder
    401k match is very good (compensation is below average, however)

    ConsBelow industry average compensation with very poor raise/promotion structure
    Old-school construction attitudes
    Stock Program not the same as it used to be. Have to put up with relocating every few years for your entire career or you wont go anywhere career-wise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries company-wide or Kiewit will continue losing young and bright people...The stock program is not good enough incentive and very over-hyped.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poor overall experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1) Onsite work, 2) Worked on meaningful projects, 3) Interns got hourly overtime pay

    Cons1) Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to take a hard look at employee satisfaction if they are going to reduce high turnover rates

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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