Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
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  1. Great company to work for I learned a lot as an intern.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation as an intern (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great experience, amazing intern program. You get to see a lot of different projects and see all the differences.

    Cons

    A lot of employees do not seem happy there. Seem to hide a lot of benefit secrets.

    Advice to Management

    Do not promise stock after 5 years, because most say you will never actually get it.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Stress and long hours far outweigh the opportunities Kiewit offers.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    You will be given as much as you can handle and more, if you work hard and try your best chances are you'll get noticed. They're are numerous opportunities to move around in the company and expect to do this multiple times. The job security is top notch and the benefits are pretty decent as well. Company matches up to 6% to your 401K account. Overall if you can handle the hours and multi tasking you can make it in the long run.

    Cons

    To many tasks will burn you out, guidance is lacking as this is very much a sink or swim company. They place people in positions that require more experience than what they have been exposed to, therefore stressing the individual out. They will require you to work weekends so if you're married I hope your spouse is ok with not seeing you/raising the kids alone. Divorce is common and it appears as though some people are burned out/unhappy with their current role. The KBG West area has seen a lot of turnover recently as well. Work/Life balance will be hit or miss but if you have the luxury of being placed on a job with an accelerated schedule have fun working 70+ per week. Compensation is lacking in regards to the amount of hours you work. This is a spot on "good ole boys" company as well but that's nothing new in corporate America.

    Advice: Get a few years of experience and take that experience elsewhere. The stock program that they dangle in your face isn't worth it in the long run. Go to another company that will treat you better.

    Advice to Management

    Train your employee's for long term success, don't just throw them out on a multi-million dollar job and expect them succeed. Also there needs to be a mentorship program on all jobs so those with less experience can gain confidence in scopes of work they've never done before.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Learn as much as you can and get out

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer III in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer III in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will not find a better learning opportunity at any other company right out of school. They will give you as much responsibility as you can handle and then some. Take advantage of the training and safety program. At Kiewit you learn how to do things the right way and not take short cuts. Your co workers will become your best friends and at least when you are working until 1AM everyone else on the project is still there. Once you move on like most the people you work with and go to other companies you will be so much further along than everyone else at your new company. The safety program at Kiewit is top notch and is something that will always stay with you. Even after working for 3 years and 100 hour weeks I will never regret working at Kiewit.

    Cons

    There is no reason for anyone to stay at Kiewit for more than 3-5 years. The pay is towards to the bottom of the industry for the hours and BS you have to do to get you job done. Once you have those years of experience working at Kiewit go start looking at other companies. Typically former Kiewit employees are top performers at other companies once they leave. So start looking for another job and enjoy the 20 -30k pay bump and work life balance improvement once you move.

    Advice to Management

    Put the company profit back to where the money came from. The guys in the field that are breaking their back making Omaha money should be rewarded for their work. Get rid of the insane amount of overhead and dead weight and get back to what made Kiewit a great construction company. Find a way other than the now crappy stock for people to stay. I felt while at Kiewit that that management understood this as issue but I seriously don't know if they can fix it. I was fortunate to learn from some of the best long time Supers & PM's at Kiewit. As these guys retire, quit, or die from stress there will be big issues for Kiewit.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Opportunities abound for the willing and able.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Highly respected company with many opportunities for those willing to seize them. Smart and talented people are rewarded with responsibility and good pay.

    Cons

    Kiewit is a machine powered by complicated systems and paperwork. Be prepared to wear many hats - Engineer, accountant, manager, laborer, janitor, and computer technician to name a few.

    Advice to Management

    People are your biggest and only true asset. All of the systems in the world are useless without people to run them.

  6. Helpful (4)

    No Specific Role in the company

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    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Field Engineer in Denver, CO

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great experience and opportunities getting to work on huge projects and dealing with expensive operations. Got to see a little bit of everything from office work and estimating to field operations.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off. I was moved around monthly from the day I got there. I was basically used to catch certain parts of the job to where they needed to be and once caught up I was tossed away.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire someone make sure you actually need them instead of having someone move across the country to get laid off 6 months later. Employees don't really matter as much as the stock holders shares.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Ended up in a dead end position, with no true support after giving all I had to give until I couldn't handle it anymore.

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    Former Employee - Job Superintendent in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Job Superintendent in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Great experience if given the opportunity to be part of the large scale projects Kiewit is known for.

    Cons

    Safety is preached, but definitely not followed when managers are involved. Kiewit's way of neglecting their stated commitment to their employees. Older, experienced but non-educated employees eventually sent to the glue factory, so to speak!!!

    Advice to Management

    Some people are too proud to ask for help afraid to appear weak, so spend a little time to notice when there is a problem, more importantly, step in to help!!!

  8. Engineer Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer Intern in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer Intern in Denver, CO

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great company to learn with. You are treated as a full-time engineer and are responsible for the same tasks as the other engineers. You also get to work on large and important projects.

    Cons

    There are long hours which can be demanding, however, the work experience was definitely worth it.

  9. You'll be glad you joined, if you can get past the first years as an engineer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Great Experience. Well developed training and career advancement, Dedicated employees, superb benefits. Kiewit does it better than anyone. Being privately owned they answer only to the employee stock holders, not the public. No other organization even comes close. They are recognized the world over and nothing but praise is offered.

    Cons

    For your first few years (or maybe longer) get ready to put in the hours. Everyone did it, just get in, get it done, and hopefully get out of the trenches and into the office.
    Pay may not always be the best starting off, but after 10-20 years you'll be glad you hung in there. the 401K match and stock program take time to build up.

    Advice to Management

    Your doing everything right, but pay need to be increased. Not everyone is a stock holder, and even then, the pay could be better. The profits are definitely there to provide the bump.

  10. Field operations manager for the central district

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Structure Foreman in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Structure Foreman in Denver, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Overall compensation was very well presented and seemed fair for the work described. Company equipment was high quality and well maintained.

    Cons

    Hours became excessive and compensation did not account for 80 hours a week. Team gave assignments based on favoritism.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Set your limits and believe the other reviews it mostly all true

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent safety culture when it comes to self performed work, Kiewit has a long history of success, you will learn a lot in a short period of time because the amount of work hours you will put in will teach you a lot. Great internship program that pays very well and interns will get more perks than most employees (just be aware most of the perks go away when you go full time). You will move up in the company as long as you have the years of service. Very stable company and it is almost imposible to get fired or laid off, because the company is very afraid of letting people go. Having 2 or 3+ years at Kiewit on your resume gives you instant credibility, and other companies like hiring former Kiewit employees.

    Cons

    After 4 years at the company I have heard just about everyone say the work-life balance is bad, and that is because it is bad. You will be able to take on as much responsibility as possible and they will let you but be aware as you take on new responsibilities you are generally still responsible for your current responsibilities (it just keeps adding up). Most low margin jobs will be understaffed so set your work limits or you will be working 6 or 7 days a week and will easily hit 80-100 hours a week when the jobsite has issues. Do not expect to make more than $7 to $15 an hour out of college when you calculate your salary to hours worked. It is very possible you will make more as an intern that a full time employee with a college degree.

    I heard the 2012 year for stock holders was the worst in company history, so know it seems times could be rough for the company in the near term (KieCore has been blamed but the corporate overhead is out of control).

    Advice to Management

    Reward the top performers (that do 80% of the work) and weed out the bottom performers (that do 20% of the work). When an estimate is blown at the begining and you make cuts by understaffing the job it is very likely to be even less profitable than it would be if staffed properly from the start. Many people will get discouraged as they relize becoming a stock holder now takes 5-10 years in some districts vs 3-5 in other districts. As more and more construction companies start paying salaried emplyees overtime, there needs to be a plan to not lose good employees to those companies or start paying overtime at a fair rate.

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