Kiewit Corporation Reviews

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Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock
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Pros
  • Lots of opportunity to move around and learn different areas of construction/contracting (in 17 reviews)

  • Smart and talented people are rewarded with responsibility and good pay (in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off (in 59 reviews)

  • Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish (in 52 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time

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

    Pros

    You can shirk responsibility and blame others for mistakes without manning up to your own lack of ownership

    Cons

    Lack of leadership through out, where most treat work like a fraterity party and alcohol abuse us rampant

    Advice to Management

    Watch the flock and bring the hammer down when and where necessary

  2. Helpful (1)

    Kiewit is big on promises, but after working you into loosing skills, delivers nothing unless you're a good o'l boy.

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    Former Employee - Technician
    Former Employee - Technician

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

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work here, is getting your foot in the door with a large corporation if you are new to the industry, learning engineering they don't teach you in schools and bailing the moment a better opportunity comes along.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled though, from day one, learn all you can and start looking to jump ship, don't drink the kook-aid. I came with the expectation I was taking a management job and got the title of Tech. I was promised a raise equal to the year of experience i had, and that never happened. Just a usual 3% raise. Considering I was working 15 hours a day at time, I was usually the first there and last to leave. Given a job not related to my skill set and zero training, other than Safari online. A foundation based on doing things with the least possible cost, using equipment long overdue to be replace, fiber optics covered in dirt and dust and begging for tools, winging it with scraps I put together for troubleshooting, I can only imagine they lost more than that quarter of a million in wasted equipment bought on a side deal over a game of golf.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone, don't disappoint from day one, a position immediately to one of a new recruite as a matter of politics. Your IT people matter too, though after years you never valued them or offered field people training. They need a work life balance, were still thinking about work when we go home, so why not let us. 10 -15 hours a day with the 3% raise the norm, no training for field personal, with the exception of maybe safari books online. A distaste for the group as it would seem we don't know what were doing because we have no budget to do things right the first time. I watched as you wasted lots of money and then make it work, time and again, telling you what needed to be done, only to be pushed back on the way the salesmen screwed you so I had better make it work. Having to work with a group that was so miserable, I enjoyed being outdoors all day, outside of the office, where management and the former management sat the majority of the day, shuffling emails. If you had done it right, you would have needed half the personal you had. Give the tools needed to the people who need them. You have lots of heavy equipment to get the job done, imagine if you had the right tech tools and training in order to make applications and networks that worked.

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lies, Lies and more Liars

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    Former Employee - Handover/Turnover
    Former Employee - Handover/Turnover

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

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

    Pros

    A few good people with more than 2 years experience with Kiewit. .

    Cons

    Poor management. Poor project panning. Lots of public humiliation for stupid stuff. If you hear anything from HR it is a lie. Manipulative, sneaky, and unethical leadership in the ranks. Ethnic discrimination. Paid rent on the 1st, was told I'm to be at a new job site over 2,000 miles away in 3 days. Would not cover forfeited security deposit nor pay to move my wife. Knowingly doing work wrong so they can charge the customer to fix things "done to plans" No quality review of plans for constructability conflicts.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people. The are what makes the work happen - not the project manager, not the project sponsor. Beware of strong family bias for each other and sub contractors who are really Kiewit Employee shell companies.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Spare yourself a lot of stress and do not work for Kiewit!

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Edmonton, AB (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Some great people to work with, benefits and RRSP matching contributions.

    Cons

    Compensation is disjointed, women get paid less than men and new hires get hired on at a higher rate than current hires. Don't expect real raises and look happy when you get your 2% increase. Depending on which district you work with you may get paid less than others doing the same job in Canada with another district. There is no organization, turnover is horrible. One district has had turnover more than the entire amount of people the district employees in less than five years.

    Do not expect to be promoted if you are good at your job. You will just get pigeonholed doing the same thing even when you ask to be transferred to another department you want to go to. Told no you need to stay where you when you ask your supervisor on a project, then try to ask your district supervisor and told no as well. It became obvious no one cared what was in your best interest.

    Depending on district you may or may not have to move to remote places. They will pay for you to move but it causes conflict when you work on a job with multiple districts and some staff moved and others did not and fly home.

    Management at the job level is terrible at communication. There is not enough buy in by senior management in helping office people get information from the engineers unless your job is losing money. Oh which leads into if you work in the office and are not an engineer you are totally disposable. You do not "make money" but cost money and your job is not respected at all.

    The company recognizes it has a serious retention problem and sends out surveys at least once a year but things do not change. They don't listen or seem to care.

    Expect to work a lot of hours. 10.5 is normal but you expected to work as many hours as necessary to get your work done, but it is almost impossible to get all your work done as when you get to catch up they load more on you. Work life balance is a joke. I had a lot of vacation time accrued and I only had one manager actually say that I should take it.

    Also if you expect to be successful you better go out with the managers drinking and kiss up.

    My advice is not to work for this company.

    Advice to Management

    Look at equalizing male-female pay because it is not currently. Maybe make your office people feel like they are not just disposable as they are needed.

  6. Helpful (3)

    Great employees terrible, horrible, management.

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    Former Employee - Procurement in Lenexa, KS
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lenexa, KS

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

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

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Too 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 Management

    It 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.

  7. Helpful (10)

    You May Be A KieEmployee If...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    If you’re a white male, new college graduate, arrogant, sexist, heavy-drinker, willing to move on a moment’s notice, and family life isn’t your priority, then you’re a KieEmployee and you’ll be well-rewarded. KieEmployees get stock via a controversial, mysterious compensation system.
    If you’re willing to work for a KieEmployee, let him take credit for your work while he dangles carrots and promises; flirt with, flatter, drink with, and generally support a KieEmployee while you’re working a ton of extra hours, then you’re a B-Employee: still important to the Kiewit machine, and there are a surprising number of these employees in the organization. You’ll benefit from good healthcare benefits (which you’ll need) and a 10% 401k (which is frequently better than the stock program – 6% match and 4% discretionary company donation).

    Cons

    All others, look elsewhere.
    - Ladies – there are no female senior level managers in the organization. None. Not one on the Board of Directors, not as a District Manager, not as a Division Manager, not as a Corporate Officer… There are some in mid-management roles, mainly because they are good B-Employees (see above). There are so many cases of talented women being overlooked for advancement, or for being selected for advancement based on an ability to flirt, or for being trashed because they aren’t willing to flirt/flatter/drink with/work for KieEmployees.
    - Design Engineers – don’t do it. Kiewit considers design engineers a means to an end, a commodity, and under-values your work. Construction will force you into impossible deadlines, belittle you, bully you, all from a bar stool where way too many decisions are made and opinions are formed.
    - Previously Experienced – Kiewit only believes in Kiewit experience. You may get hired, but you’ll be viewed skeptically, and your previous experience or opinion will not count for much unless they need your name on a new project resume. Also, Kiewit is wildly attracted to young employees and frequently mistakes youthful energy and passion as “the right answer.” You can see this for yourself if you look at the intern reviews on here. Your age and experience will work against you at Kiewit.
    - Any employee other than construction personnel – all business personnel (HR, IT, Accounting, administrative, etc.) should really not consider working in this organization. The compensation for these employees is not competitive, and they are generally treated as the dreaded evil “overhead” and they're always worried about job security.

    Advice to Management

    Seek diversity. There are so many young KieEmployees feeding BS to the manager KieEmployees, fueling damaging misinformation on up the chain of command, that you wouldn’t know that your projects are on fire unless a B-Employee buys you a beer with a bar napkin note under it to tell you.

  8. Helpful (8)

    Overworked and Underpaid

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Benefits, 401K, CO-workers were great

    Cons

    Salary too low, hours too high, no overtime compensation- Upper management (PM and above) completely out of touch and unavailable. Employees are not treated equitably. If you become a pet of a sponsor you'll do well. Poor treatment of females overall including undermining their credibility and raises being half of what men get. Severe lack of integrity. Managers hide (and expect you to hide) safety and quality concerns. Sponsors even ask business managers to hide monetary losses from district management. Very shady if you have morals.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more, give promotions to those who work hard, not long. Face time is ridiculous considering all the technological advancements that you've invested in and implemented. Expecting a "professional" to work more than 50 hours a week for less than $60k/year is ridiculous. Working 80 hours/wk is not okay- for anyone.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Work like a dog, long hours - 7 days a week, no appreciation

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineer in Woodcliff Lake, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    some co-workers, you can sleep on job if you were out late

    Cons

    pay, benefits, management, hours, advancement

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so narrow minded and appreciate your workforce, take a ethics course and then train managers

  10. Helpful (3)

    Didn't live up to the hype... Not even close.

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    Former Employee - Minion in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Minion in Omaha, NE

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

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

    Pros

    Depending on where you are, the job you're on, etc., it can be a very good job.
    If you're one of the area manager's buddies you may get raises and promotions. There are SOME great people in the company with a huge wealth of knowledge.
    401k matching (6% of salary and 4% annual bonus is good), as long as you can actually get a % of vested.

    Cons

    They will lure you in with various stuff like training etc., but at the end of the day only a few people actually get to attend Kiewit's various sequential training schools. If you don't get to attend then your career is held back.
    Unfortunately, there are a few bad apples in the district I was unfortunate to work for than did a pretty crafty job of alienating me from their little clique / group of incompetent buddies. Very borderline EEO issue that could get people in trouble, but done in a way that it's hard to prove.
    Good vacation (3-months) although it's combined with sick. If you're healthy, it's good.
    Don't get roped into the Stockholder handcuff BS. It's not the deal it used to be... Getting it requires a hefty bout of brown-nosing and meeting fairly secretive criteria to be privileged (haha) to let Kiewit offer your a loan to buy their stock and then they own you.
    While a lot of other GC's will give you company vehicle, this is a rare thing in Kiewit unless you're an Area Manager or higher.

    Advice to Management

    Have a serious look at the level of incompetence of some people and get rid of them. Stop screwing your own company our of retaining talent because of company policies / the bottom line.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Engineer II in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Tacoma, WA

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

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

    Pros

    Strong job security, high dollar value pay. Nominally benefits are great.

    Cons

    14+ hour days are a minimum, so is 6+ days a week. Comparatively benefits are terrible and not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the hours, stop having "engineers" do clerk work. Upper and top management say beautiful things, but actions rarely trickle down, if at all, to the benefit of the employee.

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