Kiewit Corporation

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Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 30, 2014
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3.1 302 reviews

78% Approve of the CEO

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

Bruce E. Grewcock

(183 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Kiewit has a great employee evaluation program with lots of opportunities for advancement (in 15 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 55 reviews)

  • Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish (in 47 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    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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    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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    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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    Hurry up and wait!

    Estimator (Current Employee) Vancouver, WA

    ProsAll the resources you need are at your finger tips when you work for Kiewit. Everyone is willing to share ideas and help each other succeed. The work is interesting and satisfying. They pay pretty well.

    ConsUnfortunately, when I worked for Kiewit the economy was at the bottom of the downturn. Kiewit was a standstill in their estimating department, which was where I was placed. Us interns did not have any substantial to do.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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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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    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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    Work life

    Systems Engineer (Former Employee) Omaha, NE

    Prosatmosphere, great people to work with

    ConsWork Life balance is terrible due to lack of proper staffing. Get ready for 60+ hour weeks and get payed under market.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire the correct amount of people to do the job.

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

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    Get unparalleled experience in a very short period of time

    Project Engineer (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsTraining, high quality co-workers, great work experience

    Conswork hours (60-65hrs/week), short notice move letters

    Advice to Senior ManagementCompensate employees better for the hours they work or enforce less work hours.

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

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    Jobs

    Operator (Current Employee) New Orleans, LA

    ProsGood place to work excellent

    ConsNo better place on earth

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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