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Bechtel Houston Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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Pros
  • decent work life balance (in US offices- not projects or overseas) (in 33 reviews)

  • Good PTO, Good Pay, 9-80 Schedule (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack in work life balance for working women (in 43 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, long work hours, too much pressure and no recognition unless you're friends with right people (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Sr. Process Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Bechtel is among the most respected engineering, project management, and construction companies in the world.

    Cons

    I do not have Cons


  2. "Best company for lifelong career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Wiilingness to accept assignments worldwide gives you & your family opportunities for travel, professional growth, financial benefits, and lifelong friends. Bechtel is an extremely family oriented company. Commit to a lifelong career with them and the professional, financial, and personal growth will be astounding. Almost 40 years with them .... best choice ever made.

    Cons

    Truly can not list any !!!


  3. "Purchasing Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Purchasing Specialist in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility and held to a high standard

    Cons

    Lack in work life balance for working women.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to values of the company and help with work life balance by leading by example.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Review of Bechtel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good compensation. Stable company.

    Cons

    Institutional environment. Very large and cumbersome to establish changes to culture.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know personnel that aren't direct reports. I.e. direct reports of direct reports.


  6. "elec"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    people are so nice in this company.

    Cons

    layoff people just like other company


  7. "mid level manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - General Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bechtel is a good place for established professionals that are willing to work hard and do whatever the company needs.

    Cons

    Most offices and teams are very political.


  8. "Excellent company to work for!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Equipment Management Systems Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Equipment Management Systems Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding leadership. Foster employee development

    Cons

    No benefits for 90% of the company unless you are working for corporate. Salaries are adjusted higher so employees can afford their own.

    Advice to Management

    Compensation is still fairly low once an employee gets his own health insurance and puts money aside for retirement.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Electrical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, 4 weeks payed time off, good health insurance, good compensation

    Cons

    During the past several years, following behaviors damaged electrical department:
    - department leadership was self-serving, arrogant, dishonest, heavily biased and engaged in favoritism
    - opportunities were not given based on competency, qualifications or performance but based on personal favoritism
    - no transparency and poor communication in the department
    - no real team work
    - no technical training
    - no work/life balance, long work hours, too much pressure and no recognition unless you're friends with right people


  10. "Marketing and business development"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Intern in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, really amazing pay

    Cons

    I really did not like the strict corporate culture


  11. "material handler"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very safe place to work, chance for advancment. Pay is good , and just all around experience was great opportunity is very accessible

    Cons

    It's alot of favoritism, sometimes great workers get looked over for a family member are a friend, not stable work can get a layoff cause of your crew

    Advice to Management

    Keep an eye on the lowest levels their the ones grinding and risking their life everyday for the least amount of money


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