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Bechtel Marine Propulsion Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  • PED policy (no cell phones in particular allowed on site) (in 14 reviews)

  • Lots and lots of red tape to get anything done (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Interesting Work, Below Average Pay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work with good people.

    Cons

    The pay is below market value. Upper management doesn't like to share details. Work can be slow with all the levels of BS we have to go through.


  2. "Great for Materials, not for SW or Electrical"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    9/80, Flexible work time, no work at home, lots of vacation early on, not challenging work

    Cons

    Not challenging work, expected mandatory overtime, management doesn't care about employees, everyone is just a "body in seat"

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating employees like objects. Employees spend most of their lives there, and you make it miserable and make people want to shoot themselves.


  3. "Work Smarter"

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    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Compliance Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    The pros of working at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory are the people and their willingness to mentor, however, that may be limited in hands on experience due to internal regulations and manual requirements

    Cons

    We life to a manual that is not based on the science and causes slow work progression if any at all.

    Advice to Management

    We need technical management and ones that will use their scientific employees to stand up to our customer and demand respect instead of throwing one another under the bus.


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  5. ""Nightmare Inside The Wire""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    Great mission/end game for what the company does. You can work as hard as you want, or as little as you want, the choice is yours. Job security is astronomically high, barring a drug test failure, sexual harassment charge or "serious off work incident" you will not be terminated.

    Cons

    This "company" operates on principles and a culture that was forged over sixty (yes 60) years ago and has not adapted or changed to the modern times. The customer belittles the contractor more often than not, all while the contractor has followed the customers directions to a T. Suffocating security posture with ever increasing rules/regulations which increase monthly. Not only has the culture failed to reflect the modern world, long time employees are resistant to, and fear, change in general even when the changes will ultimately enhance/benefit the program. The egos of most (not all) of senior management are through the roof, which leads to the rank and file white collared professionals being treated like common, hourly employees. Focus on minutia ultimately leads to the blurring of the big picture/end goals of the company. If you choose to work here, you will be gifted the negatives of a military and civilian lifestyle, with no benefits of either. Crumbling facilities, co-workers who show little respect to others and most importantly a government customer who is downright abusive to us, their preferred contractor, are reasons to seriously second guess your decision to stay here or accept an offer here. If you accept, you will most likely spend 2-4 years here and leave. Your replacement that is hired will most likely be paid more than you upon entry, regardless of experience, due to extreme salary compression caused by your yearly "raise". This cycle of turnover is reflected in the companies skewed demographic, X% of employees within 10 years of retirement, X% with less than 5 years professional experience and the remainder somewhere in between. There was a time that this company was elite, however, due to all the above, it's the living embodiment of government abuse, wastefulness and drudgery. But don't worry, the company keeps up the charade that it's a "great place to work" and will shove it down your throat everyday.

    Advice to Management

    Change to reflect reality instead of the pipe dream that is your world inside the fence. Empower and entrust your employees with responsibilities above their paygrade and watch them evolve into leaders, not the spineless managers that you currently embrace/trust the company with. If you continue to resist change, you will keep hurting the company and increase the amount of people that are leaving for other opportunities. Give people a reason to stay (other than a paycheck or the great place to work charade), stand up to the customer when necessary, produce a great product and bring this organization back to the one I heard about when I was a kid growing up.


  6. "Individual Contributor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Exceptional work / life balance by far!!!!

    Cons

    The only cons I see are those that negative people harbor.


  7. "Good Economy Buster"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Ballston Spa, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Ballston Spa, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady work, good benefits, professional environment, and 9/80 work week.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic organization that can't get out of it's own way to accomplish work, salary atrophy, weak management, and the company plays the shell game with employees based on their 'business needs'.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are the privileged few who have a company pension, newer employees (10 years or less) do not have a pension, hence there is an unacknowledged class division that creates a disconnect that has not been addressed. Use department budgets to retain employees, and not to look for outside hires that may take 1 year to get through the clearance process.


  8. "Engineer review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time

    Pros

    great coworkers. pretty interesting work

    Cons

    pay is below average. working with confidential material adversely affects work life balance


  9. "Some good, but needs major overhaul"

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    Former Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Multi-Disciplined Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule, no expected OT, opportunities for many types of training, mostly good people, very technical work is available, job security

    Cons

    Nothing will happen fast, pay is well below average and will not come with regular pay increases (upper management tells you this is offset by the "great, rewarding work" -- I just wish that paid the bills), promotions are based on time/experience not performance, you cannot be fired for poor performance -- although there's plenty of that (some people have made a nice career at Bettis just siting there), management has tunnel vision

    Advice to Management

    The working world is changing, you need to change with it if you want to keep good talent. This used to be a place to be proud to work at, unfortunately that's no longer the case.


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Instructor in Goose Creek, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel Marine Propulsion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent chance to diversify your experience, challenging experience, US Navy interaction, built in 3 day weekends, well structured responsibilities, data-driven results make it easy to see success

    Cons

    Long work hours, hard sometimes to correlate civilian ideas to naval ideas, old technology, feedback sometimes takes a bit to come to fruition.


  11. "a good company"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orland Park, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Orland Park, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bechtel Marine Propulsion (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance. Good people. Toastmaster club is fantastic and worth joining. Management cares.

    Cons

    No cell phones allowed in building (at least when I worked there). Sometimes can be a bit strict with needing a policy for everything.

    Advice to Management

    I hear there is now a rotational program, sounds like a good thing to get your employees involved with.



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