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Kennewick, WA Area

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Bechtel National Chairman, CEO, and a Director Riley P. Bechtel
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Pros
  • Good benefits package, substantial annual bonuses (in 6 reviews)

  • Good pay, overtime, generous relocation packages (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • When the project ends, your job ends (in 2 reviews)

  • a lot of Bechtel drawings that taxpayers do not need, which will eventually be superseded by vendor (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Management stands in the way of this being a great job"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, interesting work, decent location, decent salary, great PTO policy

    Cons

    understaffed, poor management, high pressure schedule, feel obligated to work OT, strict employee monitoring, poor facilities, intense peer competition, funding uncertanties

    Advice to Management

    Get it together! Managers frequently play "favorite," have their own agendas, and don't work well together. Their unrealistic and conflicting expectations on our project schedule (compounded by customer expectations) often means sacrificing product quality in order to meet deadlines, even when we get told the opposite! Interdepartmental cooperation can be outright hostile, and workers end up taking the flack for a lot of the promises our management make. That's not to say that there isn't an odd good manager out there. There are a few I really respect.


  2. "Design Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong Engineering Culture and Benefit Package

    Cons

    Large Company can only service large scale projects


  3. Helpful (5)

    "gawd awful"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Control Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Project Control Engineer in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    the pay rate is good, so-so benefits.

    Cons

    prison like work environ, double standards for employees, hidden classifications of employees, lots of cronyism. objectivity is absent from mgmt., they are absent from the reality of the working class.

    Advice to Management

    None. They are beyond saving.


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  5. "Sr Mechanical Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    High excellent terrific Job Security

    Cons

    very few non important reasons

    Advice to Management

    N A


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of OT for some positions
    Company encourages employees to develop their talents
    Company values family and living away from home
    Strong culture
    Pays well

    Cons

    Supervisors can sometime select their "gold child" and that individual gets more attention than the rest of the project team
    High turn over rate, team members are here today, gone tomorrow ( leave on their own will; very rarely would someone get canned).
    The force ranking system for salary action is not the best. If you work on the jobsite, the chances of you getting ranked high, compared to someone who is constantly interacting with management in the town office is less.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Telecom supervisoer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Telecom Engineer in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of work. Extremely stressful work environment.

    Cons

    Low raises, poor management. very poor HR and management associations. Say all the right things and do no of them, Protect the big shots and dump the peons.

    Advice to Management

    Hire some real people managers not just corporate ladder climbers.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Project Procedure Specialist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor/Writer in Benton City, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Editor/Writer in Benton City, WA

    I worked at Bechtel National (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good working groups.

    Cons

    Management asks for results to be skewed in the company's favor


  9. "Level-II NQA-1 Receipt Inspector"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Michael Klym Level-II NQA Receipt Inspector in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Michael Klym Level-II NQA Receipt Inspector in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. All supervision was approachable. Above average pay.

    Cons

    I can not name one.

    Advice to Management

    Great job!!!!


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Superintendent"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Superintendent in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Civil Superintendent in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    They will allow you to rotate among different jobs at your request and introduce a mentor for you if needed and that's a plus in itself and that helps you understand the aspects of the job and also they will give you Bechtel University training that is simuliar training to your job scope.

    Cons

    I've worked for Bechtel16 years and have had very little issues with Bechtel. although there have been potintual oppertunities for situations that would create problems.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees with leader plus and to mix the culture in all deparment areas, I like the different mixtures of culture and learn different things about cultures.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "bechtel vit field engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Electrical Field Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Steady work, good pay, great culture and community, great values, diverse experience

    Cons

    long drive, management moves you around a lot,

    Advice to Management

    get a better system for getting employees to the site, let people get good with their work before moving them



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