Bechtel National Reviews

Updated Jun 20, 2020

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3.6
77%
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Bechtel National Chairman, CEO, and a Director Riley P. Bechtel
Riley P. Bechtel
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  1. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Paramedic NREMT Certified in Pueblo, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work schedule is great. Benefits mostly good.

    Cons

    Health insurance could be better. Reston, the HQ folks get the best medical insurance.

  2. "Okay"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, good leadership involvement at the Hanford site

    Cons

    Long drive out to Hanford, the van pools suck, and you can get fired really easily


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    "Good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IS&T Server Operations Lead in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    High Salary, Challenging, Good People, Good Ethics Program.

    Cons

    "Good ole Boy" mentality still exists. Management needs to be held accountable to same standards as regular employees.

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  4. "Great company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Superintendent 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great structure that is used from project to project.

    Cons

    Very large company can get lost due to the size

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    "Micromanaged Manager"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Kennedy Space Center, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company if you like to move around the country

    Cons

    Weak in Systems Engineering approaches. Job stability unless you are young or been with company for a long time... kind of old school

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    "Good Salary, Great Benefits, Big 401K match, not so good leadership"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good Salary, Great Benefits, Big 401K match

    Cons

    Terrible Management, how did these people get to where they are?

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Promising New CEO! Tech Writers Need a New and Fitting Home in the Company."

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The new CEO is making a concerted effort to innovate the company. This is exciting and needed. These innovate changes are "putting the squeeze on" complacent middle managers, who are driving away new talent and resisting needed changes from the top that would make the company more nimble and competitive. If the new CEO can pull it off, I believe Bechtel would be a better place to work and better positioned to win and sustain new work. I believe he can pull this off, but it may take time.

    Cons

    Technical writers at Bechtel are currently hired into the offices and administrative services unit. The unit includes professionals from document control, administrative support services, and facility services. This creates a connundrum for aspiring and talented technical writers. Technical writers require rigorous (and continuous) training as well as effective negotiation and project management skills. A skilled writer can be an asset to senior managers across the company when their skills are used properly by the company. Here's the connundrum for technical writers at the company, as I see it. The office and administrative services unit has historically classified technical writers as formatters or word processors. In addition, there are no real career advancement opportunities for technical writers at this time. The job that you are hired into is the job you will likely keep in most cases. This happens more often than not for technical writers--despite a desire on their part and genuine efforts to advance in the organization. This is unfortunate for both technical writers and the company.

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  8. "Great job"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Manager 

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work good travel

    Cons

    Lots of travel all the time

  9. "Great benefits and salary but many restrictive rules"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Piping Field Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel National full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very experienced work force Great place to learn very specific knowledge of an industry Great benefits and 401K programs

    Cons

    Very structured Sometimes has a rough work life balance Very fossel fuel based

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    "Interesting projects all over the world"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Procurement Supervisor in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good pay, interesting projects, quality people

    Cons

    If you are in the field, better like moving

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