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Updated July 21, 2017
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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
  • Salary increase is very slow, and even when the company is making record profits, excuses like the bad economy are blamed (in 2 reviews)

  • This is because of their internal structure that is not going to change any time soon (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Employer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Construction Coordinator in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Construction Coordinator in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for employees to grow their careers. Very supportive management team. I was very fortunate to have worked for Bechtel for just over 40 years.

    Cons

    None! Like any employer, you have to pull your weight to move up in the organization. You have to prove yourself and build credibility!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work of continually demonstrating that your people are your greatest assets!


  2. "Senior Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel National full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Loved 9-80 hours for bi-weekly pay period

    Cons

    not flexible enough for time makeup

    Advice to Management

    Be considerable

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Mechanical/ Fire Protection"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Fire Protection Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly workers
    9/80 schedule
    good pto about three weeks
    Good acknowledgement system
    Good for females engineers horrible for male engineers that aren't white

    Cons

    Extremely racist towards anyone that isn't white. Nepotism towards white people. Sends young attractive females to career fair to lure young entry but company is full of old white people. You won't make it far unless you're a white jewish male or female. Lies to employees about their performance until they decide to lay them off without notice while complaining that our generation loves company hopping. Management loves micromanaging and putting their hands on the work which causes delay but are more than willing to throw responsible engineer under the bus when asked why work is late. Company makes $32.2 billion in revenue and they have to cut cost due to no work by cutting travel budgets and holiday party freeze of raises and promotions instead of management taking a cut in their large salary. Absolute hypocrites when it comes to morality and safety. Look up "Bechtel lawsuit" on google and you will see they lost a lawsuit for lobbying taxpayer money on latest project and the same thing is happening to the current one. Their unspoken model is "sign the document because this is the way Bechtel does things and it's not going to change. If you don't like it then you can leave." They match 401k after you work for a year but they hire new entry levels with the intention of releasing them after a year because they think our current generation likes company hopping so they will take advantage of us first. Bechtel wants to get on Forbes top happiest places to work but they never will unless they fix their broken management system. This place is the definition of white privilege. If you are ever interviewed for a position in fire protection, run far away. Management in reston are absolute trash.

    Advice to Management

    Stop forgetting everything employees tell you then get mad that "nothing was said". Stop sucking up. Don't promote people that have brain damage and have trouble remembering anything. Stop letting your favorites go to beaches without using PTO, stop favoring white people just because they are Jewish, stop luring young engineers with the intentions to use them and lay them off, stop lying to your employees about their performance.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical and Unsafe Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in Pascagoula, MS
    Former Employee - Materials Coordinator in Pascagoula, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Potential to make good money

    Cons

    Failure to uphold company policy on safety, was threatened for identifying safety issues, nothing done to individual who threatened me, I was let go after project ended but a position was held for individual who threatened me. Lied about investigation of compalint I submitted to Legal, Ethics Dept and Riley.
    Cost over-runs unethical, NO one being held accountable because company is making money on the cost-re projects.
    It's not how well you do your job it's who you know and as long as you screw over the client you are valued.

    Advice to Management

    Follow your own Policies


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Administrative"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, and career growth.

    Cons

    Favoritism. White males only succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer- 22"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on large profit projects with large design scope

    Cons

    Disagree with compensation and rate of internal promotion. Feel undervalued and unappreciated.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Good company for most part - but got a lot to work on to be elite"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Associate II in Richmond, KY
    Former Employee - IT Associate II in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and pay. People are good but some tend to feel superior to everybody else.

    Cons

    Way too strict about what you can talk about in private. Will apply some rules differently to different people. Job security depends on knowing the right people.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure everyone is dealt with in the same manner. Allow people communicate freely without the threat of retaliation. Just saying it won't happen is not enough. Keep the accused separate while other person makes his case so he doesn't feel intimidated especially when it is a superior.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't live up to their Mission, Vision, & Values"

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

    I worked at Bechtel National (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay. $145,000/year for a Senior Engineer. Plus decent fringes like 2/3 paid medical.

    Cons

    They don't live up to their Mission, Vision, & Values. They espouse Quality over production, but that is not fulfilled in their employee performance ratings. They claim safety is overriding importance, across all disciplines. But you will be criticized if you cross discipline lines to try and improve the overall product.

    They also sell the US Govt. a lot of Bechtel drawings that taxpayers do not need, which will eventually be superseded by vendor drawings. If you mention that this might be waste, management frowns upon you, because it's billable work.

    Chicken$#!^ middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your Bechtel Values. Resolve a HUGE silo culture, where employees are attacked if they step across discipline lines.


  9. "Bechtel"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Facility Construction Certification Specialist in Richmond, KY
    Current Employee - Facility Construction Certification Specialist in Richmond, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very profesional atmoshere. Well managed and a first rate safety program. Bechtel has excellent benefits and employee recognition programs. Bechtel has a great community service program.

    Cons

    Short term construction industry jobs.


  10. 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.


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