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Bechtel Plant Machinery Reviews

Updated May 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Professional"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Professional in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Professional in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance, 9/80 schedule with flexible start options, great benefits including vacation days etc., people friendly environment, talented work-force, always improving workplace.

    Cons

    Everyday quality of work isn't always seen outside department but can be viewed on perception of that person or "high-visibility" items. The daily grind can sometimes be draining.

    Advice to Management

    Be fair and open-minded. Know and get to understand your employees work and workload which is sometimes over-looked. Experienced or senior professionals can have less work than someone that is not as experienced.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Project Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Schenectady, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Every other friday off, vacation time, good benefits, college tuition program

    Cons

    pay is extremely substandard, work is tedious and boring, zero career opportunities at the Schenectady office, work culture is poor, management will leverage poor raises against employees committed to the company tuition program, bad attrition-revolving door of employees entering and leaving the company.

    Advice to Management

    pay your employees fair market salaries and you won't have such a problem with employees leaving the company.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Perfect Work-Life Balance with Quality Employees"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BPMI provided a challenging work atmosphere with employees that are quality-driven and helpful for new employees. BPMI also provided a great balance of work and personal life with their benefits and work schedule.

    Cons

    I have no negative comments towards BPMI.

    Advice to Management

    My only recommendation towards management is to strive for consistency between managers in the appraisal processs, resource management, and disseminating guidance down from the GM level to the unit manager level.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits (start with 3 weeks of vacation), little overtime, people are generally good to work with, able to move around in the company, pay is average.

    Cons

    Not much advancement opportunities. You can transfer to a different department but the work is more or less the same. Even promotions don't change the work you do, you are just expected to be more "independent".

    Advice to Management

    Need more advancement opportunities. Promotions should result in a change - larger projects and more responsibility, not just the same work.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Business Professional"

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    Current Employee - Business Professional in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Business Professional in Monroeville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The culture! BPMI is a positive teaming environment, where you're working together for a common goal. As a defense contractor for the US Navy, there's a high level of pride working for BPMI because we're supporting our military. If you've never worked anywhere else, you may not understand how good the culture truly is. I've worked at 4 places prior, and BPMI's culture is so much better.

    Cons

    The security clearance process does take a while, and you're not allowed to bring your personal cell phone into the building. Some groups have busy seasons based on the cyclical events throughout the year, so there are peaks and valleys of workload.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to adapt towards the diverse wants and needs of the new generations entering the workforce (Jeans Fridays, flex-time, Keurigs in the kitchenettes, awards & recognition programs).


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Meaningful work"

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    Current Employee - Contracts in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Contracts in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I love coming to work every day knowing I'm making a difference by performing meaningful work supporting the US Nuclear Navy that benefits America and her interests at home or abroad. The job calls for a great deal of drive, discipline and creativity to be able to craft contracts that work within the parameters of government regulations. I have never worked for a company that had as much camaraderie and exceptional talent, both in and out of work. Plus the work/life balance is amazing with the 9/80 schedule and ample time off (personal, medical, holiday).

    Cons

    BPMI requires that people accept a high amount of individual accountability. Some people do not thrive in this environment and you will really stand out if you can't buy in to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing your new talent and stay open to new ideas. As the company grows, more new people with new ideas will be joining the company.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people. Excellent benefits. Culture seams to be modernizing.

    Cons

    Increasing work requirements which add structure but not value.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate whether increased amount of work instructions are necessary.


  9. "Great company, but boring"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule
    paid vacation
    nice people all around

    Cons

    no job promotion can be spotted anytime near future
    the managers need to restructure the work-level


  10. "Not bad - Not Great"

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    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Contract Specialist in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work environment is great. Friendly employees that are almost always willing to help each other. They are making genuine attempts to improve the job for employees and it does show. Placing contracts for the government can only be so exciting but there are different departments and different types of actions that do keep you learning new things all the time. It is a stable job where you don't fear getting laid off or fired (just don't be stupid and lie on timecard). Good benefits and vacation time with schedule flexibility. You can't take work home, you don't have a company cell phone, and emailing unclassified accounts is rarely done; so it is nice that when you leave work - you leave work 100%.

    Cons

    It is a company that needs a big change in terms of performance appraisals and determination of raises. They do not reward hard work nearly as much as they need to. As you'll see in other reviews, it's 90% based on years worked and 10% quality of work (maybe not quite that extreme but you get the point). It likely won't change because of how drastic the change is and how they have to request raises in advance. It is government contract work so things move slower, things cost more than you'd think, the job can be mundane, and the systems aren't exactly the best. Methods of communication are very frustrating being in procurement trying to work with suppliers. So if you love use fax machines you'll be okay but you don't have a cell phone so you have to be at your desk to be contacted. Emailing suppliers isn't functional so it is basically only fax and desk phone (this gets old quick).

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the people. Dave Hein is great and understands things need to change. Don't be afraid to make big changes even if it will frustrate senior people.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely a Stable Job."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stability. It is unlikely that people could get fired from this job unless regulations are flagrantly broken.

    Young workforce. The high turnover here keeps the workforce relatively young. This creates a nice community for college grads.

    Cons

    Everything else. While everyone is held accountable for everything, (particular equipment cognizant engineers), procedures and protocol prohibit employees from accomplishing anything.


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