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Updated December 9, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Company to get your foot in construction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Material Handler in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Its a world class company to work for. If you do the job right and be safe, that in itself could take you far. They really go above and beyond for vets. And overall, they are generous and understanding with employees when it comes with college, or medical issues, family emergencies.

    Cons

    Working in construction they'll be some days where the weather would be bad enough to cancel work.


  2. "Boilermaker"

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    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Waynesboro, GA
    Former Employee - Boilermaker in Waynesboro, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very professional company to work for plus they emphasis es on safety is phenomenol.

    Cons

    Very quit to layoff if meet with challenges

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what your doing, you guys are the professionals.

  3. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Human Resources Director in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co-workers, pay, benefits, culture, leadership

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate for job security.


  4. "Project Controls Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome pay, exciting projects, lots of tools for career growth, good vacation system, good benefits, great people

    Cons

    If you do well, you are often rewarded with more responsibilities instead of greater responsibilities until your job becomes impossible.

    Getting career opportunities can become a game of knowing how to get noticed rather than actually performing well.

    Lots of overtime. Often high stress. Lots of rework. Makes for poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    With the trend towards inclusion and getting people to speak up, there needs to be transparency on how decisions will be made so that everyone had realistic expectations about how their feedback will be used (or not used). Otherwise encouragement to speak up will be seen as disingenuous.


  5. "Good company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Was a contractor so I didn't get to experience the benefits of a real Bechtel employee, but the pay as a contractor was very nice.

    Cons

    You worked a lot, but were also compensated for with time and half


  6. "Sr. Material Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits are among the top.

    Cons

    Workload is severe in the start up phase.

    Advice to Management

    Work with client for more personnel approvals


  7. "Very positive experience for me in almost 20 years there."

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Humble, TX
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Humble, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upward mobility, diverse business lines, international projects. In general, the partners are people you want running the company. Sincere priority placed on ethics and diversity.

    Cons

    It is a large corporation and that comes with certain drawbacks. If you don’t operate well in an environment where relationships are important, you may not have as many opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Don’t lose focus on business development

  8. "Management"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good money, nice office and work environment

    Cons

    -Age Discrimination, they want all of the oldies out
    - a lot of Expats the need to hire more Americans
    - stop hiring as favors to friends
    — After 25 years at Bechtel I was told Good Bye, was replaced by a young man from India with no experience
    -Stop window Dressing in the field with cute little admins, and young college kids with “ZERO” experience so the client is forced to pay for rework 5&6 times over
    - Learn respect

    Advice to Management

    Be loyal to the staff that has seen you through out the lean and bad times
    Have a understanding of the business and the job you and your team do
    - fire all of HR and restaff


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Drives Away Talent"

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    Current Employee - Senior Subject Matter Expert in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Subject Matter Expert in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice salaries, international company, new CEO.

    Cons

    lack of work/life balance, little management accountability, management often conflicts with CEO's vision. Have to travel outside the country/international project to move up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop running talent away and trying to appear to do the right thing. Instead do the right thing. I was shocked to hear that the best developer I worked with inside of the Corporate Learning and Development team left due to lack of modern management principals applied.

    Stop appearing to do what is right on the outside (what people see), and do what is right on the inside as well (what really counts). Be a people-first culture and not a 'save-my-skin' culture. You all will not keep very talented people who could really turn the company around if they are taken care of.


  10. "Overall great company, but with some bad spots"

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    Current Employee - Civil Structural Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Structural Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work is fast paced and there are usually international opportunities. Benefits are good and some management is superb. Ability to travel and funding for code committees, education, etc. Decent salary.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is severely limited. Difficult to tell how hiring, raises, rankings, promotions, or bonuses are determined. A lot of bad promotions are made. Need to heavily self promote or you don't get heard. Hard to get international assignments. Difficult to switch between functions and GBUs. Often very bureaucratic. Connections are valued over merit. Attempts for diversity and inclusion cross the line by discounting merit. Women are treated very poorly on site. Management figures abuse their position and hurt people's growth in the company. Little respect outside of home office locations, even for credentialed employees, if the position in the totem pole isn't high enough. Productivity is valued over quality and safety, contrary to company value. Unethical behavior not taken care of properly.

    Advice to Management

    Break down doors. Place value in employees and treat them with respect. Reward for merit, not based on favoritism. Allow a culture of development for those who seek it. Remove senior leaders who don't foster the company values - even PVPs and SVPs. It matters. Treat craft workers with respect and dignity and it will show in their work. I would leave for lower pay based on my experiences but I know and have been in better parts of the company. Multi GBU, multifunction, multiple locations. Bechtel's VVCs are there, but they get mangled, twisted, and forgotten as they flow down.


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