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Bechtel Reviews

Updated February 18, 2019
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  • "This can be tough on family and work life balance" (in 57 reviews)

  • "Favoritism through connections, at times work can become daunting due to upper management" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (6)

    "Why Bechtel?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bechtel is a company with incredibly hardworking diverse and intelligent people. The projects are challenging and opportunities are ever present for any individual who wishes to step up and make the commitment. There is nothing that this team of people can't solve or execute

    Cons

    As an engineering construction company, the work is not in one place. You must move where the project is being built. This can be tough on family and work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to the company history and tradition, 120 years of success says alot. Diversified projects and services they can't all be Mega Projects or P3's. Some "curb and gutter work" can lead to new long lasting relationships and business opportunities.

    Bechtel Response

    Nov 26, 2018 – Senior Talent Acquisition Program Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback. At Bechtel, we value and invest in our people, working daily to establish positive relationships with our colleagues and customers that contribute to our employees... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bechtel Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Really great culture and work place,

    Cons

    No issues, really great environment

  3. "Great company to be with"

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    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and flex hours

    Cons

    You have to be ready to move from project to project to maintain your employment.


  4. "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Current Employee - Systems Administrator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and balance work of life provided to employees.

    Cons

    In comparison with other company telecommute policy Bechtel needs major improvement.


  5. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Architect in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Architect in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits and challenging projects

    Cons

    new hires and office, favoritism

    Advice to Management

    open communication


  6. "One of the best companies in America for engineers"

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    Former Employee - Lead Field Inspector in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Lead Field Inspector in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Redundancy in management, improving competency and accuracy in performance.

    Cons

    Stock market driven industry.

    Advice to Management

    Continue


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Balance life
    Recognition for good work
    New technologies advancement, very good learning scope for all level.
    Senior management is easily reachable and listen to employees

    Cons

    At higher level less scope of promotion

  8. "Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Richland, WA

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

    Pros

    Good, smart people. Knowledge pool is very expansive and valuable.

    Cons

    Not a great place to start your career. Government projects have many restrictions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Neutral"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer
    Former Employee - Technical Writer

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

    Pros

    Great way to get foot in door of professional career.

    Cons

    Giant Corporation, treated like number


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Project controls professional"

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    Former Employee - Project Controls in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Project Controls in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International projects, great base pay, 401K matching outstanding. As in any place, meet some very good coworkers. Keeping up with cultural changes, attempting to hire more minorities and women. Management is still “good ol’ boys” - see cons below.
    Great place to start a career, travel, learn.

    Cons

    As you move up in organization, it is totally based on who you know. Performance means nothing, incorrect behavior gets rewarded as long as you know how to suck up to your boss and your bosses boss and peers. Middle management constantly positioning itself to “make the name”, and hardly do any work, but they sure “network” a lot. Very superficial. Nepotism and personal friendships mean more than performance and merit. Chain-of-command is so rigid that people learn to just do their job, and are discouraged to contribute anything extra. People that do honest work, try to do what is right, contribute etc, are almost laughed at for being “chumps” - they sure don’t get recognized for their work. Once a world class organization is killing its own culture. There was a time when I was proud to work there, now I would provide a very qualified endorsement - such a shame.
    The only tool left for motivation is money, since people see that effort goes unrecognized - soulless enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Too much management, hardly any “working managers” left; work and details are beneath them. With such culture, it is no surprise that they can’t win any small-ish jobs (under 1 billion). For each Manager you have to staff up extra people and deputies, just to cover the work that goes undone.
    Be more transparent, show employee rankings so we can all see those “A players”, and if they are that good make them a role model openly. Don’t forget mid- and late-career people.