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Bechtel Reviews

Updated July 16, 2018
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Pros
  • "Little down on the work/life balance, but mostly because construction is not family friendly anyways" (in 57 reviews)

  • "9/80 schedule for most employees" (in 32 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance is not always good" (in 56 reviews)

  • "Favoritism through connections, at times work can become daunting due to upper management" (in 27 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to get your foot in construction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Great Company To Work For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Organized Mega Company, Ethic codes are very high and highly valued, Value their high level specialist, Great Benefits (401K, Health Insurance), Safety oriented, Respect their people from the start of the work to the end.

    Cons

    Not much balance between work and life.

    Advice to Management

    Allow work at home to those who should work with overseas offices continuously.

  3. "Play By the Rules"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Carpenter Foreman in Portland, TX
    Former Employee - Carpenter Foreman in Portland, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really Good money.. Good people to work for and with.

    Cons

    Make sure u lock your tool box...

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  4. "Millwright"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Millwright Foreman in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Millwright Foreman in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    management was supportive in making sure equipment and tools were ready and available to the foreman which help the hands(crew) completion of the overall job/work go as plan

    Cons

    The weather in which we have no control of was a factor in this last year of empowerment with Bechtel


  5. "Working for Bechtel was a great experience that allowed me to grow professionally."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team work and training.

    Cons

    Constant reassignment of teams with limited time for turnover.


  6. "Equipment operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Cameron, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people , good environment to work in, just enjoyed working for the company

    Cons

    No cons I loved working for this company and would gladly again

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  7. "Senior Engineering Technical Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    If you have a champion, the company will take care of you and offer you growth opportunities. Company ensures that you have pedigree needed for your position. Good reputation and compensation as long as you do not have to work nonpaid overtime.

    Cons

    Not minority friendly. Overtime is the norm. If your supervisor loses favor, start looking for another job.

    Advice to Management

    Diversity is needed in the technical ranks.

  8. "Project Controls Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Oak Ridge, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good Pay, Salary Plus OT
    -Work/Life Balance
    -Mega Project Experience
    -Travel Opportunities

    Cons

    -Workload can be heavy
    -Advancement is difficult unless you have connections
    -Politics
    -Must be willing to relocate often

    Advice to Management

    Show appreciation & give advancement when earned.


  9. "Mechanical engineer experience"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer II in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very supportive environment and great team
    Great salary with 4 week vacation

    Cons

    Less opportunity to move into inter disciplines if interested.


  10. "Decent company, good people."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Specialist in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Specialist in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive benefits, annual merit bonuses.

    Cons

    Project based work means if there's no work for the company, there's no work for you. Layoffs happen regularly.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people... Mitigate the huge knowledge gap between the boomers close to retirement and the younger generation.


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