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Bechtel Reviews

Updated December 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Little down on the work/life balance, but mostly because construction is not family friendly anyways" (in 60 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "Work life balance is not always good" (in 57 reviews)

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

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  1. "One of the best companies to be a part of!!!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Project Controls in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Project Controls in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The majority of employees were the best in class. I enjoyed my time there.

    Cons

    There were some stressful times but that is to be expected on large projects with so many team members and different offices being involved.

    Advice to Management

    I would hope all of Bechtel's management appreciates and adapts to Brendan Bechtel's new style of management and leadership that promotes a positive Bechtel Culture.


  2. "Great Place To Work"

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

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

    Pros

    People are great, fair policies, good benefits, overall is a great place to work

    Cons

    There really are no cons for the company.

  3. "So far good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Portland, TX
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Portland, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company good job opportunities they work well with employees

    Cons

    Not a permanent job no retirement

    Advice to Management

    Continue to work with employees and with benefits


  4. "Great place to learn"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CCLNG in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - CCLNG in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety program, hours, pay is very good for craft.

    Cons

    The only benefits for craft personnel is 45 minutes of earned vacation a week, and a paycheck


  5. "Resident Backbone Engineer"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Excellent office environment. Family oriented culture

    Cons

    Not enough SME's. Too many managers and not enough employees with specific skills

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more in field experienced personnel


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Pending review"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Friendly, good salary, good management

    Cons

    Sexual harassment, disrespect for women

    Advice to Management

    Do what you SAY you are going to do. Get a handle on the abuse of women.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 20 days PTO
    - good salary
    - 3% raise a year
    - dedicated

    Cons

    - 20 days of 8 hr pto... we work 9 hr days so you lose an hour
    - not off xmas eve but off black friday!?
    - no job security
    - no real training for new hires
    - you are either working at bechtel for 30 years or you last 2....there doesnt seem to be any middle level hires

    Advice to Management

    Create better job security. Also train new hires. They walk in lost and start on the ground running it prevents a cohesive team.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Management treats employees like dogs"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It used to be a great company, but now there is absolutely nothing positive about it.

    Cons

    Senior management treats employees like slaves. Last night, we were informed that the office would be closed today due to a server issue. This morning, on my way to visit my ill father a day early 4 hours away, I receive a text that we have to come in to work. I turned around and went in only to be yelled at for being late!!! I have been with the company for over 15 years! This is just one example of the heartless management that run a failing company. There are some senior managers who are brutal - you may be seeing some positive reviews, but these are most likely fakes. Good people are leaving this company FAST!! Morale couldn't be lower.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like humans. Get off your vicious high horses and make the right decisions to win contracts and keep people employed. Competition is eating you alive with your archaic business practices.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Had been a great place to work but recent losing streak has made engineering opportunities slim"

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    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Civil/Structural Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large Project sometimes with challenging, but interesting work
    Great Benefits (401k Matching + discretionary contribution, HSA plan (w/ employer contributions), employee awards, vacation purchase)
    Flexible Start and End Times
    Opportunities to move to outside of office engineering

    Cons

    The rate of outsourcing engineering work to subcontractors or remote offices is gradually increasing
    Hard to stay in one location for a long time, as the company expects you to move where the work is
    The company lives and dies on mega projects and the latest proposals require a long development period before the decision for the final award is made. When the company loses a few projects in a row, the effects are felt immediately through layoffs or the need to relocate.

    Advice to Management

    Consider going after smaller contracts with more in house engineering
    Let lower level managers go after this work to cut down on the large overheads that cause our bids to commonly be higher than our competition
    Work on cutting down the cost on bids instead of trying to bump up the bid price for risk. A lot of work has been lost because management feels the bids are risky and try to price this into the bid. Competitors are finding ways to deliver projects at lower costs. I cannot see why Bechtel cannot do the same.
    Management must get over the attitude that competitors are taking on more risk than they should. Customers are expecting lower cost bids and Bechtel is losing more and more work with this attitude.


  10. "Great Company with lots of opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    I have been working for Bechtel since 2011. I started with them in Canada and got transferred to Houston. It's definitely a world class company with lots of opportunities for career growth. With projects all over the globe, the company offers lots of opportunities to work on challenging projects in different industries, regions and environments.
    In addition, the company is diverse and always strives to support diversity and inclusion in the workplace as well as empowering women.

    Cons

    Company doesn't yet offer maternity and paternity leave as part of their benefits.