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Bechtel Reviews

Updated September 20, 2018
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Pros
  • "Little down on the work/life balance, but mostly because construction is not family friendly anyways" (in 59 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. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "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. "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.

  3. "Senior Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Sulphur Springs, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Sulphur Springs, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay is excellent. Benefits are excellent. Time off is excellent.

    Cons

    Very long hours. I worked on a project and would be in the office from 10-14 hours a day.


  4. "Dream Big and Succeed Big"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    International EPC company - Probably the best in Safety, Execution and Return on Investment.
    Great reputation for delivering challenging projects.
    Diverse portfolio of projects ranging of $200millon to $20 Billion.

    Cons

    Some parts like Oil and Gas are prone to extreme cyclical conditions.
    Pay scales are sliding backwards even though profits are going upwards. Inconsistent approach toward quality.

    Advice to Management

    Bechtel needs to invest more in training its work force directly and indirectly. Along with innovation, this investment will play long term dividends. This is true of person hired to hammer the nail or super star manager leading projects. Bechtel's people make Bechtel, everything else is practically marginal at best.


  5. "Why Bechtel?"

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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 (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.


  6. "Document Control"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    They offer opportunity for growth with extensive training facilities.

    Cons

    This company requires Constant travel.


  7. "Safety representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits for employees. Bonus and optional health bonuses

    Cons

    Hard to promote within the system. You don't have much of a choice of where you may be working.

  8. "Great company"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Quick moving environment; clear direction from management.

    Cons

    Constant global relocation. Uncertain business environment.


  9. "Solid Company that rewards effort"

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Upper management does care about their employees, but market forces have the most impact on advancement

    Cons

    Unless you get in on the good side of upper management early, you will slip through the cracks.


  10. "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.


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