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Bechtel Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  • Lack in work life balance for working women (in 46 reviews)

  • Solid upper management retiring (in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Piping General Foreman"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Piping General Foreman, Systems Turnover Specialist in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Piping General Foreman, Systems Turnover Specialist in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and incentives, willingness to invest in your craftsmen's advancement.

    Cons

    Inability to screen their workforce and management accurately prior to placement.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved in the way your workforce dynamic changes as the job progresses, be out in the field more have a presence.


  2. "Great Company - Procurement"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Procurement in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of ways to advance within Bechtel if you are willing to put in the time and work. In the home offices you have flex time and 9/80 schedule. In the field it is 4/10s & an 8 (overtime opportunities). Great benefits, matched 401K, 4 weeks PTO, and education reimbursement. Offices all around the globe and many opportunities to travel and work overseas.

    Cons

    They expect you to come early and stay late without pay to show your dedication to the company. Bechtel is a project based company and they frown upon employees that want to stay in the home office and not relocate to the jobsites to get more experience. Do not work at Bechtel if you are not open to moving every 3-5 years for new projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent with your employees in order to keep from looking secretive.

  3. "Perspective from 20 year veteran"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Privately held and stable, with diverse business base

    Cons

    Slow to change, with projects driving most behavior.


  4. "Project IT"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment with ability to make key decisions. They take care of their employees who are willing to move.

    Cons

    The pay and raise structure is not always beneficial, but definitely not terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Don't skimp on raises or bonus'.


  5. "Supervisor of Safety & Health in Houston regional office"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great earnings potential
    great profit sharing and employee benefits

    Cons

    Possibility of frequent moves requiring overseas positions.

    Advice to Management

    Work on safety culture for non-manuals.


  6. "Bechtel"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good EPC company. Opportunity to get varying experience if willing to do site assignments.

    Cons

    Management changes are taking the company in different direction, the results will not be known for years. Limited experience of new CEO. Solid upper management retiring.. Layoffs have been ongoing.

    Advice to Management

    Engage all your employees, not just the young generation.


  7. "Project Controls Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large scale projects, build thick skin, strategic thinking, complex projects

    Cons

    Promotion system, no backlog of projects, not clear rules to measure performance - therefore no clear rules for promotion and career path.

    Advice to Management

    More challenges, more recognition, more growth opportunities

  8. "Strong culture with excellent opportunities"

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities domestic and international, quality people, excellent company culture

    Cons

    Lots of travel for work, extended hours on most projects

    Advice to Management

    Improve work/life balance


  9. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Always pursue work that adds value to society

    Cons

    Only join if you like to work hard on cool challenges


  10. "Process Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary & benefits
    awesome work culture
    alternate Friday off
    work-life balance is good
    a lot of things to learn on big projects

    Cons

    currently lacking diversity in the industry which I hope would improve soon
    a bit of company politics, which would hurt your stability & promotion even after being a top performer.

    Advice to Management

    streamline the process for recognition, promotion, and layoffs to keep good employees and not good friends/family members of people who are making decision. You are losing very good people, who might not be easy to bring back


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