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Bechtel Reviews

Updated February 19, 2018
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Bechtel Chief Executive Officer Brendan Bechtel
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Pros
  • Flextime; Great Work-Life Balance; Global Network; Opportunity to work anywhere in the world (in 54 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Work life balance is not always good (in 53 reviews)

  • Lack of true craftsmen poor upper management Lack of good communication (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to get your foot in construction"

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    • 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. "Bechtel Work Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work at.

    Cons

    There are no downsides to working here.

  3. "Mostly good"

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

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects with unique experiences that come with mega projects. Leadership is mostly open to ideas, not terribly political, and offer opportunities if you perform.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be a struggle because it can be a very competitive environment. Who you know can still take you further that what you know at times.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer opportunities to those that perform but don’t get too top-heavy. There’s some fat at mid-management level that should be trimmed. Develop more concrete/tangible career progression paths.


  4. "Operator"

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

    Pros

    Large company with areas for growth

    Cons

    Large company that hires useless management


  5. "long time here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel part-time

    Pros

    When I started working here, it was such a great company. It still is, but things have changed. The older Bechtel's not only care about the company but also about their employees. This is a great company to have on your resume. I've learned alot and have had the opportunity to take classes and learn from some great supervisors/managers.

    Cons

    Houston and SF Ofc closing. Sad that so much talent will be lost. Lots of Layoffs. Mr. Bechtel should have put everything to the side and been the one to share the bad news with both offices.


  6. "Great company"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Great people and great work opportunities

    Cons

    Work life balance is not always good


  7. "San Francisco"

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

    Pros

    Sad that Bechtel will be closing San Francisco office, but it’s been in the cards for some time. Virginia seems to be a popular place for companies to relocate to.

    Cons

    Lots of knowledge will be lost with the relocation to Virginia but Northern Virginia is quite the hot place these days. I’m sure they will be able to find great talent there.

    Advice to Management

    Thanks for the good times.

  8. "Information Technology"

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

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Pay was good, some cool people work there, can go to project if you have no life

    Cons

    Very cliquish, immature and inept managers and policies.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the old guys with their old policies and join the future.


  9. "Out of Touch"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and fabulous co-workers for the most part. I have learned a lot here.

    Cons

    Absolutely Zero Accountability for Management, Brendan and Jack say all of the right things about transparency and accountability however, they task an existing structure (HR and Ethics) to develop and enforce these activities. The HR and Ethics teams both GBU and Corporate are so tightly embedded with the management that employees reaching out to support the corporate goals and speak up are exposed and retaliated against. As long as the manager has a reason for what they are doing (any reason is good enough) they are protected by HR while they continue retaliation pushing excellent employees out the door. The ranking system at Bechtel is a joke again without any accountability for the functional team. Best advice, make functional your best friend because performance at Bechtel is not going to keep you employed. Your friends will.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house starting with HR. Take a look at how your Functional teams are treating employees. The ranking, promotions and raises are based on favorites. Anyone that is not a part of the "favorites" group but out performs the others will systematically be eliminated from the company. When this happens and HR protects the managers while employees not affected by it are still watching it and they know it could be them next time. We have all witnessed this time and time again. Managers will destroy the workplace to eliminate someone that they are intimidated by. If you are serious about what is said in Sitelines, then HR and functional management are broken and a great place to start making changes.


  10. "Pipe fitter"

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    Former Employee - Pipefitter in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Pipefitter in Cameron, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice place to work, friendly

    Cons

    Some times to much days off for rain or hollydays

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to change, everything's good


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