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Bechtel Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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  • The only reason I don't give them a five star is because they didn't understand work life balance for families that well (in 40 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "White privileged in Reston va"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reston, VA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Reston, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly workers
    9/80 schedule
    good pto about three weeks
    Good acknowledgement system
    Good for females engineers horrible for male engineers that aren't white

    Cons

    Nepotism towards white people. Sends young attractive females to career fair to lure young entry but company is full of old white people. You won't make it far unless you're a white jewish male or female. Lies to employees about their performance until they decide to lay them off without notice while complaining that our generation loves company hopping. Management loves micromanaging and putting their hands on the work which causes delay but are more than willing to throw responsible engineer under the bus when asked why work is late. Company makes $32.2 billion in revenue and they have to cut cost due to no work by cutting travel budgets and holiday party freeze of raises and promotions instead of management taking a cut in their large salary. Absolute hypocrites when it comes to morality and safety. Look up "Bechtel lawsuit" on google and you will see they lost a lawsuit for lobbying taxpayer money on latest project and the same thing is happening to the current one. Their unspoken model is "sign the document because this is the way Bechtel does things and it's not going to change. If you don't like it then you can leave." They match 401k after you work for a year but they hire new entry levels with the intention of releasing them after a year because they think our current generation likes company hopping so they will take advantage of us first. Bechtel wants to get on Forbes top happiest places to work but they never will unless they fix their broken management system. This place is the definition of white privilege.

    Advice to Management

    Stop letting your favorites go to beaches without using PTO, stop favoring white people just because they are Jewish, stop luring young engineers with the intentions to use them and lay them off, stop lying to your employees about their performance.


  2. "Supply Chain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - PPM in Frederick, MD
    Current Freelancer - PPM in Frederick, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good systems and policies. A bit over the top for some projects.

    Cons

    Many of leaders are dysfunctional and arrogant. Empty promises. If one want to be a pimp and take advantage of good performers, this is the [place to work.

    Advice to Management

    No advice for you.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sweat Shop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    4 wk vacation for everyone
    401k and trust

    Cons

    known as a sweat shop -- expectation is that you will work lunches (frequently scheduled lunch meetings), stay late and work off Fridays for FREE
    extremely arduous mandatory yearly employee review process
    no OT pay for higher grades
    cold cut-throat environment
    creativity discouraged
    dictatorial managers

    Advice to Management

    Years (decades) ago, Bechtel was family oriented, friendly, wonderful place to work. The saying used to be that Bechtel valued their employees first. This is no longer the case. Bechtel values bottom line first. Employees are expendable.


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  5. "Very Unrewarding"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Boiler Maker in Cameron, LA
    Former Employee - Boiler Maker in Cameron, LA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay Good Co-Workers to work with.

    Cons

    Treated anyone not management very bad!

    Advice to Management

    Hire qualified management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Management is very unorganized and only care about themselves."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    May be a place for some one to get experience, that is it.

    Cons

    Terrible benefits, you only get one week paid vacation and that is it, there is no sick days or personal days.Ppay is low and hard to get a pay raise, medical for single person is okay and for family is expensive. Management is unorganized and only care about them selves, management tells you what you want to hear and leads employees to believe it will get better. When an employee puts two weeks quitting notice in management doesn't care, the don't even start training some one for the position, it may take 2,3, or 4month fore a replacement and then there is little training and a lot of catch up. There is little training for employees. There is a lot of favoritism from management to certain employees. Safety is talked about but there is no commitment until upper management or corporate comes to the site. Not a place to retire from maybe a stepping stone for someone if they do not mind stress and headaches.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and organized, get better benefits, salary, vacation, sick days, for employees. follow through with what you say. Corp. should pay attention to what is going on with workers.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Experience of My Life"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer Specialist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They do have a well written mission, value statements. The office is a lake, much needed to breathe

    Cons

    If you're not of a certain race, and want to continue your successful career as an engineer, you just ruined it by joining Bechtel and its affiliates. I haven't seen a worse environment of politics. Employees are ugly on the outside and the inside is even uglier. They hired few older process engineers and got rid of them within 3 months (Both suffered emotionally and 1 had a heart attack). It's harsh corporate private company. They replace people always. Bechtel family work among employees in a sneaky way and big brother the employees. All the employees are emotionally scared that work inside, that the admin gets mad if you request a pen. No leadership and your boss is follower of old way of thinking. They rarely have any projects to clock hours to and managers always protecting themselves on someone's else behalf and likely it's going to be you. They don't teach anything at all. Lastly, save some of the money to sue!!

    Advice to Management

    Balance between employees and management.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "UPF Project Oak Ridge"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    I get a paycheck every 2 weeks

    Cons

    Unreasonable work loads and deadlines making it impossible to succeed. Buildings are overloaded with people which may exceed code limits. If you don't get to work at 6AM you may not find parking and have to ride a shuttle to a remote parking lot. 12 hour days 5-6 days a week are the norm. Very cut throat environment, like being in a snake pit.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "The club"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Location. Parking. Food trucks.

    Cons

    The phrase "Long time Bechtel employee" is considered a title which serves as a warning to those that are not a part of the "club". I worked with employees that were there over 5 years and they were excluded from the "club".


  10. Helpful (1)

    "OG & C"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Field Procurement Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Field Procurement Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    1. Pay
    2. Benefits
    3. Vacations time off

    Cons

    They say all the correct current slogans, but do not follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest, with your employee's and respected and keep the experienced folks, value engineering will only last so long, and cost your customers money.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "What a Joke!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Baytown, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting, large projects. Great place to experience 'how not to do it', great lessons abound!

    Cons

    Don't trust any Bechtel employee, especially management. Lies, deceit, dishonesty, backstabbing. If your a 'yes-person' (can't stand up for what you believe in and cave to every rediculous decision) this corporation is for you and you'll find your destiny.

    Advice to Management

    Drop the 'best-in-the-world' and 'world-class' propaganda. It sounds so ridiculous when visibly, the opposite is your reality. Oh, surveys alone won't get you to the Great Places to Work Institute's list, you have to actually care about the employees below the SVP level.



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