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Bechtel Reviews

Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • decent work life balance (in US offices- not projects or overseas) (in 33 reviews)

  • Good PTO, Good Pay, 9-80 Schedule (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack in work life balance for working women (in 43 reviews)

  • no work/life balance, long work hours, too much pressure and no recognition unless you're friends with right people (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Field Engineering"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Field Engineer in Corpus Christi, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    9% 401k match, 4 weeks (non expiring vacation), massive company so lots of opportunity, competitive salaries

    Cons

    Mostly project based so lots of relocating, can get lost in the massive number of employees, poor performers tend to get relocated, not fired

    Advice to Management

    put less stock in "being mobile" and try to accommodate people that want to stay regional


  2. "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Manager in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big company. big name, work all over the globe

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate to where the work is.

    Advice to Management

    Too many managers judge an employee on how many years they have been with Bechtel, when really that is part of Bechtel's competitive edge problem: The same people that have been doing the same thing, the same way for 35 years. The world is changing, but there is a certain part of the Bechtel culture that is not changing with the industry. Keep the great Bechtel culture, but it has to adjust with the rest of the world and the industry.


  3. "Ups and Downs"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Control Systems Engineer in Reston, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Large company with solid management and fundamentals.
    Overtime is usually compensated.
    Direct Supervisors have been reasonable

    Cons

    Work/Life balance not the best
    Some levels of management seem disconnected

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and make decisions that show you are actually listening.


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  5. "Purchasing Specialist"

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

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

    Pros

    Given a lot of responsibility and held to a high standard

    Cons

    Lack in work life balance for working women.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to values of the company and help with work life balance by leading by example.


  6. "it was the best company i have ever worked"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong management team, nice atmosphere

    Cons

    nothing to say as cons


  7. "good company to work for with competitive wages."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Pipe Welder in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Pipe Welder in Leesburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    tremendous amount of work all over the country. Fair wages and perdiem.

    Cons

    supervision in a lot of circumstances are unqualified and related to persons in upper management. they also assume that having passed the NCCER makes you a real journeyman without considering the experience level. that is a test that you can study for and in no way proves that you are a qualified journeyman.

    Advice to Management

    you have a great company with good insurance. my only complaint would be what I said before, a lot of your supervision are not ready for the position and only have it due to friendships or relation.but as a hole good company to work for.


  8. "One of the best"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications/Publications in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Communications/Publications in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fascinating, huge projects all over the world
    Adequate/good compensation
    Very ethical, safe corporate culture

    Cons

    Really hard work
    Lots of relocation (to some, that's a plus)
    Sprawling nature of organization means you can get lost unless you go out of your way to maintain an internal network

    Advice to Management

    Hold on to safety and ethics focus even if the business seems to be trending the other way.


  9. "Sustainable, Great Place to Work, Family"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Reston, VA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Reston, VA
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a private company that knows how to stay alive. Unfortunately, it sometimes comes at the cost of employees (salary bumps and cleaning the house), but it can sustain business even when Oil and gas takes a hit. Love the 9/80 schedule and benefits. Bechtel truly lives by its vision and values. Safety and Quality are held to a very high standard. Our CEO really cares about everyone outside corporate. When you work for Bechtel, you are part of the Family, and they will take care of you!

    Cons

    Not micro-managed well enough on the big projects. New engineering execution office takes away from the young engineers that came to the company to travel and work on projects all over the globe. It is a great idea for those with families that would like to stay in one spot, but millennials are anxious, impatient and don't find joy in the cubicle life 9.5 hours a day. Use millennials to your advantage and send them out to site to learn and grow as field engineers.


  10. "good company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in San Ramon, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    they are good to their employees

    Cons

    they prefer employees who are willing to relocate constantly


  11. "Engineer II"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Frederick, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. There is are a great number of opportunities for travel, professional development, and overall company/project involvement (if you are self-driven).

    Cons

    Not really a "con," but be aware that travel is almost a MUST and typically involves relocation on a project-required basis.


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