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Bechtel Reviews

Updated November 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good Managers, who believe in work-life balance (in 48 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule for most employees (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance for employees

    Cons

    When projects were ending - worrying about being placed on a new one.


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Great Benefits and different types of project to work on

    Cons

    The work can come and go in cycles. In a downturn, unless you have great connections to multiple work groups it may be hard at times to find work. If working for a project, you need to be proactive in finding the next assignment when your current assignment ends. Engineering scope for some project types is outsourced to other firms and offices. Management is trying but not much new engineering work is coming to the office.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the engineering scope retained in house on future projects and ensure the work is spread out to all offices.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Projects are Rewarding and Fun, but Corporate Not-so-much"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Fascinating diversity of employees from all over the world.

    Cons

    Micro-managing, dictatorial, can't do much without having to get permission from one of the many internal corporate lawyers.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing work to India does not save you money... it only further masks the real problems you should be addressing.


  4. "Great Place to Work"

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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

    Benefits, Salary, Work Environment, Opportunity, Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Location of Projects, moves/transfers,

    Advice to Management

    None


  5. "Prpject Controls"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Adventure, Travel, Mega project looks good on the resume.

    Cons

    Tough on family life, no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Value experienced employees.


  6. "Solid Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Monroeville, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits. Great People. Challenging.

    Cons

    no real cons other than the amount of paperwork required to be filled out to perform simple duties.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits but mediocre experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    -Descent place to start a career
    -There are some mega projects + good on-site opportunities if you really like that
    -Benefits are great (4 wks starting PTO)

    Cons

    -SEVERE lack of proper leadership
    -There is a lot of blame game going around and leaders lack ownership
    -Lack of growth or training for new employees
    -Hourly time-cards although employees are supposed to be salaried

    Advice to Management

    -Really take the time to observe the leadership at the ground level, and you'll see the evident blame game.
    -Hire better

  8. "Senior Structural Engineer"

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    • 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

    Nice working environment and decent compensation

    Cons

    Opportunities to grow hard to come by


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Graduate Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Positive team atmosphere, complex projects

    Cons

    Lack of other young coworkers

    Advice to Management

    More career development opportunities


  10. "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tri Cities, WA
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Tri Cities, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Busy, generally a good work ethic all around. Lots of knowledgeable people to learn from.

    Cons

    Pretty much zero security, layoffs every couple months. Also there's tons of engineers which makes it hard to stand out.

    Advice to Management

    Knowing that you could be laid off at any moment doesn't encourage you to stay.


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