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Bechtel Reviews

Updated November 16, 2017
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  1. "Great Company - Procurement"

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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.


  2. "Piping General Foreman"

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    • 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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great first job out of college - Field Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Civil Field Engineer in Canada, KY
    Former Employee - Civil Field Engineer in Canada, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of great people who work for the company (also a lot of leaches), pay was pretty good and as long as you have managers who look out for you, raises we're good too. I learned a lot and it was a great first job before starting a family.

    Cons

    Sink or swim mentality.

    There's a divide between employees in the field and at the main office. The main office folks had the work life balance where as employees in the field, this concept was non existent. In the construction group HR was hard to get a hold of, mainly because they were understaffed. At the end of one job they scrambled to figure out where to send you for you next job. There was little advanced notice and dealing with the moving department is a huge pain.

    My husband and I both worked for Bechtel. We met on the job. When that project was over they were trying to get us on the same job but couldn't. I was pregnant at the time and didn't want to take a job away from my husband so I was laid off and then let go. Bechtel is a business and you have to go where the jobs are.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor of Safety & Health in Houston regional office"

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    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.


  5. "Perspective from 20 year veteran"

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    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.


  6. "Project IT"

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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

    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'.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Only for hard workers and little family life."

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    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. "Bechtel"

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    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.


  9. "Strong culture with excellent opportunities"

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    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


  10. "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


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