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  1. "Excellent company"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are yearly raises and bonuses. The work is steady. Lots of great people, as well as internal training programs.

    Cons

    Slow advancement. The cubicle life can be very tedious. Transferring between units takes time and there is no options for telecommuting.

    Advice to Management

    Look into allowing telecommuting. It's the 21st century.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Working with Bechtel for 20 years"

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    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bechtel was the greatest place on earth to work from 1995 to 2006.
    Bechtel was a family, everyone took care of each other - not something just said but truely followed through with at Bechtel.

    Cons

    Bechtel has slowly gone from great to typical. They are now just like every other place to work. There is no loyalty for employees nor is there any respect. People get ahead at Bechtel now by playing games and politics. You quantity and quality of work no longer matter. - Very sad place these days

  3. "Great opportunity, good culture"

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    Former Intern - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Former Intern - Project Controls Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bechtel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of learning opportunities, presentations on a variety of subjects
    Pays very well compared to other internships
    Great company culture, everyone is looking out for the interns
    Every other Friday off
    NextGen is a group of young professionals working for Bechtel, has a lot of fun events

    Cons

    Not the best locations to live in, there's a lot of tedious things surrounding working for such a large company and for a nuclear government project


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great...if you're a man"

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    Current Employee - Designer II in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Designer II in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits - health, vision, dental, life, 401k, vacation, bonuses & awards

    Cons

    Run by a good ole boy system, women don't make anywhere near what the men do

    Advice to Management

    Women leave the company for better pay, start giving raises/promotions to those who work hard for it.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great if you're a manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, average benefits, with opportunities at locations around the world.

    Cons

    Just a number where nobody really cares about helping you advance in your position. Maybe the new grads get all of management's attention?

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget about the experienced engineers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Top rate company, focuses on improving the employee experience."

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields.

    Cons

    Challenging complex jobs, may not be able to remain in one location throughout your career.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people and avoid micromanagement.


  7. "Good Company to work"

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    Former Employee - Structural Designer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Structural Designer in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It gave me opportunity to train some new designers

    Cons

    Government Budget Up And Down

    Advice to Management

    Do their best for the company

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Electrical Designer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Designer in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Designer in Richland, WA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have a pretty good benefit package.

    Cons

    I was layed of, I believe, primarily because of my age. I was 79 at the time and doing my job very effectively. I was the senior member of the group and probably was receiving one of the highest salaries of the designers. When a funding change took place it provided the company and opportunity to lay me off without any justification. I thought there was a law against age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    Quit looking at the age of you people and consider on the performance of the employee when making decision about promation or lay offs.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richland, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Excellent company to work for if you like to travel the world working on a wide variety of projects.

    Cons

    Never in one spot very long. Must be highly mobile. Government jobs involve alot of red tape. Long commute times.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Felt like the movie "Office Space""

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    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Richland, WA
    Former Employee - Contracts Specialist in Richland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Awesome work/life benefits (Most employees get at least 4 weeks PTO regardless of length of service; some projects offer option to purchase an additional week of PTO to total 5 weeks)
    -Excellent training opportuntities
    -Open door policy with leads and most managers
    -Great mentoring program
    -International travel opportunities
    -9/80 work schedule in town. This means we work Monday thru Thursday 7am to 430pm. Every other Friday is a day off. Working Fridays at 7am to 330pm. It rocks!
    Out of the construction site the schedule is Mon thru Thursday 630a to 5pm. Fridays off.
    -Projects all over the world. There was a minor layoff last year on our project and several people were placed on different projects. Bechtel is also diversified and involved in many industries - so if one sector goes south, there are other opportunities.

    Cons

    -OLD SCHOOL mentality (no flex time, military style mgmt, big time generational gaps)
    -Encourages "questioning attitude" but when you exhibit questioning attitude, you are put down and mgmt retaliates.
    -Very high turnover due to disatisfaction with mgmt. Yet mgmt continues with crappy practices. The problems not addressed.
    -Have to get overtime approved in advance. Sometime unforeseen circumstances cause OT and then you don't get the OT because it wasn't approved in advance.
    -Extremely UNFLEXIBLE mgmt. They do not allow deviation from the set schedule of 7am to 430pm. If you are just one minute late, some mangers really come unglued. One mgr does a "walkaround" at 7:02am to see who is at their desks and takes roll. Hello we aren't 5 years old. However, if you stay 1-2 hours late, no one notices or says thank you.
    -Babysitting environment = very rule and procedure oriented
    -Cronyism. Good ol "boys" club and heavy politics govern promotion rather than hard work or compentency. One person keeps getting promoted over and over and over and no one understands why. They are very incompetent, lose documents, forget deadlines, puts people down. Whenever they are in charge of a department...turnover goes through the roof. YET they keep getting promoted. Many HR complaints have been logged against them but they keep getting promoted.
    -Slackers seem to get away with chronic lateness, long lunches, and not pulling their weight...and get rewarded with promotions and praise. The hard workers are harassed and bullied out of their jobs. Many hard working competent people have left because of this!
    -Published company policies and procedures are applied in an inconsistent and variable manner
    -The company pigeon-holes you into where they think you fit instead of where you want to go
    -Lots of promised opportunities that don't come to fruition.
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    Advice to Management

    Realize that flexibility and choices make employees happy and more productive; not control and military-style leadership.


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