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Black & Veatch Kansas City Reviews

Updated May 13, 2017
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  • B&V will sell your soul faster than their own grandmother (in 20 reviews)

  • Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Practice Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Global Practice Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    1. The people. I've only worked for a few firms over my 20 years, but I hear stories of other engineering firms and realize that B&V is one of the best. You'll always run into a handful of difficult people, but they're very rare at B&V and almost everyone I work with is very collaborative, supportive and has a positive outlook on our work
    2. Balanced portfolio. With the focus on Water, Energy and Telecoms, B&V has a diverse portfolio that helps us ride out the lulls in the different markets.

    Cons

    In my department, work-life balance is tough. It's mostly the nature of the business as a process engineer, but it's tough to maintain a reasonable work-life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focused on robust, long-term stability, not short-term gains like some other firms have done to their detriment and that of their employees.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Civil engineer level VI"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer Level VI in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer Level VI in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Big company, lots of experienced professionals, plenty of growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Growing pains as a result of adding personnel too quickly.

  3. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Highly ethical company, solid company that will be here another 100 years, does great infrastructure work for the world

    Cons

    Not enough fresh blood; execs have been here forever so somewhat antiquated, insular thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate and be open to change.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Construction Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Construction Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great workplace culture. Work/life balance is wonderful (in the office, out in the field is a different story). Competitive wages. Great place for a recent college graduate to gain a wide variety of experience in a relatively short amount of time.

    Cons

    The only issue I have experienced so far is the available work. As with any engineering/construction firm, work will naturally


  5. "A great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    An established well known organization with great reputation

    Cons

    Large organization can prove to be bureaucratic

    Advice to Management

    Seek opportunities for innovation


  6. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Stable company, whilst there is fluctuation at project level the corporation is run by a conservative board who are very considered in their risk taking and subsequently provide a stable working environment.

    Cons

    Risk Averse, Quite a stale working environment. Too afraid to move people on when they have gone past their best.

    Advice to Management

    Inject some youth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Concerned"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have great benefit opportunities. It is a diverse place to work. There is opportunity for personal growth.

    Cons

    I think it is losing value and its upstanding reputation in some areas of the business.

    Advice to Management

    In lower-management better leadership is needed; not dictators.

  8. "personal"

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    Former Employee - Safety & Health Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Safety & Health Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great career development opportunities, experiences and personal growth across different departments

    Cons

    work life balance can be challenging as projects can be quite demanding

    Advice to Management

    keep doing the good job you are doing


  9. "OK"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer V in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer V in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a good company for young engineers. I would still recommend it to my friends. It was a good company for young engineers. I would still recommend to my friends.

    Cons

    It was hard to get promoted after certain level. I had enough. It was hard to get promoted after certain level. I had enough.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck on 20/20 goals


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer II in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good schedule flexibility and compensation

    Cons

    High pressure at times and no free coffee


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