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Black & Veatch Kansas City Reviews

Updated February 25, 2017
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  • The work/life balance is phenomenal (in 37 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedules including 9/80 schedule, good work/life balance, lots of opportunities for growth and challenging work (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Execution Manager for Bentley Technology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded with opportunity.

    Cons

    Traditional "old-school" merit increases and promotion schedules. It's very hard to break-the-mold and be promoted in advance.

    Advice to Management

    Periodically check professionals to ensure that they fall within a safe range of financial compensation among their peers.


  2. "Awesome Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunity especially as upper management is filtered out.

    Cons

    Lots of people, bad at at socialization.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Millennials beware."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Had the ability to telecommute every now and then.

    Cons

    This company constantly contradicts itself. Claims to be innovative and wants professionals to "aspire" to be more. It's all smoke and mirrors. The business lines are so siloed, that noone is ever on the same page. Management is SO unaware, and only speaks to you if there is a problem. Constantly re-orgs and let's real assets to the company go. No loyalty. Bonus's haven't happened for most business lines in a long time. Apply here if you'd like to feel like your wasting all your time and energy on a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk AT your team, talk TO them. This place is full of boss's... and lacks actual leaders.


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  5. "Under Pressure"

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    Current Employee - Engineer Tech I in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer Tech I in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, freedom within reason, good pay

    Cons

    The world is what you make it, and the bathroom stalls are disgusting

    Advice to Management

    Take it easy on the green horns


  6. "Great Company!"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Lunch in building can he expensive,


  7. "Good place to work as long as there are projects in-house"

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities if you fit into the conservative culture -- Work life balance due to the 9/80 workhours program, working 9 hours a day with every other Friday off!

    Cons

    Work is always dependent upon industry, and with oil and gas downturn, it may be awhile to bring in more project work. Technology internally lagging behind -- conservative, but that's why they're cash rich.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate operational marketplace industry software vs growing in-house programs


  8. "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.


  9. "Good Solid Company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Control Analyst in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Project Control Analyst in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance is important here. Lots of opportunities for advancement and career growth with many global office locations and technologies.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to take a field assignment if you want to keep advancing your career.


  10. "Excellent culture"

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    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.


  11. "Mechanical Engineering Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, KS
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in Kansas City, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free housing, great pay, one of the best intern programs, lots of fun events

    Cons

    Work was extremely boring and came in ebbs and flows

    Advice to Management

    Be sure there is enough work prior to putting interns in a group.



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