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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "A great place for opportunity."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for growth. Work on a wide variety of projects at once.

    Cons

    Having a laptop provided by the company doesn't mean you can work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Love working at Black and Veatch


  2. "engineering"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great for advancement and training. Fast growing company.

    Cons

    No cons at all all

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lots of project diversity. Great place for an ambitious electrical engineer."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer IV in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Project diversity: this was one of the best reasons to work at Black and Veatch. As an electrical engineer, I was always looking forward to my next big project and luckily there was a lot of it coming to B&V. The power delivery group especially is growing and growing fast. Allowing you to work on some very cool and complex projects with large teams and clients. Multiple projects at once was also possible if you were ambitious enough.

    -There is definitely a hierarchy just like any big organization but the structure is very organized and merits you based on your efforts. For example, if you achieve your PE then you are promoted and can take on supervision roles.

    -Multiple offices: if you are looking for a change in location, B&V will definitely work to accommodate your request. Nice thing is that many offices are in or around big cities and in very attractive locations all around the world.

    -Resources: because of the size of the company, there’s always someone somewhere that can answer your question. Whether it is technical or administrative in nature, someone will help out.

    Cons

    -Strict policies: there are some old policies at BV that have remained for probably as long as the company has lasted and seem to be like the 10 commandments that cannot and won’t be changed. Even though times have changed, the company is not competitive in certain areas. For example, vacation still starts at 2 weeks, and after the PE or 5 BV year’s it is bumped to 3 weeks.

    -Compensation: even after someone achieves their PE, I believe the compensation is not competitive. A fresh PE inside the company is looking at mid 80s whereas other companies will start at mid 90s.

    -Bonus: the bonus structure is limited to people that have their PE or higher. Not a great incentive for fresh grads.

    Advice to Management

    Times have changed, so the company should adapt to modern competitive policies in order to retain their employees. The turnover in BV is high for regional offices primarily because employees feel like they are not heard and they aren’t because some policies are not being changed in order to accommodate employee’s special circumstances.


  4. "Project Controls"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work. Many opportunities to move around if the need or want is there. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Being Compensated for the role you play can take a bit of time to get or may have to leave company to get it.


  5. "B&V"

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    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - CAD Drafter in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredible stable job and work environment.

    Cons

    It's a desk job with a cubicle

    Advice to Management

    Get up and move around more often.


  6. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great company to start your career in! Found great mentors

    Cons

    Maybe they could improve work/life balance


  7. Helpful (1)

    "The good, the bad and the ugly"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good. Facilities are nice as well.

    Cons

    Culture is really subpar. The engineering field is conservative by nature and full of introverts, so this creates a very tribal environment. Couple that with a "bill by the hour" management mentality and you have a disjointed culture that is overly focused on keeping their tribe insulated from the rest of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Take some risks and listen to people who come from other companies and other professions besides Black & Veatch and engineering respectively.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects. Good software and work processes. Sophisticated technical business focus.

    Cons

    Lack of ethics and integrity. Sharky environment from those who want to be in front of the client. Being billable is the holy grail of importance. When work is slow, watch out for sabotage from peers and political drama. Its eat or be eaten.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing an employee friendly culture.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Watch your back"

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    Current Employee - Business Development in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Business Development in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company with a lot of opportunities. Competitive salary and benefits. Well respected company in the industry.

    Cons

    The company has been taken over by "yes" men and political players. Upper/Middle management filled with two-faced individuals looking for people to step on as they move up.

    Far too risk averse to succeed in today's market.

    The old guard runs the place with antiquated thinking but beware their impending retirement - there is a talent vacuum beneath them.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so short-sighted. This is an employee-owned company and you are treating it like it's publically traded. Employee-owned companies stick with their people in down times, they don't lay them off.

    Practice what you preach. ASPiRE - I've been in multiple meetings where upper management including Steve Edwards does not show any of the values they claim to support.

    Stop surrounding yourself with yes men, the company is headed south because nobody will push back.


  10. "Project Lead Electrical Engieneer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice staff, honest people, Technically skilled manpower, Trustwoethyness, Business accumen

    Cons

    Technical updates, coordination, people management,


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