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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated October 16, 2018
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  • "Maybe they could improve work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Forced to take B&V stock and can not sell it" (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Project Support Asst/Operations Asst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Family oriented. Believed in promotions.

    Cons

    none great company to work for


  2. "Fairly good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    9/80 schedule. Pay was fairly good.

    Cons

    Left hand did not always know what the right hand was doing.

  3. "Large company"

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

    Pros

    Good place to work especially for young engineers.

    Cons

    Not the greatest place to work if your support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support your regional offices better.


  4. "Project Controls"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great environment with a lot of hard working people. Strong engineering firm with a strong culture and tradition.

    Cons

    Can be a very corporate and decisions may seem a bit short-sided.

    Advice to Management

    Value talent from within then unknown talent from outside of the organization.


  5. "Black & Veatch Experience"

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

    Pros

    Great company culture
    Flexible
    Good benefits
    Competitive wage

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work"

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    B&V is an excellent company to work for in busy time. It is a large company with many opportunities to advance your career. It also has offices and projects in many parts of the country as well as outside of the US if you are interested in exploring the world. The pay is very competitive especially if you have been there for a while. The company’s stock options are also a great way to boost your 401k balance. All in all, B&V is a good company with a solid reputation in the industry for ability to execute complex projects.

    Cons

    With the softening of the Power market in the US and North America in general, B&V Power like many other companies in this field has seen a slowdown that is resulting in people switching industries, retiring early, or leaving the workforce all together.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce overhead, don’t need so many VP’s, continue to find ways to be lean and highly competitive.


  7. "Engineering Technician"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly team members and laid back culture.

    Cons

    Opportunity does not present itself quickly enough for those looking to gain responsibilities and advance their career.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not Impressed, and Disappointed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only great Pro is Compensation.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and Drab environment, Bonuses for E5 and ENT 6 and above, non-collaborative environment, training only for specific people for specific projects/reasons, opportunity is dismal for advancement (manly based on years at B&V), Benefits and IT are always a two to four day turnaround and half the time have a very general answer, and to many supervisors/micro managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get some leadership training from a third party. Encourage people to collaborate and see all options from all levels. Less supervisors needed. And lastly... fix the IT/Benefits position we are in. The communication between the employee’s and both are subpar by a long shot.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Large, old company"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lake Oswego, OR
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Lake Oswego, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    For engineers, there's good job security. Because the company has teams of engineers all over the world, if your office ever has a slow period, you can reach out to other teams and see if they need help. It's also good to be able to ask for help from other offices.

    Cons

    Like other big companies that have been around for awhile, this one has a bottomless pit of company policies and procedures. Of those that were talked about in project kick-off meetings, almost all of them were quickly forgotten about once work was under way. This is a company that believes in the Way Things Have Always Been Done.

    Advice to Management

    There is no indication that management has any real interest in advice from their employees. That's not said out of anger, it's just the truth.


  10. "Engineer's Engineering company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Walnut Creek, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer IV in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are a no non-sense engineer, this is the company to work for. Plenty of opportunities for lateral movement especially if you are early in your career.

    Cons

    If you are not keen on getting your Professional Engineering license, this may not be the company for you.


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