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Updated September 21, 2017
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  • Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems (in 11 reviews)

  • Honestly hard to come up with 20 words of cons for B&V (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Civil Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance is very good

    Cons

    they don't pay very well


  2. "Great company, but beware of sudden layoffs"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company but departments were well integrated

    Cons

    Sudden layoff of individuals and departments with no warning

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Project Administrator in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I love that the professionals, that is what they called employees, shared their knowledge.

    Cons

    They lay off people when times are tough for the company

    Advice to Management

    give people a chance to move up.


  4. "Great Engineering Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedules (9-80), work/life balance (really the main reason I'm still around), decent vacation, decent benefits, strong culture, good salary, strong recent engagement in innovation practices.

    Cons

    Large firm can be slow to change and adapt to new challenges and technologies.

    Advice to Management

    Continue reaching out to professionals for ideas for change.


  5. "Project Controls Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Estimator in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Project Estimator in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is very well.

    Cons

    They are too top heavy when it comes to management.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Don't bother working in Denver"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Jeans are allowed M-F. The pay is decent compared to other companies in the area. Good health insurance and 401k.

    Cons

    Not all teams or supervisors follow company policies leading to employees receiving different treatment.

    There's the clique that rules the office. Much like high school. They team up to push promotions for those who can barely press a button on a keyboard. They will team up for employee recognition. In other words, it's the good boy club. It's all about who you know.

    They will promote just to not lose an employee.

    Hard working employees are not recognized. Why? Not part of the club.

    HIGH TURN OVER! at least 25% turnover in one years' time.

    Too many supervisors and no singular person in charge. This leads to different treatment between employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the hands in charge in Denver. New office manager is nice and respectful but he's not really the one in charge. HR, leads, and PMs should be look into. Official management training from outside sources. Recognize your employees and take an active roll in their development. Provide training. And spend a penny on your employees. An office that will not even spend money on flavored tea....??? Really? Employees buy their own small appliances? Really? Hidden supplies? Really?


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Walk the Talk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great community service volunteer options.

    Cons

    work/life balance does not exist. Preach values but don't practice them.

  8. "Construction Manager"

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay well, concerned about every employee's health and welfare. Has great benefits and educational opportunities.

    Cons

    Work is often far from home.

    Advice to Management

    None


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Project Facilitator"

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

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere. Company provides regular technology updates.

    Cons

    Management has little interaction with staff. Deadlines get shorter and shorter while resources become more depleted, which places undue amounts of work on employees. Management often responds poorly when this problem is brought up in meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Look up from your cell phones long enough to realize what is going on in your department. Take time to understand the nuances of daily operations rather than simply barking to "work faster" or "just get it done."


  10. "Project Manager"

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, flexible schedule, good engineering opportunities.

    Cons

    Tough to be promoted, hard to move within the company, not enough responsibility at early stages

    Advice to Management

    Less structured promotion plan, more open opportunities across business units


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