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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated June 18, 2018
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Pros
  • "The culture is one which respects and values staff opinions with a real belief in work life balance" (in 49 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, high pay, good opportunities" (in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "Maybe they could improve work/life balance" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Forced to take B&V stock and can not sell it" (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Electrical 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

    Great company to work, grow and make a career. Flexible work schedule, highly comparative salaries, Employee ownership, global business and many business lines are some of the key aspects. Every professional is a leader of the company. Few recent great initiatives to tap and explore different markets and innovations in different field produce lot of opportunities to the young professionals.

    Cons

    As with all big company, they also lack on the fast responses and not so agile. Some of the business lines are vulnerable to market ups and downs and company yet to struggling bringing new portfolio to balance the market swings.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the founding member’s key basics- keep it simple- Win work, Do Work and make Money. Figure out ways to cut down overheads on the projects, keep the workforce encouraged & occupied with challenging work during market down swing.


  2. "IT Tech Services Professional"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Love the environment and people I work with. Management and team are awesome.

    Cons

    Difficult to move up in IT if you don't live in KC.

  3. "Diverse, Fast Paced, Self-starter focused"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Diverse, Fast Paced, Self-starter focused

    Cons

    Tenure is awarded over merit in some circumstances.


  4. "Good...if you live in Kansas"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Typical energy industry EPC trying to remodel themselves for the new energy economy.

    Cons

    Great employer in Kansas, so I'm told. Problem is, who wants to live in Kansas?


  5. "Marketing Coordinator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Markering Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Markering Coordinator in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They appreciate everyone's contributions

    Cons

    Sometimes management does not use input from subordinates

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  6. "Good Midwest Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Managing Director in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable workers and people are generally nice.

    Cons

    Challenged with growth and slow in spotting and riding market trends


  7. "Engineering technician 1"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, high pay, good opportunities.

    Cons

    Overloaded with work but overall no downsides

  8. "Ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great people, disorganized management. Left me alone to do my work most of the time

    Cons

    Management could never decide what they wanted to be


  9. "Transmission Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good pay for the area.
    Flexible work schedule.
    No one micro manages you.
    Flexible Hours.
    thats about it.

    Cons

    drab.
    Company is based in KC so it doesn't understand how awesome it is to work at other places in Portland.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Chemical Process Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    * Good brand name in the power industry and water treatment industry.

    * Compensation is just above average, and the cost of living in the area (OP, KS) is relatively low. The area is clean and pretty.

    Cons

    * Upper management has created two informal castes of engineers in the Oil & Gas department, the elites (white Kansans) and the mules (non-Kansans and non-whites). The elites are groomed for leadership roles, although most are unqualified or too young. The mules are relegated to support roles, despite strong skills developed elsewhere, and are the first to be laid off when times are tough, or if they ask for leadership roles.

    * Most projects are poorly led (by the elites), resulting in poor quality deliverables to clients, prompting repeat clients to pull projects and go find other firms to do the work, and promping new clients to avoid the company.

    * The performance review system is ineffective and is mainly good for allowing elites to cover their short-comings by dishonestly reviewing the support engineers (mules). The mules are easily blamed for the faults of the elites, resulting in more promotions for the elites and guaranteed lay-offs for the mules only.

    * The work culture is very cliqueish. The various cliques rarely mix, socially.

    * The purported corporate values are seldom followed by management or by the elite engineers. The actual implemented values are much different.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire chain of command over the Oil & Gas division.


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