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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated June 18, 2017
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is phenomenal (in 38 reviews)

  • 9/80 schedule is pretty awesome (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • B&V will sell your soul faster than their own grandmother (in 20 reviews)

  • Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Growing Pains"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer IV in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable, Secure, International opportunities and reputable

    Cons

    They don't lay off enough of the bottom performers. Any warm body can keep a job at BV.

    The HQ is severely depressing. I dread the office and would much rather just work from home.

    Advice to Management

    Lay off your bottom performers and hire externally.

    The HQ is severely depressing. Innovative people don't live in the suburbs and live exciting lives. Get an office downtown like a real professional company. Overland Park is where people go to die.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "This is a company that has lost its direction"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people and a highly diverse workforce. Important work that truly improves communities. A wide variety of career paths and the opportunity to work virtually anywhere in the world.

    Cons

    The company has lost its focus, which is really unfortunate given its 100+ year history. Millions wasted every year in special initiatives and consultants that tell us what we should already know. Top leadership of the company and most business units have built an echo chamber around themselves, applying the same solutions to the same problems and getting the same poor results.

    Advice to Management

    Guys, it's not hard. Engineers are good at engineering. Get real business minds in to lead growth initiatives. Establish a legitimate sales force and stop thinking engineers can sell, market, project manage and grow the business. If you were serious about changing the culture, restructure to break down the organizational barriers that have kept revenues stagnant for nearly a decade. Bring in outside perspectives. Eliminate wasteful and unproductive initiatives.

  3. "Good company if you're a man"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative & friendly teams - exciting work

    Cons

    Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems

    Advice to Management

    Learn what Equal Opportunity Employer really means


  4. "Civil engineer level VI"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer Level VI in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer Level VI in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, lots of experienced professionals, plenty of growth opportunity.

    Cons

    Growing pains as a result of adding personnel too quickly.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Good benefits, no bonuses!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Many experienced professionals don't train jr. or new engineers. I wish the culture or leaders get proactive on this. No learning opportunity!

    Advice to Management

    Develop a culture that trains new engineers. The upside, young professionals will enjoy and work efficiently.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO, relaxed atmosphere, sick time

    Cons

    The atmosphere has really change to unfriendly


  7. "Best company I ever worked at!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fishkill, NY
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Fishkill, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, well managed. They trained us as young engineers very well under talented REAL senior engineers. Rewards were not given freely, they were earned. My mentors, Florea Cristea and Jorge Vizcarra may you rest in peace.

    Cons

    At times could be over regulated with big company siloed mindset.

    Advice to Management

    Think about what made you great and get back to that.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Recognized talent by management group"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and multiple culture backgrounds; big company with offices cross the country and international business. Opportunities in career development.

    Cons

    Overhead rate seems higher than industrial average. Top management group usually takes high bonus for themselves; management is less transparent.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Engineering Tech 1"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours, paid the bills

    Cons

    Contract work- client could pull plug at any time and the whole office could be gone the next day. Software as terribly inconsistent (always chasing my tail trying to use the "CAD" program). Prior experience shouldn't mean a higher pay grade if all new hires were trained together at square one.

    Advice to Management

    Don't over sell the job like it was to me. Stop having so many people drawing lines in the sand where contingent workers can't do this/that but permanent employees can


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Process Engineer III"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Process Engineer III in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture, flexible schedule, great talent and people, big organization with tons of opportunities and exciting projects... great benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing worth commenting on.


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