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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated August 29, 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. Helpful (9)

    "B&V HR/Marketing is Posting Fake Reviews"

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    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer In Energy in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Senior Civil Engineer In Energy in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I just want to get the word out that Black & Veatch Human Resources, and/or Black & Veatch Marketing is deliberately posting fake reviews, and no matter how many negative reviews are posted, that 3.6 rating you see up there never goes down. It's reasonable to expect other corporations are doing the same thing. But, Black & Veatch is known to have a very tight grip on advertising and media relations. If you trust the reviews on here, be advised, they are manipulated by Black & Veatch.

    Cons

    Seriously. Black & Veatch employs more spin people than the White House. All those slick media releases don't create themselves. They higher HR generalist lawyers On-Contract to lay people off. That way nobody has to do the dirty work, and the liability is third party.

    Advice to Management

    Stop. Stop with the manipulation of these reviews. If you are ever going to get better, or even be able to believe these reviews at all, stop being lying to yourselves and correct the problems. Like stop laying off good people, and get away from being so siloed on the projects. Maybe stop promoting people on favoritism and nepotism. Maybe, realize you screwed up laying off a generation of would-be mid-managers, and admit now you are hurting for any kind of experience you can find. Maybe promoting on government mandated gender and ethnic quotas to gain the contract isn't such a good idea. I know that faking reviews on objective third party sites isn't the right way to go. It actually fits with the ethical standards of your employees, ... and because this is tolerated, it says volumes about your company.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Insular Culture"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Consultant in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good engineers, interesting projects, good base salary, work from home benefits

    Cons

    The problems are mainly at the executive level. Good ole boy environment based upon a Kansas City centric environment. Senior level executives are out of touch, driven by greed, and treat employee as commodities. Insular culture that values ability to take orders rather than talent. No integrity at the C level.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employees instead of out of touch executives that only measure success through utilization.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Building a World of Indifference"

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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

    Pros

    Interesting work most of the time

    Cons

    Company tag line is "Building a World of Difference" but they show complete indifference to employees.
    Bonus potential is a complete farce.
    Very stuffy environment.
    Company not doing well.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Bad Leadership"

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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
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loved the people and project teams I worked with

    Cons

    Since most of the C Level Management is new, their inexperience and lack of leadership is quite evident

    Advice to Management

    Start over


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Black & Veatch Review"

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    Former Employee - National Project Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - National Project Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working environment without undue stress.

    Cons

    No upward mobility if you are seeking career advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Pay great people according to their merit.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Graphics"

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    Former Contractor - Graphics in Denver, CO
    Former Contractor - Graphics in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get a pay check every 2 weeks or for some every week. Great coworkers to talk to if you have questions. The pay is nice compared to other companies that do the same thing.

    Cons

    Way to strict on the rules, and also way too many rules too. If your shirt has a stain on it you get sent home because its not professional.

    They give you a job with an unrealistic time line that cant be done for a lot of people. There is no finite way on how to do the job right, it all depends on the person that is redlining your job. Person "A" likes the orientation of the text. You get your next job and finish it and you do the same exact text orientation as the last job but Person "B" doesn't like that orientation, so you fix it to their liking.

    Its like a sweat shop here, and very stressful to get jobs done. Not a very fun job. Doesn't help when your sitting down the whole time and have no physical activity because your stressed on getting the job done. But what do you expect when the majority here but a selected few are cattle getting fatten up for the slaughterhouse

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up with the rules, makes working here not an enjoyable place to be. If Kim Jong-il was still alive and was the ceo of this great establishment I'm sure he will be easy on the rules.

    Also please tell the people that redline the work prints to have a finite way on how they want the prints to look like. Its frustrating that people redline the job based on what they like. And you never know who is going to get your job for redlines when you submitted it.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Technician"

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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

    Not many pros for anyone but the terrible leadership

    Cons

    Almost Everything is a con, treated terribly

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people like cattle.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Expendable Employees, People are just Numbers"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Initially Competitive Salary, Good Benefits

    Cons

    Felt like just a number not a person, overtime was an expectation but as a salaried employee it made your pay really feel less worthwhile, questions would go unanswered and upper management pushed off responsibility to next level managers. I worked hard and long hours coworkers always acknowledged my commitment, but still felt very under appreciated by management,

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your people.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "HR"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very few comp low, objectives impossible to meet, HR are worst

    Cons

    HR professionals just execute what they are told to do by business unit leaders. No integrity or influence, speak up and you are let go. Little respect for diversity. Business leaders just hire their buddies who are not qualified. Very high attrition rate.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the ivory tower - employees are your true source of growth - do exit interviews. Spot the private club hiring. C level clueless on what goes on.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Management is horrible"

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

    Pros

    Work doesn't need to be done efficiently because management doesn't do anything.

    Cons

    No opportunity for career development. Leadership is blind. Supervisors are lazy and offer no assistance. Only managers get bonuses. Overworked. No respect from management.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees when they make a suggestion, don't threaten to fire them.


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