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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  • The work/life balance is phenomenal (in 38 reviews)

  • Flexible work schedules including 9/80 schedule, good work/life balance, lots of opportunities for growth and challenging work (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Black & Veatch Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Graphics"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Senior Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "HR"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Management is horrible"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not happy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Management Consultant in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people, friendly atmosphere, professional culture, engineers are valued.

    Cons

    No diversity, management teams are not always the smartest people in the room, and the results are not good. People here make good money but have no direction or stable leadership to rely on.

    Advice to Management

    Need management training, and more diversity top to bottom. Need more investment in startup incubators to innovate in areas not familiar to top management. They use traditional EPC metrics to all new business models regardless of the new competency. So software development, consulting services, etc. are mismanaged and leaders of these groups are not capable of doing their jobs.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Civil Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    co-workers are great to work with

    Cons

    Managerment is stodgy and not progressive

    Advice to Management

    Retire old management


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Unethical in telecom group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There is some talent in the telecommunications group. However they get over looked aND are too important to be promoted because they are too good at their jobs.

    Cons

    The group leads and department leads will ask others to spy on coworkers, they will share private and personal information about other coworkers that should stay between management and the specific person who shared the information. They will promote only the people who cannot do their job and gave as much face time with the boss. Management specifically tells the people doing the work to overlook unethical practices or shoddy work in order for it to get out the door on time. They will tell you to specifically close your eyes to quality, sit down and shut up. Old boys club. Will openly tell women they can't do they same job a man is doing. Bad raises and bonuses even though the group was number one for five years running snd they told us to work more than 12 hour days.

    Advice to Management

    Get with your own mission statement. Just because a person speaks Chinese doesn't mean that person has a better handle on the job requirements and duties than an american.



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