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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated May 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Recognized talent by management group"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer V in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer V 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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Engineering Tech 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    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


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer 2"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    You will get good experiance.

    Cons

    its all cubes for as far as you can see.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Millennials beware."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Had the ability to telecommute every now and then.

    Cons

    This company constantly contradicts itself. Claims to be innovative and wants professionals to "aspire" to be more. It's all smoke and mirrors. The business lines are so siloed, that noone is ever on the same page. Management is SO unaware, and only speaks to you if there is a problem. Constantly re-orgs and let's real assets to the company go. No loyalty. Bonus's haven't happened for most business lines in a long time. Apply here if you'd like to feel like your wasting all your time and energy on a dead end job.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk AT your team, talk TO them. This place is full of boss's... and lacks actual leaders.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Empty promises over promise and under deliver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Loads of sewer system engineering jobs that are repetitive, boring, unchallenging and low budget, difficult and demanding clients, over worked staff with no consistency or standardization in practices or processes

    Cons

    Crappy pay, empty promises, average salaries, long list of inefficient ineffective methods, outdated old school thinking, untravelled and mediocre management with little to no incentive to change the status quo, ugly cubicle life in dead end job

    Advice to Management

    Get some modern tools and techniques


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Telecommunications..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people to work with in the immediate office! Interesting, challenging work. Most people are really helpful & it's an enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    It's a "churn & burn" type of work environment to be honest. Contract to hire is misleading here because in reality only about 1 in 10, so 10% or less, contract people will actually be hired on as B&V employees. Getting hired on will take longer than anticipated too.

    There is a serious lack of communication. Many people live & work in Kansas. They are critical to understanding the projects.

    All time away from the office, including holidays etc, will have to either be made up through working additional hours on other days or missed altogether as there are no paid holidays or sick time.

    On the days work is slow at the office, employees will be sent home if there isn't work readily available for them & won't be paid for that time. When employees are given an assignment, they are given a timeline in which to complete things. If someone goes over that timeline, the boss will be notified.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees performance feedback. Improve communications & value people. Do not let someone from one office fire a person from another office; that is a huge liability. In the computer system, change it to "contract employee" or similar, instead of "non-employee", which is insulting & not grammatically correct.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great people but management kils morale"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and the professionals at the local markets are very hard working and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    The corporate office is comprised of friends and not necessarily the right people for the job. This makes it very difficult to perform at the local markets when the corporate structure is made up of people who lack the skills and experience necessary to fully understand the job or market.

    Advice to Management

    Hire and promote based on skills and experience. Friends don't necessarily make good executives. Friend are for golfing, not running a company.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Specialist 3"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Third Party Auditor in Overland Park, KS
    Former Contractor - Third Party Auditor in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was work I needed at the time and paid fairly well working as a Third Party Auditor on a Google Fiber Project.

    Cons

    Management was vague day to day as what the work would be for that day, let alone next week. Many days, when no work was assigned, we were expected to sit at our desks and find something to do i.e.: review specs, or twiddle our thumbs. On Friday morning we were told more work was coming and we would be really busy. Monday morning 2 of us were laid off for "lack of work". I've been laid off from telecoms before...it's the nature of the business but you get a feel things are slowing down. But this was so sudden and unexpected, no warning, no 'sorry about this'....nothing except turn your rental car and equipment in, someone will drive you home! I may work for B & V again but not in that office, with that Manager.

    Advice to Management

    The people that work for you need the job to support families, pay bills, etc.
    Lay off are always possible and come with the job. Don't tell us more work is coming then lay us off the next work day with out at least a little heads up or "thanks for the work you did...sorry that things didn't work out", just told to turn in you stuff, you're done here!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not a healthy office environment for contingents"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lenient work schedule
    - Free coffee
    - Nice office space
    - Business casual is fairly casual

    Cons

    - Lacks integrity
    - Too much office drama.. office manager spends the majority of her day gossiping and will share your private conversations with all employees. Claims that HR would never believe anyone who reported her for the way she speaks about people.
    - Treats contingents very poorly, you WILL be segregated from them
    - Slow on work

    Advice to Management

    Have integrity, lying about your "corporate policy" to avoid having difficult conversations is not a professional way to handle situations. All employees have a copy of the policy and can refer to it at any time.


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Very tough company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, well-performing company.

    Cons

    Very tough environment for HR professionals. HR not seen to be needed as leaders "at the table" with business-line management. It is a project-based company, so any departments that are not revenue-generating (e.g., HR, Legal, etc.) are considered a "necessary evil", unfortunately. Also a "good old boys" company...not too many women in leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Let Human Resources be a partner, not a "necessary evil".


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