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Updated November 14, 2017
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Was a good Company"

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    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Bucks, AL
    Former Employee - Materials Manager in Bucks, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be they took care of people....

    Cons

    Just like any other large company...they become mean and do not care about there folks.

    Advice to Management

    Change your old Technology.....In to use new Tech.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "One way street"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good technical library. That's all I can think of.

    Cons

    The company is so focused on revenue that they do not take the time to provide adequate training. The result is a team of non-experts wasting time and resources to create a mediocre project.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time with employee development. Allow professionals time to learn for themselves and to improve processes for the company.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Walk the Talk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great community service volunteer options.

    Cons

    work/life balance does not exist. Preach values but don't practice them.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Don't bother working in Denver"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineering Technician in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Laid back environment. Jeans are allowed M-F. The pay is decent compared to other companies in the area. Good health insurance and 401k.

    Cons

    Not all teams or supervisors follow company policies leading to employees receiving different treatment.

    There's the clique that rules the office. Much like high school. They team up to push promotions for those who can barely press a button on a keyboard. They will team up for employee recognition. In other words, it's the good boy club. It's all about who you know.

    They will promote just to not lose an employee.

    Hard working employees are not recognized. Why? Not part of the club.

    HIGH TURN OVER! at least 25% turnover in one years' time.

    Too many supervisors and no singular person in charge. This leads to different treatment between employees.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the hands in charge in Denver. New office manager is nice and respectful but he's not really the one in charge. HR, leads, and PMs should be look into. Official management training from outside sources. Recognize your employees and take an active roll in their development. Provide training. And spend a penny on your employees. An office that will not even spend money on flavored tea....??? Really? Employees buy their own small appliances? Really? Hidden supplies? Really?


  5. Helpful (10)

    "This is a company that has lost its direction"

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    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.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Engineering Tech 1"

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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


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Engineer 2"

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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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Make it over the HR staff and you are golden"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone knows the B&V logo and name. They are well represented. Not a competitive compensation package, but the long run is to get into their international scene. They have great seasoned workers who know their stuff, there is a lot of knowledge there for sure

    Cons

    They are moving to a "global" firm mentality so the expectation to work outside of the U.S. is dwindling down. Fast. I worked there for a summer, nepotism is a problem here. Who you know matters more than anything here. If you decide to intern, they will ask everyone about how much they "like" you rather than your work performance. If you can make it over their HR staff -doing what ever needs to be done in order to please them- then you will be golden

    Advice to Management

    People are starting to talk and leave, because of how they are being treated in the work place. Focus on the quality and be truthful to your interns and new hires,


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Millennials beware."

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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.


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