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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated May 26, 2017
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  1. "Growing Pains"

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    • 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. "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.


  3. "Black & Veatch"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Wireless Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Wireless Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many locations, great goals and employees

    Cons

    Not many job openings currently.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Construction manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, nice people, interesting work

    Cons

    Lots of travel, only 1 client


  7. "Execution Manager for Bentley Technology"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Technology Manager in Overland Park, KS

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

    Pros

    Hard work is rewarded with opportunity.

    Cons

    Traditional "old-school" merit increases and promotion schedules. It's very hard to break-the-mold and be promoted in advance.

    Advice to Management

    Periodically check professionals to ensure that they fall within a safe range of financial compensation among their peers.


  8. "I'm starting to look outside Black & Veatch"

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    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Program Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global company with great opportunities for employees

    Cons

    KC-centric mindset, overly conservative leaders

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond Kansas City for new leaders & growth opportunity


  9. "Awesome Company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of growth opportunity especially as upper management is filtered out.

    Cons

    Lots of people, bad at at socialization.


  10. "Great Company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is phenomenal.

    Cons

    Lunch in building can he expensive,


  11. "Good place to work as long as there are projects in-house"

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Project Controls Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities if you fit into the conservative culture -- Work life balance due to the 9/80 workhours program, working 9 hours a day with every other Friday off!

    Cons

    Work is always dependent upon industry, and with oil and gas downturn, it may be awhile to bring in more project work. Technology internally lagging behind -- conservative, but that's why they're cash rich.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate operational marketplace industry software vs growing in-house programs


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