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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated August 18, 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 10 reviews)

  • Honestly hard to come up with 20 words of cons for B&V (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Solid Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects to work on. Some of the brightest, best people in the industry. Adequate options for moving up or laterally.

    Cons

    Move toward more flexible business model is slow. Big EPC opportunities come in cycles and additional focus should be placed on developing new solutions.


  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. "Growing Pains"

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    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.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Great people, good training and on-boarding processes.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about Black & Veatch


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good company if you're a man"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Financial Analysis Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative & friendly teams - exciting work

    Cons

    Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems

    Advice to Management

    Learn what Equal Opportunity Employer really means


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Good benefits, no bonuses!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in College Station, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Many experienced professionals don't train jr. or new engineers. I wish the culture or leaders get proactive on this. No learning opportunity!

    Advice to Management

    Develop a culture that trains new engineers. The upside, young professionals will enjoy and work efficiently.

  8. "Senior Financial Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, good work enviorment

    Cons

    Flexible schedule, work life balance


  9. "B&V"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, no one breathing down your neck. Very laid back

    Cons

    Working in same position for a while haven't been able to move up in company easier if Engineer


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Changed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    PTO, relaxed atmosphere, sick time

    Cons

    The atmosphere has really change to unfriendly


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