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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  • B&V will sell your soul faster than their own grandmother (in 20 reviews)

  • Old boys club - new ideas are frowned upon - no work/life balance - be here now mentality - terrible old systems (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company To Learn And Grow With"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Talented professionals to work with
    - The top management seems to really know what they are doing. I especially felt this way when Karen Daniel (CFO) came to our satellite office to speak.
    - Really good opportunities available depending on projects that B&V wins

    Cons

    - There had been increasing "corporate fluff" programs since I had been working there. I realize their just trying to get employees to be more engaged, but I personally saw it as adistraction


  2. "Execution Manager for Bentley Technology"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Millennials beware."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Awesome Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. "Great Company!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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,


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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  8. "Director"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Highly ethical company, solid company that will be here another 100 years, does great infrastructure work for the world

    Cons

    Not enough fresh blood; execs have been here forever so somewhat antiquated, insular thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Innovate and be open to change.


  9. "Good Solid Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Control Analyst in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Project Control Analyst in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people and work life balance is important here. Lots of opportunities for advancement and career growth with many global office locations and technologies.

    Cons

    There is a lot of pressure to take a field assignment if you want to keep advancing your career.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Back your employees"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CM II in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - CM II in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Tons of talented people that work here, decent salary

    Cons

    Don't back employees, let good people go without a care keep the ones that are less then par.. Some managers don't take responsibility for their faults.

    Advice to Management

    Back your employees don't understaff and dump loads of work on them and expect them to do your job along with their job just to make yourself look good to upper management


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