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Black & Veatch Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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Black & Veatch CEO Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards
298 Ratings
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  • "Upper management has a vision that middle management isn't executing on(in 23 reviews)

  • "Forced to take B&V stock and can not sell it(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Engineering Technician II"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering Technician in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to work for with good people. There is open communication between employees and upper management. You are never treated as a number.

    Cons

    Cafeteria food is expensive and hours could be extended like the self checkout in the IP cafe. Vending machines need card readers.

    Advice to Management

    Open a general suggestions area in the iNet for employees to communicate ideas and concerns at any time in an anonymous fashion.

    Black & Veatch2016-10-15
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Toxic work culture with fake image in the outside world"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Access to lots of resources

    Cons

    The upper management doesn't care about you. They hire bunch of people to get their projects done and then you will be let go. They micromanage employees and treat them like school children.

    Advice to Management

    Have some loyalty for employees. Stop micromanaging them.

    Black & Veatch2019-09-12
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Great people here, just not the VP's"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are great people at this organization. Tremendous potential

    Cons

    Very confused upper management. Last minute decisions without thought, just ruining the place.

    Advice to Management

    Dig up to find problems with your company, not down.

    Black & Veatch2019-05-14
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good Company"

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company focuses on the employee There is a great work/life balance atmosphere Management recognizes the need to be dynamic with changes

    Cons

    Upper management has a vision that middle management isn't executing on

    Black & Veatch2019-02-08
  5. Helpful (5)

    "Accounting and Finance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Accountant in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work life balance, hard working people

    Cons

    Lack Diversity at higher-level positions: Accounting and Finance executive leaders lack diversity in upper management roles and they prefer it that way.

    Black & Veatch2018-12-20
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical engineer 1"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay and compensation Projects are intriguing and exciting

    Cons

    Culture and management Upper management doesn't understand draftsman or technicians

    Advice to Management

    Work to help employees staying because other companies taking them quick

    Black & Veatch2018-08-08
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Chemical Process Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    * Good brand name in the power industry and water treatment industry. * Compensation is just above average, and the cost of living in the area (OP, KS) is relatively low. The area is clean and pretty.

    Cons

    * Upper management has created two informal castes of engineers in the Oil & Gas department, the elites (white Kansans) and the mules (non-Kansans and non-whites). The elites are groomed for leadership roles, although most are unqualified or too young. The mules are relegated to support roles, despite strong skills developed elsewhere, and are the first to be laid off when times are tough, or if they ask for... leadership roles. * Most projects are poorly led (by the elites), resulting in poor quality deliverables to clients, prompting repeat clients to pull projects and go find other firms to do the work, and promping new clients to avoid the company. * The performance review system is ineffective and is mainly good for allowing elites to cover their short-comings by dishonestly reviewing the support engineers (mules). The mules are easily blamed for the faults of the elites, resulting in more promotions for the elites and guaranteed lay-offs for the mules only. * The work culture is very cliqueish. The various cliques rarely mix, socially. * The purported corporate values are seldom followed by management or by the elite engineers. The actual implemented values are much different.

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    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire chain of command over the Oil & Gas division.

    Black & Veatch2018-06-02
  8. Helpful (8)

    "No Respect for Employees"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are great people to work with

    Cons

    Low pay, bad benefits(insurance is a joke), middle and upper management treat people terribly, no willingness to improve processes, no technical expertise, poor client relationships, unpaid overtime

    Advice to Management

    Stop breaking the law and pay people for over time, comp time is required to be rewarded at time and a half

    Black & Veatch2018-05-05
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tradesman"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Smithton, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    There is absolutely nothing positive about working for them

    Cons

    Lousy safety, very discriminatory, hostile work environment, incompetent upper management, cheapest company ever..

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of half of your upper management from Smithton PA

    Black & Veatch2018-01-31
  10. "Awesome Company"

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lots of people, bad at at socialization.

    Black & Veatch2017-02-01
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