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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated Dec 11, 2019

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3.6
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Black & Veatch CEO Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards
305 Ratings
  1. "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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for 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.

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    Black & Veatch2017-01-13
  2. "Good Solid Company"

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    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 for 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.

    Black & Veatch2017-01-03
  3. "Excellent culture"

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    Current Employee - Global Practice Leader in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    1. The people. I've only worked for a few firms over my 20 years, but I hear stories of other engineering firms and realize that B&V is one of the best. You'll always run into a handful of difficult people, but they're very rare at B&V and almost everyone I work with is very collaborative, supportive and has a positive outlook on our work 2. Balanced portfolio. With the focus on Water, Energy and Telecoms, B&V has a diverse portfolio that helps us ride out the lulls in the different markets.

    Cons

    In my department, work-life balance is tough. It's mostly the nature of the business as a process engineer, but it's tough to maintain a reasonable work-life balance.

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    Black & Veatch2016-12-14
  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Construction Associate in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace culture. Work/life balance is wonderful (in the office, out in the field is a different story). Competitive wages. Great place for a recent college graduate to gain a wide variety of experience in a relatively short amount of time.

    Cons

    The only issue I have experienced so far is the available work. As with any engineering/construction firm, work will naturally

    Black & Veatch2016-12-07
  5. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Stable company, whilst there is fluctuation at project level the corporation is run by a conservative board who are very considered in their risk taking and subsequently provide a stable working environment.

    Cons

    Risk Averse, Quite a stale working environment. Too afraid to move people on when they have gone past their best.

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    Black & Veatch2016-10-03
  6. "personal"

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    Former Employee - Safety & Health Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great career development opportunities, experiences and personal growth across different departments

    Cons

    work life balance can be challenging as projects can be quite demanding

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    Black & Veatch2016-07-25
  7. "Overall Great Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer II in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good work life balance -Starting pay is very good -Lots of knowledge to draw upon -Unlimited sick time for salaried employees

    Cons

    -Benefits are very lack luster. Vacation starting out is 2 weeks, goes up to 3 at 5 years, and maxes out at 4 weeks when you hit 10. Health coverage is ok, no reimbursements for gym memberships and the out of pocket max is kind of high.

    Black & Veatch2016-06-29
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Young Engineer"

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    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Employee owned 9/80 schedule Great work life balance Flex hours Decent pay Growing company Great upper management

    Cons

    Often boring work In O&G not enough work & hiring too many people Not enough social events ASPiRE can get annoying Performance review system is ineffective

    Black & Veatch2016-06-14
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Electrical Engineer (FULL TIME) in BV Telecommunications"

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    Electrical Engineer in Overland Park, KS
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Extreme mobility within the company. You can go as far as you aspire to go. Networking opportunities are enormous. No two days are the same when new work is being won. You're a consultant, meaning you are "pretty good" at several things at the same time. You can learn a lot of technical skills and business acumen in a short period of time! Work/life balance is emphasized. HR programs are useful. Management is capable and takes the role seriously. Vacation time (2 weeks at entry level) and sick leave (no limit) are great if you are a full-time professional. That is, not a contract employee.

    Cons

    Consulting is a fickle field. Not for everyone. Extreme mobility within the company means you will be sent to other groups, perhaps without wanting to go. This beats being laid off, but it may be difficult to become established doing any one thing. It is nearly impossible to get anything but "average" marks on a performance review when you switch roles frequently. (Personally, I worked for 2 divisions, 6 different teams, 10 different projects, and was under 5 different supervisors in a period of just over 1 year) Things get weird during lulls, where new work doesn't come in. Be prepared to "beg for work" from anybody you can find in order to stay "billable". "Non-billable" means you are losing the company money (and, soon, yourself a job). You're a consultant. You do several things at the same time. It is like the engineering field's version of ADD. Establishing yourself in one role can be difficult. Management (Telecom) is capable and takes the role seriously, BUT the financial bottom-line is always first. If you're a contract employee, you will be sweating bullets until you are hired into a full time position. If you are a full-time employee, prepare to feel like you are in a pin-ball machine. Other divisions (Water) are an absolute train-wreck for higher management, though they still can be an OK place to work.

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    Black & Veatch2016-04-08
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Outdated in almost every way. Old, useless, confusing technology makes doing your job difficult, not with the times"

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    Former Employee - Project Accountant in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Several global locations. Stable company other than the technology and management consulting divisions. Involved in many charitable endeavors. Good brand name.

    Cons

    Surprised to see others state there is a good work/life balance. There isn't a hard and fast rule for the flexible 9/80 schedule or working from home - which is highly discouraged. "Insurance" options and coverage are laughable at best. No employer contributions to HSA accounts. Very hard to advance at a decent pace. Stuck in the 70s. Über corporate (i.e. entirely too stuffy). Outdated and confusing technology.

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    Black & Veatch2016-04-10
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