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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated January 20, 2019
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  • "Work / Life balance is a struggle at times with work load" (in 41 reviews)

  • "Expect long hours and poor work-life balance" (in 29 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Specialist
    Current Employee - Specialist

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is dedicated to client success. We are compensated well and have a great office atmosphere.

    Cons

    If you don't like to contribute it can be a difficult place to fit in.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great working environment"

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    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture nurtures positive growth within its employees. If you have a positive outlook and are goal oriented this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Work can stack up limiting personal time but its not a continuous nuisance.

  3. "Good company. compensation is okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities and great culture.

    Cons

    okay benefits, there should be maternity leave. And underpaid for my field.


  4. "Excellent Workplace"

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    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity, great team, and fun activities year round. The synergy among the team is something I have not witnessed at any other workplace.

    Cons

    Work can sometimes stack up quite a lot and deadlines can sometimes be difficult to meet.


  5. "Staff Electrical Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    ESOP, great managers, risk-adverse company, takes care of its people

    Cons

    The requirement is to get the work done, no matter what. If you don't fit into the culture, you won't be able to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Stay true to our strength of engineering and not the high dollars that can be made in the construction world.


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    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    ESOP, challenging projects, fun atmosphere, culture.

    Cons

    Pressure to be billable.


  7. "Strong and healthy company"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    This is a great, solid and diverse company. The employees are very committed and work hard to make it successful. The ESOP is fantastic and benefits aren’t too bad.

    The Houston office leadership is strong. The VP of Projects in T&D is one of the sharpest project management minds I’ve ever met. Leadership trains employees responsibly and stress mentorship. The DM of T&D is very experienced, sharp technically and manages the department well.

    Plenty of design-build projects that are rewarding.

    Cons

    I struggle with the Houston office location. It’s a very long commute through terrible traffic. If Exxon can move 10,000 employees, we can move 700. I really wish they would relocate, or create a satellite office up north.

    This is not really a con, more of a warning. This company isn’t for everyone. If you need your hand held through life, you won’t make it. It’s very performance driven and work life balance definitely tends to tip towards work at times. The rewards for hard work though are excellent here.

    Advice to Management

    Grow smartly and be careful in the interview process, especially with new hires.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Electrical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Electrical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people want to be successful. You really see the culture shows that everyone just wants to help each other out. Benefits are great as well.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more opportunities for conferences and traveling. For people to become better at their work they have to learn. Tough thing to do if you only learn from people within the company. The outside views help understand areas we may be lacking.


  9. "Assistant project manager"

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

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great compensation

    Cons

    Long hours during certain times of years


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    - Competitive wages, bonuses, benefits, etc.
     - Historically great returns on employee ownership plan.
     - Most employees are great. The company tries hard to hire qualified individuals.

    Cons

    - Very old school, conservative policies towards dress code, working remotely, flex hours, etc.
     - Depending on department and location, work life balance can be quite poor. Employees are worked very hard, sometimes to the point of burnout. There seems to be a "live to work" not a "work to live" attitude.
     - Certain engineering disciplines seem to be valued higher than others, creating unequal opportunity.
     - Favoritism occurs, often independent of employees actual competency or work ethic.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to embrace the future. Young engineers will not be drawn to a company with old world work policies.