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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated February 24, 2019
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  • "Work / Life balance is a struggle at times with work load" (in 42 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Electrical Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Electrical Designer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you work hard, are successful and put in the extra effort, it will reflect in your bonus. If your looking to just sit around and do the bare minimum then you won't fit the culture here at BMCD. Esop and cash bonus is a driving force in top talent retention and overall performance. You dont need to be a senior worker at BMCD to take on leadership roles. If you show you can navigate through challenging assignments then you will be presented the opportunities to lead challenging and exciting projects.

    Cons

    Not a lot of free time for the dedicated team member. You must find a healthy balance or you can burn yourself out.

    Advice to Management

    Keep giving opportunities to all and the future leaders of the company will organically mature and grow.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Successful growing company, very stable. Management takes the time to really know their employees.

    Cons

    Culture is ultra conservative, could expand employee benefits to compete with other major employers in the area.

  3. "Great Company - 9/80 schedule"

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    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer
    Current Employee - Staff Electrical Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, Employee Stock Option Program, and culture

    Cons

    Paid Time Off distribution and location


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Professional nice environment good people

    Cons

    Hard to get converted in


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Very Underutilized"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This company has a world class ESOP program, at least historically speaking. The company valuation has done nothing but go up since the ESOP was created in the 80’s, which is both promising, and a little concerning. I get skeptical whenever valuation increases exponentially for extended periods of time, however currently, the ESOP is great. Many great engineers work for Burns and Mac. Like any place, there are good and bad, but I felt that most were very capable and hard working. Burns and Mac will likely give you the opportunity to work on large scale, high profile projects. Now, your role on those projects may or may not be one of great significance or importance, but, you will likely have some exposure to large projects.

    Cons

    I began my engineering career with Burns and Mac, and let me say, I was very excited to be with the company. I had hopes of spending my entire career there. I had high expectations to grow myself both technically and professionally, and truly wanted to become a vital member of every project that I was involved with. My goal was to not only become technically excellent, but also to learn the ins and outs of the business, and to one day become a leader within my department or the company as a whole.

    Starting out I hit the ground running, and, took on work at a commendable pace. I frequently received praise for my ability to learn quickly and to produce great work. Things seemed very promising. As time went on however, it became evident that individuals in the department were treated far from fairly. Our projects were very multi-disciplinary, therefore, many different engineering disciplines were involved. A clear hierarchy became evident. This hierarchy had nothing to do with age, experience, technical or managerial proficiency, but was determined strictly from the engineering discipline that you happened to be a part of. There was little to no expectation for supporting disciplines to further themselves technically or professionally. Never was I encouraged to join professional societies, attend conferences, pursue certificates or accreditations beyond the P.E., etc. Moreover, I was given no involvement in project decision making, project management training, client interaction, or business development. My position had essentially no technical or professional mentorship, and, seemed to be viewed as “overhead” from project managers. At one point, I was told by a manager that “you don’t get to have a say in the matter, you’re just supposed to just make it work.” My typical work duties consisted of tasks not that different from an engineering draftsman, often, with younger less experienced engineers directing my efforts. These engineers were no more qualified than me, but, were of a discipline higher on the hierarchy, therefore, were more often treated as assistant project managers, and received 100% of the mentorship from team leaders and project managers. Many senior support engineers were treated essentially as draftsmen, and, given no project insight beyond what was determined to be relevant to their respective role. On multiple occasions, I was directed by less experienced engineers (higher on the hierarchy of course), to begin working on a project, of which I had never even heard of. Usually, there had been a project kickoff meeting the previous week, however, none of the support staff were invited. The blatant lack of respect from project managers, and junior engineers on their way to becoming project managers, was astounding. This dynamic seemed to get worse and worse over time.

    Now, despite my dissatisfaction, I stayed with the company and continued to receive praise. For over a year, I expressed interest in greater project involvement, client interaction, and even expanding my role into new markets, however, no action of any sort was taken by managers. Not only was the work a dead end in terms of professional growth, but work-life balance was abysmal. The department was obsessed with operating as lean as possible, particularly regarding support engineers. Throughout my tenure with the company, work life balance went from moderately poor to completely unsustainable. Project managers were hired, and workload grew, meanwhile, no additional support staff were hired until absolutely necessary. I am a very hard worker, and genuinely worked as hard as I could to learn quickly and to hopefully advance. I embraced the workload challenge, and, hoped that it would set me apart from others. This very clearly was a mistake, as managers soon started taking advantage of my hard-working tendencies. My technical and menial workload grew and grew, and absolutely no exposure to project management or client interaction was given.

    To summarize, I’ll say that Burns and Mac is a highly successful company that clearly knows how to execute high level projects efficiently and profitably, BUT, to me, this alone doesn’t make it a great place to work. This company receives frequent praise for being one of the best engineering companies out there, which to me, seems to be predicated only by its financial commitment to employees (salary, ESOP, bonuses), and in no way it’s commitment to employee’s happiness. I saw first-hand, and experienced, blatant overwork and burnout, lack of opportunity, disrespect, and a disregard for individual’s opinions and considerations. Like I mentioned earlier, I was once very proud to work for this company, and, am sad to say that I am very disappointed with my experience there.


  6. "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.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "No transparency"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESOP
    Total compensation
    Networking company

    Cons

    Work life balance
    Transparency
    Nepotism

    Advice to Management

    Follow through with corporate principles and values - company and leadership talk a huge game but follow through on very little


  9. "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.


  10. "Excellent Workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    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.