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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Pros
  • The employee stock ownership is phenomenal (in 29 reviews)

  • This company is 100% employee owned and it drives the culture (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non-existent if you're not an engineer (in 27 reviews)

  • Long hours can make work life balance challenging (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Project Controller"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controller in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Controller in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice team, good work environment and good equipped and face with new market requirements.

    Cons

    There is not many conses, as every big corporation has own philosophy.


  2. "Good company that is growing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unlimited training and potential to grow.
    They usually promote from within

    Cons

    Some PM's over plan with limited staff so people are always over worked

    Advice to Management

    Higher more people

  3. "Burns & Mac"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Assistant Department Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Burns & McDonnell is a company where personal and professional growth are encouraged. Success is measured by how many other people you are able to make successful. The employee-owner culture sets the tone for a client focused mentality. People work hard because they trust and respect those around them. It is a challenging place to work, but it is a great place to build a rewarding career.

    Cons

    Hard work is built in to Burns & McDonnell's culture. With today's "I want it now" mentality, the conservative approach to promotions may feel unfair to some. If you are in it for yourself, and don't trust that you are in a good spot, you will struggle to understand long term growth and value.

    Advice to Management

    Facilitate networking and interactions with others as much as possible. As Burns & McDonnell grows, the culture that makes the company great is at risk of degrading if the company segregates itself.


  4. "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and hard working coworkers.

    Cons

    Flat structure. Employees are given increasing responsibilities with lack of compensation or recognition.


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESOP. Great pay & benefits. A great place to work. Fitness center. Good health supported. Friendly people who are supportive of each other.

    Cons

    There really aren't any cons. They do a lot for the employees. New president so hopefully there won't be any big changes.

    Advice to Management

    Great job


  6. "electrical drafter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects with a great overall compensation program. You are given as much responsibility as you can demonstrate you can handle.

    Cons

    It's not an easy place to work. They hire top performers and you have to bring your A game all the time.


  7. "Great place for a career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Civil Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Associate Civil Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Challenging projects with a great overall compensation program. You are given as much responsibility as you can demonstrate you can handle.

    Cons

    It's not an easy place to work. They hire top performers and you have to bring your A game all the time.

  8. "Assistant Civil Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Civil Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Current Employee - Assistant Civil Engineer in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High quality employees and product. Offices nationwide, well managed, great retirement benefits. Very resilient to slumps in the industry; great job security.

    Cons

    Coordination between offices and departments is difficult. Managers are very strict with billing your time.

    Advice to Management

    Young civil engineers see the benefits and work cultures of other engineering industries; we are one of few engineering companies clinging to a rigid dress code and strict work location/hours. They would do well to offer a more casual work environment and allow employees more flexibility with their work schedules and work location.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company, unless you work for a Project Manager that gets credit for the revenues you earn as a Project Manager!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Reliability Compliance Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Senior Reliability Compliance Specialist in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee-owned, but not all employee-owners are treated equally. Management determines advancement. Good bonus possible. Flexible work location allowed for some positions.

    Cons

    Internally operated like any company where the Management is protected at the employee's expense. Not allowed to pursue client work unless you are granted access to Customer Management System. Expected to achieve high percentages for billable hours in which you have no control for assignments.

    Advice to Management

    All employee-owners should be treated with respect and their voice should be heard.


  10. "Normal experience with big corporaton"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Construction Associate in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kansa city is a nice area actually very nice and I liked it very much. I would love to come back

    Cons

    Not liking working in big corporations. Maybe it is just me but I do like to deal with all corporate initiatives.

    Advice to Management

    Too late


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