Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated May 28, 2020

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3.8
68%
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86%
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147 Ratings
Pros
  • "Employee-Stock Ownership Plan, Health Center, Family-Friendly, Professional-Development Opportunities(in 43 reviews)

  • "The benefits are also great since Burns & McDonnell is employee-owned(in 30 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Mechanical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people, good work, innovative business environment

    Cons

    Work Life balance can be difficult, but the compensation and people make up for it.

    Burns & McDonnell2020-03-08
  2. "Good Culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Employee Ownership, performance culture, challenging

    Cons

    Silos in leadership, lack of alignment of global practices

    Burns & McDonnell2020-05-18
  3. "Review"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Structural Engineer in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The employee stock plan is great.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance if you want to get ahead. Poor opportunities for advancement in this office. Much of your compensation comes at the end of the year as a cash bonus.

    Burns & McDonnell2020-05-28
  4. "Fantastic Workplace"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Civil/Structural Engineer 

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work culture, diverse departments, supportive team

    Cons

    No major cons to report

    Burns & McDonnell2020-05-02
  5. Helpful (12)

    "Do Research Before You Accept an Offer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Adequate compensation (on paper). Relatively good health benefits (Anthem). Like many companies, there are some good people. Some industry knowledge has been maintained. If you are young or right out of school and are willing to sacrifice/don't have much of a personal life, this employer may be for you.

    Cons

    I suspect many of the reviews with little to no 'Cons' are dubious as you'll notice the 'Cons' from many reviews are consistent and in my experience, spot on. Very young employee base (including management). High burn rate so it looks like the pool of potential managers has become who's been willing to stick around long enough. Most just don't have the knowledge and experience to run the Company well. Ex: at least one major client has created QA/QC processes because the deliverables have been consistently poor. Very little PTO and holidays. Not even veterans day. PTO accrues two hours per week and amounts to two weeks flex time annually. There are no additional sick days. Going in the PTO red is not allowed even if you intend to make it up. Every week is easily 50-60 hours (not including lunches/meetings). 100% billing rate. Mandatory trainings, meetings, getting background information, providing help, etc. are not included. There are weekly trainings and meetings (including 55+ hours of onboarding videos) so a forty hour work week is never actually possible. Staying active, having time with family, etc. is consistently extremely difficult because of the above. Helping others is a burden and you do what you have to do to get your hours in and go home. The few people who have chosen to stay beyond several years are surviving with most doing what they can to hang on for personal reasons. Their behavior generally reflects it and you're pretty much on your own. The environment can be extremely toxic. This is the type of company where management will 'just let Joe be Joe'. Some are extremely inappropriate, unprofessional, etc. but they produce so expect to take some verbal abuse and potentially look bad adding insult to injury. Hopefully you get put on a team with some good people but it's a roulette wheel and I'm aware of several who have threatened to quit and moved teams as a result. The behavior stays the same. The company has never issued a work from home policy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Corporate messaging 'allowed it' several weeks after people started doing it on their own and only in the form of ' for those that want to' and 'if you choose to'. It suggests even your health is valued very little, if at all. It also suggests that leadership is really out of touch with how it makes them and the company look. And if they are aware but don't care, that in and of itself is very concerning.

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    Burns & McDonnell2020-04-06
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiter in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Burns & McDonnell is a 100% employee-owned company. This makes Burns & McDonnell a truly different place to work. The leadership cares about you as an individual and not just a number.

    Cons

    Nothing that comes to mind.

    Burns & McDonnell2020-03-31
  7. "Amazing Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    The PEOPLE - they truly make the experience and we are friends even outside of the office. The quality of work is meaningful. The overall company culture is extremely positive and everyone treats you like family.

    Cons

    Can be a little political like any corporate environment.

    Burns & McDonnell2020-03-30
  8. "Engineering Review"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Civil Engineer in Bloomington, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Get to work on high profile projects

    Cons

    High billability goals are forced upon all workers

    Burns & McDonnell2020-03-25
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Honest review you should read before accepting an offer!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell

    Pros

    Fast paced and met many great people.

    Cons

    Start with the obvious annoying talk about ESOP and bonuses promised when you start. The esop will take 6 years to be 100% vested so you will need to take the abuse that long. Bonuses are not guaranteed after the first year. 401k takes 6 years to be 100% vested and you can’t do loans. Vacation time is subpar with no sick or personal days. You need to be 100% billable so meetings and trainings need to be made up since you need to be a good employee owner and put on your EO hat. All the managers care about is budgets not your personal growth. Managers will make threats for you to work for free or else. You will not get paid OT once you get to a certain level so donating to BMcD will be a common theme. They hire new grads to manipulate them early since they don’t know better. Drink the kool aid in this cult or be left out.

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    Burns & McDonnell2020-04-13
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Smart Business Model"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Serious structure innovative clever

    Cons

    Employee owned. Chargeable hours. Limited direction.

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    Burns & McDonnell2020-03-03
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