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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated September 12, 2018
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  • "Work life balance didn't seem to be that great" (in 38 reviews)

  • "Expect long hours and poor work-life balance" (in 28 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Burns & McDonnell changed my life, and has inspired me!"

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    Former Employee - Engineer (Lead) in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer (Lead) in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -entrepreneurial spirit is refreshing
    -exciting/leading edge initiatives
    -very inclusive culture
    -new ideas are welcomed
    -amazing incentivized compensation structure (base+bonus+stock+great dividends) ; a very rewarding system that consistently recognizes employees that make a difference
    -low turnover (large repeat clients love this, lots of familiar faces on teams)
    -great rapport with clients ( engineers are encouraged to interact directly with client counterparts)
    -lots of free stuff & perks
    -big emphasis on work-life balance
    -I had an inspiring manager who followed ‘service-based-leadership’
    -very supportive of professional development, training, development of specialized expertise (paid all/most of this for you)
    -flex schedule awesome
    -the diversity is refreshing
    -very progressive environment that fosters creativity & innovation
    -managers always looking to groom their successors, and encourage leadership
    -lots of support for career rotations ( balance out various aspects of your knowledge base)
    -very helpful mentoring & rising star programs
    -good performance feedback (they want you to know how you are doing, and they encourage you to ask)
    -lots of open doors
    -not a lot of middle management (flat org structure), therefore lots of opportunity
    -there is no better place in Houston to build a rewarding career & establish some of the best friends and work family you will ever have
    -empathy is a valued trait in this organization
    -you truly feel that your feedback on the company, and its business goals are important
    -President of of Burns & McDonnell-Houston is inspiring, visionary, personable

    Cons

    -an environment geared for highly motivated, creative and driven people (not really a con unless you don’t fall into this bucket)
    -if you are a subject matter expert, expect to be asked to train & mentor others (expected as part of employee ownership)
    -no cons really

    Advice to Management

    -keep building & balancing out your Houston presence across global practices, you are steadily cementing yourself as a ‘powerhouse’ in Houston (Gulf Coast), and are making other engineering consultants look like dinosaurs - you don’t have to be the largest to perform highly valued, complex, creative & high quality work for our clients, and you are developing amazing leaders, and delivering unprecedented levels of technical excellence and ingenious project execution strategies that turn heads and inspire!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "True Employee owned Company"

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    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Security Specialist in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - 100% Employee Owned
    - Lots of growth opportunities
    - Management values employees and works hard to accommodate employee requests
    - Work is challenging and engaging
    - End of Year profit sharing typically leads to large bonuses

    Cons

    - Workload can be unpredictable and sometimes stressful

    Advice to Management

    Keep on communicating appreciation and value to employees

  3. "Good Experiance"

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

    Pros

    -Great compensation
    -Great opportunities
    -Transparent upper management

    Cons

    -Poor work/life balance
    -competitive
    -Poor office location


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Reputable and ethical firm"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people hired are ethical and intelligent. My fellow coworkers were the highlight of working there. The firm values their talent and does everything they can to retain. Overall, a good energy place to work.

    Cons

    The expectation from employees is to put in their time to climb. Job performance is outweighed by years of experience which determines titles and compensation brackets.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the culture and hiring practices for employee personas. Be more flexible with titles and compensation brackets and make sure they align with actual job duties and work delivered.


  5. "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

    The company has great benefits

    Cons

    The location for me was not the best.


  6. "New to the company"

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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 people
    Lots of opportunity for advancement
    Very supportive

    Cons

    Must be a self-starter for success


  7. Helpful (3)

    "New Employee Owner with 4 months experience"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Controls Specialist in Conshohocken, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Controls Specialist in Conshohocken, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    Some great benefits, much better than my last employer. Compensation is a little convoluted, I actually took less base pay, but make much more with bonuses. Additionally, there is also an employee stock ownership program. They give me the resources I need to succeed in my position. My previous employer refused to upgrade my computer even though it would repeatedly crash and make me unproductive.

    Cons

    My workload is less than I had envisioned when I joined, but I do not expect that to be the norm. The industry is cyclical, I've had slow times before, and I will be wishing for them when it gets busy. I wish the work schedule was a little more flexible also. I work 5-8's now, I used to work a half day Friday, or would work a full Friday and get the next Friday off.

    Advice to Management

    A more flexible work schedule would be nice. Either a flex 80 schedule or a 4-9's and a 4 schedule would allow for more time at home to do chores or run errands, which allow more quality time with family.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Project Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Project Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers, decent office environment, opportunity to learn and advance your skills and knowledge working with professional engineers.

    Cons

    Do not apply to Burns & McDonnell if you are over 50. They blatantly discriminate based on your age. You will not advance or be hired on a permanent basis as an employee owner if you are over 50. It does not matter how hard you work, how dependable you are or your ability to outperform your younger co-workers with skills, experience, wisdom and maturity. The culture is intentionally very alienating to contractors and contingent workers.


  9. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    ESOP is very good benefit

    Cons

    Long hour expectations from management


  10. "Great Firm"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    Bonuses are higher than other places, IME

    Cons

    There are none to speak of.


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