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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated November 15, 2018
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  • "Work / Life balance is a struggle at times with work load" (in 39 reviews)

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

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  1. "Great"

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

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

    Pros

    It is a great place to work.

    Cons

    Houston Office location is not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Move the Houston Office to the Energy Corridor. The current location makes no sense.


  2. "Construction Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay, time off, and benefits, great overall package.

    Cons

    Work / Life balance is a struggle at times with work load.

  3. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, exciting work, sharp co-workers

    Cons

    Sink or swim in some areas of the company.

    Advice to Management

    More transparency with bonus distribution and clear performance incentives


  4. "Enjoyed my Internship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Coworkers were very helpful and always looking for opportunities to help me gain experience. Friendly work environment.

    Cons

    There was a bit of a lull in work during my summer internship for my department, so that limited my overall exposure to the field.


  5. "Awesome place"

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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
    Work environment
    Great people

    Growth is tremendous and I will try to ride the wave

    Cons

    Traffic. It's right on 610 by the galleria in Houston.

    Advice to Management

    Promote more people. Delegate.


  6. "Application Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    Stock Options, Yearly Bonuses, work life balance

    Cons

    Management Playing Favorites instead of performance


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Never recommend (Engineer-Houston office)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Burns & McDonnell full-time

    Pros

    ESOP. I think that's it.

    Cons

    I was in the T&D group in Houston office. Very poor management. Very bad work and life balance. Some project managers were good but some were really unprofessional and showed poor management. Top management of T&D was not good, either. I don't even know how they became 'mangers'. There are no business strategies. They just add some more review steps if their client get complaint about their drawing quality. The stupid so long review process caused over Labor Cost, then some engineers had to overtime for free. Finally, projects were messed up and good engineers left. Then, they just hired lots of contractors depends on the number of projects. Some poor contracts worked so hard to get a permanent employee position providing free overtime. It usually takes at least 1.5 years to be an EO from contract. Some took three years. Lots of contractors and employees come and easily left from T&D because they all got disappointed. It seems that lots of politics exist to promote. Very dried office mood because everybody is busy. No smile in office. Some are very rude. Terrible company I have ever experienced.

    Advice to Management

    Just entirely change management of T&D.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  9. 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


  10. Helpful (3)

    "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.


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