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Burns & McDonnell Reviews

Updated October 18, 2017
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  • Work/life balance can be challenging at times (in 29 reviews)

  • Long hours can make work life balance challenging (in 24 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation, ESOP, benefits, facilities, culture, growth. Our ESOP is in the top 0.1% of ESOPs in the US and the retirement plan is top 1%. Employee turnover is extremely low because of this.

    Cons

    Work/life balance can be challenging at times. We are not a hire and fire firm, so we staff very lean. During busy periods it is common to work 60+ hrs/week and weekends.

    Advice to Management

    I have observed that as we grow we are continuing to roll out new internal processes and procedures that have significantly cut into our efficiency. As a PM, it takes 25% more time to do my job now, as compared to five years ago. The problem with this is that we can't raise our price or we won't win the work, and we aren't willing to accept slimmer margins, so the burden falls on the PM to work longer hours just to get back to even. I worry that we are burning out a lot of good people. I believe we have over corrected a problem that might not have even been a problem. I just hope we can find a way to swing the pendulum back to the middle in regards to new rules, procedures, and processes. But perhaps this is just a byproduct of a rapidly growing business.


  2. "Project Assistant"

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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

    Pros

    Benefits, ESOP, Community Advocates, Health Incentives ( on site care/gym), Beautiful Facilities

    Cons

    Maternity Leave requires depletion of accrued PTO

    Advice to Management

    Support for women in company culture

  3. "Positive Attitude"

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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

    All pulling in the same direction desiring to be successful for their project and their client.

    Cons

    Typical matrix organization challenges including home office vs remote office go back and forth between competition and cooperation.

    Advice to Management

    Make more time for senior staff to mentor, monitor and train younger staff.


  4. "Assistant Electrical Detailer/Drafter"

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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

    Everyone is calm and courteous and gets along. No bad attitudes throughout the day. Theres Bonuses at the end of the year.

    Cons

    I was on Contract for 1 year before I became full time. Workload is the same as everywhere. Late nights and tight deadlines Thursdays and Fridays

    Advice to Management

    Give the drafters a heads up on deadlines. Hire more drafters


  5. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Mechanical 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

    - great environment
    - great people to work with
    - hard working culture where everyone pulls their weight
    - exciting projects in all different industries
    - great retirement package

    Cons

    - 401k could be better
    - in general, the billable hour culture has some negatives


  6. "Staff Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Staff Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Staff Designer in Kansas City, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ESOP, ESOP, ESOP, Benefits, Profit Share

    Cons

    Can be hectic at times due to busy workloads


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Project Manager"

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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

    A great company with an entrepreneur-type mentality. You are given the opportunity to handle as much responsibility as you would like.

    Cons

    "Smoke and Mirror" type leadership at times. Wish the company direction was more clearly understood.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overview"

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

    Pros

    Burns & McDonnell's employee ownership is one of the main reasons to work here. Great place to work!

    Cons

    Oversight is sometimes lacking which can lead to some errors not being caught until later in the work.


  9. "If you're not in the club, you're out."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Project Man in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Project Man in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Travel (in you're in to that). OK bonus.

    Cons

    Old, Stuffy Management. Glorified "Boys Clubs." You are not an employee-owner, you're a number. Low, low, low, low salaries. Overpriced benefits. Travel. No work/life balance. "Kool-aid" drinkers.

    Advice to Management

    This isn't the 1980's anymore, stopping managing like it. We get it, you're rich and we're not. Ditch the CEO before he tanks the company.


  10. "Electrical Engineer"

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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

    Good Company. Lot of opportunities to learn. You will be working with many experienced professionals

    Cons

    You have to work extended hours most of the time.


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