Burns & McDonnell Employee Reviews about "employee ownership"

Updated Jan 22, 2021

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  • "Great benefits, great work environment, employee ownership is a plus, and everyone is treated the same regardless of position(in 48 reviews)

  • "The benefits are also great since Burns & McDonnell is employee-owned(in 36 reviews)

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  • "High expectations can make work/life balance difficult to achieve(in 66 reviews)

  • "Long hours are sometimes required(in 43 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Burns and Mac

      Jan 22, 2021 - Department Assistant in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits, great work environment, employee ownership is a plus, and everyone is treated the same regardless of position. For example, you will see the CEO sitting at the lunch table in the same cafeteria as the entry level employees. You do not see this in most places.

      Cons

      If you are not an engineer or architect, moving up in the company is unlikely and will take longer than other places.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Contractor, more than 1 year

      Good Perks and Projects for Employee Owners. Contingent workers not treated great

      Dec 3, 2020 - Assistant Project Manager in East Hanover, NJ
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      Pros

      Company has very interesting projects and has wonderful perks for the employee owners. Good bonuses and Employee ownership is a huge benefit to your bottom line. People were friendly though some would scratch your eyes out to move up the corporate ladder

      Cons

      Contingent workers are not given good perks at all and are treated like second class citizens. I was interviewed by Burns and McDonnell as if I was to be hired by them but was funneled into working under a cruddy temp company. BMcD controls your work hours, work function, and entire work life as a contractor yet you do not get nearly the same package the EO's get (even if they tell you they are paying you more per hour). They will wave the carrot of switching you to EO to keep you there but will ultimately can you to make way for an EO in your position. Dont let them pull this switch on you. If you interview, make sure it is for an EO position, not contractor. Honestly not sure if there contingent worker practices are even legal.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Great place to make a carrier.

      Jan 22, 2021 - Associate 
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      Pros

      Employee ownership and profit sharing

      Cons

      Some projects/clients will require long hours to make them successful

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Outwit - Outplay - Outlast

      Dec 3, 2020 - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There is flexibility to go where the work is and there is little micromanaging. If anything, at BMcD you have to "Manage Up". Rumor is that base pay is low but am content with my compensation package. They pay for performance and give you opportunities early in your employment to prove yourself. Stay billable and provide value to everyone you work with, you will be rewarded at the end of the year. The business model is interesting and atypical from what I've seen from other A&E/EPC Firms. The organization has a clear vision of who they are and leadership is very transparent. Employee Ownership is important. If you want to make $$ and particpate in a competitive environment, this is the place for you.

      Cons

      The vesting period is 6 years. Good luck making it that long if you are an experienced hire. The project managers and department managers are ruthless and find ways to not take responsibility for their own short-comings and mistakes. One bad experience can ruin your reputation. I've seen it happen. The PMs and Project Engineers are selective on who they staff. There is no on-boarding process and the mentorship program is a joke. Be wary of supervisors who have no business leading people. Be prepared for any feedback or advice from management to reflect "motivational posters". - Be the BEST! - Give 110% - Go Above and Beyond. - We are Entrepreneurs. People with influence and power at the company act like they are untouchable and unfortunately, it isn't an act. It is not the 50+ group that you have to worry about, it is the 35-45 year old white men *& women in some instances" who continue the patricarchy.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Current Employee

      Too much travel, over-worked, cult of the ESOP

      Nov 4, 2020 - Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Kansas City, MO
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      Pros

      ESOP - amazing retirement plan Annual bonus - can be pretty sizeable Paid overtime for salaried employees

      Cons

      Travel - don't believe that 30% base travel amount, you will be on the road for long durations. Even worse, expected to drop everything and travel at the last minute. Full of 'company men' workaholics. Employee ownership instills a sense of pride in your work, but also is used as a tool to "do what is best for the company" which often involves overtime, deadline crunches, lots of travel, and ethically questionable activites. COVID response - very old school, 'culture of working in the office' driving everyone to be back in the office and essentially guilt-tripping those who choose to work from home. Pretending that COVID basically isn't happening, expecting business travel to continue, etc.

      11 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good culture, work-life balance

      Dec 10, 2020 - Public Involvement Specialist in Boston, MA
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      Pros

      Interesting projects, solid work-life balance, employee ownership

      Cons

      Slow process to gain promotions

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Corporate Vampire

      Sep 28, 2020 - Assistant Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you want to sell your soul for money, they will buy it.

      Cons

      They expect your life for 70 hours of the week, between driving 4 hours a day to 16 different meetings and giving no leadership support. There is nothing good to say about this company. This "employee ownership" is nothing but a marketing scam to get people to believe they own something when they really are owned by the company.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Employee ownership culture is sometimes awkward for new employees

      Mar 3, 2020 - Specialist 
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      Pros

      Almost everyone is very nice and professional. Managment is very interested in what you are interested in doing, your development and your career. Always engaging and challenging work. Great work life balance.

      Cons

      Pay is generally low and benefits are slightly below average. They call you a owner on day one but you are not until a year or so depending on the month you start and even then there is a vesting period that makes you fully vested only after 6 years of service. They had my position as salary but it's really hourly. Admin time, department meetings and any and all training is on your personal time only and you are not paid for it. They call it being part of the ownership but again new employees are not so this makes it difficult for new employees to grasp. The employee ownership feels a bit like a cult.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Not the "Ideal" employer your lead to believe

      Jul 16, 2020 - Senior Designer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice shiny new office space

      Cons

      Arrogance running rampant with no control. Individuals as well as management Seems that is part of the "culture". Always has been and always will be a good ol boys network. They shove "employee ownership" down your throat. You are not an owner and you have no vote on anything. Too many "chiefs" not enough 'indians.....way too top heavy.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good Culture

      May 18, 2020 - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Employee Ownership, performance culture, challenging

      Cons

      Silos in leadership, lack of alignment of global practices

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