Burns & McDonnell Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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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 8 years

      Great Place to Work

      Jan 20, 2021 - Project Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Profitable ESOP World-class talent Opportunities abound for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to achieve

      Cons

      High expectations can make work/life balance difficult to achieve

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Very successful at a price

      Jan 2, 2021 - Staff Chemical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ESOP and accountability as a truly employee owned company is beyond impressive, ESOP dividends and annual rate of return are unheard of, work with very talented and very driven people, compensation is top of industry within a few years, can excel if willing to spend all of your waking hours working

      Cons

      Most departments are not diverse, work life balance is a very low priority, you are expected to live a lifestyle that allows you to work a lot (have a house wife, hire someone to maintain your home), unnecessary and constant fear of staying billable/profitable even during record sales years, working with value engineering overseas leads fo working starting at 6 am and ending at 930 pm, managers are not afraid to push you to burnout to get results and are not held accountable when they do it

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      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Mental health

      Dec 13, 2020 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Compensation is really nice with the bonus, though it would be nice to just have the same competitive pay guaranteed in regular pay - Everyone is really willing to reach out and help if they're not too slammed. I always feel like someone can help me if I'm stuck.

      Cons

      - Hours can be and are often over 40hrs a week. Stress is super high and there are few managers both on the staff and project side that can behave without seeming stressed all the time. Tip: managers that can keep cool in times of stress are doing a huge service to their teams. Mental health is an absolute challenge here. - This company is so old fashioned. Dress code is strict business casual which is pretty ridiculous in 2020. Most of our competitors allow jeans daily, where Burns employees get to donate a couple bucks to charity every few months to wear jeans on a Friday. Really? - Employees here work M-F when much of the industry is trending towards 9-80 schedules at a minimum. Provide employees with a more relaxed work schedule. We pride ourselves on being able to respond to our clients at all times of day but we should be focusing on work life balance. Seriously, employees are lauded for replying to client issues at 1am on weekends... That would be discouraged in an otherwise healthy workplace.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great ESOP, Great culture

      Nov 25, 2020 - Assistant Electrical Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The ESOP and benefits are very good. Mostly everyone has a good work ethic and if you don't you will wash out.

      Cons

      Work/life balance can be difficult at times. Working long hours to for project success is expected, but its not everyday. I wish employees received more PTO.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good culture, work-life balance

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

      Interesting projects, solid work-life balance, employee ownership

      Cons

      Slow process to gain promotions

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      New Norm

      Dec 8, 2020 - Construction Coordinator in East Hanover, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work-Life Balance, Great Team, Learning Environment

      Cons

      Pay a bit low, Health plan should be free

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    7. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Drink this Blue Kool-Aid and I promise you everything will be okay.

      Nov 24, 2020 - Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ESOP - the only reason to work for Burns and McDonnell and the only reason employees stick around. If the ESOP went away there would be no reason for employees to continue to work here. Annual December bonus - they take a majority of your salary away to pay for this - so it's not that special but it is a little something but they dangle it in front of you all year to give up work/life balance for the company. The managers want to give your bonus to you in person so they can make you feel like you matter and encourage their cheese dangling trick on you for many years.

      Cons

      Travel - You could be sent away for months or even years on a project with little to no notice. Once you are sent away and work many hours and give up your life, you will never be congratulated or acknowledged for it. All managers will see is that you finished the project so they will give you more work and responsibilities until you've gone off the deep end and your brain stops working. Managers tell you they care, but they don't care at all. Like all businesses all that matters is money, but when Burns and Mac endangers the lives of its employees on daily basis (making them work 80+ hours a week for years, away from family is just 1 example of many), employees can't recover and they just sort of fizzle out. Employees develop health issues and long term issues they can't recover from easily. They can't sustain this too long. Workaholics - most people are workaholics that put work in front of family. Family always takes a backseat at this company. They will tell you family is more important but it never truly is. Their actions display this on a daily basis. You are looked down upon for wanting to spend time with family. You are told that 40 hours is never good enough and if you only work 40 then you work at the wrong company. They tell you to use your Vacation time to take a break but then look down upon you for taking your vacation time. They encourage you to sell your Vacation time back to the company at the end of the year so they can squeeze every last drop of work they can. Then they tell you work life balance is important...Their actions speak louder than words. Rumors/Gossip and Performance Reviews - If you make a small mistake, employees will spread that news to everyone they can to create a sense of their own importance. They create an atmosphere of anger and competitiveness instead of one of teamwork. Performance Reviews reward a select few while the others dangle on for dear life hoping to continue their beloved ESOP contributions for another year. Teamwork is not built into the company atmosphere. They will tell you teamwork is important but they don't really care. You are a number on a computer screen that completes A, B, C or task within a specific period of time. Nothing more. Managers - Managers are capable of running technical projects but they are not capable of managing people. They have too much on their plate. Managers are told to manage people, sell work, make proposals, expand the business, be a company cheerleader, and also manage their own projects full-time. They need managers that understand and listen to employees. If I send an email to my manager and don't get a response for a week that's a real problem. If I send an out of office email to my boss that I'm at the hospital and then one week later they ask where I'm at, that's a problem...They had an employee in the hospital for a week and didn't know. Managers are over-worked to the point they can't manage people in their own group. COVID - they want you to be working from the office. They think that employees can't be trusted to work from home and employees can only be productive with a face to face environment. They will make you feel like an awful guilty human being if you work from home during COVID. They do not trust their employees so they make you sign a document saying you will remain productive at home. They pretend COVID isn't really happening and expect business travel to continue to support clients even while COVID cases are on a huge rise and thousands are dying daily. Burns and McDonnell is a two-faced company. They will tell you this is a great place to work, we care about you, we want you to love it here but all they care about is working employees to death so they will fizzle out and leave and new fish can join the pond and repeat cycle then die earlier from another heart attack.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Good

      Nov 17, 2020 - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Employee owned, great people, benefits

      Cons

      Work life balance, too focused on growth

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      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 5.0
      Current Employee

      BMcD Great Place to Work

      Nov 1, 2020 - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Kansas City, MO
      Recommend
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      Pros

      ESOP adds to overall pay rate

      Cons

      Work life balance can be tough to maintain at times

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Race bias, Lies, deceit, intimidation, bullying, etc

      Dec 14, 2020 - Designer in Chicago, IL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good learning experience and co-workers

      Cons

      Long hours, no Ot, management, Pyramid scheme, benefits, low wages, no work-life balance, racial discrimination, same people getting promoted every year.

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      1 person found this review helpful
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