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"On the right track, but needs some IT updates and modernized corporate culture..."

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Current Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
Current Employee - Manager in Overland Park, KS
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

- Great salary and benefits
- Broad opportunity for travel, relocation, and career advancement
- Stability (been around since 1915)
- Good marketing material
- Prides itself on quality and value, not lowest-price and satisfactory/average product/service
- Have not witnessed micro-management

Cons

- Disorganized intranet and web tools, information spread out among different locations and is decentralized
- Clinging to a paper filing system instead of a more efficient electronic document control
- Poor delegation from middle management, lack of empowerment
- Many poor performers aren't fired because their knowledge and skill make them "untouchable" in a given position. Said performers know this and milk their status.
- Older corporate culture prevents current business trends such as teleworking, relaxed business dress, embracing of social media, etc.
- Lockdown of many mainstream websites claiming the myth of "bandwidth waste" (i.e. YouTube, Pandora, many news video feeds, etc.)

Advice to Management

Form a tiger team to take a hard look at the IT infrastructure and look for loopholes/weaknesses in intranet design, old internal websites/pages left up by mistake, and multiple versions of the same policies and procedures. Big need for upper level leadership buy-in of electronic documentation and reduction of paper printing (waste). A formal, corporate decision should be made on the move from paper files to electronic files. More effort should be placed on firing poor performers and weeding out weak links. This can be solved by tougher recruiting efforts (look at how accounting firms recruit such as Deloitte, etc.). Trust the web surfing of your employees. Embrace the new norm of social media and use it to your advantage. Locking down morale building websites such as Pandora doesn't prevent their use (e.g. smartphone, AM/FM radio, CD, etc.). The bandwidth these sites use are minimal.

Other Employee Reviews for Black & Veatch

  1. "Great place to start your career."

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in College Station, TX
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in College Station, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    College Station branch was a great place to work. The office manager is very knowledgeable and friendly.

    Cons

    I know of several people at other branch locations that had bad experiences. Seems like layoffs are a common occurrence throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    College Station management is great!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Big company makes you feel like a number"

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    Current Contractor - Lead Tech Tele Com in Overland Park, KS
    Current Contractor - Lead Tech Tele Com in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    One of the number one engineering company

    This is all based off of the telecom side

    Cons

    1. Have people breathing down your back
    2. Dont like you find stuff that is wrong for construction. "Said I'm out of my job line" thought that what im there to do is to find something wrong and adress it when I think its wrong.
    I could go on for days about how messed up the telcom is.

    3. They want you to be robots and they think if ur not in your seat your goofing off when your answering questions even knowning the high ups tell people to come see me. I still get in trouble for talking too much when im answering a work questions that need to be explain out.

    Advice to Management

    Find out what you employs are really doing befor make a big dession on things

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