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KBR Houston Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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Stuart J. B. Bradie
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  • Good work schedule a 9/80 work schedule every other Friday off (in 36 reviews)

  • Opportunity for advancement, good pay and good leadership from corporate (in 51 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Construction Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KBR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities and projects in USA

    Cons

    International work has decreased since 2014


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Experience will depend entirely on your supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Competitive initial offer/salary, decent benefits (401k up to 6.5% match when I worked there; a few different health insurance plans with varying deductibles - all PPO when I worked there; 7 or so paid holidays; PTO (sick and vacation combined) starts at 0 and accrues certain # of hours/week depending on tenure)

    Cons

    Your experience will depend entirely on your immediate manager. There is little "culture" to speak of at KBR, and little positive or productive communication/interaction between departments in my experience. Always seems like there are nearly as many Chiefs as there are Indians, and very few of the Chiefs are qualified for their positions or particularly adept at managing people.

    Advice to Management

    Company culture is important, but is never an emphasis at KBR. Current CEO (Stuart Bradie) felt less involved, connected to employees than previous CEO (Bill Utt). There is an attitude of "you're lucky to have a job" which, of course, does little for morale.


  3. "Instrument supervisor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instrument Supervisor in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Instrument Supervisor in Pasadena, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at KBR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company to work for.

    Cons

    None at this present time.

    Advice to Management

    Get Mor involved with work force.


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  5. "Employee Unfriendly!"

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    Former Employee - Lead IT Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead IT Applications Developer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBR (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No pros to write about.

    Cons

    Salary freeze for the last 3 years with no sight of any change in policy.
    Your benefits can be taken away from you at any time citing market downturn and yet the company keeps on making profits each quarter.
    No growth potential. Management expects you to work on a higher role than your job position but would not give you the position citing cost reduction.
    Red tape.
    Fat management layer.. almost like an inverted pyramid.

    Advice to Management

    I am not sure if management doesnt know or doesnt care. If it is the former, it is high time to start interacting with employees and understand their needs.


  6. "KBR"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Construction Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Construction Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KBR as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, excellent senior management and culture/values.

    Cons

    KBR have less projects outside US.

    Advice to Management

    none


  7. "Administrative Specialist IV"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist IV in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative Specialist IV in Houston, TX

    I have been working at KBR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Economic downfall due to Oil & Gas prices.


  8. "Sr. Expeditor"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Expeditor in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Expeditor in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at KBR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good projects over the globe.

    Cons

    Too many managers top heavey.

    Advice to Management

    Trim management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent work environment and professional crew"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at KBR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent work environment and professional crew

    Cons

    Less value in retaining employees during downturn

    Advice to Management

    Allocate budget for retaining valuable employees that will create loyalty and that will set an example (or bring in confidence) for the new comers.


  10. "Senior Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at KBR (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent EPC company, well-connected in many industries and countries , knowledgeable technical staff, provides all required and timely support to its remotedly located employees

    Cons

    complex company hierarchy and beaurocracy as well as poor rapport between different levels of management

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to develop and maintain closer relationship with rank-an-file employees


  11. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Document Control in La Porte, TX
    Current Contractor - Document Control in La Porte, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at KBR as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    After probationary period...good benefits, holiday pay, vacation pay. Some overtime allowed.

    Cons

    Very strict schedule, but not bad enough to discourage me from working for this company.



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