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Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated July 20, 2017
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Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock
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  • Work life balance is a huge Issue (in 115 reviews)

  • Long hours and difficult to maintain work life balance (in 113 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Kiewit's work life balance (98.9% work, 1.1% family). Launch your career, but don't plan to stay."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Field Engineer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent training program in Kiewit U.

    Cons

    Kiewit University, The smart ones get out in 4 years.

    Advice to Management

    Pay and benefits are good, too many hours (consistent 60 +) and too little appreciation. Better pay at McD's


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not nearly as great as they make it out to be."

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    Current Employee - Engi in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Engi in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Work here to have your foot in the door. Good pay right out of college.

    Cons

    Incompetent managers. Lack of communication. Misleading leadership. A lot of hours. No family life. No recognition. No respect.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees that you manage. They are there to support you. Be understanding.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Balance of Life not possible here"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The insurance offered is excellent-the cost to the employee is excellent
    Kiewit builds good products

    Cons

    Employees are expected to work 6 days a week 12 hour days. Only Engineers get career advancement training. Currently replacing older workers with experience for new college grads with no experience, but big ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of Omaha into the project areas undercover-you'd be shocked at what goes on behind the scenes. A spot on Undercover Boss would be perfect-you have no idea how employees are being treated in the field-maybe you don't care.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "You want a life? Avoid Kiewit at all costs!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Massive projects
    -Resume builder
    -Decent people
    -Good pay
    -Opportunities to travel

    Cons

    -No life outside of work
    -Hard to move up unless you suck up big time
    -Kiewit runs their company like an occult, tons of brainwashing
    -Company makes record profits then freezes pay raises...
    -Expect to be moved every 6 months all across the U.S.
    -Majority of the employees are blue collar, swear with no regard to other people around them, and alcoholics
    -Kiewit will give you more and more responsibility but will never give you a raise
    -Endless meeting with little to no point
    -Expect to work Saturdays and Sundays or be threatened with a layoff
    -Huge disconnect between the HR and actual job-site employees
    -Too many reports and outdated system. Kiewit is truly a company stuck in the past.
    -Most employees are civil engineers with little to no personality
    -Only the "select" few will ever get access to company stock. Even then, you will have to invest your own money. You will also lose your 401k match if you buy company stock!
    -Paranoia with regard to OSHA and the Federal regulations.
    -Managers will not set you up for success, be prepared to figure things out on your own

    And lastly, here are some quotes from real Kiewit managers:
    "We expect you to sacrifice your personal life for the company."
    "This company is not for people who place importance on work/life balance"
    "If you're still married five years into Kiewit, you didn't work hard enough."
    "Vacation is for losers."

    Advice to Management

    Stop the double standard with safety and be better examples for the lower employees. Stop preaching work life balance when you work 70+ hours a week... Give bonuses for hard work because you work employees to death with no compensation!


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Avoid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Business Manager in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Project Business Manager in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are good (Health, 401k, etc.) and it is a good place to work if you like to move around and see a lot of places.

    Cons

    They claim to judge people on merit, but clearly don't since those who work the hardest don't get promoted/decent raises. The moving can get tiresome as it is usual to move around every year (or less). The stock program has gone downhill too, only the very senior management continue to get increased amounts of stock as middle level employees lose it.

    Advice to Management

    Acually do what you say, value people as your most important asset.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Be prepared to be overworked, under appreciated, and mismanaged while being fed adages of hipocracy."

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    Current Employee - IT in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - IT in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The most positive part of working at Kiewit is the co-workers. For the most part extremely hard working bright & dedicated people trying to do the right thing for the company and leadership. Decent pay and decent benefits

    Cons

    Coming to learn that unless you are part of the 'old boy' school and can navigate the cliques and politics you are not going to go far. Learning that just because you're earning Paid Time Off, you're not expected to use it. Just about every poster and company saying is nowhere close to the truth. Their People are not their number one Asset, they are treated like commodities. Safety is number one as long as the job is getting completed quickly. Ethics are only the most important thing when you're standing in front of the room giving a speech or taking the annual 'trainings'.

    Advice to Management

    I have been with the company over 7 years and keep hoping that change is just around the corner. That the Senior leadership will finally realize that they are the major obstacle to the company being a great place to work.

    With over 30 years of professional work experience I have never seen an organization so poorly managed. My co-workers and I often wonder has Kiewit has managed to last 125 years.

     To me, the only answer is that earlier in the life of the organization, the leadership was much more humble and genuine. Which lead to a quality work, strong finances, and an excellent reputation.

    So my advice to management? Get off your high horse. You are not entitled to anything and the people that work for you are not disposable. The morale of this organization is crumbling faster than you realize and you are on the cusp of losing what really makes this company great; your employees.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Hard work, long hours, and no appreciation. Bullies are encouraged."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't think of any today.

    Cons

    If you work hard, it doesn't matter. Offer ideas, nobody cares. Suck up to the boss, lie on your resume, steal credit from others, undermine your competition and you're the next senior manager.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to complaints. Follow through and get all sides of the story. Don't believe someone simply because they have a better salary than someone else. The lower salaried employee may just be hitting a brick wall because of a bully who won't let them excel.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Working in Kiewit (Northern Cal District)"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in Concord, CA
    Former Employee - Planner in Concord, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Training schemes and Techniques

    Cons

    Work 80,90 hours to get paid 40 hours. They try to doctrine you with loads of "Harassment Free" environment slides presentation and a "hot line" for it but the place is infested with it and bullying. If you denounce this attitude from some Engineer or any upper Management you are fired. Loads of inside politics,especially between PM and District Sponsors. Loads of people with egos bigger than a cathedral and dubious character.

    Advice to Management

    Tame down the ego of Engineers, PM and Sponsors.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Overwhelming"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, PTO (if you get a chance to use it), good external training opportunities

    Cons

    Long hours, poor work-life balance, bullying, angry/disrespectful co-workers and managers, two faced, tons of office politics, HR is a joke, poor internal and job specific training

    Advice to Management

    HA!


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Not worth it."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Tacoma, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Tacoma, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong job security, high dollar value pay. Nominally benefits are great.

    Cons

    14+ hour days are a minimum, so is 6+ days a week. Comparatively benefits are terrible and not worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the hours, stop having "engineers" do clerk work. Upper and top management say beautiful things, but actions rarely trickle down, if at all, to the benefit of the employee.


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