Bechtel Reviews

Updated 21 October, 2014
Updated 21 October, 2014
375 Reviews
3.5
375 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 25 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel- Camp job Kitimat, BC

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accommodation Coordinator in Kitimat, BC
    Former Employee - Accommodation Coordinator in Kitimat, BC

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is great. Bechtel does a decent job of taking employees out to eat, organizing outside of work activities etc. Delivers outstanding service at camp jobs, some of the smartest people in the industry. Company seems to retain long time employees who are helpful to younger employees and share their experiences.

    Cons

    58 hour weeks are expected at camp jobs, usually work longer than that. Miss holidays due to being at camp.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A leading company in the EPC Industry...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company for engineers and commerce graduates, strong processes compared to competitors, senior managers display leadership mindset, private company with strong financials, place high value on ethics and Bechtel covenant behaviour...

    Cons

    Must be flexible to relocate if you want to advance in career, networking with peers and managers is a must to secure potential assignments, large contingent of Senior Managers with old school beliefs and arrogance, general low tolerance for exploring options that are not in line with traditional ways of working, IT systems and in-house tools are not up to speed with changing technologies, hiring processes can be extremely slow....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Explore options with new clients and take risks in negotiating lower bids to secure more work. The company has the processes, mindset and attitude to do the work better than most competitors. This may translate into more opportunities for employees and help the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good pay for Montreal standards

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Good pay
    Free coffee
    Downtown
    Donuts on Fridays
    Cool IT people

    Cons

    IT is chaos
    No best practices
    Lack of communication
    Still don't understand what it takes to get promoted
    Very corporate environment. Don't always expect a "hi" back or a "good morning".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people\give them responsibilities based on their skills, hard work and attitude.Not hard to figure that one out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Bechtel Metals and Mining, Canada

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement in Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Procurement in Montreal, QC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly management.

    Cons

    Legacy systems. Slow to change or evolve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bechtel no work/life balance but a great career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Kitimat, BC
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Kitimat, BC

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travelling, experience great teams on major projects

    Cons

    no work life balance, over work you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Boring and torturous

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESH Lead
    Current Employee - ESH Lead

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel and see the world, stable job with opportunities to save money if you are a graduate.

    Cons

    Almlost obsolete processes. Beaurocracy. Discrimination based on origin, nationality and gender. Top heavy and filled with self promoting managers unwilling to retire, leaving few opportunities for younger talent to rise to positions of authority and influence or effect much needed change. All the above combine to create a limiting and toxic environment. Ethics are paid lip service and otherwise tossed out the window. HR exists to serve management and save the company money by cutting benefits of the 'little people'. Some good managers do exist but they are a dime a dozen. Three out of five of my line managers have been slave driving sadists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should listen to ittle people. Cut through middle management and HR and set up channels whereby employees can give anonymous, objective feedback without fear of repercussions. The company needs to swallow the bitter pill and adapt in order to become a better place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nothing wrong with Bechtel.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    There are international opportunities and some very knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Job locations are sometimes not too desirable. Organization structure is vertical like that of the military.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to increase international employee retirement plan.

    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel is exciting, driven for excellence and extremely highly qualified in all aspects of major, large construction.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent & Senior Mining Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Civil Superintendent & Senior Mining Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bechtel trusts its professional employees with a large degree of responsibility and matches the trust with very thorough procedures. The "team" on a project is always professional, committed and qualified - like working on an all-star team. Our prime directive was to meet the schedule: Quality and safety were "given". Bechtel was really an exciting and enjoyable place to work.

    Cons

    I would say the main challenges have to do with family stress. We moved often and lived in remote locations, which are always tougher on the families than on the employee. I was fortunate in that my wife enjoyed foreign places and strange languages.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think senior management was terrific so I don't have specific advice. Everybody, of course, would like more pay and better assignments; so that is not real advice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Electrical Field Engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Big company, not going under any time soon.

    Cons

    Most of their work is going overseas.

  11.  

    Good company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation if you know how to impress managers

    Cons

    Lack of advancement unless you know someone

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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