Bechtel Reviews

Updated 24 April, 2015
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 18 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 26 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. Great company to work for if you like to move around

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunity for growth if you demonstrate great initiative and presentation skills

    Cons

    Unstable, mass hiring and firing,

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits - No job stability

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits and professional development

    Cons

    No stability due to the nature of the project based consulting business

  3. Helpful (1)

    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 a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.

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  5. A leading company in the EPC Industry...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Good pay for Montreal standards

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    • 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Bechtel Metals and Mining, Canada

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    • 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 a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly management.

    Cons

    Legacy systems. Slow to change or evolve.

  8. Bechtel no work/life balance but a great career

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Travelling, experience great teams on major projects

    Cons

    no work life balance, over work you

  9. Boring and torturous

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESH Lead
    Current Employee - ESH Lead

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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  10. Nothing wrong with Bechtel.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Need to increase international employee retirement plan.

  11. Field Coordinator - Telecommunications

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator - Telecommunications in Columbia, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Field Coordinator - Telecommunications in Columbia, MD (US)

    I worked at Bechtel full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with great people salary and benefits. Excellent work environment.

    Cons

    Telecom was depended on AT&T completely. When AT&T cut their construction budget it caused a mass layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Expand into other carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and move into In Building and outdoor DAS services.

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