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Bechtel Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014
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3.5 331 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley

Bill Dudley

(10 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • 9/80 schedule (off every other Friday) with flex scheduling (can come in any time between 6:30-8:30a(in 14 reviews)

  • Good pay, good benefits, worldwide company with opportunities in many markets and fields(in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment(in 19 reviews)

  • Long Commute, sometimes long hours, but generally rarely(in 13 reviews)

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    A leading company in the EPC Industry...

    Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsGreat 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...

    ConsMust 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 Senior ManagementExplore 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good pay for Montreal standards

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsGood pay
    Free coffee
    Downtown
    Donuts on Fridays
    Cool IT people

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bechtel Metals and Mining, Canada

    Procurement (Current Employee) Montreal, QC

    ProsGood work environment. Friendly management.

    ConsLegacy systems. Slow to change or evolve.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bechtel no work/life balance but a great career

    Cost Engineer (Current Employee) Kitimat, BC

    ProsTravelling, experience great teams on major projects

    Consno work life balance, over work you

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Boring and torturous

    ESH Lead (Current Employee)

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

    ConsAlmlost 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 Senior ManagementSenior 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nothing wrong with Bechtel.

    Field Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsThere are international opportunities and some very knowledgeable staff.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to increase international employee retirement plan.

     

    Very powerful experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMeaningful work supporting a great cause. Work is very challenging and advanced.

    ConsThe work environment is restrictive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    big company and experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosprojects are exciting and huge

    Conschanging locations frequently and moving

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSeasoned managers. Well-developed processes and systems, roles and responsibilities.

    ConsHiring/firing due to cyclical swings in the engineering and construction industry.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good place

    Pipeline Engineer (Current Employee) Bangkok (Thailand)

    ProsThere is a good system for learning in this company. Good benefits. Good oversea assignments.

    ConsSome project, the compensation for oversea assignment shall be revised.

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