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Bechtel Reviews

Updated 17 August, 2014
Updated 17 August, 2014
344 Reviews

3.5
344 Reviews
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Bechtel President & CEO Bill Dudley
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A leading company in the EPC Industry...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Montreal, QC

    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
  2.  

    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

    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
  3.  

    Bechtel no work/life balance but a great career

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    Current Employee - Cost Engineer  in  Kitimat, BC
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in Kitimat, BC

    Pros

    Travelling, experience great teams on major projects

    Cons

    no work life balance, over work you

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Bechtel Metals and Mining, Canada

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    Current Employee - Procurement  in  Montreal, QC
    Current Employee - Procurement in Montreal, QC

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly management.

    Cons

    Legacy systems. Slow to change or evolve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Boring and torturous

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

    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
  7.  

    Nothing wrong with Bechtel.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

    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
  8.  

    Great Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Very good benefits package; good training program

    Cons

    so many politics; managers are a bit too greed.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of Opportunity and Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Bangkok (Thailand)

    Pros

    High Pay, Good Benefits, Solid Training, Management appears to care about overall company and employee satisfaction.

    Cons

    Lots of long hours far from home, remote locations can very isolated. Remote locations offer very little do if you are young and vacation requests are sometimes denied. There is also an "old boys club" in which people higher up area allowed to bend the rules with no reprimand from HR.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

    Pros

    The people!!! It was like a second home :)

    Cons

    none it was a very pleasant place to work!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work!!!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great intern program

    Current Employee - SummerCivil/Construction  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - SummerCivil/Construction in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Great pay, free drink events and intern meetups, pay for training courses, great opportunities to become involved in your field

    Cons

    Sometimes there is nothing to do and you have to actively keep yourself engaged

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