Bechtel Reviews

Updated 15 September, 2014
Updated 15 September, 2014
354 Reviews
3.4
354 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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    • 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 for 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
  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

    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
  3.  

    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 for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment. Friendly management.

    Cons

    Legacy systems. Slow to change or evolve.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    Boring and torturous

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - ESH Lead
    Current Employee - ESH Lead

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for 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
  7.  

    Nothing wrong with Bechtel.

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    • 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
  8.  

    Great Place to work and they care about the Employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance. The company is Project driven so it depends on
    what period of the Project you are on. They will try to keep you on a project of function if possible.

    Cons

    The same cons that would come with any large company, but none worth mentioning. You will have to relocate when
    a project comes to an end and there is not another one to jump on in the same office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Construction Company

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    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Competitive salary, many opportunities to work abroad

    Cons

    Work life balance, too many managers

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Employer Good Benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Good benefits not typically found at other companies
    -Pleasant work environment
    -Flex-time
    -Opportunity for cross-training within discipline
    -Strong Ethical company

    Cons

    -Relocation is expected every few years
    -Difficult to grow professionally
    -Appears that some people are "chosen" and reap the benefits of such
    -It is easy to get overloked while on a field assignment and miss out on opportunities.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Control

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Controls  in  Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
    Former Employee - Project Controls in Tashkent (Uzbekistan)

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary
    Good management
    Nice atmosphere
    Low bureaucracy
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Low ability for promotion
    Create more clear corporate structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention for professional development of staff
    Build up policy of mentoring

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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