Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 11 September, 2014
Updated 11 September, 2014
182 Reviews
3.4
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company has good respect for work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • They have very good benefits and I received a fair compensation for my responsibilities (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 8 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Overall positive experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Variety of opportunities and roles

    Cons

    Travel, some people managers not very people oriented

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Internship at Black & Veatch

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Inter  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Inter in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Black & Veatch as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Black & Veatch does a great job at giving employees options when they are hired on. During the first two years, the company rotates you to different divisions within the business; Energy, Water, Telecom, etc. When the employee finds a division that suites them best, they can further explore within the division. Black & Veatch really wants the employees to enjoy where they work so the employee can be effective and efficient.

    Cons

    During my time as an intern the company came off as very divided between engineering and construction. Pointing fingers became a daily occurrence. Not that other companies will not do this, but I found it to be excessive and distracting during work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As an intern I really enjoyed going to field assignments. Even if it took two weeks to get my feet under me, the experience was valuable and gave a good representation of what work was like at job sites. I believe more interns could have benefited more from seeing the job site.
    There are many (~50) interns each summer and it's easy to get classified as a typical intern. The program is well constructed and thought through, but it makes you feel like your on a conveyor belt. I wish the interviews and updates were less regimented.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Solid Company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Overland Park, KS (US)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Black & Veatch is a well established engineering company. Their brand is based on providing high quality projects. I've worked there for 16 years in the Energy Division. B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program. They have a wide variety of technical specialists with extensive experience in many areas. Their health care is costly compared to other firms, but is a full service package. B&V Energy has a group dedicated to training, although like any firm, they struggle some with the delivery of technical training. The people are friendly, and generally concerned about doing the right thing for our projects and our clients. Management seems to care about employee concerns. B&V is a global organization- with many opportunities for multi-cultural experiences. They execute a wide variety of project work in multiple industries.

    Cons

    B&V is a large company with a bureaucracy that can be difficult to navigate. They have very experienced managers. However growth beyond the engineering discipline can be difficult due to the number of managers already in place. Career growth is available within the engineering disciplines. There is a tendency to pigeon hole individuals once they have demonstrated competence in a single area.
    They emphasize training- but have a training delivery problem in that they aren't able to devote the resources required to formally publish and distribute key technical training. They are working to improve this.
    They tend not to drive career growth- but expect employees to drive the growth themselves. This works ok- but can be really difficult when tranisioning between business lines or divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for growth outside of one's specialty.
    Recognize and reward good performance with added responsability.
    Provide the necessary investment to improve training delivery mechanisms.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Excellent

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    Current Employee - Project Facilitaor
    Current Employee - Project Facilitaor

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people that want to help you to grow

    Cons

    Standing desks and more options to excerise would be nice. If you dont have your health you really dont want to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to be a great employer that creates a positive atmoshere and growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Challenged to adapt to consulting business

    Former Employee - Manager  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Denver, CO (US)

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A good solid engineering company. Capable, experienced personnel.

    Cons

    Does not understand the consulting business.
    I came in as part of an acquisition. B&V did not take advantage of what our firm brought - was not able to leverage the expertise and brand to help build its consulting business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To successfully move into management consulting, need to adapt practices and policies including sales and pricing.

    Recommends
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    Civil structural technician

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    Current Employee - Engineering Technician  in  Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Engineering Technician in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible hours are nice, most of the other professionals are friendly and always willing to help. Decent benefits. Clean safe area Ann Arbor is a safe city lots of restaurants close by.

    Cons

    Office is super outdated ergonomics suck! Technology isn't too bad. Chances of advancement are slim even if you bust your butt. Pay is crappy raises are small. Ann Arbor gets treated like a step child annual reviews are a joke and seem staged with no real information. No profit sharing for the people working in the trenches. No lunch room... Seriously? It's 2014 get with the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ya wonder why it's hard to retain younger employees... Share the wealth with everyone not just line the pockets of upper level employees. I feel like a number.

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

    Descent Experience in telecom

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst  in  Paramus, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Paramus, NJ (US)

    I worked at Black & Veatch as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Family environment, Ability to be flipped from contract to full time, when they do promote they will promote from within, employee owned company, pay is actually pretty good.

    Cons

    As is with most companies the chance to advance are slim to none, I didn't agree with the concept of hiring family members. Offers little to no training,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more clients instead of relying on one, Find more training tools for the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    review

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good Benefits and Pay, nice people

    Cons

    very conservative stable growth focused on the bottom line

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful as long as your find your own opportunities, if you wait for it to come you will wait a very long time.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III  in  Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Substation Electrical Engineer III in Overland Park, KS (US)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great professionals, very knowledgeable people, lots of opportunity to engage in multiple roles, semi-ease of transfering between internal business units and within busiiness unit groups. Great culture and value system.

    Cons

    Limited room to grow into full manangement positions due to an already top-heavy management. can be difficult to switch between business units or between groups in the same unit. Not as flexible and adaptable to today's working culture expectations in terms of compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible in allowing professionals move around from and between groups, it will allow for a more diverse workforce which increases flexibility and minimizes sudden gaps during normal yearly employee turnovers. Maybe due to being so top heavy, compensation down the food chain is pretty low compared to its peers in the industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Rewarding Experience, Great people, Great Place to learn and grow

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development.
    - With almost 100 years in the industry, there is a great balance of experienced and newer professionals. Hard work is valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    - Easy to fall between the cracks and become very monotonous if you are not a motivated self-starter. Not the place to be shy - you have to consistently be a positive go-getter if you want to see career progression.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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