Bechtel Reviews

Updated 16 September 2014
Updated 16 September 2014
359 Reviews
3.4
359 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.  

    Good Construction Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    Good company to gain experience with out of college.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator
    Current Employee - Contracts Administrator

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are very good.

    Cons

    Work life balance needs major improvement, too many managers who refuse to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Time exhausting

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gladstone, Queensland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gladstone, Queensland

    I have been working at Bechtel part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They provide the opportunity to make more more by working overtime. It is actually expected to work 10 hour days.

    Cons

    The work is on an island so it takes time out of your day to travel by ferry to the island. Sometimes work in the office is disorganized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a larger workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company good benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Ups and downs of the busineww

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    No work life balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Controls Engineer  in  Brisbane
    Former Employee - Senior Project Controls Engineer in Brisbane

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

    Pros

    - Interesting big projects
    - Opportunities for training
    - Good procedures
    - Packages are reasonable

    Cons

    - Jobs often in remote locations
    - Pressure to commit to unpaid overtime with little reward
    - Overly competitive and arrogant management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Time-off policies
    - More honest HR & Functional Managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Bechtel will move fast if you give your best

    Current Employee - Training Coordinator  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - Training Coordinator in Brisbane

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Bechtel is a company that has the capability to move fast if leadership recognizes skill sets that will contribute to the long term future of the company. There are also many opportunities to move into other areas of interest if available and onto other units within the business.

    Cons

    As a relatively new starter with the business you may be left to your own devices to a large degree and you may need to actively seek consultation with leadership and peers to define and scope out your role.

  8.  

    Ok company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some opportunities to travel if you're lucky. They construct mega projects all around the world.

    Cons

    You need to know the right people to advance in the company. High possibility to be put on "(unpaid) holding status" after completing a project while you wait for your next project.

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

    too many processes unfollowed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt  in  Brisbane
    Former Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Brisbane

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Size of projects, global mobility, training, salary

    Cons

    Poor leadership, longevity of staff, beauracratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people - charge your upper and mid-management to be leaders rather than just being managers. Don't use the processes and procedures as a selling point and then allow for non-compliance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Summer Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sumer Intern  in  Worsley
    Former Employee - Sumer Intern in Worsley

    I worked at Bechtel part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great People, really helpful work environment.

    Cons

    None that come to mind really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Exciting adventure in a team environment where no two days are alike or no two assignments are alike

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and global oppurtunities to work in many different fields of engineering procurement or construction. Meet and work with people from many different countries and cultures.

    Cons

    Very large company that sometimes has slow processes due to bureaucracy and multiple levels of management. Not being connected to the right people might slow career development.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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