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Bechtel Reviews

Updated 19 August 2014
Updated 19 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.  

    Good company good benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Ups and downs of the busineww

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Time exhausting

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Gladstone, Queensland
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gladstone, Queensland

    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
  3.  

    No work life balance

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    • 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

    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
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  5.  

    Bechtel will move fast if you give your best

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

    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.

  6.  

    Ok company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    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
  7.  

    too many processes unfollowed

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

    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
  8.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Sumer Intern  in  Worsley
    Former Employee - Sumer Intern in Worsley

    Pros

    Great People, really helpful work environment.

    Cons

    None that come to mind really

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  10.  

    One of the best employers for your first job

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Brisbane
    Former Employee - Engineer in Brisbane

    Pros

    -great salary, benefits, profit sharing etc.
    -great offices, resources, equipment, training, employees, opportunities etc.
    -largest EPCM projects in the world

    Cons

    -if you have moral objections to negative environmental impact through large scale industrial development and American political interests in world world affairs working for Bechtel presents a conflict of interest
    -very political corporate culture: assimilation required for career advancement
    -must be willing to relocate every few years
    -must be willing to work in remote projects sites

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -be open to employees who want to remain in same city

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity exists, but you have to work for it and know how to play the game!

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    Current Employee - Systems Lead  in  Brisbane
    Current Employee - Systems Lead in Brisbane

    Pros

    Lots of projects and opportunity. Generally, the people are good to work with and they work hard. They pay overtime and there is plenty of it!

    Cons

    You need an "in" to have a real chance at success. When you get it, you have to work extremely hard to prove yourself, and it doesn't always pay off. Bechtel is rigid in its systems and methods, and they are not the most efficient or effective. This is why it is so difficult for it to keep good people who have recently joined the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to new ideas of better ways of doing things. The old way isn't the only way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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