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Bechtel Reviews

Updated 17 November 2014
Updated 17 November 2014
387 Reviews
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Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Culture , Values & ethics and also work life balance if you are not alone on the job (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 25 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bechtel is into international construction, doing things in places where others normally don't, can't or won't.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Coordinator in Gladstone, Queensland
    Current Employee - Field Coordinator in Gladstone, Queensland

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    We play in the construction industry, so the pay is ok. If you keep your nose clean, deliver quality with your output, and keep in mind the quirks that come with working with one of the world's major construction companies (male oriented. Normally peculiar (remote) locations. Constructing some unusual things) you can go far with the company. A huge array of opportunities - Bechtel bids on the big stuff (really big stuff), so their projects are complex - and that's where the opportunities lie. You normally get the chance to travel - lots of travel, most of it cattle class. So, if those things aren't your thing, seek work elsewhere.

    Cons

    This is not necessarily a Bechtel issue - but more so an indication of the construction industry itself. And you'll read about the following things all the time on this forum: your life-work balance gets skewed way out of whack. And don't be surprised if you end up working in remote locations, doing huge numbers of hours if you engage with a project. It's par for the course. If you can't do early mornings (rising at 4.00am for a 6.00am start. A normal start to the day) and if getting home around 5.30-6.00pm would make your nose twitch, and usually working six days a week doing those hours churns your gut, this industry may not be your bag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace the flood of 20-somethings coming our way. Accept that the way they think, they way they go about their business, the expectations they deliver of an employer and their willingness to hunt for the next opportunity at a moments notice are nothing like what we may have been used to pre Y2K. Adapt to that. They are our next leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a fair Employer - only exciting opportunities for departments they consider important

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Supervisor in Brisbane
    Former Employee - Human Resources Supervisor in Brisbane

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The RDO they implemented was great, every second Monday off.
    If you are an Engineer, Project Controls, Contracts - pretty much any department other than Office and Admin Services or Human Resources you will get good opportunities and good compensation.

    Cons

    Compensation for those in roles such as Administration, Human Resources etc. is overlooked
    You cant move up in the company very easily unless you work on projects and roles such as Admin and HR don't get opportunities to go to site very much.
    Very Male dominated which is probably to be expected in a Construction company
    Senior Management don't fit for pay increases / bonuses for their staff, it was often up to the next level of management
    As with all companies they have their favourite employees in each department who get offered all the promotions / great opportunities, was sometimes hard to see certain people getting the opportunities when the rest of the team doesn't feel they are right for the role.
    In the past couple of years the Brisbane office has been making people redundant due to lack of work. Somehow an employee with very little interpersonal skills, a reputation amongst the office for being difficult to work with unless she liked you and limited role experience - she had been in her same role of years - got a transfer to the US whilst other people were laid off.
    A senior manager told his HR rep that he needed to hire a male for a certain role, even though it was against policy to discriminate like that. He told her each year they alternate with their graduate so one year male, the next female. I don't believe this was ever reported due to the backlash the HR rep would have received in doing so.
     If you get a good manager it can be great, however most of the senior management were actually bullies, had 2 admin assistants in tears and it was never reported because of the anticipated backlash it would receive. The head of Mining and Metals insisted his door was always open for issues like that but in reality it was empty words.
    No work life balance at all, even in the corporate office. As most of the managers are American they are shocked if employees leave on time / before they do as it is apparently not the way in the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to ensure your support services are not overlooked in terms of promotion opportunities, salary raises etc.
    Without them the business would stop.
    The people you have in Senior Leadership positions need to be held accountable for their actions, if you don't stop them bullying the underlings how will that culture ever be improved in the company.
    When it comes to further opportunities in times of redundancies I would recommend an independent panel of senior managers review departments decisions on who gets transferred to international / other assignments and who gets laid off. They may have a more impartial view on staff members.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
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  5.  

    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 (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
  6.  

    Time exhausting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (less than an 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
  7.  

    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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to travel.

    Cons

    Ups and downs of the busineww

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (less than an 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.

  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    too many processes unfollowed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (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

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