Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
197 Reviews
3.5
197 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance along with a vast array of training resources that complement your job development (in 13 reviews)

  • Good Pay, Good benefits, some nice coworkers, very nice office building (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • B&V management and leadership is so diabolically bad that the entire company is one giant mismanaged disaster (in 10 reviews)

  • You can go to foreign assignment only if you kiss up to upper management (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    There's worse out there

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some excellent and talented technical staff, and the opportunity to work on significant Water Projects around the world

    Cons

    Always felt very US centric, "unless you were born in the US don't expect senior management to listen to you, you're a commodity". Local Management appear to be very focused on self rather than what's best for the company or their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in or get out - if you're serious about doing business in Australia, back the business up and support the local business in winning work, even in tough times - if not shut the business down and get out.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Staff controls engineer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Instrumentation & Controls Engineer in Kansas City, KS (US)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    At B & V the work atmosphere is great it's layed back but thing get completed. They have a "flex schedule" with core work hours that is nice when you wnt to beat the traffic or have somethng that requires you to be out of the office. the pay rate for the area is about the same as simular groups. It was nice that with a large company, when assigned to a new job / contract - they would arrange to have the group working on the job into the same general area of the building, this makes for much eaiser communication between diciplines.

    Cons

    It seems as though all employees are on a per getting the next contracted job. I worked there for 2 plus years and was always wanting to know what the next job would be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was told for the whole time there that I was going to be brough in as direct hire, but each time the topice was brought up, I was told some thing along the lines of: We would hate to do that then have to lay you off if we don't get the next contract. So, as a contracted engineer there, I was treated for as far as I could tell the same as the direct employees, but not the same benifit package. If your going to bring in contracted employees, make your decission - don't keep them thnking that there is something coming.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company with Opportunities to gain experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Accounting Associate
    Current Employee - Project Accounting Associate

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Big company with many opportunities to move around the six divisions. They are supportive and want their employees to grow and gain lots of experience. Value your input and encourage problem solving solutions. strong core values

    Cons

    Often hired as a contingent employee rather than direct hire. The company culture is very conservative feeling a bit stale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create more of a team environment, more opportunities for training and certificate/education compensation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    People, world-wide location, benefits, leadership

    Cons

    Some people consider constant change a con and things are always changing / growing / improving at Black & Veatch.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kabul (Afghanistan)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Clear communication to Executives, excellent benefits, upward mobility.

    Cons

    Lots of posturing of jr or new engineers, trying to get ahead instead of doing their job to the best of their ability. Allows HR to direct more issues than they should for a private company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should place HR un the direction of the COO and allow Managers access to more of a review of cv's/resume's.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Trechnician in Orlando, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Engineering Trechnician in Orlando, FL (US)

    I worked at Black & Veatch (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Financially stable company. Good local office management . One of the top tier Engineering firms on the planet.
    Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Corporate home office out of touch with local offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the local office management manage the local employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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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 Black & Veatch full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Privately help. They want you to work in another part of the company after 12 months

    Cons

    Big company. Hard to maneuver and find someone to get answers. Does not pay very well

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent you have and make local decisions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Black and Veatch

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

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good company to start out with and learn from short term.

    Cons

    Staying to long (3 to 5 years) or not being in their click. There is no such thing as having Seniority with any job position, if they can hire cheaper they will and this goes with all companies out there today, unfortunately companies seem to lose values and money long term. Being gullible on what your upper management tells you about long term work coming up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Having feed back from employees about upper managers and HR this will help improve the morale, the upper management does not no what's going go and should act on issues. Look at keeping devoted, dependable/experience employees, it always pays off.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Database Administration

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Database Administration in Overland Park, KS (US)

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere is pretty good, and collegues in general are pretty enjoyable. They are beggining to use innovative software to continue efficiency in the near future, which will make the job easier to learn in the future. Alot of excel work. Great work life balance, no evenings or weekends.

    Cons

    After you learn your responsibilities, the job is repetitive. Not much team interaction on a face to face basis. Everything is done through e-mail and IM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tune up the training period.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Brilliant group of people to work with!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Controls in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Project Controls in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Meaningful work.
     Opportunities to excel based on talent and effort.
    Lots of options for fields to work in: energy, water, telecom, government

    Cons

    You're working with a very smart and talented group of people which can make even above average people feel looked over at times.
    Can be slow to change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on being more agile and leverage the talented millennial joining the organization.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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