Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 4 December 2014
Updated 4 December 2014
211 Reviews
3.6
211 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)

  • B&V has good pay, a good bonus program and a good stock ownership program (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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    • 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Engineer 1

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Good work culture, environment, open to debate on existing methods

    Cons

    Growth rate is not exactly very fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To have a clearer branch structuring of the managers , supervisors and project managers

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

    Always moving the goalpost

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Great place to have graduate experience and learn from colleagues. Company will give opportunities to get involved in large flagship projects. Good for a short term career.

    Cons

    Project management and line management are not up to the industry standard. Top management are not accountable for losses. No progression and false hopes of salary increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Gain trust and evaluate staff effectively.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the best place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    If you don't want anyone to know you are there this is a great place. Certain divisions are better than others.

    Cons

    Very little assistance to improve quality of work due to lack of feedback. Very hard to engage manager. Great place to remain unseen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good starter job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Okay pay, great atmosphere, some good people

    Cons

    Advancement opportunities few and far between. Senior management doesn't care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    very good and perfect company to work

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    Current Employee - Drafter in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Drafter in Orlando, FL (US)

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

    Pros

    very good and perfect company to work nothing bad in this company

    Cons

    everiyhing is perfect good company very good people to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff controls engineer

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    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
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great work life banance. Small company feel, large company benefits.

    Cons

    Growth is limited. Work is not that exciting.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable Company with Opportunities to gain experience

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    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place as long as you are an engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Solid salary, very smart co-workers. You can learn a lot just by asking questions.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, you will constantly be badgered. I was in sales, selling a new product and service that they wanted to try. Sales cycles are long to the product, they did no get the concept of selling. All other customers came to them, they don't have to sell their standard product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open, don't slam the door so son when projects are in the works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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