Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
196 Reviews
3.5
196 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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    • Senior Management
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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.  

    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
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
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    Manager

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    • 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
  6.  

    Good Company To Work For

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    • 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
  7.  

    Database Administration

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    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
  8.  

    Manager

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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

    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

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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 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.  

    Brilliant group of people to work with!

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    • 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
  11.  

    Black & Veatch is a fantastic company to work for, but behind the times with regard to technology.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI (US)

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

    Pros

    The office is fully of friendly, knowledgeable people who are more than willing to help and share their knowledge. Very pleasant culture, not too clicky, with a sense of orderly openness. If you're up for it and ask, they'll certainly show no hesitation to throw you into a calculated "deep end" (usually in the good way) in order for you to develop the necessary skills to flourish in the industry, and of course, you'll have plenty of help and encouragement along the way. Work-life balance is excellent for most, unless projects are short handed and require mandatory overtime, a rare but real occurrence. Great benefits and good pay.

    Cons

    I think Black & Veatch suffers from the same problems that most large engineering corporations suffer from: slow-moving when it comes to adopting new technologies, and a general sense of having a sterile corporate personality. In the last year, management has sent out several emails reminding new professionals about dress code policies outlining appropriate forms of footwear and pants, presumably concerned that their recent influx of young new hires has lowered the standard of their image. What they do not realize, however, is that by failing to loosen up in changing times (their passive reminders of official dress code standards given as just one example), they are alienating the younger generation that they so desperately need to connect with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I strongly advise that you give professionals more freedom to wear appropriate casual wear to work (e.g. blue jeans) unless interfacing with clients, where more traditional attire is still appropriate. Also, avoid sending out emails to the office reminding professionals about rules and regulations. If there is a problem, address it in person with the people it directly concerns. Having to read reminders of rules and regulations on a regular basis may seem to improve productivity and quality on the surface, but it actually propagates a sense of overbearing management power which diminishes morale.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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