Black & Veatch

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Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 22 February 2015
Updated 22 February 2015
232 Reviews
3.6
232 Reviews
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Steve Edwards
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    There's worse out there

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    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  

    The company has many opportunities for you to developin a professional setting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Good mentorship, compensation and benefits. Good scope for personal growth

    Cons

    Training is required for all fresh engineers

  3.  

    Excellent working environment with all the expert support from every sections.

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    Former Employee - Project Controls Associate in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Former Employee - Project Controls Associate in Bangkok (Thailand)

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    B&V always privide the good opportunities and flexibiltity to the employees. They arr always open to hear anythings from you and will do the best to be success together.

    Cons

    Thr company is very big. So it might take some time for you to grow up the carreer step by step.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great atmosphere, team based family friendly environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Great people to work with, who care about you and your career development. Supervisors work hard to give you the proper tools and mentoring to successfully do your job and develop your career. Has good benefits and compensation.

    Cons

    Larger office, so if you like a smaller close knit group where you recognize every face, you need to make extra effort to meet people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    10,000 employees, operates worldwide, employee-owned, very good employer

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    Current Employee - As A Lawyer One Can Learn A Lot About Engineering and Construction
    Current Employee - As A Lawyer One Can Learn A Lot About Engineering and Construction

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Very good business, working with highly motivated and highly educated engineers

    Cons

    None, other than that the headquarters is in Kansas City, which is in the middle of the Midwest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Work- Life balance. Great company work ethics

    Cons

    The time it takes to advance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Very well organized program that was tailored for the interns.

    Cons

    If you are not an engineer, you can feel left out of many of the intern activities and programs. It is a massive company with so many bureaucratic processes to got through that makes doing things very difficult.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't Believe The Hype

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great health care benefits, and matching 401K. Relatively fast upwards mobility for those that know how to play politics and talk the most nonsense. Flexible hours IF you have a good boss. A steady paycheck if that's what you need, rather than a true career.

    Cons

    No training provided, horrific management. antiquated technologies, and a VERY questionable future for their Telecom department. They have ONE major client, in which B&V built an empire around. Unfortunately, as B&V 'leadership' will quickly learn, you never put all your eggs in one basket in the wireless telecom industry. Last I heard, they laid off 20% of the staff in the regional offices across the entire country in Jan 2015, with some offices getting hit harder than others. However, this is likely only the beginning of a downward trend. Their only client (AT&T) is slashing spending left and right for the foreseeable future, as they need to come up with BILLIONS in extra cash for the FCC spectrum auctions and Direct TV merger. The second half of 2015 will almost certainly get rather ugly for B&V Telecom, as the work literally dries up across the board. On a secondary note, don't believe all the positive reviews on Glassdoor. They were likely pushed out by the HR department in order to keep it's reputation in tact, and keep the artificially inflated stock value up (it will almost certainly tank once their financial results come out later this year).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit before you destroy the entire company. Be honest with your only client. Stop making false promises to AT&T and pushing your impossible and irresponsible expectations down the company line afterwards. And stop blaming everyone but yourselves. Yes, YOU are largely responsible for B&V's failings (there are many), not the rank and file employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Site Acquisition Specialist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Black & Veatch

    Pros

    Gained a lot of experience on job, learned all aspects of the site acquisition process.

    Cons

    Not alot of room for growth and company has a reputation not paid industry standard.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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