Kiewit Corporation

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Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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3.1 300 reviews

77% Approve of the CEO

Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock

Bruce E. Grewcock

(182 ratings)

52% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Smart and talented people are rewarded with responsibility and good pay(in 20 reviews)

  • Lots of opportunity to move around and learn different areas of construction/contracting(in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off(in 54 reviews)

  • Long hours, insufficient pay for work being performed(in 46 reviews)

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    Spare yourself a lot of stress and do not work for Kiewit!

    Business Manager (Former Employee) Edmonton, AB (Canada)

    ProsSome great people to work with, benefits and RRSP matching contributions.

    ConsCompensation is disjointed, women get paid less than men and new hires get hired on at a higher rate than current hires. Don't expect real raises and look happy when you get your 2% increase. Depending on which district you work with you may get paid less than others doing the same job in Canada with another district. There is no organization, turnover is horrible. One district has had turnover more than the entire amount of people the district employees in less than five years.

    Do not expect to be promoted if you are good at your job. You will just get pigeonholed doing the same thing even when you ask to be transferred to another department you want to go to. Told no you need to stay where you when you ask your supervisor on a project, then try to ask your district supervisor and told no as well. It became obvious no one cared what was in your best interest.

    Depending on district you may or may not have to move to remote places. They will pay for you to move but it causes conflict when you work on a job with multiple districts and some staff moved and others did not and fly home.

    Management at the job level is terrible at communication. There is not enough buy in by senior management in helping office people get information from the engineers unless your job is losing money. Oh which leads into if you work in the office and are not an engineer you are totally disposable. You do not "make money" but cost money and your job is not respected at all.

    The company recognizes it has a serious retention problem and sends out surveys at least once a year but things do not change. They don't listen or seem to care.

    Expect to work a lot of hours. 10.5 is normal but you expected to work as many hours as necessary to get your work done, but it is almost impossible to get all your work done as when you get to catch up they load more on you. Work life balance is a joke. I had a lot of vacation time accrued and I only had one manager actually say that I should take it.

    Also if you expect to be successful you better go out with the managers drinking and kiss up.

    My advice is not to work for this company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at equalizing male-female pay because it is not currently. Maybe make your office people feel like they are not just disposable as they are needed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great employees terrible, horrible, management.

    Procurement (Former Employee) Lenexa, KS (US)

    ProsI guess if you were right out of college it would be a good place to work, but as a professional, run, don't walk away from Kiewit. The time to work at Kiewit is when you are 22, and then hope you get to become a shareholder.

    ConsToo many to list. Inexperienced engineers on a combined cycle power plant project, does not lead to good results. Kiewit does not respect engineers, if you are PE go elsewhere, this would explain why their leads are young inexperienced and screw up critical items leading to huge losses. My manager's power plant experience was being in the Navy, not an officer, and being a licensed stock broker, to say he didn't know anything about power plant construction was an understatement, this is prevalent at Kiewit Power, I foresee more massive losses in their future. Apparently the last two years have been very tough on the Kiewit stockholders, and if they continue to drive away experience this will only continue. There is a reason the successful engineering companies have a lot of grey hair around the office--it pays, there' are many things that long hours and desire cannot teach, and you can't learn unless you have the experience.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would be good to have director level employees actually have experience in power generation construction and engineering. More managers in upper level positions need more technical expertise, talking only goes so far until someone need technical expertise.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Internship, Field Engineer, Superintendent in Civil/Infrastructure Work

    Intern/Engineer/Superintendent (Current Employee)

    ProsGet lots of good experience and challenged. Great place to get your foot in the door and get the name on your resume

    ConsVery long hours are expected. Very high work loads with low personnel to save cost. You are expected to go above and beyond your responsibility. If you do not meet your requirements, you are pressured to stay for even more hours. It is a joke around every job that we work so much and we get paid so low. Most engineers and superintendents don't like to calculate our equivalent hourly wage because it is so depressing. Be ready to move anywhere without any say and very last minute.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare about the people, not about impressing your manager. Most management are so caught up in making money in their operations, that they do not think about how many hours we are working or show much appreciation.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    12.5 + hour days

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsA lot of responsibility and actually felt like you job mattered

    ConsWhat is work life balance? 65+ hour weeks

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Two years tops and then move on

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWill learn a great deal about the industry. Nice perks. Health benefits are top notch.

    ConsZero work-life balance. Favor some people over others. If you break down the hours you work (60+ hours a week) compared to your salaried pay, the pay is terrible. After a year or two, you will get burned out. Never any recognition when doing a good job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Demanding work loads

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsBenefits and 401K program is above average

    ConsDon't treat seniors well and demanding o0n work schedule
    If you don't meet demands of work your out

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your seniors better with respect and work life balance
    Stock program is a hook

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good or bad experience

    Earthworks Intern (Former Employee)

    ProsGood pay and they have good benefits

    ConsWork culture is very hard on your personal life

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo more than 50 hrs per week

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    Low pay and lack of career path

    Engineer (Former Employee) Omaha, NE (US)

    ProsExposure to numerous interesting projects in many different industries across North America
    Good resume builder
    401k match is very good (compensation is below average, however)

    ConsBelow industry average compensation with very poor raise/promotion structure
    Old-school construction attitudes
    Stock Program not the same as it used to be. Have to put up with relocating every few years for your entire career or you wont go anywhere career-wise.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease salaries company-wide or Kiewit will continue losing young and bright people...The stock program is not good enough incentive and very over-hyped.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work for new graduates.

    Project Business Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsYou're given a lot of responsibilities early in your career, and there's a reasonable amount of upward mobility. Positions are fairly autonomous. You get to be a part of really unique and challenging projects that you can be proud of. The pay is good (although Business Management makes substantially less than all other positions). 401K and benefits package is very good.

    Cons1. Work/Life balance is poor. There exists the old school mentality that you need to work 70 hours per week "because that's just how we do it". Getting your work done early is not rewarded with better work/life balance - you are just given more work, so there's little incentive to be efficient.

    2. Starting pay is good, and there are raises given (in my experience) on an annual basis. However, if you are good, you will be given more and more responsibility but not an equitable increase in salary. It's very important to negotiate the best salary you can when you get hired, because it's very hard to get an adjustment to your salary based on increased responsibility and/or merit.

    3. Pay scale is inequitable across areas/districts/companies. Two engineers with the same experience can differ by $10K, depending on which area they work for (even aside from the times where cost-of-living adjustments are made). This is not a problem unless multiple areas form a JV project, which they often do, in which case a real sense of inequity exists and can be problematic.

    4. Lots of unilateral decisions are made regarding your future without your knowledge. You don't know what will happen until they tell you you'll have to move within a week. Part of this is the nature of the industry, but a large part of it is poor communication, and it tells employees that they are just commodities who shouldn't have any say in their future. It's a great company for young people between the ages of 22-30.

    5. Lots of nepotism.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDefine roles and expectations more clearly. If expectations are exceeded, reward the employee. The annual review process is a good thing, but what good is it to be a "high potential, high performance" employee, when you're given the same raise as everyone else?

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    Poor overall experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros1) Onsite work, 2) Worked on meaningful projects, 3) Interns got hourly overtime pay

    Cons1) Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement needs to take a hard look at employee satisfaction if they are going to reduce high turnover rates

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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