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Kansas City, MO (US)
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Private
Architectural & Engineering Services
$2 to $5 billion (AUD) per year
Bechtel Jacobs, Black & Veatch, HNTB
At Burns & McDonnell, we believe in the power of an entrepreneurial dream. It’s how we began, in 1898, when Clinton Burns and Robert McDonnell opened a consulting engineering firm. Today, we're a full-service engineering ... Read more

Mission: Making our Clients Successful: The company secured its first major client in 1900 and inched into the black with net earnings of 13 cents after three years in business. That was just the beginning. By the time the firm reached the 50-year milestone in 1948, it had completed ... Read more

Burns & McDonnell Reviews

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Ray Kowalik
102 Ratings
  • "Good Company, Low pay, long hours"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Geologist in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Geologist in Kansas City, MO (US)
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    Neutral Outlook
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    I have been working at Burns & McDonnell full-time


    Good work life balance. People in the department are overall excellent coworkers. Continuous different types of work. time and half overtime is what you will live for.


    Travel all the time but no per Diem. Low base pay, like really low. Outlook for career advancement is low to non existent because most of the project management has been in the same position and same projects for many years. Expect to work weekends sometimes, base pay is well under the median pay for the area, you wont be able to save any money for retirement or fun stuff, just able to make ends meet most months. maybe in negative other months when you don't get over time. Raises at the end of the year are .50 more an hour which dont do much for your annual salary.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your field people more starting out and they will want to stay and keep up the quality of work that Burns is known for.

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Burns & McDonnell Interviews



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    Construction Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through college or university. The process took 6+ months. I interviewed at Burns & McDonnell in February 2015.


    Two interviews:

    October: In-person 30 minute interview on campus following our career fair - this was fairly general and the interviewer was not part of the group that I wanted to intern with.

    February: a 30+ minute phone interview with the CDB office manager and my internship mentor that was specific for the location and type of internship that I wanted

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Burns & McDonnell Awards & Accolades

  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2013
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2014
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