Black & Veatch Reviews

Updated 7 Jul 2020

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3.6
68%
Recommend to a Friend
77%
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Black & Veatch CEO Steve Edwards
Steve Edwards
292 Ratings
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  • "Upper management has a vision that middle management isn't executing on(in 24 reviews)

  • "Forced to take B&V stock and can not sell it(in 21 reviews)

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  1. "There's worse out there"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Perth, Western Australia
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for 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.

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  2. "Happy and Relax Environment"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Hong Kong
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Most of people in this company are nice. and they are nice if you have any question. They are willing to answer and to give help.

    Cons

    Some directors cant give direction and some time you need to guess their thought.

  3. "Nice Company"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Pay and great Team Culture

    Cons

    Get Under the proper management

  4. "good place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Construction Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    allowed to work without being micro managed

    Cons

    trying to find your next project

  5. "Great co workers, low overall comp, very risk adverse"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Management Consultant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good broad range of projects to work on. Very smart co workers!

    Cons

    Not in control of billable hours, but it was a key metric in year end reviews. Somewhat low on the compensation site as well. Management historically afraid to innovate, was changing as I left and Steve Edwards took over.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to grow if you can wade through the politics"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer II 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The company has good missions at its core, and a fair organization. The name is heavy and the project experiences available to employees excellent. There really is room to grow if given an opportunity. The project, design, and other benefits available to employees is great (such as tuition reimbursement!). The work hours are flexible, and depending on your location the environment can vary wildly for better or worse.

    Cons

    The vacation scheme is not competitive (starts at 10 days, based on years employed or position level). Compensation is about average. Benefits are average with some things slightly above average. The company has public forums for submission of new operational "ideas" like changing dress code etc, yet they provide little feedback on the rejected or ignored ideas. The inaction on these ideas by management is a reflection of their desire to wring out all spirit from employees to improve operations and bottom line, while giving nothing in return. The politics between offices and managerial conflicts left a terrible taste in my mouth. The image I was left with was a company which was pitted against itself rather than working as a team.

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  7. "Good company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Tech in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits options and salary

    Cons

    Work availabilities depend on contractors

  8. "Great, friendly people"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Delivery Director in Chester, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Black & Veatch full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great people with global expertise

    Cons

    Usual occasional frustrations with a large organisation.

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  9. "Pretty good, large company"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Black & Veatch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lots of engaged peers, freedom to speak up when you have concerns or want to learn new things.

    Cons

    Work is often repetitive, not much control over what kinds of jobs the team accepts (that's done in the Marketing department)

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not to bad"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong people from PM level down Great culture and values

    Cons

    Weak leadership at VP levels Confusing organization that does not make sense

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