Bechtel Reviews

Updated 28 September 2014
Updated 28 September 2014
360 Reviews
3.5
360 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Most people work a 9-80 schedule with every other Friday off (in 16 reviews)

  • Provide Flex-Time and help you manage your work-life balance (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role (in 23 reviews)

  • Too much red tape; Too much gossip; No Work life balance; Company runs like companies in 1950s (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good opportunity to progress, however flexibility is they key on all fronts. Working on projects is stimulating and the best place to gain invaluable experience. Average to good benefits package.

    Cons

    Work/ life balance can be an issue depending on your particular job role. Your career progression depends on you taking the opportunities offered and also the willingness to volunteer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great intern program

    Current Employee - SummerCivil/Construction  in  London, England
    Current Employee - SummerCivil/Construction in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, free drink events and intern meetups, pay for training courses, great opportunities to become involved in your field

    Cons

    Sometimes there is nothing to do and you have to actively keep yourself engaged

  3.  

    Interesting experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time

    Pros

    Wide Variety of opportunities internationally, great community within the company and this is a very good company to get to see a real perspective on the construction industry

    Cons

    The work/life balance still isn't right but it is improving, if you only work 40 hours a week don't expect to advance rapidly. The best paid jobs are in foreign countries, so expect to travel to be paid well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great opportunity for travel and exposure to new work fronts, but poor organization.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Bechtel likes to send its employees to stretch assignments overseas. I have been sent to locations where I do not speak the language and I do not have the skills to perform my job. Working in this environment has benefited me by encouraging me to learn new skills, quickly, in a hands-on environment. The salary and assignment conditions are amazing!

    Cons

    Poor recognition of performance, particularly for low-grade employees. Bonuses are shocking. I see a lot of employees demonstrating loyalty without Bechtel demonstrating loyalty to its employees. Career progression through salary grades is not transparent. Everyone feels it's luck of the draw every year if you get a grade increase.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve your bonus program, particularly the sharing for success system. It is insulting.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great graduate programme

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The programme provides real responsibility at an early career stage and a wide variety of experience across the Bechtel GBUs. The people are some of the best in class and the graduate scheme provides a great grounding in the fundamentals of the industry.

    Cons

    After the graduate scheme is complete there is not a clear career path. Career progression particularly in the Oil and Gas GBU is very slow and to get onto the leadership track you need to invest a .lot of effort in networking.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide a clearer career path for employees after employees complete the graduate scheme.

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great experience but you'll work hard

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    smart people passionate about what they do
    amazing projects that have an impact
    excellent discipline in project management
    strong corporate culture, ethics and values

    Cons

    long, long, long hours
    work comes first - before health, family and friends
    need to move with the projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realise that people need to take care of their health and spend time with their family

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, but a horrible boss

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Personal Assistant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Executive Personal Assistant in London, England

    I worked at Bechtel full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Staff
    Location
    Benefits
    Employee Recognition of Service Awards

    Cons

    HR
    Salaries
    Some higher ups believe they have carte blanch... and are allowed to behave any way they want

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to staff input

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Awesome company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in London, England

    I worked at Bechtel

    Pros

    Well known company, a huge plus in a resume, if you ever worked at Bechtel.
    Truly equal opportunities employee.

    Cons

    Below average pay
    Majority of jobs are in Asia and Middle East, which makes you relocate every so often, which can also be an advantage for some employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good job overall!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Bechtel Civil

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Provide a lot of opportunities for professional development
    a good open door policy to senior management
    a lot of opportunities all over the world
    management supported rotation program
    structured processes and procedures (not rigid)

    Cons

    long assignment durations
    relatively small raises and bonuses for good performance
    long working hours sometimes
    processes and procedures involve a lot of paperwork and could be very bureaucratic

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide more transparency to all employees
    make it easier to change assignments between global business units
    compensate employees based on their performance rather than based on their nationanlities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Sweet and Sour experiences

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer  in  London, England
    Current Employee - Cost Engineer in London, England

    I have been working at Bechtel

    Pros

    Great place to work as you'll get involved in "signature projects" well known worldwide.

    If you want to explore the world you can push for this due to their large portafolio of overseas assignments.

    Good Benefits - health insurance and pension plans are genereous.

    Cons

    Employee support departments - namely Payroll, HR, etc - do not provide a good service towards basic and elementary stuff that may jeopardise employee satisfaction with the company. They often make mistakes and are reluctant to amend them, regardless that this may cost you a lot of time and effort to rectify the situation.

    Annual bonuses are just symbolic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of doing sweet talk about how wonderful and bright is in the future within the company, you should be more realistic and express if something wrong is happening.

    Be more sincere and objective in providing constructive feedback.

    No opinion of CEO

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