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Good Place to work

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Current Employee - Information Technology Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)
Current Employee - Information Technology Associate in Gurgaon, Haryana (India)

I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Good benefits, policies, and appraisal is good.

Cons

No salary bracket for different scope of work (Teams)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to maintain the same salary range for employee with similer work and same exp.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unsatisfying Job & Currently Seeking Employment Elsewhere

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Bechtel full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Going on an international assignment is a great way to save money and to clear all your debt in just a year or two and that is it. I recommend just leaving the company after you clear your debt and are able to save money for a large purchase such as a house.
    -If you work in the U.S. the 9/80 schedule is awesome and you get an optional 4 weeks of vacation which is most than other companies.
    -You get an extra month of vacation while on international assignments and you have an opportunity to travel the world.

    Cons

    -You live in a prison like atmosphere in some of the international assignments.
    -You have no say in the company as they move you around like a pawn in a game of chess with only a few days of notice before they expect you to move. If you try to extend the period of time before the move by just a couple of weeks then you are threatened to be fired.
    -Company is not innovative in any way what so ever. An example is when the company recently bid for a new bridge project in New York made of concrete and was the only company to do so. Their argument was that it would save the government money in long term maintenance costs, but the design was a complete eyesore and would have pissed many people off to see where their tax paying money went.
    -There is a lot of secretcy in the company and a lot of employees have worked with the CIA. For being the largest contractor in the world, no one has ever heard of them. Even my fellow engineering colleagues in college never heard of the company until I joined.
    -No such thing as work life balance while on an international assignment. You are expected to work 50-60 hours regularly a week and most people work more than that.
    -Very hierarchy style of management which is very frustrating, espcially in a new age when start up companies are knocking down barriers to allow managers and employees to talk openly.
    -Only useful training that the company offers is 6 Sigma. Anything else, forget about it.
    -Ethics are supposed to be very high with the company, but we join forces with other companies who are known to be unethical.
    -Nepotism is very strong within the company as it prevents others from getting the opportunity that they might deserve more.
    -Company will not last very long unless they continue to hire international employees as it goes against everything that Generation Y is looking for in a career. Very old school way of thinking and running a business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Stop looking down on employees like you are superior to them.
    -Don't go paranoid if an employee talks to a manager who is above you. The conversation is not always about you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Depressing and souless. Think long and hard before you come here - the money is not worth it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bechtel full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary is decent, 9/80 schedule (every other Friday off), opportunity to travel internationally

    Cons

    Not people-centric at ALL, which is surprising because they are a service company
    Depressing, tall-walled gray cubicles
    No sense of teamwork or tie to any larger mission (work is a series of meaningless tasks)
    Huge bureaucracy
    Resistant to change--have done things the same way for years. Many of their employees have worked there forever and have never done anything else.
    Very hierarchical
    Poor managers who are technically competent but have no leadership skills
    Micromanagement by HR
    Forced Ranking
    Old-school in every way imaginable. I have no idea how they will retain young talent.
    I've seen a lot of mediocre employees just getting by (no innovation or passion).
    If you are not a drone, you will not fit in
    Favoritism and cronyism run rampant (the relatives of senior managers get positions they should not).
    It's most important HOW you look vs. WHAT you accomplish
    Did I mention the cubicles?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your people more, get with the times, and ditch the cubicles

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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