Kiewit Corporation Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
313 Reviews

3.3
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Kiewit Corporation President, CEO, and Director Bruce E. Grewcock
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Kiewit has a great employee evaluation program with lots of opportunities for advancement (in 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Work/Life balance sucks, I was working 70hrs a week with every other weekend off (in 55 reviews)

  • Long hours, 2) Can lack tasks to do- often just sitting waiting for delivery's or work to finish (in 47 reviews)

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  1.  

    Engineering Intern

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great experience, great pay, lots of cool projects.

    Cons

    You get moved to wherever the project is. It could be hard with relationships. You probably won't be working in a city.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect  in  Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Enterprise Architect in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to grow if you are capable of handling the responsibility. Great compensation and benefits. A company truly in it for the long haul.

    Cons

    While the construction side of the house is very mature (>100 years) and experienced, some other parts of the company are immature and in need of growth (accounting, IT, security, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep growing the company and don't be afraid to expand into areas outside strictly construction and contracting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience and training

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    Former Employee - Job Superintendent  in  Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Job Superintendent in Dallas, TX (US)

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Had a great experience learning all aspects of managing a construction project from estimating to close out. Plenty of training in the field and in "classroom" type settings. Competitive pay.

    Cons

    Worked MANY hours, usually 60+ per week. Travel frequently and often to remote places. Company was very "cliquey". People who went out with managers and had similar tastes often advanced ahead of others, even if they were weaker on the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff project appropriately to avoid everyone having to work so many hours. Listen to employees concerns about wanting to work close to home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company if you're young and willing to move

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay, great benefits, being involved with building permanent structures, level of autonomy is great. There are great educational opportunities within the company that help you grow your career.

    Cons

    Must relocate every couple of years, they don't practice what they preach a lot of the time, many managers to answer to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open to your subordinates. They don't like being in the dark.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

    Look 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Internship, Field Engineer, Superintendent in Civil/Infrastructure Work

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    Current Employee - Intern/Engineer/Superintendent
    Current Employee - Intern/Engineer/Superintendent

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Care 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    12.5 + hour days

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation

    Pros

    A lot of responsibility and actually felt like you job mattered

    Cons

    What is work life balance? 65+ hour weeks

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Kiewit Energy Canada - Engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer I  in  Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great work environment and a young staff makes for a very comfortable office. Site jobs are also full of good people to work with. Lots of opportunity to move around and learn different areas of construction/contracting

    Cons

    Very little actual engineering, and zero attention paid to previous experience or education. Far from rewarding work for an engineer unless construction is your passion. Pay/compensation is below average for Calgary, dispite managment trumpeting how well they compete in the oil/gas industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to make it worth staying at the company in the early years before stock purchase is an option. Give engineers a chance to do real engineering, not just data entry and project controls.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Two years tops and then move on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Zero 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Demanding work loads

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Benefits and 401K program is above average

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your seniors better with respect and work life balance
    Stock program is a hook

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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