Balfour Beatty Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated 15 Oct 2020

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  • "Excellent knowledge and experience with good people with good team values(in 37 reviews)

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  1. "Great company shame about management"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company , decent pay, some wonderful people.

    Cons

    Some upper management are not approachable and very two face.

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  2. "Work Environemnt"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Construction Project Manager in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time

    Pros

    Processes were structured and adhered to

    Cons

    Upper Management were favoring certain employees


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Most employees are not actually part of a major team. Top management runs its own clique."

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Salary and Compensation is relatively comparable to other leading General Contractors.

    Cons

    -Training system both online and in-person is outdated, the whole system needs a makeover -Upper management is not honest about business performance. Lay-offs happen even when management boasts job security from awarded projects in Quarterly Breakfasts. - "Fellow employee" is barely a word when most people don't know you due to lack of camaraderie, it is much weaker than all the competitors. - The most confident and proficient employees came from competitive General Contractors where they received valuable training and experience. BBC does not know how to grow and develop employees internally.

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    "Awful"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Big company resources - good software, equipment, etc.

    Cons

    I'm not sure if management has no idea how large construction projects work, or legitimately just don't care about the employees. Likely a combination of both. There aren't enough hours in a day for one person to manage every trade (site work, MEP, structural, facade, finishes, etc.) on a $100+ million job, but that's what is expected when you work in this particular office as an engineer. On top of that, upper management looks at you as a scapegoat for every issue instead of having your back and working through problems. This was hands down the worst experience of my career and would advise anyone considering working in the Charleston office to look elsewhere.

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    "Good people, so-so leadership"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty full-time

    Pros

    The people that work there are some of the best in the business and upper management says they value everyone.

    Cons

    While upper management says they value everyone, they only value strong operations personnel. Non-operations personnel have no value to the company. Executives below the CEO are valued even less.

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  6. "Paralegal"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends

    I worked at Balfour Beatty for less than a year

    Pros

    Great staff on legal team

    Cons

    Not clear at time what upper management want from staff

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    "Cash is not always king"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time

    Pros

    Diversified construction portfolio, in business for a very long time with good references and impressive body of work

    Cons

    UK based parent company impacts US based projects, reporting, and financials. When in trouble a few years ago, they reorganized upper management and cut workforce, stating cash is king philosophy via new CEO.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Undesclosed"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Balfour Beatty full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Peers, team players at field level.

    Cons

    Upper management in turmoil, lots of people jumping ship

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    "Project Manager"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty full-time

    Pros

    The people that work in my division are great to deal with and most are very hard working. Unusual for a mega company, the leadership actually seems to care about their employees.

    Cons

    It's a mega company so local leadership is beholden to the ideas of upper management that are hundreds of miles away. What's needed to win a project in terms of staffing and GC cost is rarely even in the same ballpark as what is needed to perform the project. Projects get delayed up front and rarely is there a resulting extension of time. As a result project staffing suffers and the minimal staff that is placed on the project has to pull the work load to make up for these issues.

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    "Project Manager"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Balfour Beatty full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Training is one of the core values of this company. A truly family oriented company They value their employees very competitive pay Great 40K Package Well recognized brand

    Cons

    The Drive to and from work Not everyone gets paid Auto Allowance (was bad for me when I started with the company until I get promoted that's when I started receiving auto allowance pay) sometimes upper management don't response in a timely fashion

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