Project Contracts Manager (Former Employee) – Marshalltown, IA – February 19, 2016
KBR today is not like the KBR a few years ago. The new management is from the UK and this company does not take care of the employees. The benefits have gone down, the job security is not there at all as it used to be.
The projects have dropped off, the days at work are good but the learning process is, KBR is not a good company any longer. People worked hard on the project but there are no raises any longer. I was in management and I felt the same as the employees, find another company with benefits and security. KBR is not the company for that.
Its construction. Every company has its perks. KBR is actually better than most.
Rigger (Current Employee) – Deer Park, TX – October 20, 2015
Competitive pay rates compared to other companies but management on certain projects will not fight to raise wages when they cannot get qualified people and will work the ones they have in to the ground. Management does not care about its employees. Safety on some projects is said and expected but rarely seen in the field.
Long term projects.
Low pay and will not increase pay to get qualified people in the right positions
Senior Construction Engineer (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – March 23, 2016
KBR was a decent place to work and great if you are disabled or prefer lots of office work. The opportunities to work in the field are highly limited; however, the additional per diem is great if you are lucky enough to get one of the few field opportunities they provide. The culture claims to promote work-life balance, but if the backlog gets low due to poor economic conditions or poor effort by the salesteam, everyone is expected to work overtime, sometimes for free, to meet project demands. Management oftentimes seems out of touch with project and employee needs. A typical day consists of showing up to the office, bantering with coworkers a little, then doing the same thing you probably have done for the last 2-3 years - sometimes longer. I learned that advancement is entirely up to the individual to pursue and even large companies will not do anything to observe employees and determine who and when different people should be promoted, given more responsibility, or fired. Co-workers are generally very nice. The engineering arm is quite diverse, but the construction and executive arms are by far white males in all managerial and supervisory positions. The hardest part of the job was giving and receiving feedback, particularly in regard to performance reviews. Either the feedback was too politically correct and not useful or it was too critical and taken personally. It was also hard to work for years and never see the fruit of your labor (the final constructed project) as much of KBR's work is FEED or bid related and does not become EPC work. Further, the EPC projectsmore... take a long time to complete and engineers are rarely invited to the field following engineering. This is also an issue because engineers, especially younger engineers, do not gain the invaluable lessons that come with field experience. The most enjoyable part of the job was helping others learn how to navigate their career in a company that provides no guidance on the topic other than volunteers in networking groups within the company.less
Decent salary, nice people, flex time, every other Friday off
Thoroughly enjoyed both projects on which my teams worked!
Great KBR leaders - Open to suggestions and ideas, Committed to making a difference, and improving processes and software/systems products making the company and groups more efficient!
Managed, architected, and developed major software development products (Procurement Compliance Project (PCA) and eSpector). Both completed within budget and timeline constraints. Risk Analysis, Lessons Learned/Project Closure, Deployment, and Post Go-Live Support completed as well.
Helped introduce and implement PMO!
Great People, Interesting Projects, Challenging Work
KBR was once a company full of life long careers of more than 30 years. The recent CEO has attempted to create a lean and focused core, but has striped the company of it's valuable employees with lay offs. No raises and promotions in the last two years for those who remain, and many hard working employees have been replaced by cheaper outsourced workers in Chennai, India this year. Meanwhile, this CEO continues to enjoy multi-million dollar bonuses while the stocks continue to fall.
Scaffold Builder (Former Employee) – Deer Park, TX – February 1, 2016
Raise, place, and unite iron or steel girders, columns, and other structural members to form completed structures or structural frameworks. May erect metal storage tanks and assemble prefabricated metal buildings.
There is a lack of clear direction from executive management. The solid legacies of M.W. Kellogg and Brown & Root are no longer enough to stand on. KBR is struggling "to deliver" the same level of service. Management is out of touch, and they don't seem to care what's going on at the project level. Benefits have been cut recently too. I hope KBR can turn things around because there are some really spectacular individuals here, but I haven't seen any changes recently that make a difference - just flippant noise from executive management.
a typical day for me was a long one usually. I have learned so much from KBR about how the oil industry works along with various machines and tools i never even knew existed. Management was pretty decent except for some who would give people they liked better work for the day depending on how much they liked them. but otherwise really great management. the hardest part of the job was being outside in 100 degree weather wearing full coveralls, hard hat and gloves all day on some days. The most enjoyable part was the coworkers which made the days enjoyable and go by faster.
Quite possibly the most boring job I've held in my career. The work there occurs at a snail's pace and is essentially completely dedicated to how much money they can get out of the client either by extending job durations, adding people on and running them through overtime to bill more, and even charging the client for WiFi! Scrounge daily for a charge code and wait around for co-workers to get back to you.
The pay was too much for people that are relatively unqualified and undriven
Co-workers and managers did not care one bit about successful execution of team deliverables
Electrician Helper (Former Employee) – La Grange, TX – November 26, 2015
Fun work plave with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow to develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company. The most enjoyable part of the job was working alongside my colleagues and learning from them. The day started to get crowded as the company assigned more work in a day. There was a lot of variety in what I did each day.
Great teamwork and strong leadership skills from managers
IT Security Administrator (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – June 28, 2016
The office building is in the heart of downtown Houston, Texas and the work environment is steady and busy when you get into work. The people in the office are very respectful and kind when we pass each other in the hall. After I log into the computer and check my emails, I begin checking on tickets and resolve any pending and new tickets that are in the department's queue. I have learned how to create a less stressful environment, during challenging assignments and create a good cohesive team with open communication as the base. I was very thankful that all of the managers that I was under, all were knowledgeable and willing to train anyone who asked for assistance. All of my coworkers are a great help to one another and are willing to assist when new challenges occur. The hardest part of my job is to create procedure to reduce the communication barrier from other people from other nations. The most enjoyable part of the job was the coworkers that I had the pleasure of working with.
Sr. Environmental Engineer (Former Employee) – Marshalltown, IA – June 10, 2016
Company did a poor job of bidding our contract. Engineering was extremely slow. Management did not adequately communicate with middle management. Management did not work well with sub-contractors. Problems retaining craftspersons.
Company had excellent pay and good benefits. People I worked with were very nice and friendly and tried to do a good job.
Despite the problems I enjoyed working for this company
Good pay and benefits
Poor management, no loyalities to employees, lack of communication
BOILERMAKER/TOOL ROOM (Former Employee) – Jessup GA – June 12, 2016
Work often 7 days a week 12 hours a day. I have learned so much from the older guys that have been working for 20+ years short cuts to make the job easier in a safe way. On shutdowns you most likely will be working on something you have never worked on, on a boiler. Foremans know their stuff and GF's you can joke with that make the day go by. You can get in a routine with working long hours.
Lunches that they sometimes provide
Shutdown benefits you can only get when you are working
General Supervisor (Current Employee) – Ghent, KY – August 25, 2015
KBR is a great company to work for. There are a few issues that most supervisors have to deal with but job security always wins the battle. KBR has been known to be kicked out of projects and leave their people jobless but fortunate for me, that hasn't happened to me. Benefits are available but not the best. But overall, my moral stays positive,,,as its does ay any job that I supervise. Even though KBR isn't a great paying company, people stay with the company because of their job security.
great people, job security, advancement opportunities, benefits for all, safety is their #1 priority!!
benefits not the best, always worried about the next project