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Good people,love everything that I do, the job was one of the best that I ever worked on and Bechtel is one of the best if not the best company that I ever worked for!
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Bechtel was once a great company to work for but no longer. It's a traditional and antiquated top-down management structure that discourages input and innovation. You devote all your time and effort to contribute to the success of the company, are told you are a valuable asset to the company and then, with little or no notice, are terminated. Further, nepotism and favoritism run rampant throughout the upper middle and senior ranks of the company. Bloodlines are thicker than thoroughbreds. Stay away from his company unless you are connected.
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Bechtel will hire you in at a good salary, but thats going to be it. There is no upward mobility within the company unless you are willing to relocate/hire into a different position. I worked here for 4 years with a total of 4% increase in pay. They lie to thier people and make it look like they care about your career development but they do not. I was denied assistance with my masters, denied assistance with numerous trainings, and they only reimbursed for 30% of my PE. Some people are able to make decent money here but its only done through constant job hopping within the company or leaving and coming back. They simply do not value an employee they have but will bend over backwards for a new one.

Oh and the place is completely SJW. They openly discreminate against white men. Half of the managers are morons.
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Very low expectations
Cons
Not a career, only a job
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Bechtel concentration is on making as much money from government contract work. You are treated like a contractor, not as a company employee. One can not advance in the company it is all about who you know not about merit. Good looking females have the greatest advantage for moving up no matter their knowledge or abilities.
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challenging to advance within corporate environment
global opportunities providing you create a strong internal network

slow to adopt new processes and procedures
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Good, friendly, respectable, flexible, variety of assignments. location little difficult to reach. They often changed the work location. Good management,
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Like with any large shop, Bechtel has its politics and challenges, but my experience and environment within the company was enjoyable, professional, and supportive. Management was great on staying out of the way of solution execution and was even better at listening and clearing resource (financial/logistic) hurdles.
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Bechtel is one of the largest EPC companies in the world, and as such, pays very well with outstanding benefits. However, one's experience can vary widely depending upon the project and the supervisors. I have been very fortunate that I have been on great projects with wonderful competent managers. It is worth noting that if one wants to advance, you need to be willing to travel...oft times abroad and for several years. Of course, if you just wish to stay in one location, you may be stuck doing the same thing for many years and not advance.
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Liked it good company good people had fun made money got the job done safe Good upper management good hands can't complain about anything just trying to get
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Bechtel being a large engineering construction firm gives you a broad scope of jobs and learning experiences. As long as you are open to change and new experience, Bechtel is the place for you.
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Very productive company with over 25,0000 employees world wide. Finding and mining for precious metals from countries in South and Central America regions.
Pros
Coworkers
Cons
Management and promotions
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Very tough schedules with not enough IT professionals.

As a manager very difficult to manage project plans and teams.


Same IT People are involved in other IT initiatives driven by the same deadlines. People burn out.


Not a job work/life balance company.
Pros
Company provides training and growth in the company. Great working with peers and other cultures.
Cons
Senior Management does not value a work/life balance environment.
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Even though performance can help you advance, you will hit a ceiling unless you’ve an executive sponsor.
Great appreciation for engineers.

Solid system
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As I was updating my profile information, it dawned to me that many of the 21st century's standard job benefits and perks are missing at Bechtel! Including flexible work hours after child birth, remote work flexibility, on-site gym, cafeteria, company sponsored team volunteering hours, etc. etc. missing!
Pros
Good base salary.
Cons
Salary is where it ends. Everything else including company culture, management, career progression - all very much in the negative.
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An over 100- year old company with a very established culture. Very focused on doing projects the Bechtel way. People stay in this company, sometimes for 20, 30 and even 40 years. People show a strong commitment to the company, which often has a family-like atmosphere. There are many employees who have a parent that was also a Bechtel employee. This gives the culture continuity over generations. People can build strong personal relationships with colleagues, especially when working on construction sites. People also take pride in the company's long history of well-recognized projects such as the Hoover Dam. But the downside of this is a sometimes-insular feeling resistant to change, even to the point of arrogance. The strong traditions deeply rooted in construction work give the company a long-held belief in a command and control model for management. Offices tend to be run like construction sites, so people are expected to burn long hours. There's pressure to take work home at nights and on weekends. The company does have choices of schedules and a good benefits package that can make the company an attractive workplace. If considering work at Bechtel, which can be rewarding work contributing to a large, global construction company; first look at your fit within the culture. There's an image of the desired Bechtel worker behind each job opportunity.
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Flexible schedules, project work at different locations, relationships with colleagues
Cons
Resistance to change, tight work culture
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Bechtel seems to be on a downward spiral, and focused on unsustainable natural gas and airport-related work. The company clams to be committed to sustainability, and renewable energy, including Nuclear. However, my assessment is that most of these claims are "just talk" and for the purposes of generating positive PR.
The Sustainability Group only as a couple full-time staff.


The CEO apparently wants to transform Bechtel into a Project Management and IT company, at the expense of engineers and scientists.


The Corporate Headquarters in Reston, VA is not a fun (quite depressing) place to work. The Frederick, MD office is very much missed by employees.
Pros
Competetive Salary
Cons
Very little freedom and room from advancement unless you fit a mold.
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many good years there; sorry to leave due to downturn; manager says I will be welcomed back once workload increases. Great 401(k) match, nearly best in industry
Pros
great camraderie, high work quality
Cons
some toxic people are protected
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Great place to work for, especially for STEM employees and willing to relocate frequently as there are project based opportunities around the globe.
Pros:

Takes care of employees

Competitive salary

Interesting projects
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The culture is not strong, very independent, silos all over the place and no one likes to share or communicate outside their group. The hardest part of the job is seeing the good people leave and the not so good people kept and/or promoted. There is a real "keep the old" rather than move on with the new. This is a mans job! The pay is good, but when you learn what others are making and the high bonuses they are getting, it is depressing. I was a grade 29 and never saw the "grade 29" kind of bonus, but I sure did hear about it. This place started to fall apart about 5 years ago, the entire dynamic changed and the "fun" part of the job left - so just be weary and remember, once you feel the fun of the job getting sucked out, time to move on, cause it will happen, especially if placed under management. I found my EQ to be so much higher than my direct reports, it was almost embarrassing - and after it while it starts to suck you dry! So good luck, I hope this review helps anyone making a decision...and just know, if you are applying for a position, 99% of the time, they hire within-so be prepared!
Pros
Good people
Cons
Bad managers, no one knows how to lead/motivate/encourage, no promotions, bonuses are not good unless you "know" someone
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Lots of opportunities to gain experience due to wide variety of projects. Lots of smart people. Sometimes, lately, vision of management not clearly understood by rank and file. Also, at times, there are some old school thought processes within middle management about how to manage employees and personnel, but this is less and less the case. All of that aside, there is a strong corporate culture underpinning everything. Work/life balance can be a challenge due to pressures of work and the need to often relocate for the projects. Overall learned a lot from multiple decades working at company. Great teams of people.
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Bechtel offered technically challenging work. Being such a large company it was difficult to understand the culture. The people I worked with were technically excellent.
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