Kiewit Corporation

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    If I could go back and do it all over, I wouldn't.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Fort Worth, TX (US)

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great training program, large scale projects, great employee relationships, great benefits, experience looks good on a resume.

    Cons

    Work you to death, travel a lot and only let you go home if you're married or have children, communication is horrendous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employees and work on communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big "Once-in-a-Lifetime" projects

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You can get to be part of some of the biggest, most challenging projects in the country. Often you can be given a lot of responsibility as a new-hire.

    Cons

    Most districts of the company are known for hard-working salaried employees and long hours are expected. Not much time for work/life balance, unless you make work your life. Lots of policies and procedures (and paperwork) that goes above and beyond most contractors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relative to it's 130+ year history, Kiewit's business seems to be increasingly reliant on subcontractors, so if you are unlucky you will be managing subcontractors and can get in a rut where you are unable to prove yourself in self-perform operations. Don't pigeon-hole employees in positions with no chance of advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst Human Resources policy makes a good company bad

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    Former Employee - Information Management Technician
    Former Employee - Information Management Technician

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people, co-workers, everyone treated each other well and with respect. Good people that cared about me as a person and helped me grow. Allows liquor to be charged at meals during business travel! Good benefits, job stability.

    Cons

    Has the worst pay raise and promotion policy I've ever encountered! All employee reviews are conducted in April but any raise you may get is not applied to your paycheck until October six months later!! This means if you start in May, you'll have to wait until the NEXT October to see a raise. Insane.

    Speaking of pay, if you work in any part of the business other than construction, they view that as a drain on the bottom line, so you're treated very different from those people (who make the money). No bonuses, minimal professional development, etc. Very poor work life balance for non-hourly staff.

    They lure you in with a good starting salary, but raises are minimal yet you can get "promotions". This is their shifty way of having people do more work for the same money. Meanwhile the construction people get nice bonuses and good raises.

    IT dept is a mess. Old CIO had very poor long-term vision, thus he is gone, but not before most of the good workers also left. Now they're outsourcing everything possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the employee review and pay raise policy. After reviews are done, raises should be applied immediately (no more than 2 pay periods later). Don't make people wait 6 months to get a pay raise. If it takes you that long to figure it out, your entire Human Resources department should be fired.

    Also, stop trying to pinch every penny. If the construction business has such low profit margins, why are the sponsors, PE's and engineers getting all the bonuses?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    HiPPO Culture

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    Current Employee - Administration in Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Administration in Omaha, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and compensation.
    The company is not afraid to make significant investments and taking risks.
    Financially very stable company.
    If you are a work-superhero or happy to follow a superhero (if you are lucky) then you will feel right at home.

    Cons

    HiPPO Culture: the "highest paid person's opinion" is making decisions regardless of competence or team input.
    Collaboration and team work is optional. Personal wins are more important than team wins. Hierarchy driven culture.
    Many teams and departments are struggling because of immature processes and unclear roles and responsibilities. Frequent organizational changes may result in frequently changing managers and supervisors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice, just observations: there is a lot of fear in the organization at all hierarchy levels.
    Many failed projects and investments are covered up, which means you miss the opportunities for improvement and learning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stress and long hours far outweigh the opportunities Kiewit offers.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Denver, CO (US)

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

    Pros

    You will be given as much as you can handle and more, if you work hard and try your best chances are you'll get noticed. They're are numerous opportunities to move around in the company and expect to do this multiple times. The job security is top notch and the benefits are pretty decent as well. Company matches up to 6% to your 401K account. Overall if you can handle the hours and multi tasking you can make it in the long run.

    Cons

    To many tasks will burn you out, guidance is lacking as this is very much a sink or swim company. They place people in positions that require more experience than what they have been exposed to, therefore stressing the individual out. They will require you to work weekends so if you're married I hope your spouse is ok with not seeing you/raising the kids alone. Divorce is common and it appears as though some people are burned out/unhappy with their current role. The KBG West area has seen a lot of turnover recently as well. Work/Life balance will be hit or miss but if you have the luxury of being placed on a job with an accelerated schedule have fun working 70+ per week. Compensation is lacking in regards to the amount of hours you work. This is a spot on "good ole boys" company as well but that's nothing new in corporate America.

    Advice: Get a few years of experience and take that experience elsewhere. The stock program that they dangle in your face isn't worth it in the long run. Go to another company that will treat you better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employee's for long term success, don't just throw them out on a multi-million dollar job and expect them succeed. Also there needs to be a mentorship program on all jobs so those with less experience can gain confidence in scopes of work they've never done before.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    The Ultimate Meritocracy - If You are a White Male!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kiewit Corporation

    Pros

    The company is financially strong. Unless you did something that is very unacceptable, you won't be fired.

    Compensation and benefits meet the industry standard, although not extraordinary.

    They might offer you to buy stocks after working for 7 years, which might or might not be a good thing.

    Lots of opportunities to move around within the company. Job security is excellent.

    Cons

    Lots of mediocre folks that don't contribute to the company are still around and have been around for a long time.

    Have to fit in the Kiewit culture to be promoted: white male, likes working 60-70 hours/week while getting paid for 40 hours, slightly alcoholic, slightly biased towards women and minorities, and likes relocating 2000+ miles away on less-than-a-week notice.

    If you are an engineer and actually likes the field of engineering, stay away from Kiewit. No respect whatsoever for the engineering profession.

    Covert discrimination towards women and minorities. There is no such thing as meritocracy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from the outside and not just from within the organization if the outsider is better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company - if you are a strong leader in the engineering field

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    Current Employee - Project Business Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Project Business Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    focuses on operations, great benefits, work hard play hard culture, training is exceptional, subsistence makes the compensation competitive.

    Cons

    business is seen as support, business takes second place to engineering as stock issuance, leadership positions, etc. company expects you to put your life on hold to travel and work in some weird places away from the rest of your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management is great. Continue inspiring young leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Experience/Solid Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer/Estimator
    Former Employee - Project Engineer/Estimator

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

    Pros

    Company culture and pride cannot be beat. Very systematic tried and true approaches to the work. The phrase "train your replacement" was practiced and not just preached. You will get alot thrown at you (estimating, cost control, field engineering). You will be challenged with responsibilities from the time you start. The hands on experiences and opportunities to grow are fantastic if heavy construction is your passion and you do not mind working hard and making sacrifices (relocation/long hours) to get the opportunity.

    Cons

    At the beginning of your career with Kiewit expect your work/life balance to be all work no life. In order to take advantage of the opportunities you must be willing to: relocate (multiple times), work long hours, work weekends as necessary. NOTE: Working for Kiewit is not for the faint of heart, you must be willing to sacrifice to get the experience. You can be on a job in Illinois on Tuesday and be told that you need to be on a job in Louisiana by next week.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Company to Work For

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    Former Employee - Intern in Tampa, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Tampa, FL (US)

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation

    Pros

    Great leadership, always someone there willing to help

    Cons

    Work-life balance, will have to move

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay does not compete with the industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Engineering Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Kiewit Corporation as an intern

    Pros

    Great Pay, amazing benefits. They have very cool large projects that will challenge you. If you are successful you will move up.

    Cons

    You will move around a lot with this company, they pay for your relocation expenses but there's no way out of it. I think they prefer people to be away from their families to focus on solely on work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't stress the "family first" value if you are going to make it hard for people to see their family

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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