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48 English questions out of 48

17 December 2019

Does Bechtel offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Top engineering company, friend and supportive work environment, diversified culture, fair benefit package

Cons

located in busy gallery area, too much traffic issue,

Top engineering company, friend and supportive work environment, diversified culture, fair benefit package

17 December 2019

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19 June 2020

Does Bechtel offer dental insurance?

Pros

EXCELLENT benefits (401k + matching, medical, dental, vision, PTO accumulation), pay, and corporate culture.

Cons

frontline/direct supervision did not align or embody corporate culture in their actions. Often the department I was working in was disorganized, not communicated with, and constantly implementing changes on a whim with no apparent thought or strategy for doing so. These conditions often created an overly competitive environment and fear of being thrown under the bus so to speak. Also, as much as corporate has worked to eliminate nepotism in the workplace, there is still a HUGE amount of it happening. It's still a big boys club and unless you're in the club, it's exceedingly hard to move up.

Advice to Management

Corporate needs to do a better job of training and equipping frontline supervision to lead well and manage their people effectively in order to create a real team.

EXCELLENT benefits (401k + matching, medical, dental, vision, PTO accumulation), pay, and corporate culture.

19 June 2020

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20 February 2020

Does Bechtel offer parental leave?

Pros

I worked for Bechtel for 10 years both in the office and in the field. The work force is very diverse, I was able to work with people from all over the world and from different walks of life. I was also able to work with some of the smartest people I have ever met. Projects are complex and move at a very fast pace which means you learn a lot in a short period of time. You might "just" be a field engineer/superintendent, but you are responsible for millions of dollar worth of work. Bechtel's processes, standards and procedures have been developed and maintained for decades and therefore are top notch. The company is continually looking forward for new technology and developments and since it's privately owned it can actually set long term goals and go after them. Rarely will you hear about someone getting fired from Bechtel unless it’s because of ethics, safety or code of conduct violations. People only get destaffed or laid off. Which means that if you are good and flexible, Bechtel will always have work somewhere around the globe (needless to say that being personable/social helps a great deal). Benefits have improved a great deal since I left, I believe they now have maternity leave at 100% and fathers also get some time off. I met some of my best friends at Bechtel and some still work there. If you are young and starting your career this is a good place to start. Compensation is good and the experience will add a great deal to your resume.

Cons

Now the bad: 1) Work/life balance is not great when you are on a field assignment, but this is pretty standard for any company doing work in the field. Expect to work 48hrs/week on the low end and 65hrs/week on the high end. Not ideal for someone with a working spouse or little kids. 2) Lump sum projects are usually understaffed and don’t have adequate resources (trucks, mules, offices, people, office supplies, color printing is not allowed, kitchens, etc). 3) Depending on the type of project and location, the employee facilities can be below standard. For example, we had a project (lump sum in Gulf Coast) that the site office for field non-manual didn’t have running water, no kitchen and we had portable toilets. This was two years into the project, so the only reason for it was to save the company money. Also, parking lots/access roads were not graded and cars took a beating. Getting into the parking lot took 15 mins, the lots were 15min walking distance, no transportation and the expectation was to badge at your desk on time. So add 1-1.5 unpaid hours to your 10hr day. 3) Favoritism plays a huge part on promotions and bonuses. There is a lot of competition and is hard to get promoted, there doesn’t seem to be an actual career plan for most people. It’s all about being at the right place at the right time. 4) When I left there was a big wave of young and inexperienced people getting promoted to management positions solely based on who they had worked with and how well spoken they were. Some of this people were smart, but lacked the experience needed for the role. 5) Like other EPC contractors, the work is cyclical, so expect to go through a layoff cycle every few years. 6) Bonuses are not well distributed, some middle managers will make six figures and their direct reports make four figures. It is also not very clear how the bonus is calculated.

Advice to Management

From what I saw, most people quit the company in their mid 30s or around the 10 year mark. I would recommend implementing plans to retain these people. Bonus structure should be more transparent and also used to retain non-management employees.

Benefits have improved a great deal since I left, I believe they now have maternity leave at 100% and fathers also get some time off.

20 February 2020

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25 August 2020

Does Bechtel assist with or provide work transportation?

Pros

Excellent Company, Talent, Procedures, Benefits, Methodologies

Cons

At times too much politics

Advice to Management

Keep doing your best

Excellent Company, Talent, Procedures, Benefits, Methodologies

25 August 2020

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6 April 2021

Does Bechtel offer a wellness program?

Pros

Benefits, Mentoring, Company Culture and Continue learning

Cons

Involve a lot of relocation because the project are in different places

Benefits, Mentoring, Company Culture and Continue learning

6 April 2021

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