HNTB Companies
2.8 of 5 147 reviews
www.hntb.com Kansas City, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated May 29, 2014

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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.

Harvey K. Hammond Jr.

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42% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good people.

    Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    ProsGreat people to work with.

    ConsUpper management does not provide a full understanding on how well the company is performing frequently enough.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice place to work, but not to stay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsWorking at HNTB was great, there was a good culture, and good hours. The work life balance was great, and they didn't care if you came in late as long as you left late. The people in the office were friendly and helpful as well.

    ConsThe upper management could be annoying to deal with at times. With certain projects, they cared more about their own job stability than the success of the project, or the happiness of the people that they managed. They made decisions on some engineering projects from a financial perspective instead of considering what would be in the best interest from an engineers preservative.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A temporary stint during the Great Recession.

    Field Tech Specialist I (Former Employee)
    Detroit, MI

    ProsGood administrative and technical support. Good provision of resources. Flexible working schedule generally permitted. Good level of internal experience within employee base. Good office culture (friendly, collaborative).

    ConsLack of mentoring - often given no guidance or oversight on new tasks. Lousy projects and clients (mostly City of Detroit). Lack of career opportunities. Office felt like a revolving mix of desperate, recently graduated students. Office did not feel financially secure, and that anyone could be dismissed at any time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Thirteen years of evolution

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    ProsA very strong sales approach and understanding of key clients. Office accommodations and networking/communication tools were high quality. Teams were collaborative.

    ConsA revolving door of leadership and structure. I had 9 supervisor changes in 13 years. It is hard to gain traction when constantly reinventing or restructuring departments, divisions, and subsidiaries. Recent years brought dramatic swings in layoffs and direction was often unclear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a course and stay on it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with excellent projects,,, depending on office location

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat company on the corporate level with average salaries and benefits. Large offices often acquire excellent projects and are respected by their clients. Most engineers are very competent.

    ConsSmall offices suffer from poor management and inexperienced staff, frequently resulting in a shortage of work. Things such as overtime, training, paid time off and professional memberships are often denied. No end of the year bonuses. Cliques and inappropriate use of time and work ethic are common. Opportunities are only available for certain individuals, and not everyone is evaluated by the same standards. Employee evaluations are focused on what benefits the company and not much on developing the employees. Severe decline in company stock last year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMany in leadership positions are great at managing projects, but not very good at managing people. Office-level management is often disconnected from the staff. More focus needs to be placed on working as a team, instead of every person for themselves.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bridge Engineer II (Current Employee)
    Santa Ana, CA

    ProsOpportunities to be involved in some mega design-build projects in local area;
    Convenient location if you are living in Orange county.
    Acceptable salary if you are newly recruited.

    ConsHard to get promoted;
    Most of works are design-build, so sometimes overtime is overburdened.
    Too many overhead charges and a huge size of management group.

    Advice to Senior Managementreduce size of management group

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat people to work with, extremely professional

    Consoverly conservative, poor communication from executive level. Executive level disconnected from rest of firm and don't have a good understanding of the value that is there. Over attention to short term bottom line has caused them to discard some of the very assets that made HNTB stand out among it competitors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with the people below. The decentralized organization of the company in which the executives are not in the same location as the nerve center of the company is a big disadvantage to both executive and employee.

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    Started great, then took a left

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Oakland, CA

    ProsGood place to make some good money. Talented coworkers and great support staff.

    ConsCompletely top heavy although, strangely enough, no real leadership. Laser focus on revenue at all costs. Get down or lay down mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe true wealth is in the employees and their satisfaction. If they feel of little worth to management the sentiment will be returned. You must diversify your approach or end up like Detroit.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Learning, Good Projects and Openess to Leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBest Bridge Design Company, Good Work Culture

    ConsHiring Improvement needed Must be minimum Master's

    Advice to Senior ManagementCore Competence Required To Develop A No.1 Company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to start your career journey

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWell established, well respected in the business, competent and friendly employees, good compensations, the company adopts innovations in design and project management, you can skip stairs easily if you show your talent.

    ConsBad strategic planning and risk managements, opened multiple offices in some states then struggled and quickly closed them which resulted in lots of layoffs, hard to climb up the ladder.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe suites are living in a different world focusing on growing the business only not the employees.

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