HNTB Companies

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HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
169 Reviews
3.0
169 Reviews
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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work (in 15 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are excellent, but justify how they treat staff (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management on the Board is pretty far removed from project managers who deliver the work (in 17 reviews)

  • The work-life balance doesn't exist (in 6 reviews)

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    Project Controls Analyst

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    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Project Controls Analyst in Santa Ana, CA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Work Life balance. Good people. Professional environment.

    Cons

    Old home-grown systems. Not enough flex time. Old fashion work life traditions 8-5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate and stop over spending

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great projects, some great talent, managment has always been disattached. Needs diversity, new idea, long range planning

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    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer III in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing complex and landmark projects
    competative wages
    work with talented people

    Cons

    Management is difficult to break into
    Same people at the top for a long time and a lot of them
    resistance to change
    inefficient organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within, train your staff and really invest in them. Stop penny pinching important things and instead get rid of a few of the C level people that dont do anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company falling behind

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    HNTB has some fantastic people around the nation who are passionate about transportation and infrastructure. Competitive compensation and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Definitely a company struggling with the changes in the marketplace. In many ways, it still is structured like an antiquated geography-based partnership with political infighting between offices stifling growth and raising costs. Strategically the company is 30 years behind and is really controlled by a single individual. Incredibly risk-averse contractually, to the point that it is damaging them in the marketplace compared to other more sophisticated competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look at the corporate structure and blow it up. The Infrastructure model of geographic profit/cost centers impedes maximizing revenue and profit by job and type. Focus on putting the right resources on a job rather than hoarding revenue for an office by utilizing ill-fitting staff for assignments. Take a page from Ford and adopt a "One HNTB" strategy before there isn't an HNTB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    good and bad

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time

    Pros

    rewarding when there is good work backlog

    Cons

    management out of touch some time

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    No such thing as work and life balance here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies as an intern

    Pros

    Get to work on statement bridges. Work with some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Seemed like everyone lived and breathed work. Everyone is so stressed out and worried about their own work it is hard for them to find time to help a young engineer. I don't blame them though because it seemed like everyone was overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better managing amount of employees, seems like too everyone was way over worked.

  7.  

    Good people.

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    Current Employee - Engineer II in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Raleigh, NC

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Nice place to work, but not to stay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    The 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A temporary stint during the Great Recession.

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    Former Employee - Field Tech Specialist I in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Field Tech Specialist I in Detroit, MI

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good 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).

    Cons

    Lack 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Thirteen years of evolution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    A 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find a course and stay on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Small 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 ManagementAdvice

    Many 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.

    Negative Outlook

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