HNTB Companies

  www.hntb.com
  www.hntb.com

HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
167 Reviews
3.0
167 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
85 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work (in 13 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)

More Highlights

40 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Throw the bums out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    My co-workers are some of the brightest and most competent people, and are a pleasure to work with. Low- and middle- managers seem to recognize individual value.

    Cons

    Much of senior and sub-senior "leadership" is a serious threat to company viability. There is an extreme drought of company vision. At the very top, sure there is vision: 'make money'. Execution of that vision is extremely lacking, despite the best efforts of some sub-seniors who have the genuine interests of the company and its employees in mind. And that is the truly sad part - there are some extremely qualified and talented individuals in leadership that are thwarted by either competing political idealogies or an arrogant ignorance and lack of willingness to truly listen. It is terribly frustrating for those of us who are passionate about company success to see our *good* leaders be prevented from making meaningful, long-overdue changes. The only solution that I can see is for those senior leaders who have lost touch to leave. They are truly burying this otherwise excellent company. As an long-time employee, it genuinely depresses me to watch the degredation, and it is hard to imagine trying to outlast those who need to leave in order to enjoy a 'better day' at this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please, please, please get with the program. Learn to differentiate between quality leaders by measuring their performance in terms other than earnings/sales numbers. You will lose excellent people, and worse (for you, not them), they will join your competitors...probably with a passion to bury you in their new company's success.

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

    Level of bureaucracy in this organization rivals the US government

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Good benefits, free lunches, specified responsibilities of well-defined roles, job security (in the proposal management role), intelligent (sometimes brilliant) coworkers, comfortable amenities for your workspace

    Cons

    Picture yourself working at a company in the year 1950, and you've got HNTB. Regardless of your department, this is a company that loves rigid processes, multi-level approval structures, and matrixes. The highest levels of this company are old men who are extremely resistant to change, and this filters down through the company.

    This means hundreds of hours every year of wasted time for employees who need to find information, get something done, or make a decision (because you have to get 5 levels of approval to push even a small decision through, leading to pointless meetings that last hours). Processes are rigid, even in special cases that demand flexibility. Requirement to take a Blackberry and a laptop at the start of your employment guarantees that you will be overworked because you never have an excuse for not getting something done. Unless you are in management, there are no bonus incentives for good performance.

    Can't recommend this company for the long term employee who wants to stick around, but if you're in a bind and you have no other place to go in a bad economy, you'll be able to handle about a year and a half before you start to pull apart at the seams.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop buying $1000+ lunches and give the dollar equivalents to your employees in bonuses. Restructure departments to eliminate unnecessary approval processes. Train management to practice positive reinforcement instead of cracking down on people whenever they make small mistakes. Increase your raises to retain employees. Eliminate redundant members of management. Buy established industry software instead of developing crappy internal proprietary software that doesn't work (this will save you money and eliminate hundreds of hours of employees' wasted time).

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company has evolved from great place to work to a sweat shop focused on pushing ESOP price.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Civil Engineering in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Good place to learn ropes and network with clients and other engineering sub-consultants

    Opportunity to work on diverse and large mega trasnportation projects

    Cons

    Company is way conservative in business practices and is extremely averse to risk.

    HNTB tried to play in the federal market sandbox and it did not turn out well since they would not open offices overseas (except for Guam which is not really a true office) and did not understand how to perform work for Federal govt in an efficient manner.

    Board of Directors is only concerned about pushing ESOP stock price higher. Board of Directors is setting up golden parachutes for the senior management and little guys will be left holding the bag.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HNTB is in danger of becoming a mom & pop engineering shop while the Walmarts, Kmarts, and Targets (Engineering company giants) of the world continue to grow. The Boards inactions and refusal to commit to becoming an international player will in the end doom the company to mediocrity.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    "wild and crazy"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SiteManager Data Coordinator in Fort Benning, GA
    Current Employee - SiteManager Data Coordinator in Fort Benning, GA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Great pool of YOUNG smart people
    Great short term benefits
    Lots of interesting people
    Great at building bridges
    Great PR

    Cons

    Management listens to who talks the loudest
    Can't get anything done too much red tape
    Decisions based on the politics not performance
    Management refuses to cancel projects that are not promising
    HNTB Federal has to many oxygen thief’s retired military with no skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Throw the towel in on HNTB Federal and BASE4D

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

    3

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    I loved the team spirit in my technical department but the office management was totally cut of from regular employees.

    Cons

    I new college graduate I was not given the opportunity to grow and learn more. I was given only basic task.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend them to get more in touch with the employee and also to diversify the project you seek. Going after big project might be lucrative but you are putting all eggs in the same basket.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    HNTB Federal was a Terrible Idea

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Handpicked Leadership
    New DC Office
    Intern Program
    Marketing and Business Development
    Dedicated Staff

    Cons

    HNTB Federal
    Trusting HNTB Companies
    Lack of C -level leadership @ HNTB Architecture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Companies are investing heavily just to have a piece of the Federal market. HNTB Architecture had key projects, key contracts, national partners and a relevant nationwide Design Build portfolio. It's all gone. When they created a Federal subsidiary, it was doomed to fail; firing all key staff and losing all client confidence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    HNTB - lacking a serious growth focus

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    transportation is their only service sector

    Cons

    no interaction between levels of organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sr. Managers seldom interact with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    HNTB from a former employee.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    The design professionals were very professional and knowledgeable. The location of headquarters was located in a vibrant part of Kansas City. Excellent medical/dental/vision benefits.

    Cons

    Employer match on 401k was very low. Annual employee review process was not taken seriously. Internal communication was poor -- for example, employees would be let go and no communication would be sent out to those who might need to know who was assuming that individual's responsibilities. Many internal surveys, but no results of the surveys sent out to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be aware that the employees are their greatest resource and they should be treated with respect, rather than a source of slave labor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Cutting edge technology at this employer that you pay for...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Service Desk Specialist II in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Service Desk Specialist II in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    We get the latest and greatest toys with in our data center, we have top level support with our vendors and an infrastructure group with an incredible knowlege base that allows our systems to be functioning at peak capacity.

    My immediate coworkers are great to work with and we are able efficiently handle all issues with varying degress of complexity. The environment we are given is very fun while professional.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the communication between the technology groups is not very fluid at times which can lead to confusion when one group is not informed of what the other is doing. Also, my technology group is always expeceted to have the answers 100% of the time without making mistakes. If mistakes are made we hear about it from the people we support without much support (it feels) from management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall this is a great company to work for, but like any large company there are always politics involved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Don't Put All of Your Eggs in One Basket

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Above average pay
    Average health insurance
    Above average 401K and employee ownership options

    Cons

    Decentralized leadership structure is not appropriate for large project teams. This approach promotes confusion, rivalry, destroys moral and wastes project resources.

    Professional development and training programs were not managed well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The execution and delivery of the design through construction documents and specifications is where to make or break the project. This is where reputations are won and lost. This is when clients finally decide if they like the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

Work at HNTB Companies? Share Your Experiences

HNTB Companies

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.