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Senior Project Architect

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Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at HDR full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Challenging and diverse projects, not very bureaucratic or regimented, relative freedom, interesting people, very competitive salary, Employee-Owned company (ESOP)

Cons

Company over-expanded via too many company buyouts, high overhead costs limit competitiveness.

Advice to Management

In early 2000's HDR was flush with work and operated well with a very lean staff, then when economy crashed after 2008 HDR started buying other specialty firms, bloating the company with too many people. Recently with the workload dropping rapidly management decided to reduce staff, so HDR laid off many long-term HDR employees but largely kept employees acquired in buyouts. Poor decisions were made on who to lay off, much great talent has been thrown away. Perception is that cronyism is being used to make decisions. HDR seems to be putting their resources into questionable specialty business lines, instead of playing to their strength in their traditional A/E/C business lines.

Other Employee Reviews for HDR

  1. Loved my experience there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Roadway Design Intern in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Roadway Design Intern in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HDR part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great roadway design team, committed to a quality work product, and helping younger engineers learn and grow.

    Cons

    As with all civil engineering firms, offices expand and contract with major project wins and losses.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Not the best experience, overall, central leadership is out of touch with regional conditions.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Architect in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can have exciting projects, when office actually has projects.

    Cons

    Decision to layoff half of our office was made at corporate headquarters with little input form local leadership. DId not take the time to really look at who did what at local office, and who had value beyond what they were being told. Did not take into account past contributions of people like myself who had travelled every week at times for the good of the company and projects.

    Advice to Management

    Really try to understand how conditions may be different in one region to another. Understand the difference between long-term engineering contracts which will be highly profitable and architecture contracts which might be only break-even in this tough market. Also don't layoff people right before the holidays with no insurance, and not even one week severance per year they worked for you!


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