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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

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.

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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.

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No opinion of CEO

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    Loved my experience there

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    Former Employee - Roadway Design Intern in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Roadway Design Intern in Tampa, FL

    I worked at HDR part-time (more than an 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Run of the mill engineering firm

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at HDR as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great vision
    Great goals
    Great potential for great employee culture

    Cons

    No follow through on vision
    No follow through on goals
    Lack of support for employee culture

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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