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Helpful (2)

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

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Current Employee - Civil Engineering in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Civil Engineering in Kansas City, MO

I have been working at HNTB Companies

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    They sell you the Brooklyn Bridge and rip you off at the same time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HNTB used to be a great company to work for. Their vision and 4 for 4 is brilliant and motivating. Some of the projects are engaging and enjoyable.

    Cons

    Upper management are money hogs. They hog the billable hours and make the frontline employees scrounge for hours to justify their timecards. HNTB really rips you off in the end. Within your first year, you get all the praise and glory but then you get pushed aside later in your career. Senior management are not honest with their employees which results in low morale. Many of these employees are very unhappy because their arms are tied behind their backs. No matter how hard you work, they give you a very small raise. They milk you for every information to make themselves look better then lay you off. The worst part, HNTB promotes you to your desired position then they take it away giving the excuse that they had to do this because of 'economics'.

    Advice to Management

    Many upper management are making six figure incomes and wonder why they have to lay off many people. I suggest you take a cut in your pay to share the wealth to others. Don't favor certain employees- treat everyone equal.

  2. Constantly beating a brick wall

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    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Allowed to expense alcohol when traveling.
    Get your own laptop to bring to home.
    Get to do just about anything you want.
    Good at water resources

    Cons

    Wild and careless project managers in the federal technology department.
    Lack of trust in upper management.
    Every project is always a chaotic mess with constant budget issues. Much better project management is needed.

    Advice to Management

    The Technology department in HNTB Federal is lacking project management. BASE4D was a great opportunity that was ruined by wild and crazy management. Good employees are being let go because of the lack of work resulting from wild and crazy management.

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