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Level of bureaucracy in this organization rivals the US government

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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
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  1.  

    Smart nice people that have the technical proficeincy to do their jobs, but no ability to take calculated risks.

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    Former Employee - Planning Department  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Planning Department in Oakland, CA

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Good work/life balance. Professional development encouraged and supported.

    Cons

    They have technical people managing the firm however these peopole have limited management and operational experience. As a result, they are unable to adequately address organizational issues or to think out of the box as it relates to new business pursuits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They have technical people managing the firm however these peopole have limited management and operational experience. As a result, they are unable to adequately address organizational issues or to think out of the box as it relates to new business pursuits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    great

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    Current Employee - Intern Architect  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    great opportunities to work on really interesting projects that interns at other firms don't get

    Cons

    corporate politics - everyone basically shudders in the presence of the higher-ups

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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