HNTB Companies
2.8 of 5 147 reviews
www.hntb.com Kansas City, MO 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Level of bureaucracy in this organization rivals the US government

(Former Employee)
Oakland, CA

ProsGood 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

ConsPicture 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 Senior ManagementStop 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).

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Intern Architect (Current Employee)
    Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HNTB Companies


    Pros: great opportunities to work on really interesting projects that interns… Cons: corporate politics - everyone basically shudders in the presence of… Advice to Senior Management: ... Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    Company has evolved from great place to work to a sweat shop focused on pushing ESOP price.

    Civil Engineering (Current Employee)
    Kansas City, MO

    I have been working at HNTB Companies


    Pros: Good place to learn ropes and network with clients and other… 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… Advice to Senior Management: HNTB is in danger of becoming a mom & pop engineering shop while the Walmarts, Kmarts, and Targets (Engineering company giants) of the world… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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