HDR
3.4 of 5 120 reviews
www.hdrinc.com Omaha, NE 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jun 23, 2014

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HDR Chairman & CEO George A. Little

George A. Little

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71% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Employee owned with a good return on investment"
    in 12 reviews
  • "Large company that can provide good benefits and good salary"
    in 8 reviews
Cons:
  • "Not all project managers know how to manage staff"
    in 6 reviews
  • "Large company with the accompanying inevitable large bureaucracy"
    in 5 reviews
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    Great benefits and resources

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsGreat benefits. Employee owned. Incredibly busy, but you always had the best tools and resources to make your job as easy as possible.

    ConsAs most large corporations, non-management employees are just small fish.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Loved my experience there

    Roadway Design Intern (Former Employee)
    Tampa, FL

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Run of the mill engineering firm

    Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsGreat vision
    Great goals
    Great potential for great employee culture

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Architect (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsCan have exciting projects, when office actually has projects.

    ConsDecision 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 Senior ManagementReally 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Project Architect (Current Employee)
    Alexandria, VA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good company to start with

    Traffic Designer (Current Employee)
    Orlando, FL

    Proslearning new software, people are willing to teach

    Consdifficult to grow and move into different fields.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great experience due to travel, variety, project size and peers.

    Construction Inspector, CM (Former Employee)
    Folsom, CA

    ProsHDR takes good care of it's employees. It is a very active environment, busy, interesting work. The people are highly motivated, successful, and supportive. Given HDR's national/ international status, relocation is available as well as temp work assignments throughout the US. HDR is very supportive of education, self improvement, and also provides extensive in-house training and certification.

    ConsFrankly, nothing comes to mind. I had a great experience at HDR, Inc. The only drawback is that HDR primarily works on public funded projects, or very large scale private, (hospitals, buildings, etc.), so when public work slows, so does the work.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Supercharged Career Growth HDRE

    Mechanical Engineering (Former Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Extremely talented individuals and offices across the country
    - Ability to chart your own career path
    - Opportunity to be posted around the country on rewarding projects
    - Very impressive return on company stocks
    - Matching 401k or Roth for 4%
    - New computer every 3 years
    - Tuition / seminar reimbursement
    - Flextime

    Cons- Salary was not competitive (granted I worked in a new, emerging, field)
    - Overtime was at a straight time rate
    - No management support for sustainability

    Advice to Senior ManagementMarkets are only broken into if you create the conducive environment for a business unit to thrive -- i.e. actual management and marketing support, investment in human capital.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Too many chiefs

    Project Engineer (Current Employee)
    Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros-Training opportunities are plentiful
    -Lots of software (if you scream and beg for it)
    -Large projects with a wide variety of tasks (may need to travel)
    -Deep bench of expertise to call on

    Cons-Top heavy on management
    -Weak middle management
    -Corporate and MBA rhetoric disseminated too often(i.e. Thought Leadership, synergy, etc.)
    -Transparency is touted, but compensation is disparate between management and the rest

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on growing your young talent. Provide more small-scale management opportunities to young staff to help build a new class of leaders within the company. Keep your office doors open. Stay in the office as late as your worker bees when deadlines are looming.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Employee-owned company that seems genuinely concerned for their employees.

    Engineering Intern (Current Employee)
    Clinton, IA

    ProsFlexible work schedule, fair compensation, good learning experience.

    ConsNo major complaints with the company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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