HDR Reviews

Updated April 12, 2015
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Pros
  • Employee owned; Smart creative employee's; Hard workers are rewarded (in 16 reviews)

  • Large company that can provide good benefits and good salary (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Large company with the accompanying inevitable large bureaucracy (in 6 reviews)

  • Not all project managers know how to manage staff (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Network Engineer

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Omaha, NE

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, when you need to do things they give you the time off without taking it out of your paid time off. If you work on your time off they make sure that the office hours decrease to make up for it. You can buy the company stock and be a part of a great growing company.

    Cons

    The pay isn't as nice as you would like it to be, but the perks of working here can out-weigh that.

  2. No Advancement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big projects, interesting work when there is work, variety of projects and exposure to different projects, understanding of personal and family issues, flexible working hours, good benefits

    Cons

    No opportunity to advance, work comes in waves with no ability to control the work flow, high demand on utilization with no ability manage utilization with the way work ones and goes, poor communication between management and employees, poor communication between managers, lack of management and direction, below average pay, no uniform goals and objectives and expectations, everyone does their own thing their own way, everyone fends for themselves and does not work share

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication, set uniform goals and objectives and expectations and convey those to employees, look to promote from within instead of hiring outside

  3. HDR Chicago's Site Studio - An excellent team to join

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Landscape Architectural Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Contractor - Landscape Architectural Coordinator in Chicago, IL

    I worked at HDR as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Projects are challenging and inspiring; Management is always available for input; Being able to share ideas with professionals from all disciplines is very educational; many resources available;The work-life balance is very strong in this company and it only motivated me to work harder for people who care and respect my time.

    Cons

    Large company means a lot of red tape; The site studio group fails to get enough attention from HQ

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company to build a career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Forward thinking non centralized structure. Most operational decisions are made at lower levels which keeps the company positioned to respond more quickly to changing market demands.

    Cons

    Can be "just a number " with 9k employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making decisions based on our values and principles rather than short term gains. So far that has been a great recipe for our success since I joined the company.

  6. Excellent team of experts, outstanding engineering team, excellent work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architectural Coordinator
    Former Employee - Architectural Coordinator

    I worked at HDR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Projects are complex; and all the experts are in house. Training provided, excellent benefits, very competent salaries.

    Cons

    Lack of leadership. Very difficult to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees; work as a whole team. Promote more, seek help when needed.

  7. So-so if you're not an engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work/life balance and great people.

    Cons

    If you're in non-engineering role (admin, marketing, etc.) then there isn't much upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Invest a bit more in your non-technical personnel.

  8. One of the best organizations I have been apart of.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - CAD Technician in Bellevue, WA
    Current Intern - CAD Technician in Bellevue, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very smart and hard working people, that I get to work with. They are also very friendly and go out of their way to make you feel at home, especially the new people. They take pride in being a employee owned company and investing in the people that make the company work and operate. They have great benefits, not as good as the military but pretty good. They pair very qualified people with new people to train them and bring them up to speed.

    Cons

    None that i have seen so far.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing major, increase PTO overall. Remove the cap of hours you can earn.

  9. This is a relaxed but professional firm.

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    Current Contractor - Consultant in Boston, MA
    Current Contractor - Consultant in Boston, MA

    I have been working at HDR as a contractor (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay for this business. Normal hours, not too much OT.

    Cons

    Typical corporate firm problems. e.g. big egos, inefficiency, deficient in mentoring, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Take more risks with junior staff. Have fewer and shorter meetings. Develop and enforce the use of standards.

  10. Great experience!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Denver, CO
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Denver, CO

    I worked at HDR as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible hours and fantastic work-life balance. Work place fosters an environment for learning and growth. Company is invested in promoting younger associates.

    Cons

    Architectural design is often compromised by budget and many projects develop as uninteresting corporate projects.

  11. Administrative Assistant

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HDR

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company and great people.

    Cons

    Little room to move up.

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