HDR Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
135 Reviews
3.8
135 Reviews
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HDR Chairman & CEO George A. Little
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee owned; Smart creative employee's; Hard workers are rewarded (in 15 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Double standards!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenwood Village, Arapahoe, CO

    I worked at HDR full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are quite a few team building activities.

    Cons

    The leadership in my office was a joke - taking to many days off and promoting significant relationships to a leadership roles. This I believe is a conflict of interest and goes against company policy. Other employees were forced to look the other way, and that made for an uncomfortable workplace situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since "lower" employees are reprimanded for not following company policy, then shouldn't management have the same rules? There are too many double standards in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Sharp staff and high quality product

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR

    Pros

    They have an excellent 401K; you'll work with some well educated folks; the projects are diversified which keeps the work interesting; and they're generous with their employee training.

    Cons

    You have to market yourself to other employees nationwide to contribute to their projects to stay billable. Tough to work with a manager that works in a different state.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have managers sit in the same office as their staff.

  3.  

    Great company with some challenges and lots of growth potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR

    Pros

    Lots of talented people. Entrepreneurial culture depending on where you are located. Ability to move around the company.

    Cons

    Lack of technology adoption and/or keeping pace with the changing times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure department managements are in sync with and/or working towards implementing the corporate strategic vision. Often times they are treading two separate paths leaving a lot of people in between left holding the bag not being sure about the direction.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Recommended place, good people at field offices, headquarters sometimes intrusive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Good people, smart & friendly, decent salaries, can work on interesting and important projects.

    Cons

    Sometimes corporate HQ wants to change what is already working fine in regional offices. Move toward centralized IT seemed heavy-handed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use successful regional offices as a model for other locations, not all great ideas come from HQ.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Growing Client and Employee Focused Firm

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator

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

    Pros

    With a fantastic workforce, good business practices, great ethical standards, and helpful benefits package, HDR has a lot of policies and work/life standards that are employee focused and that encourage a sense of community in each department.
    The company has successfully grown as an employee owned firm.
    HDR has a great marketing implementation process to win work. It is effective when put into practice.
    The company is growing and with a little patience, employees can grow, and move around with the company.
    New corporate brand rollout freshened up the HDR image.
    Great training to comprehensively understand marketing in the engineering industry.
    A fair number of networking opportunities within the company and through organizations (HDR encourages all employees to join a professional organization).

    Cons

    PTO/Vacation time is not negotiable in compensation package. Policies about work/life balance are great - but when push comes to shove (and depending what department management is overseeing the work), the job and project duties may require hefty amounts of overtime that are not requested, but expected.
    Though HDR does a lot of International work, most of the jobs are in the United States.
    Management choices are not always consistent with the company vision and mission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My best and worst management experiences at HDR had to do with direct management's ability to exercise positive leadership techniques, trusting employees, and empowering them to do their work effectively - not doing the work for management, but being engaged in a project alongside each other, and receiving relevant accolades or suggestions for improvement for the work done. Growing the managers and leadership staff who can do this effectively is imperative to employee retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good company with good, talented people.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects, they treat their people well, and there's good support to pursue your career. I enjoyed the office culture in Denver, good work-life balance. The Denver office is stellar, with an excellent Department Manager in Brad Martin.

    Cons

    Personally, my specialty was bit spread-out, geographically, so my opportunity to develop and advance was somewhat limited. That was circumstantial, though. My sense, from talking with managerial folks, was that there were political frustrations for higher-ups. I didn't see much of that, personally. I did hear that they're cutting costs right now, so maybe changes are in the works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Place to Work Despite Clinging to the Past

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good people who care about their work. Flexible management.

    Cons

    Reluctant to move forward in working with newer technologies. Questionable management decisions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at HDR

    Pros

    The stock options are great

    Cons

    Career opportunities for advanced placement are limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Marketing Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at HDR full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great team, it was easy to work there, of course, diligence is required. They had a great program for interns, I thought.

    Cons

    Very poor communication during the hiring process. The managers want to follow up, but it feels like the HR is poorly developed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR and hiring system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changing markets

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at HDR full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Depth of knowledge and support

    Cons

    Growing bureaucratic structure, and silo effect

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    cutout the happy talk and lead real change

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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