HDR Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
125 Reviews

3.7
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Employee owned, invest in employees, large enough to win exciting projects (in 13 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A good company, but not all good offices.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    A great opportunity for growth if you find yourself under the right project managers and supervisors, and are lucky to work on some of the great projects. Employee ownership and overall benefits are a great bonus to this company.

    Cons

    The past few years the Architecture company has suffered. Some managers/supervisors are not as invested in their younger staff as others, and require more persistence in mentoring when you have carreer goals. Others tend to micromanage and when they tell you they want to see you grow you believe them until they suppress your opportunities by constantly taking over your projects. Unrealistic project deadlines are also a very common theme around here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in your employees ideas, careers, education, and learning opportunities. Build morale and reward employees (aka: employee owners) for the work they do, and the time they invest in the company.
    Focus on the internal stability and growth, as well as acquiring solid projects for your employees to work on, instead of focusing on acquisitions of other companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, good environment and good pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR

    Pros

    great people to work with

    Cons

    not much chance to learn different things

  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A large firm with a small firms commitment to service and client satisfaction.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Excellent and responsive technical resources throughout the company.
    Good place for young engineers and scientists to grow professionally.
    Employee owned with a good return on investment.

    Cons

    Project initiation and management process is geared to large projects. Small projects take a lot of effort to get off the ground.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company overall but not for IT

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    Current Employee - Software Developer  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Omaha, NE

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Highly profitable, employee ownership, stable, good pay

    Cons

    croneyism, too political, lack of direction in IT, no IT career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a CIO that actually knows about IT and that provides vision. I have never worked in an IT department that is so disorganized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Substation Project Engineer  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Substation Project Engineer in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There were a lot of interesting and unique projects that you get to work on, many of which you wouldn't have the opportunity unless you worked at a consulting firm. Pay was average for a consulting firm.

    Cons

    Layoffs are always a concern when working at a consulting firm. While I personally did not experience this it is demoralizing to see others get the boot all the same. It was also very difficult to get completely involved with the project given that you are typically only involved with the design of the project. I have always been a person that likes to do the design and help implement it in the field. This is not a reflection on HDR specifically more of a generalization of most engineering firms as a whole.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take your lead engineers advice on hiring younger engineers more seriously. They are the ones that will have to mentor them throughout the next several years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Experiences Vary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Fair compensation, benefits, hiring process through HQ was excellent. Majority of coworkers were great to work with. Projects can be interesting to work on, when they have projects to work on.

    Cons

    Seeking an innovative, collaborative environment? Inspirational management? Be careful which office/department you end up working in. Some are behind the technology and system efficiencies curve. High overhead limits competitiveness. Parochial local management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely rewarding internship to see all aspects of the company

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Intern  in  Ann Arbor, MI
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Intern in Ann Arbor, MI

    I worked at HDR as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    They give you real work to do as an intern and not just busy work. They also are a very professional but casual company and value each and every employee.

    Cons

    During my internship, I was not always busy with project work because I would have to wait for our clients to get back to us. During this down time, I wish I could have had more tasks to complete.

  9.  

    Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Nice location, great people there

    Cons

    Computer work.. Fragmented group departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Project Coordinator  in  Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Pasadena, CA

    I worked at HDR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Growth opportunity, great people, complex projects, reimbursement of exam fees, exam material available, Toastmaster's, Young Professionals mentoring group, study groups

    Cons

    Lack of work, downsizing of office, and constant worry of job security.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Painful place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at HDR as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Some good folks work there. I wouldn't wish anything bad on these people and I hope that they have a good career.

    Cons

    Management likes to drink. I was shocked at the negative things that management will say about their employees when they've been drinking or even when sober. Don't work here if you've ever been bullied, abused, etc. because it is part of the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some respect for your workers. When you say something bad about an employee not only is that defamation but you are setting an example for impressionable employees. The end result finger pointing and information hoarding.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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