HDR

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HDR Reviews

Updated November 25, 2014
Updated November 25, 2014
140 Reviews
3.7
140 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best Engineering Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer II in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer II in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at HDR full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great employee owned culture. People are smart respectful and friendly. You won't see micromanagers here. Managers let you work without getting in the way. Interesting projects to work on. Collaboration and team work is a big part of the company's culture. Very transparent and ethical company that emphasizes quality work. Very good salaries and benefits. Impressive company stock performance.

    Cons

    No sick days. HDR has very few cons I can think of, having worked for several private companies and with the government I can really say that the pros out shadow the cons.Being a technical company, managers tend to be more technical than project manager.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue improving the current QA/QC procedures and organize a bit better the file structure in Project Wise

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Entry level engineer to project engineer.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Pensacola, FL

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to work in the biggest and best projects, salary, employee stock.

    Cons

    High focus on utilization. Few subpar managers and little opportunity for overtime.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer In Training in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Water Resources Engineer In Training in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at HDR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good learning experience and flexible hours

    Cons

    structure of company at lower level not defined well so growth path is not clear. Also, promotions are very slow.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company depending on what office you are in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great experience, and able to "dive right in" with projects and take charge. HDR is 80% organized in terms of their benefits, 401k, etc. Currently they are growing at an insane speed and therefore might not be hiring the "best of the best."

    Cons

    Management needs to get organized...too many double standards and 0 organization. Also, the company should really in force company policies (i.e.- office dating/dating your supervisor).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to backfill positions...if someone is moved around / leaves position make sure there is someone there to take over for them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at HDR full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Expert engineers are always available throughout the company and great network in place to reach out to anyone.
    Matrix organization is followed, so you can make career moves in different directions.
    Work is most of the time challenging, once you gain the trust of senior engineers, you can start running your own little projects but they are always there to review, check and help you if you need.

    Cons

    Depending on the office size and client base, career development can be a struggle. If there are too many project managers and not enough junior level engineers doing the work, you can stay in the same position for a while.
    No clear advancement structure. The "you can be anything you want to be" attitude can stall your advancement if you do not know what you want out of your career and you do not have a close relationship with a senior level person to help you understand and guide. You really need to speak up, otherwise I have seen many quit because they can not advance - especially when there is no strong leadership in the group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversity is needed in this company, especially among higher levels of managers - and I do not mean gender alone.
    Provide more mentoring and guidance to the junior level staff. There might not be a clear advancement structure (i.e., Engineer - I, Engineer - II and so on), but help the young staff to visualize what their future career looks like at the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to get experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Salary on par with industry, lots of different projects to work on, descent benefits, employee owned, stock price has done well, lots of internal training.

    Cons

    Large company problems...focus on growth and bottom line draws management further from actual work. Tend to promote staff too soon with not enough project experience...occasionally with less experience than the group they are supervising. Not all project managers know how to manage staff. Staff development varies depending on who you work under.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to who you promote...not all are ready.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience as an Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Intern in Omaha, NE

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

    Pros

    - A lot of great people to work with
    - I was put on projects that were not just "busy work," I was able to get a lot of hands-on experience
    - HDR generally promotes from the inside and send their employees outward
    - Employee stock percentage raised significantly this year, expected to do so in years following as well

    Cons

    - Expanding internationally makes for some growth that not all departments or employees are equipped to handle
    - Overhead departments are not given much room in the budget
    - Many people doing one project, employees often slack off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at HDR as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, great managers, best environment to learn and interact on projects

    Cons

    Long hours, not always a lot of projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    big corporation exp

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR

    Pros

    highly organized, good benefits, share work between offices

    Cons

    no big scale project, mostly localized projects that you need to repeat doing over and over again.

  11.  

    Do not think Career...When Senior Management changed hands, so went the integrity.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Huge corporate bureaucracy. Never forget the world was created in Omaha. That is where GOD lives..

    Cons

    Do not think Career. You are fodder, and management has no problem eliminating you or anyone else at any time, no matter how ling you have been a loyal over worked employee. . And they do it in a cowards way. This is a "Right to Work" Company. This is NOT a place to plan a long life plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a hint

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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