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HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
156 Reviews

3.0
156 Reviews
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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
78 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work (in 13 reviews)

  • I got to cut my teeth on some great projects and work with some great people (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management could be annoying to deal with at times (in 16 reviews)

  • Company seems to be trying to find its way in the Design-Build realm (in 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's like working at a Insurance Company...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Great upper level leadership, benefit packages, vacation time, no need for overtime.

    Cons

    After working here for over 6 years there is no accountablilty for anything. Staff called in sick every week for 9 months...called in sick from their desk in the morning as management saw them there and was confused every time. Staff was insubordinate left work since deliverables were due that day and had no work to show. National Director or Vice President had no authority for termination of staff of ongoing issues. Staff architects about 10% studied for months for exams and were allowed to bill to federal and private sector projects. 2 of the 4 that were licensed during the time and took advantage to get there license still work there… Staff that studied for exams were employed during furlough and after the unemployed staff came back they finished the work that was not completed. Titles mean absolutely nothing and staff are pigeon holed, tiled project designer only knows photoshop for 6 years working there... Younger Project Architects do not know how to put a building together... Corporate polices are not being followed and hiring staff owned companies as consultants is happening. Project designers are spending time and money on items that cannot be delivered to clients. Clients asked for i pad applications so design team paid outside consultants to deliver flash based application. Same design team paid outside consultant to complete renderings and paid consultant in full then fired consultant due to software licensing and blamed consultants for project not being delivered on time to client even though license was purchased. Previous operations manager didn't know how convention center team leader can loses all job pursuits and still be employed. project win was 0-6. After losing project after project design team always blamed partnering firm and never looked at the reason projects were lost. Over time is abused and staff shops for shoes online, studies, surfs the web all day and bills overtime in the evenings to projects. Previous operations manager accidentally sent termination list to staff…and told staff that they could go home and not come back and be paid for the remaining week. After the mass exodus and talking to remaining staff…i pursed them to leave as well. Career Opportunities fail short as well. Working full time on a project and knowing everything about it and handing it off during construction to another has become an office nightmare. Design issues are being approved without previous knowledge. Staff members are now holding information from each other due to these issues of not being allowed to finish there own projects. Teams are divided and information is being held from each other. Project designers tell others to not relay information internally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff needs to be accountable and Project Managers need to follow up with staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Your home life ends with an employment offer from HNTB.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    Meets industry compensation. Great office location - close to Trains.

    Cons

    In my experience, the middle and upper management at HNTB are poor at managing people. The management I worked under didn’t have realistic delivery schedules or expertise; they would continually lie to clients to say that project x was 80% done, when it was really only 30%. That resulted in very stressful milestone deliveries. Managers are slave drivers who don’t want to get their hands dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on culture and put some effort into your peoples' happiness.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Civil Engineering Intern

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Intern  in  San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in San Antonio, TX

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working for the company. I got a lot of on hands experience. I think that having a great sponsor helps as well.

    Cons

    When work is slow, trying to find projects or tasks to work on is challenging.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    They don't care about their consultants, Revolving door management, everyone is clueless

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    Former Employee - Office Technician  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    Benefits are ok, pay rate is decent

    Cons

    No annual review despite mentions of it. Constant revolving door of management changes. No support if you are a victim of abuse at the client site (which I was)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire some competent people and treat them with respect. Support your consultants and don't just throw them under the bus to keep a valuable contract. There were so many conflicts of interest at the client site in the project I was assigned to that it's disgusting. I believe I was let go because individuals were afraid I would be a whistleblower. STEER CLEAR of this messed up company! They will not support you or help you and they will leave your high and dry at the worst possible time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bridge Engineer II

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer II  in  Santa Ana, CA
    Current Employee - Bridge Engineer II in Santa Ana, CA

    Pros

    Opportunities to be involved in some mega design-build projects in local area;
    Convenient location if you are living in Orange county.
    Acceptable salary if you are newly recruited.

    Cons

    Hard to get promoted;
    Most of works are design-build, so sometimes overtime is overburdened.
    Too many overhead charges and a huge size of management group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reduce size of management group

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    disonnected

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with, extremely professional

    Cons

    overly conservative, poor communication from executive level. Executive level disconnected from rest of firm and don't have a good understanding of the value that is there. Over attention to short term bottom line has caused them to discard some of the very assets that made HNTB stand out among it competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with the people below. The decentralized organization of the company in which the executives are not in the same location as the nerve center of the company is a big disadvantage to both executive and employee.

  8.  

    I learned so much as a young engineer

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

    Pros

    Such a great opportunity to learn due to being surrounded by such wise engineers

    Cons

    Did not seem like a very cohesive group of people in the department

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tolerable when times are good but awful when work is scarce or OT is mandatory.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good variety of projects. Good benefits

    Cons

    "Opportunity money". TOJ police. Mandatory OT. Work 1st, family 2nd.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees more. A simple "atta-boy" goes a long way. Try it some time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, very good pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The company has very supportive management, they encourage you to try and advance yourself. Benefits are above average. They are pretty flexible with time off, and if employment is uncertain,do not get upset if you seek employment elsewhere as long as you make them aware of it.

    Cons

    A lot of their work is by contract or project, so there is not necessarily much long term job security. However, a lot of companies are like that in this industry.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cut throat company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, that's it.

    Cons

    Your are only useful if you can make money for the company. Everyone else is disposable. The annual reviews are a joke, no follow up and no training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to value your employees. If you do not work to keep faithful dedicated employees, the company will ultimately fail.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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