HNTB Companies

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HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated January 25, 2015
Updated January 25, 2015
172 Reviews
2.9
172 Reviews
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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work (in 15 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are excellent, but justify how they treat staff (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management on the Board is pretty far removed from project managers who deliver the work (in 17 reviews)

  • The work-life balance doesn't exist (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company with excellent projects,,, depending on office location

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

    I worked at HNTB Companies (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company on the corporate level with average salaries and benefits. Large offices often acquire excellent projects and are respected by their clients. Most engineers are very competent.

    Cons

    Small offices suffer from poor management and inexperienced staff, frequently resulting in a shortage of work. Things such as overtime, training, paid time off and professional memberships are often denied. No end of the year bonuses. Cliques and inappropriate use of time and work ethic are common. Opportunities are only available for certain individuals, and not everyone is evaluated by the same standards. Employee evaluations are focused on what benefits the company and not much on developing the employees. Severe decline in company stock last year.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many in leadership positions are great at managing projects, but not very good at managing people. Office-level management is often disconnected from the staff. More focus needs to be placed on working as a team, instead of every person for themselves.

    Negative Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and all about TOJ ( time on the job).

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Focus on TOJ and lack of professional tranining and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training, promotions opportunities, and less focus on TOJ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    if you are thinking about working here . . . don't

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

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

    Pros

    pay and benefits are okay

    Cons

    company is not as it once was. Morale is low and many employees leaving.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Due to your poor decisions and greed, you have ruined a once great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    small, flexible schedule, easy going

    Cons

    Upper management problems, stock not worth it

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Chicago Office Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Compensation package is not bad.

    Cons

    Management do not seem to care about the development of their employees. Favoritism is pretty apparent. Managers are not good people managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People that are in the position of managing people should want to do it. Otherwise, they should just manage projects.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 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

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

    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
  8.  

    Excellent company great experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Department Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and yearly salary evaluations.

    Cons

    The company limits itself to Only National projects. It seems they have had solid results in house. No or limited international exposure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smaller projects fill the gap while the mega projects are on the list to come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 6 people found this helpful  

    Your home life ends with an employment offer from HNTB.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than a year)

    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
  10.  

    Civil Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Civil Engineering Intern in San Antonio, TX

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

    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
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Office Technician in Oakland, CA

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than a year)

    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

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