Halcrow Group

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Halcrow Group Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
56 Reviews
3.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Organisation has got good organisation culture with a good work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • well compensasition, good work environment (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • confused management leading to bad decision making skills (in 3 reviews)

  • The board had to go as completely out of touch with the business, the markets and driven by personal agendas resulting in having to sell the company (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent company to work for

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    Former Employee - Office Manager  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Office Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Halcrow Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Office culture ere was enjoyable and fun, everone worked together to get the job done and had fun doing it

    Cons

    Unfortunately this smaller engineering firm was bough out by larger firm

  2.  

    How it used to be

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    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Planner
    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Planner

    I worked at Halcrow Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Halcrow had some very talented individual and overall had a good portfolio of project to work on. Since I left it has been acquired by CH2M Hill and not sure how things have changed if at all.

    Cons

    Somewhat slow in recognising achievements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There were too many changes trying to reinvent the organisation which in the end only changed titles but not what people where actually doing. Focus on recognising achievement rather than creating titles.

  3.  

    good

    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    most of the people there are really nice,

    Cons

    some of the people there can be a bit crazy to work with

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for. Too bad it got bought by CH2M Hill

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    Former Employee - Consultant
    Former Employee - Consultant

    I worked at Halcrow Group full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible work environment. Smart and very qualified people.

    Cons

    Incompetent management. No career direction. Unorganized and disconnected management.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    CH2MHill to the rescue

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    Former Employee - Consultant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group

    Pros

    Very competitive benefits package. Anachronistic and cordial work environment. Some extremely competent practice leaders and engineering professionals.

    Cons

    Sr. management in North America is in turmoil after sudden departure of their key leader. Delta reorganization was poorly thought out and wasted untold hours and $$'s. Legacy requirements of multiple subsidiaries and "CMS" reporting system for time and expenses make it extremely difficult to book projects, submit time, do project analysis, much less actually send out bills.
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    A very non-entreprenuerial atmosphere as one is rarely rewarded for doing something new, better while people are fired for unknown reasons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new job in a jr. leadership role at a new firm (CH2MHill would be fine). Don't take anything with you from Halcrow except your own professional expertise and your relationships with clients. Running Halcrow into the ground shouldn't be rewarded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    The company is very top heavy and upper management have no regard for employees.

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    Former Employee - Civil Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Civil Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group

    Pros

    Friendly environment. Diverse culture. Opportunity for travel.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Management does not listen to employees. Management does not respect employees. Senior Management are not engineers and are making decisions relating to engineering issues they know nothing about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so clickish and observe and reward those in the company that are doing good work. Only the same few people are recognized and they do nothing for the praise they receive other than gossip.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so rewarding

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    Former Employee - Maritime Engineer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Maritime Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group

    Pros

    They offer lots of opportunities to travel the world.
    They are prompt about paying out expense claims.
    They provide a generous benefits package with disability included at no extra cost to employees.

    Cons

    They do not have enough draftsmen, and they frown on the use of the word "draftsman".
    They have unhappy draftsmen.
    There are too many people there without engineering credentials who make engineering decisions.
    They are top heavy.
    They are too cliquish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let non-engineers make engineering decisions that place professionals in risky positions.
    Provide more in-house PDH opportunities during lunch hour.
    Cut non-billable marketing staff if they have not been successful in bringing in clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to start

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group

    Pros

    Decent pay, international projects, exposure and access to different groups, good mentoring programs

    Cons

    confused management leading to bad decision making skills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a more streamlined focus on winning projects

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Halcrow Group

    Pros

    Experienced company; been around for long time
    Travel opportunities for young staff
    Respectable office location and work place
    Generous to interns.

    Cons

    Huge company so not very compact
    Not interested in green design
    Not really interested in helping new staff settle in.
    Apathetic and at times hostile leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show interest in new aspiring engineers. It makes all the different. being disinterested in a downer. It reinforces a notion that engineers are aloof.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good in parts

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    Former Employee - Senior Consultant
    Former Employee - Senior Consultant

    I worked at Halcrow Group full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gave me the opportunity to work in Iraq , the posting of a lifetime.

    Cons

    Very male orientated, run like an old boys club. Glass ceiling for women very much in place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as they were taken over by a fantastic US company CH2MHill .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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