Hart Crowser

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, great opportunities

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

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    People are understanding, and respect a work-life balance while still being driven to get the job done.
    Most people really care about doing their job well.
    Rewarded for hard work even for lower level salaried staff.
    Has a small company feel while playing with the "big boys".
    Management is receptive to input from all levels, and cares about employees.
    Younger staff can quickly gain significant responsibility, allowing growth not possible at other companies.
    Staff at all levels seem to enjoy working together, and often joke with each other.
    Relaxed atmosphere and open door policy.
    Benefits - health insurance is reasonable.

    Cons

    Company lacks the traditional leader with the powerful personality, but this may be by design.
    As with many companies, there is a culture gap between generations.
    Lack of transparency and conversational communication from management for a company that professes to want an ownership culture.
    No publicly defined bonus or salary structure, even for management. The lack of transparency can create resentment that wouldn't occur under a public structure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to keep small company/family feel.
    Make bonus' public with a public position dependent salary structure/range.
    Continue working on improving communication, not everything needs to be a formal presentation or email - conversations and discussions are as valuable if not more. Just asking for, and listening to, the opinion or lower level staff goes a long way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Hart Crowser is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to go after crazy projects; great reputation with clients; long term standing in the marketplace; team and staff oriented; always seems to be working on high profile and challenging projects; some really long term and loyal clients

    Cons

    Need to be a little bigger to be able to do more things;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about how decisions will affect day to day work of employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to set own career path, treated with respect, friendly staff, nice office location, good compensation and time-off policies.

    Cons

    401K matching is not great - should increase, health insurance is expensive, company needs to develop more demand for stock ownership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employee ownership more meaningful

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    This is all I know and I think it is far from perfect.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer/Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer/Scientist in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    No set schedule, start when you like, leave when you like
    People are generally pretty friendly
    Employee owned, so no public stock issues to worry about.
    Decent compensation.
    Responsible for your own schedule

    Cons

    Poor communication between Associates/managers and Sr Staff.
    Benefits aren't very good (low PTO to start, expensive health plans, share plan lacks luster or even conviction from the employees, long wait time to get fully vested in to the ESOP program and 401k, poor 401k matching)
    Inability to manage the work load schedule- no type master schedule of whom is scheduled for what and when.
    Takes itself too seriously- I rarely hear laughs but from one or two people.
    Career opportunities are pretty limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually converse with employees about THEIR career goals and interests.
    Follow through with promises that you make.
    Tighten down on project scheduling.
    Create other career paths- not everyone want to do non-stop BD and PM work after putting in 20 years as a principal's minion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not bad, but far from good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Hart Crowser

    Pros

    Smaller company, casual work environment, come and go as you please, no real authority figure to answer to.

    Cons

    Poor benefits package compared to competitors, serious lack of communication from upper management. Principals do not monitor other Sr. level staff members and how they manage their projects and budgets. There is no repercussion if deadlines are not met and/or budgets exceeded. Jr. level staff is rarely recognized and/or praised for work done well. All of the so called 'perks' are only available to upper level staff and we are supposedly an employee owned firm. I would say it is more like a principal owned firm. Our stock options are worthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to other Sr. level staff and how they are managing their projects, focus on communication to Jr. level staff and praise them for a job well done.

    Doesn't Recommend

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