Hill International Reviews

Updated March 30, 2015
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Hill International Chairman and CEO Irvin E. Richter
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  1. Hill International and Nepotism are Synonyms

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Hill is a company with many, many talented individuals. Every region runs on its own so there are some good regions to work in. The international business is what keeps this company on the map.

    Cons

    Working in the US and specially in their headquarters is a real nightmare. You are basically hired and promoted based on nepotism. If you are not family or friends of the family your career is not going to go far, since it's only a matter of time before another relative or friend takes your place.

    Advice to Management

    Bring Irv. back and Fire the Jr, and their entire IT top leadership.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tbd in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Tbd in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

    I have been working at Hill International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office location. Good for your CV since the public don't know how the company really is.

    Cons

    The company has a horrible environment and culture of backstabbing. This is reinforced by the management. Thus, the working environment is tense and not enjoyable. Everyone is trying to survive.

    Client’s interest and the projects are irrelevant for the management as far as they achieve their personal goals.

    Veeeeery sneaky management at every level. I have never seen something like that in my whole life. Any project or office in the Middle East has the same problem.

    The company offers no benefits. Only your salary. Which despite being one of the lowest in the market it will be even lower if your passport is not blue colour. This will also condition your possibilities of promotion (will never happen) and salary increase which will be around AED 50 to 300 per year for the non-blue colour passport holders.

    No flight tickets, no bonus or so ever. And you will pay for your family's medical insurance. This is crazy.

    Advice to Management

    Do not focus in how to attack your employees. Use your energies for improving the company, doing a good job and protect the client''s interest.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great starting company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Landscape Inspector in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Landscape Inspector in New York, NY

    I have been working at Hill International full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with- completely understand life happenings. Want you to learn rather than just do.

    Cons

    At times seemingly disorganized but manageable.

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  5. Sr.Contracts Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Senior Contract Manager in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Contractor - Senior Contract Manager in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at Hill International as a contractor (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    I have exercised and gained an international expernced

    Cons

    Approxmilty there is no cons

  6. Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Newark, NJ

    I worked at Hill International

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, great employees who are very skilled in their trades.

    Cons

    It's a very big company

    Advice to Management

    n/a

  7. electrical design engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Baghdad (Iraq)
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Baghdad (Iraq)

    I worked at Hill International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I want to explore other opportunities,and
    I need to improve my skills.
    I’m eager to gain experience and learn how to be a great employee because I believe in teaching till last day in life!

    Cons

    I am motivated by challenges, and I have the ability to effectively meet challenges. During my experience I found I have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging job.

    Advice to Management

    The goal of management is to choose the good people,
    because the best staff can achieve your organizational goals.

  8. Helpful (1)

    More Biased for Arab staff in GCC office

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Uaene, Sofala (Mozambique)
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Uaene, Sofala (Mozambique)

    I worked at Hill International full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary pay is in a Timely manner

    Cons

    Unfair recruitment, More preference for Lebanese, Egyptian,jorden candidates.
    lack of professional , qualification, verification for Arab candidates.
    Salary and Designations favored more to Arab staff ( KSA/OMAN OFFICES)
    zero change for carrier growth for asians.

    Advice to Management

    GCC Management is more biased towards arab staff. monopoly of Arab Management. US management needs intense control of GCC office to protect their their company reputations.

  9. I am Resident Project Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Residet Project Manager
    Current Employee - Residet Project Manager

    I have been working at Hill International full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    No one withi the Hill maagement is against using your prio project experiences to solve Problems on current Project as long as it was a possitive out come to that project ad can be used on Present Project

    Cons

    Hill is a large Corporation with 4,000 + employees there is not much oe on one commuication even with HR every thig has to be doe by computer. If you have worked in a smaller orgaization Hill will be hard to adapt to quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Become more involved with your lower management.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Hill International is the biggest "Good Ole' Boys Club"

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hill International (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Their salary compensation is competitive if you happen to be male.

    Cons

    In my experience, one of the biggest challenges of working for Hill International is discrimination against female workers. There are many who are promoted above their actual qualifications. There are many in upper management who turn a blind eye to female employees being harassed. There are no repercussions for any male colleague who harasses, belittles, and verbally and/or written abuse of a female colleague or staff.

    Specific upper management continues to lose projects bid on because of their lack of skills and knowledge. There are those in upper management positions who look down on women, do not value any contributions made by female professionals, have systematically run off very qualified, high performing, professional women. Corporate Management of each business group seems to turn a blind eye to those who are under delivering, riding on the coat tales of others accomplishments and who diminish those beneath them.

    This is an International company but the positions held at the Corporate level are by those who may not be best qualified to run the company as a global contender. They manage each department function as if it were a company of 100 or less. The contacts at the Corporate Office in Marlboro behave as if they are "Above" all others in the company, answer to no one, and are many times unprofessional to those in the outlaying offices. Nepotism = Many of the corporate employees are either related to one another, having inappropriate relationships with others and/or are highly connected so it is "Implied" no one should cross this person. Leadership and Management skills on every level is weak at best!

    Advice to Management

    The "Good Ole' Boys Network/Club" across all business lines is ripe for a good discrimination suit. I am a seasoned professional and Hill International was the first company where I received a good look at what the "Good Ole' Boys Club" really means. You have people in management who basically have "No Skills" other than returning phone calls weeks/months later and delegating all of their responsibilities to others. They are simply kept in their positions because of the their business contacts or a lucrative project is renewed because of this incompetent, divisive individual.
    A closer examination and shake-up of many of the key management roles would yield much progress for this company.
    The Marlon Management Team does not even seem to be aware they are running the company as if it were a 50-100 person company. It's 2014 and technology has advanced.

  11. Big Firm

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Controller in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Current Employee - Cost Controller in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

    I have been working at Hill International full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    1- they have good reputation in the market
    2- they pay good salaries
    3- Fair enough in dealings
    4- they encourage training

    Cons

    1- Too much load of work
    2- projectized organization
    3- difficult to be promoted
    4- No team building activities

    Advice to Management

    they need to pay more attention for developing the team

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