Shive-Hattery Reviews

Updated July 26, 2015
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  1. Great Company to Work For!

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Shive-Hattery full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They encourage employee feedback, the pay is great(!), awesome benefits, and the management team (company-wide and specifically Iowa City) were top of the line.

    Cons

    Some times it took a while for necessary gears of change to begin turning.


  2. Architect

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great place to work at. Exposure to different projects.

    Cons

    There's nothing to say anything negative.


  3. The Most compassionate company I have ever worked for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Sooo many employee appreciation and recognition events Flexible in scheduling, emergencies, PTO Opportunities for growth in field and encouragement for growth across departments Undeniably thoughtful and consideration-based culture Outrageous amount of "fun" time Senior Management cares all the way down the line Middle management allows for autonomy

    Cons

    I wish I could think of something.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the whole "three-legged stool" business model. Your employees love you for it.


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  5. Short.....I needed to move on.

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    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer Intern in Iowa City, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Shive-Hattery full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    This company has great Upper Management. The company is very transparent. They are truly trying to build momentum into a great company.

    Cons

    The project managers are not very good at working and developing new engineers. From the very get go I was treated as a draftsmen. Very little technical training.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the project managers more closely on the engineering side.


  6. Good stable company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Shive-Hattery full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is very flexible with personal time. The company is very open with their financials and performance on projects.

    Cons

    Salary is average to low, poor mentoring program, very limited upward mobility, small bonuses, no real reward for going the extra mile or outperforming your peers, the company is very flat in the regards.


  7. Beware

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    Former Employee - Designer in Bloomington, IL
    Former Employee - Designer in Bloomington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They only pros that I can think of, it is a great place to get your start. They offer a decent wage and have decent benefits. But, you will never get very far with this company. They claim to promote from within, but seldom do, unless you are a stock holder (which Designers will never be)

    Cons

    The management structure of Shive-Hattery is horrible. The previous CEO, the Office Managers, and the HR Department, are unethical, pre-historic mindset and policies. Department Management claims to support you, but don't when you need it. Company was ran by "self help" book enthusiast, used those principles (forced people to read certain books) but never ran the company with those ideas. They do NOT care about you, your family, or your personal/work life, your health, or your concerns. They do not use employees as assets, they use them more like mules. Do not take suggestions, won't even listen, to ideas. (although, every year they hold a questionnaire, to get feedback from their employees, but nothing ever changes. After you leave the company, be prepared to be black balled, they will go to extremes to see you no longer work in your location, in your field.

    Advice to Management

    Change management, at all levels. get younger leadership, with new ideas, care about employees, listen to the results of the questionnaire (which employees know the company knows what you answer in your "confidential" questions, so they answer them, to avoid speaking the truth, because of repercussions. Now that Mr. Lee is CEO, and Mr. Hayden has finally stepped down, as the OLD Office Managers retire, reflect on the practices and policies. With new management, allow new ideas. Utilize employees for all they can bring to the table, not just how many hours you can force them to work, how many multiple projects at one time, and how much you can milk out of them, before they break. 70 Hours a week is the norm, appreciation is never shown. The only people who advance, are the brownnoser's, not the people who do the majority of the work. Reverse every policy Hayden ever installed, you may have happy employees.



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