Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

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Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
22 Reviews
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22 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good for starting out as an environmental professional however limited options

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Environmental Scientist in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The variability in the work in the office and in the field. Given a lot of responsibility which definitely allowed me to grow and learn new things. Flexible work schedule to an extent if the company was not busy.

    Cons

    People who I have met in my or similar positions at different companies seemed to all be jaded environmentally and that was really overwhelming. They also seemed like they all fell into the jobs and just stayed rather than a career choice that they were excited about. The 100% bill-ability was very stressful for obvious reasons. The company culture was not as welcoming as one would hope for especially because of how people weren't excited about their work so hanging out with work "friends" was low on the list of priorities. Not much room at all for advancement and very small raises with very stressful time commitments with little notice (worked 20+ hours in one day because there were no enforced rules for a young associate and tried to do the job as cheaply as possible so long travel and long hours worked out to be more beneficial to the company than just springing for a hotel when you were working far away).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a more welcoming environment for younger generations with competitive salaries that allow for individuals to grow and feel excited about the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Poor Growth

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

    Pros

    Direct leadership is good
    CEO is ok
    A good starter job, and learning potential.

    Cons

    No growth potential.
    Non-competitive salary
    A solid job for about 2 years and then move on or you will go no where.

  3.  

    VHB is a strong home-grown company with excellent projects and enjoyable co-workers.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Civil Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    VHB has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and "can do" atmosphere. VHB is a well balanced mixture of civil engineers, environmental and water resources scientists, planners and landscape architects. VHB highly values project managers and technically oriented engineers equally.

    Cons

    Project managers work hard to bring work and the workload can be daunting at times, but fellow workers step up to share the load.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the civil engineering core of the company central to the mission.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Transportation CAD Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CAD Drafter II in Vienna, VA
    Current Employee - CAD Drafter II in Vienna, VA

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My position specifically is a good way to start a career. I am intimately involved in all things transportation with clients I can grow with.

    Cons

    Small tedious work is inevitable as with any job. I am afraid my particular office fails to get large scale projects to break up the monotony.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    In 2006, it was a somewhat disorganized company that lacked strategy and sound management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communications in Watertown, MA
    Former Employee - Communications in Watertown, MA

    I worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc as a contractor

    Pros

    Paid well. Benevolent work environment despite lack of clear direction and backroom complaining.

    Cons

    Lots of backstabbing and lack of business planning, perhaps because the managers are civil engineers, not manager with executive and administrative experience. At the time, the strategy was to simultaneously pay more and yell more to get results from employees when results were sub-par. In the marketing department, the problem was clearly a lack of planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced managers. There is no reason to keep promoting engineers to their point of incompetence a la Peter Principle.

    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't bother unless you're entry level.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Transportation Engineer in Tysons Corner, VA

    I worked at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good work-life balance for the most part, excellent and diverse projects if you're allowed to work on them.

    Cons

    I read on here that a dirty little secret is age discrimination. This is absolutely true, and I've witnessed it. Going along with that is that if you're brought in for a mid-level or higher level job, you will not have a chance to advance. Advancement is only for those who have been with the company since they were entry level. This is what they mean by "Generational Company."

    When times get tough, there are constant layoffs, and the people who will go are the older ones and the mid-level people who haven't been around and who haven't been given good work or work at all to do. It can be a pleasant place to work for 2-5 years, but you WILL NOT advance or be given a fair chance to succeed. You'll have to move on to move up, and there's a good chance they'll make you move on before you want to anyway.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give everyone the same fair chance to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    No corporate ladder to climb

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance. Good group of people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of training on systems and procedures. Lack of career advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll out a more formal training. Hire a training coordinator.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great learning experience, poor growth and below average salary.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Traffic Engineer in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tons of amazing and smart senior people to learn and grow from.

    Cons

    There is a regimented ceiling so you feel like you are trying to fight to perform more than your peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your junior staff to be the future of the company and be clear to the ones you really have goals for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place with room for improvement

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

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great teamwork atmosphere
    Great project variety
    Great support of learning opportunities
    Competitive salaries
    Decent benefits
    Regular communications from CEO re: company-wide goings-on and financial status

    Cons

    Company culture seems very variable by office (Pros above may not always apply)
    Focus on billability understandable but counterproductive, encouraging shortcuts and irresponsible budgeting and reporting of billable hours
    Structure of salary levels still unclear

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibility = happier employees = higher productivity = higher billability (see Google)
    Set more realistic billability goals for each level of staff
    Remind managers regularly of company mission (business -- AND PEOPLE)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Draft Proposals and research opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Proposal Writer in Watertown, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Proposal Writer in Watertown, MA

    I have been working at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

    Pros

    Some manager and new younger staff are really great to work with and have excellent contacts and experience to tap into.

    Cons

    Salaries at VHB are lower than similar companies with similar benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More salary increases, and management needs to be less hungry to acquire new companies. More focus should be given to the existing offices and employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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