Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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2.8 19 reviews

60% Approve of the CEO

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Robert S Brustlin

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Transportation CAD Work

    CAD Drafter II (Current Employee) Vienna, VA

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

    ConsSmall 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Communications (Former Employee) Watertown, MA

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

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

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    Don't bother unless you're entry level.

    Senior Transportation Engineer (Former Employee) Tysons Corner, VA

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

    ConsI 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 Senior ManagementGive everyone the same fair chance to succeed.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No corporate ladder to climb

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementRoll out a more formal training. Hire a training coordinator.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience, poor growth and below average salary.

    Traffic Engineer (Current Employee) Boston, MA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place with room for improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat 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

    ConsCompany 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 Senior ManagementMore 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)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Draft Proposals and research opportunities

    Marketing Proposal Writer (Current Employee) Watertown, MA

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Looks great on the surface until you look deeper.

    Manager (Former Employee) Watertown, MA

    ProsFlexible hours and fair compensation along with interesting projects and casual work environment. Good community involvement for charities. Many competent workers.

    ConsSneaky upper management tactics; Sweatshop mentality by hiring young, recent grads and pushing them to work uncompensated to keep projects on budget; Older, senior and more expensive workers pushed out the door for young, cheap talent; Active age discrimination seems to be their dirty little secret; Location in Watertown is awful; Management will do anything to stay profitable at the expense of their workers. Program for promotion to associate creates bitter divide between stock owners and workers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe same top-tier, inner circle people get all the recognition for successes, when in fact there are vital team players at mid- and lower-levels who are constantly overlooked and under-valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok When the econmy is rolling, very bad when its not

    Senior Project Manager (Current Employee) Providence, RI

    ProsWhen times are good VHB gets its fair share of large , complex projects. Many clients will go to VHB as staffing levels during these times allows VHB to get things done

    ConsMajor downside are when things slow down there is NO! company loyalty and many heads roll. During this past downturn people have been laid off that have been with the firm many years ( 20or more ) associates, principals, i.e shaeholders have been laid off. This in my opinion does not reflect what a "generational" company should be all about.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop protraying the firm as a best place to work, generational or act like you care . When times are good you offer an honest wage for an honest days work but there is absolutly no loyalty ( or planning it seems) for when times are not booming.Staff levels are currently down 100-200 indicating that management(mismanagement) failed to plan for a rainy day. Any company thrives in a boomomg economy what makes a firm the vey best is how they handle things when things are not so good. In this case VHB is failing miserably.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsHas a very talented staff. Leader in the industry. There are oportunities to work on a diverse range of projects.

    ConsNot as transperent as it can be. No clear system of promotion and compensation requirements or standards. No standard training program for new hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more transparent on how business decisions are made and future plans. Develop a standard training program for new hires.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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