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"Senior Project Architect"

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Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
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Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at HDR full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

Challenging and diverse projects, not very bureaucratic or regimented, relative freedom, interesting people, very competitive salary, Employee-Owned company (ESOP)

Cons

Company over-expanded via too many company buyouts, high overhead costs limit competitiveness.

Advice to Management

In early 2000's HDR was flush with work and operated well with a very lean staff, then when economy crashed after 2008 HDR started buying other specialty firms, bloating the company with too many people. Recently with the workload dropping rapidly management decided to reduce staff, so HDR laid off many long-term HDR employees but largely kept employees acquired in buyouts. Poor decisions were made on who to lay off, much great talent has been thrown away. Perception is that cronyism is being used to make decisions. HDR seems to be putting their resources into questionable specialty business lines, instead of playing to their strength in their traditional A/E/C business lines.

Other Employee Reviews for HDR

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Run of the mill engineering firm"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Engineering Intern in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HDR as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great vision
    Great goals
    Great potential for great employee culture

    Cons

    No follow through on vision
    No follow through on goals
    Lack of support for employee culture


  2. Helpful (3)

    "a bad company to work with"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    people in general work there are nice. the company next to the high way and shopping mall - easy to get there. if you know how the play the politics, it's the place to go.

    Cons

    the company is in the closing down mood. bad management and lack skills on senior level cross all the dept. lots of clients are not using this firm anymore. no one is happy in the office. layoff happened many times - lots of good stuffs were let go, and so call the core people that over paid were stay- some of them don't know how to use computer and don't have regular 4 years degress.

    Advice to Management

    none

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