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"Sinking ship but no one notices"

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA
Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Oakland, CA
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Staff level and middle managers are very competent, salaries are comparatively good, Benefits are comparable to other firms, mid-level management is very good. Great bonus program for senior management. Company cell phones and vehicles.

Cons

Very High percentage of officers to staff (over 14%) TOJ requirements are over 92% for engineers and over 96% for field staff. Upper management's continued focus on Design Build contracts at the expense of other key disciplines is detrimental to the overall health of the firm. HNTB used to have a bonus program for the rank and file that could be initiated by the mid-level managers but that was eliminated 4 years ago when the bottom line became more important than the job satisfaction of the people. Office supplies have to be approved by upper management before they can be ordered. Several mid-level managers have left the firm in frustration and even the President of the company was let go for voicing his displeasure to the BoD.

Advice to Management

Please, look in the mirror, your management style and corporate culture is strangling the life out of a once great company. Cronyism and selfish attitudes of managers are poisoning the corporate ladder. By pinching every red cent out of the bottom line you are taking the joy from the people who earn you the money.

Other Employee Reviews for HNTB

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Very good until the last few years"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I spent my formative professional years at this company. I got to cut my teeth on some great projects and work with some great people. I left the company with plenty of good take-aways and will always reflect on the excellent peers, devoted staff, and sometimes excellent leadership. Pay was always above average and recognition was high for many years.

    Cons

    This all changed in the past few years. As annual sales were sent over $1B, the taste for continued growth and success outweighed the need to maintain a pleasant work environment. Excessive incentives promoted cronyism and overall bad behaviors. Unfortunately more and more of the bad characters got promoted up the chain. It's too bad because the good ones end up leaving and continue the devaluation of the once prime A/E firm.

    Advice to Management

    Let up a little on TOJ. Some of your greatest leaders have left - feeling the pressure of the need for billable hours - or were let go. Remember that your future leadership needs continued vision, creativity and insight. If you continue to penalize the low-billable, you will be left merely with the mechanics of a sweatshop - commoditizion at it's highest.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Throw the bums out"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers are some of the brightest and most competent people, and are a pleasure to work with. Low- and middle- managers seem to recognize individual value.

    Cons

    Much of senior and sub-senior "leadership" is a serious threat to company viability. There is an extreme drought of company vision. At the very top, sure there is vision: 'make money'. Execution of that vision is extremely lacking, despite the best efforts of some sub-seniors who have the genuine interests of the company and its employees in mind. And that is the truly sad part - there are some extremely qualified and talented individuals in leadership that are thwarted by either competing political idealogies or an arrogant ignorance and lack of willingness to truly listen. It is terribly frustrating for those of us who are passionate about company success to see our *good* leaders be prevented from making meaningful, long-overdue changes. The only solution that I can see is for those senior leaders who have lost touch to leave. They are truly burying this otherwise excellent company. As an long-time employee, it genuinely depresses me to watch the degredation, and it is hard to imagine trying to outlast those who need to leave in order to enjoy a 'better day' at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please, please get with the program. Learn to differentiate between quality leaders by measuring their performance in terms other than earnings/sales numbers. You will lose excellent people, and worse (for you, not them), they will join your competitors...probably with a passion to bury you in their new company's success.

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