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Pros
  • Employee owned company inspires desire to make company successful (in 57 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance: accommodating for working mothers (in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • Large company style bureaucracy at times (in 17 reviews)

  • Lack of work life balance for full time employees (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great teamwork ambience, people are really motivated.

    Cons

    Can get hectic at times while working with the government.


  2. "Amazing Company with Rich History"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Too many to list. HDR is well run all the way up to the top. The higher ups do not have big egos and the corporate culture has wholesome roots out of Omaha. The work share that takes place is incredible and lends to more stability plus there is a strong work pipeline throughout the company. Employee ownership can't be beat especially with the growth that HDR has experienced since going employee owned. There is a nice mix of promoting from within but bringing in new talent when necessary. The growing international presence is exciting. HDR takes on some incredibly interesting large and complex projects.

    Cons

    I have yet to find a downside of working at HDR.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing.

  3. "Electrical Engineering Intern"

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    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Alexandria, VA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Alexandria, VA

    I worked at HDR as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great company goals, great working environment.

    Cons

    none to my knowledge for the moment


  4. "collaborative atmosphere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    HDR has a very positive collaborative atmosphere

    Cons

    This is a very large ship, management decisions take too long.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Senior Project Architect"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Architect in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company, Bad Office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Overall the company is great. They do a lot of cross office work so you do get to work with people across the country, and they do make it easy to transfer between offices.

    Cons

    Alexandria office is poorly run, and doesn't believe in growth of employees or retention of talented individuals. They are very stuck in their old ways, and aren't open to knew ideas and new trends.


  7. "My experience at HDR Architecture was definitely very positive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Among the best reasons to work HDR Architecture are the competitive salaries, very friendly and fun co-workers, opportuntities to receive training in the latest softwares and working on mega projects. The company is also employee owned giving one the option to buy stock every year.

    Cons

    Among the downsides are rather biased promotions and recognition, limited involvement in decision making and limitation in the project types that you could be assigned to work on. Creativity in design is also very limited with a few people exercising total control on what can or cannot be done.

    Advice to Management

    The advice I would offer the management is to loosen up and relinquish the strict control over every aspect of the business. Individual larger branch offices should be given more autonomy and individuals in each office should be given the opportunity to grow and advance in directions of their choosing without any bias.

  8. "Worked as a healthcare consultant"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Alexandria, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Employee ownership created an environment in which nearly all staff felt they were owners even if they did not elect to participate in the ESOP

    Cons

    Fields of work were very "stove piped" with little or no movement across specialty areas to create hybrid capabilities and stronger teams.

    Advice to Management

    Company strategic plan and progress during the year was availble in a web based format. Content was limited to "on plan / improvement needed / etc." Add simple economic measures if possible.


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