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Updated September 21, 2018
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Eric L. Keen
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Pros
  • "Employee owned and progressive culture" (in 65 reviews)

  • "Friendly atmosphere with a real emphasis on vitality and work/life balance" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "poor pay, poor hours, no work life balance" (in 11 reviews)

  • "Large company may not be right for all people" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Organized and professional in everything they do.

    Cons

    Big company and easy to feel lost in the crowd sometimes

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  2. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned, great culture, flexible

    Cons

    Truly cannot think of any

  3. "Decent benefits, tepid atmosphere"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits (if you plan on staying for a long time), good location

    Cons

    Everyone here seems a bit underpaid. Career advancement within happens based on tenure and who you know rather than actual work performance. A seemingly standard corporate job atmosphere that isn't as nice as it seems.


  4. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people you get to work with.

    Cons

    Claim that they value work-life balance, false. Make excuses not to promote people to elevate them within the company even after they've earned it.


  5. "CADD Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Great employee development. Letting employees choose their career paths and helping them grow

    Cons

    There arent many things to improve.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Employee ownership a big plus"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    HDR is a large A&E firm with offices worldwide. One of the big positives is potential for ownership in the company via company stock. Any employee can participate in the stock purchase program.

    Cons

    Employees wishing to purchase stock have to grow their 401K balance in order to purchase stock. If you are rolling 401K from another plan, you are set. If you are a new employee, it will take some time to build a balance and thus, delaying your participation.


  7. "it's okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Offices around the united states

    Cons

    there is no work life balance

  8. "engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    you are able to make your own schedule

    Cons

    Managers are really under pressure

    Advice to Management

    Have fun with your employees


  9. "HDR is a good company, but local offices are unique."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Many workshare opportunities, employee owned, HDR stocks continuous growth.

    Cons

    Poor leadership in local office, lack of positive energy in office, and no transparency.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Staff is talented. Leadership lacks agility."

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    HDR has grown by acquisition to get the best talent they can. HDR does a little bit of everything, and thus inspires engineers and scientists of many persuasions. HDR has many initiatives in support and development of staff. Corporate values are shared and emphasized with staff.

    Cons

    While HDR's work is diverse, when you get down to the local level, there are many cliques and silos. Lip service is paid to worksharing and cross-training, but ultimately, whatever benefits the bottom line the best wins the day. This puts short term profit over long term investment in staff and growth in the marketplace. Your experience as an employee is highly dependent on the skill and professionalism of the local managers. Note that engineers (including those in the C-Suite) don't necessarily make the best Executives... especially when an executive has to make business decisions on businesses that are outside his professional experience.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire and promote local managers based on their industry contacts instead of their true leadership skill. That ultimately hurts a local office, and even a local region of the company. Damage remediation from that kind of hire can take years. "Initiatives" are great: but need better performance tracking and follow-through... NOT revised initiatives! Your Matrix Organization is complex and gets in the way of strategic action.


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