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Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee owned company inspires desire to make company successful (in 53 reviews)

  • Friendly atmosphere with a real emphasis on vitality and work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Upper management tends to be good old boys club (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great Work Environment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Design Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Interior Design Professional in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Mentoring
    Team Members
    Design Aesthetics
    Amazing culture
    Healthy Work Environment

    Cons

    Slow career growth
    No paid overtime


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and salary. Good projects.

    Cons

    Although it's a national, and now global firm, it is weirdly provincially mid-western and upper mid-western in its culture. Very elitist. Most of the money goes up to the 435 partners. The titles are all nonsense. They dole them out to give people leverage in marketing situations, very few really have any management authority over any one. A director in one office is a project manager in another. It keeps everyone off balance as the money flows up.

    Advice to Management

    I've seen your expense accounts - WOW.


  3. "HDR EIT Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice employees, great management. Very professional

    Cons

    Sometimes lag periods with consulting.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "HDR Valued Employees"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very prosperous employee owned company with a CEO that walks the walk and owns it.
    You'll have good managers and bad one's. stick out the bad ones and they seem to move on away from HDR.
    Through the 2006 to 2010 recession, HDR actually showed double digit stock value increases.

    Cons

    Office attendance policy is not valid in the work world we live in today. Requirement that you live in a location that has an HDR office is out of date and is basically a lack of trust between management and direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Open up and hire people with the drive, passion and talent for the work instead of putting restrictions on where to hire based on HDR office locations or proximity to office locations.


  6. "HDR Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Controls Specialist in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Project Controls Specialist in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company that is employee owned and employee centered. Always innovational, creative and ethical. Talented group of individuals, forward thinking and fun atmosphere.

    Cons

    No Cons, great company! Always willing to go the extra mile, team oriented. Wonderful group of people to work with. Lots of opportunity to learn and grow and strong entrepreneurial culture.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Former Employee - Project Manager
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Talented design professionals and large, interesting projects.

    Cons

    Upper management at local office is out of touch with what happens on the floor. It's inexplicable how some individuals can be promoted up the career ladder. If you're looking for an employer that values long-time employees, you'd best look elsewhere. Employee/employer loyalty is definitely lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees........they're the reason you're there.


  8. "Very solid company."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of resources to draw from nationwide.
    Employee owned company inspires desire to make company successful.
    Competitive salaries offered.

    Cons

    Hard to advance in company.
    Corporate tends to dictate local office operations.
    Design team is not involved in early stages of a project.


  9. "CADD Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Cadd Technician in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Cadd Technician in Billings, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Exelent work life balence, all the flexabiltiy with your personal life you could ask for. Pretty good compensation package. Great TSO program.

    Cons

    Pay is about 70-80% of competitor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Just pay more.


  10. "Worked with great people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Geomorphologist and Instream Flow Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Geomorphologist and Instream Flow Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Worked with smart, hard working people on interesting projects. There was room to advance within the company and a variety of work available.

    Cons

    At times there was hording of work for a given office. The office I was in was a group of specialists and we were brought in to work on projects from other offices. When work got at all tight, the other offices reserved all their work for their own employees, leaving us out in the cold.


  11. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    HDR employs many very smart people and welcomes new ideas.

    Cons

    There is never the surety there will be enough work to keep your job.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to better match employees with a sure amount of work.



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