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Updated February 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "HDR is a great employee owned company" (in 71 reviews)

  • "Fairly good work-life balance with a lot of supporting staff to technical professionals" (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "the only con is sometimes work/life balance could be a little skewed" (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. "good"

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are nice here, very good team.

    Cons

    Utilization requirement is too high.


  2. "Innovative"

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    Current Employee - Interior Design in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Interior Design in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable experts everywhere at HDR, the team dynamic and variety of projects is amazing.

    Cons

    New building views are so good that I get distracted.

  3. "goodcompany"

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

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

    Pros

    nice company culture
    full manage system

    Cons

    Big firm. Get health insuranse. Good resource s


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place with Great Culture"

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    Former Employee - Highway Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Highway Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to work
    Management is open to ideas and value ways for you to self-improvement
    Many internal opportunities to network
    Recognizes hard work and tries hard to keep talent
    Employee-owned

    Cons

    Sometimes the company was slow to match salaries, but the pay was increasing and the benefits outweigh the slight difference in salary. New employees were getting good money, but existing employees had to actively request pay to match.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to the employees and continue giving the employees a sense of purpose. It allows the employees to take ownership in their work and provide exceptional performance.


  5. "Good Company with a lot of growth"

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Good company that cares about employees well being and pay. Good yearly increases.
    2. Truly employee owned with ability to purchase shares that have been steadily increasing in value.
    3. Known as the industry leader in water (my field) and offers rewarding projects. 4. Fairly good work-life balance with a lot of supporting staff to technical professionals.
    5. Transparent with vision, strategies, financials and growth prospects.
    6. Flexibility in work timings and ability to work from home.
    7. Top of the industry pay standards.

    Cons

    1. Growing fast and having some organizational and people management issues.
    2. Too many senior staff with not enough time to guide younger engineers sufficiently.


  6. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Civil BIM Designer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Civil BIM Designer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice new building in a nice upcoming area. Good people. Some pretty amazing projects to put on your resume. Good benefits. Good pay.

    Cons

    CAD Standards and practices are outdated. The file management software creates more problems than it's worth. Most things I work on are poorly scheduled and constantly needing to be done "yesterday" which is a concern when it comes to quality and job satisfaction. I am optimistic that the negative aspects will improve over time. Overall a good place to work.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Great Culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gig Harbor, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gig Harbor, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Employee ownership really shows through in the company culture.
    Have freedom to explore your passion in the types of projects you work on.

    Cons

    Have to be really driven in order to fully take advantage of the entrepreneurial environment. If you are driven and self motivated the doors are open at HDR to become a leader and be in charge of your career path. However, some people become bogged down and get burned out.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Quality people to work with"

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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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Variety of projects
    Employee owned

    Cons

    Some project mangers take credit for project success despite being clueless on the actual execution of a project

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities for growth to employees that have skills outside your comfort box.

    Bonuses should not be based on someone taking the time to write up a recommendation and having it voted on by people who don't know your work or who you are. Give it based on project performance not popularity contests.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Experience"

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    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Intern Architect in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly studio, Inspiring group of people to work with, Comfortable work space.

    Cons

    Small architecture studio, Projects weren't as varied


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Good work environment.
    friendly managements and colleagues (at least for my location).
    Great opportunity for learning more knowledge (they give you a lot of help for your PE)

    Cons

    work can be too much sometimes but that's common everythere