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Updated November 16, 2017
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Pros
  • It is an employee owned company with incredible benefits (in 60 reviews)

  • Work-Life balance: accommodating for working mothers (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Large company starts to resemble a bureaucracy (in 17 reviews)

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

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  1. "Good company"

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

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Small office, Employee Owned

    Cons

    No management buy-in on changes


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Architectural Coordinator in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment to be around. Everyone is willing to take time to offer answers to questions if asked.

    Cons

    Not a lot of young people. The office tends to be top heavy. And younger people can be overworked.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  3. "Average"

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    Current Employee - Project Geotechnical Engineer in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Geotechnical Engineer in Denver, CO

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

    Pros

    HDR is like any typical engineering company. There are people you really like and some you can't believe haven't gotten fired. It is middle of the road.

    Cons

    HDR will hires and promotes form outside the company a lot. They are more likely to go out and get the skills they need rather than internal training.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within more. Need to be a little more strict on the "working" from home policy. It is nice but when people show up once a week or leave at noon you start to wonder how much they are getting done.


  4. "Great projects, no security."

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    Former Employee - Detailer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Detailer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HDR (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company did work and won great projects.

    Cons

    The company did not place any importance to time worked and work performed.

    Advice to Management

    If you hire high dollar personnel to bring in work and they do not succeed, lay them off.


  5. "Great Company w Flexibility"

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

    Pros

    -Engaged, incredibly smart co-workers that have experience from all backgrounds
    -Ability to work on an array of tasks on a single project
    -Travel
    -Competitive compensation and benefits
    -Approachable, helpful senior leaders

    Cons

    -Large scale projects can often take over 10 years though in obviously different stages

    Advice to Management

    Continue to facilitate mentorships through online trainings and face to face contact and check ins with employees about how they can become better professionals and continue to grow.


  6. "It’s not great, but not horrible."

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    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Southaven, MS
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Southaven, MS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    HDR has Good benefits. They do also have a good retirement plan other than being forced to have company stock.

    Cons

    Employee required to pay for travel expenses and get reimbursed. They seem to have Lower salaries than competing firms. No bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Pay a person what they’re worth and employees will work harder.


  7. "Internship"

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer Intern
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture, helpful employees, get to work on exciting projects and learn from the best in the field

    Cons

    There are none that I experienced

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Does everything, doesn't stand for anything"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employee-owned firm with high return on investment. Company stock consistently increased by at least 10% every year I was there. Diverse markets and projects; HDR had an expert on staff for any challenge a client could face. The firm also has a robust employee development program, especially for young employees.

    Cons

    Headquartered in Nebraska and led by a group of men that have been buddies for years. Virtually no diversity in top-level leadership. I always found it interesting that the firm advocates for sustainability and environmentalism while also serving mining and "big oil" clients. Current employees also shared recently that the firm was considering going after Trump's wall until employees fought back. Very much a big business trying to make money and get bigger.

    Advice to Management

    Create a value system and stick to it. If you're trying to make the world a better place, then do that, and stop participating in projects that distract from that message.


  9. "Best Benefits, Integrity and Financially Secure"

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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 ownership is better than the rest of the consulting firms
    The company has no debt; manages its finances carefully and conservatively
    Easy to network with other offices and staff throughout the country

    Cons

    Headquarters is in Omaha; different approach to business than on the coasts
    Risk adverse (which is sometimes a good thing, sometimes not)
    Heavy administrative burden on project managers

    Advice to Management

    Administration still needs to be streamlined; otherwise keep doing what you are doing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Trending Down"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Office Management and employee are supportive and great people to work alongside. Very good competitive benefit package.

    Cons

    Corporate layoff policy is a huge negative. Corporate is a hypocrite considering when you're hired they request that you submit a two (2) week employment resignation notice, however, when company needs to layoff employees its policy is to cut you loose on the spot and the severance package is a JOKE. Corporate's layoff policy is inconsiderate of its employees. I would have given HDR 5 stars but the aforementioned is a HUGE negative with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more respectful and considerate of our employees value and loyalty and change the company's pathetic layoff policy. This policy is on a trend of our employees losing their pride and loyalty in working for HDR.


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