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Updated July 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "Employee-owned, global company with opportunity to grow for outgoing person" (in 64 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 10 reviews)

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

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  1. "HDR offers a teamwork culture with multiple opportunities for success."

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The HDR team is second to none

    Cons

    It is a busy pace.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to offer opportunities for staff to explore their strengths.


  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.

  3. "Graphic Designer"

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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

    Love working with different people everyday!!

    Cons

    None that I can think of!


  4. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    HDR is a great place to work with provided employees multiple career paths to match your interested and skill sets!

    Cons

    HDR is a large company and if you don't speak up you can be lost in the shuffle.


  5. "Fair treatment, Good work-Life Balance"

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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

    Fair treatment, Good work-Life Balance

    Cons

    Projects can by dry and slow


  6. "Overall good place to work"

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

    Pros

    A lot of great staff members, good team work, office events, great projects

    Cons

    Office politics were a major issue, I know a lot of staff thought they were not compensated well enough for the amount of overtime required.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "ITG"

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful atmosphere in the office, great ITG co-workers and boss I reported to. Good benefits at an affordable rate.

    Cons

    ITG as a whole has gone downhill over the years - about a year after the new CIO came in. While they proport changes as improvements, they are too many all at once and most are not improvements (at least not for the IT support staff, nor who they support).

    Advice to Management

    Upper management doesn't ask the desktop IT staff for ideas on how to truly improve daily tasks - to the benefit of the IT worker and who they directly support. To top it off, no raises or increased staff to realistically implement "changes", therefore the current staff is stressed and overloaded to the point of needing to work overtime to get it done, but little to no overtime is approved. Then this spills over to unmet expectations of upper management and the staff the IT support specialist supports (not faster or friendly service, which should be the goal, so the local staff can get back to work quicker - to make the company money).

  8. "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

    Great Company with offices virtually everywhere.

    Cons

    Large number of employees, so it is sometimes easy to get lost in the shuffle.


  9. "Intern"

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, nice coworker and great guidance. Able to meet clients and have meeting all the time.

    Cons

    Did have much chance to meet with other coworkers since we were co-located somewhere else.


  10. "Administrative Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned and flexible work enviroment

    Cons

    Unstructured management and no clear path or job descriptions once in a position.


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