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Updated May 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Coordinator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sense of ownership in your work, supportive teams, good compensation, flexibility and open communication from leadership

    Cons

    Has downsides like any company but nothing major that really comes to mind


  2. "Overall Culture is Fantastic"

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial environment for ambitious staff willing to put in the extra time and effort, employee ownership model is the real deal, seemingly limitless pool of talent to tap into companywide

    Cons

    Complex organization structure makes company a little more bureaucratic than it needs to be

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the matrix structure overall, but flatten the org chart and break down geographic silos a bit

  3. "New, but so far GREAT"

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

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

    Pros

    Great benefits that begin the following month, great culture, opportunities.

    Cons

    Accruing PTO is my only con so far.


  4. "Very corporate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Structure and goals were always clear

    Cons

    Lack creativity and innovation. There corporate values get in the way of innovation and meaningful needed changes with the times.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and changes with the times


  5. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee-owned, global company with opportunity to grow for outgoing person

    Cons

    Large company may not be right for all people


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great company - Great culture"

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    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Each office is unique and has their own culture. Even though it's grown from a small size to medium size company it has kept it's small company feel. The culture in each office brings out the best of the staff located there. Great benefits and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Benefits package could be a little better when it comes to certain medical procedures and exclusions. Some things that are covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield by default are excluded by HDR per their policy which is very unfortunate.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, great benefits, and employee stock is wonderful.

    Cons

    No clear opportunities for advancement

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Project Manager"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great management, employee owned, great stock options, great people. The culture is second to none and promotes personal growth, a sense of family, and doing the right thing.

    Cons

    The company is large and has large company challenges with risk management and approval processes. This is to be expected for a company this size though.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and the efforts to keep PMs focused on projects not paperwork.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great talent, but very cold culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gig Harbor, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gig Harbor, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The talent they hired was high quality. Everyone in my department was incredibly smart and driven. There was never any question of competence.

    Schedule was flexible when it needed to be

    Work was mostly high profile and interesting

    Compensation was adequate and around industry standard

    Cons

    Culture is very souless and corporate. Lots of empty suits and stale perspectives.

    There are so many different departments/offices and nobody ever collaborated. I don't remember ever working with engineering at all.

    No mentorship or support. If you're not 100% self starting, you won't work well. My utilization was less than 30% and I never had direction or regular assignments,

    Advice to Management

    You have a lot of old guard types who are afraid of change. If you want fresh ideas and a new generation of management in the wings, you need to mentor them and get them excited about the company rather than just cashing checks.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great forward thinking company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in La Grange, KY
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in La Grange, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, great work atmosphere, great commitment to quality work! Management at all levels is very approachable. Looks to develop the younger work force.

    Cons

    Don’t like to give pay raises so negotiate a higher starting salary! Big difference between departments with respect to expectations and culture.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth and don’t try and low ball them!


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