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HDR Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Employee owned company inspires desire to make company successful (in 55 reviews)

  • Great work life balance with flexible schedule (in 14 reviews)

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

  • Upper management at local office is out of touch with what happens on the floor (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Controls Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Project Controls Specialist in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The number one reason to work at HDR is opportunity. HDR is an outstanding firm doing outstanding work, and the opportunity to learn and grow in your career is unlimited.

    Cons

    The office I work from has a bad habit of keeping people long past their useful date. There are way too many 25-30+ year senior managers who are just marking time till retirement. No innovation, no collaboration, no engagement, and definitely no mentoring for the younger staff.

    Advice to Management

    Start engaging the young staff or the core values that make HDR so attractive will slowly fade away.


  3. "Nice Place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great projects, solid company (plus one more word to meet glassdoor requirements)

    Cons

    A little bit cheap on employee perks and benefits


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  5. "Strong engineering company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sacramento, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Management gives you access to tools you need to be successful. Employee owned company with ability to purchase stock. Normal benefits typical for a company this size.

    Cons

    Headquarters located in Omaha Nebraska. There are some freedoms to run remote offices, but major decision making done through headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see more transparency on activities happening throughout the entire company. Streamline process of purchasing equipment, tools and software.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for and the management really cares about the employees. We are employee owned so everyone has a vested interest in the company doing well.

    Cons

    Internal communication has been a weakness in the past but it is being worked on.


  7. "Maintenance Technician 1"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician I in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician I in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Learn new experiences and get certified

    Cons

    Always on call, need better pay

    Advice to Management

    Employees need more pay for this dangerous job


  8. "HDR/ICA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Bridge Maintenance Technician in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Bridge Maintenance Technician in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We are some of the first people doing what we do. We clean the joints and the drains on all major bridges in Charleston. We also have two in Myrtle beach and four in Beaufort that is under our care. There are only 7 of us. We are prolonging the life of the bridges. Think of the joints on the bridge as a joint on your finger. If you a solid mass in their you could move properly right? Bridges are supposed to move if they don't over time they will deteriorate faster and become unsafe to use. We also do landscaping, painting, graffiti removal and patch up holes in the bridges.

    Cons

    We work on the roads at night. So you have to be alert. Full benefits, 40 hours but no overtime. I love the crew and teamwork.


  9. "Architectural Project Coordinator II"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Project Coordinator II in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Architectural Project Coordinator II in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible life/work balance. Solid, if not unspectacular compensation package. Great project types. Solid upper management. HDR is a good place to be in long term. Good in house resources for design and learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Location of new office in Dallas. Business attire could be a bit more flexible. A bit too corporate (Omaha drives decisions as opposed to local offices).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people. Have a more democratic approach as opposed to a top-down approach.


  10. "Upper Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Billings, MO
    Current Employee - Power Engineer in Billings, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Local management at the lower level is great, it's a team oriented environment great for learning.

    Cons

    Upper management often accepts too much work, lying about the companies capabilities and availability to do the work. Then they expect the lower people to drop their priority work to get it done

    I had a coworker negotiate for a raise, which was to be given at the end of the year, but bonuses throughout the year would make up for the extra income she was missing out on for 6 months. Well upper management lied about the bonuses, saying after the fact that the company policies say they can't promise bonuses, and went back on their word after looking at the success of the entire section of the company, saying we didn't meet our goals. Well, our group blew our goals out of the water, and management lied about the bonuses (but I'm sure upper managment will get sizable bonuses this year still)

    Advice to Management

    Don't play games with your clients, and definitely don't play games with your employees. The goal is to do good work in a good atmosphere, not to take advantage of people.


  11. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interior Designer Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Interior Designer Intern in Princeton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for their design team was supportive, helpful and professional.

    Cons

    The designers had to work a lot of over time close to deadlines, which is a normal occurrence however I feel it could have been solved by a better distribution of work throughout the team.

    Advice to Management

    I would add to your design team to avoid running overtime on most employees.


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