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HDR Reviews

Updated October 19, 2017
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Pros
  • It is an employee owned company with incredible benefits (in 59 reviews)

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

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

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company to Work for"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    Great mentors, great coworkers, interesting projects, good benefits

    Cons

    Very little vacation, long working hours

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should listen more to the needs and ideas of young people and ensure to invest, mentor and encourage them.


  2. "Overall Good"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    The complete benefits package is in-line or better than most in the industry. They have a fairly decentralized organization structure so a fare amount of the decisions are made on a state level.

    Cons

    As a non-engineer working for an engineering firm there are a fair number of frustrations. Many engineers are egotistical and self-absorbed which leads to thoughtlessness and arrogance when dealing with non-engineering staff (even when they are technical experts in their own fields).

    Advice to Management

    Work on overall attitudes with regards to treating everyone in a matter in which they deserve.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere plus employee ownership structure

    Cons

    You really have to make an effort to grow within the organization or you could get stuck in one place for a really long time but that's the way it should be anyway!


  4. "Top notch company - 100 years old!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Talented staff, many different technical opportunities, there is opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    Lack of formal mentoring, lack of diversity in senior management levels, thin at mid-career level staff

    Advice to Management

    Ensure entry, mid and senior level staff on projects. Don't stretch the top talent too thin and burn them out.


  5. "Civil EIT"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Rail EIT in Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Rail EIT in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Mostly nice. Good recognition programs.

    Cons

    Seniority is stuck-up. The longer you've been there, the more stuck-up you become.

    Advice to Management

    Try to empathize.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "WORST EPC Firm I've experienced"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They are very loose on their times and you can get away with alot. Benefits are good but small return with their ESOP.

    Cons

    Structure of the company. Management is not qualified to run EPC work and it shows with their completion of work, understanding of scope and process. If i was to write a book of how to not run a EPC company, I would hire HDR to be my main consulting for the novel.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring from your church and from the parent company. Go out and find qualified people from top to bottom. You have been in business for 17 years and still arent profitable only being held up by the parent company, that is a major major problem.


  7. "ITS Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    Good Company and it is employee owned

    Cons

    engineers are not valued as PMs

    Advice to Management

    should put more emphasize on engineers

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transmission Engineer in Billings, MT
    Current Employee - Transmission Engineer in Billings, MT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time

    Pros

    It is an employee owned company with incredible benefits. Very family orientated in certain locations, so I would assume the whole company is probably close to the same. Over all they have a great working environment.

    Cons

    All the work is infrastructure, which is actually a positive because there is always work, but the negative of it being infrastructure is that sometimes it's not always the most interesting engineering projects.

    Advice to Management

    Be sure to let even the lower level guys know how much they are appreciated and keep an open line of communication with them.


  9. "Lost in the Herd"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and pay. Lots of tools to succeed and management generally wants you to do well. They are very accommodating.

    Cons

    Very corporate feel. If you don't enjoy what you're doing, you're out of luck. It can feel very lonely on the engineering side.

    Advice to Management

    The new building may help but most days I was left in my cubical alone to do my work. Some days I would not speak with a coworker outside of email. I felt like a remote employee.


  10. "Great Culture and Values, but room for Improvement"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, company is rooted in culture and values. We do things right to make great things possible (for our clients). Flexibility has been key to keep me there.

    Cons

    Pay and salary increases are average to below average. Not many opportunities to climb the ladder for non-technical staff. Hours can be long, with no additional compensation (for overhead staff).

    Advice to Management

    You want us to work hard and give 110% but what's in it for us? It would be nice if compensation was tied more directly to individual performance. The "Thank Yous" alone get old after a while.


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