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Updated May 9, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance, great experience, a lot of flexibility in how to get reports done (in 12 reviews)

  • They provide good benefits for leave (in 23 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "NOT PROVIDED TOOLS TO SUCCEED"

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    Former Employee - Business Operations in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Business Operations in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Can work remotely on occasion

    Cons

    Bullying, lack of training,, no tools given to new employees to succeed, it's a sink or swim environment, management does not spend enough time with new employees . i began looking for a new job shortly after I started with this company because the culture was not inclusive and you were given very short deadlines to get work done. Not enough lead time to actually learn or read what needs to be done.

    Advice to Management

    Don't tell your new employees on their first day that "It's all down hill from here my friend" What a bad way to start a new job. Train your employees and give them the tools they need to succeed instead of ignoring them. The ambassador program works great in theory, but if the right training is given then it's a pointless program. When you're trainer skips a lot of training and tells you not to worry about it then hangs you out dry and throws you under the bus for their short comings it's a problem. Glad to be done with this company. It was a breath of fresh air to walk out the door.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Very Disappointing - Senior Project Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Senior Project Analyst in Lake Mary, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. High $$. I had to think about 20 words to thing about Pros but that is all I came up with.

    Cons

    Lack of training. Over exaggerated job position at interview. Was told a team environment was in place but found out there was no cohesion among the team and everyone was on their own. Office staff was a cut throat environment.

    Advice to Management

    Give the proper training for those that start out. Don't favor employees over others. Stop telling employees you are too busy to help them when they are in the next office having 1-2 hour personal conversations.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "High turn over"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HNTB (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great location for eating lunch

    Cons

    Poor management. Terrible training. Unrealistic expectations. Under paid and over worked. Male supervisor was horrible.


  4. Helpful (9)

    "WORST COMPANY EVER TO WORK FOR- Employees over the whole company are the most judgmental individuals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/life balance even though you are frowned upon if you need to utilize it.

    Cons

    The people are very hard to work with and they are very judgmental, everyone is all about the gossip, the moral is low as the employees are just worker bees, too many people that think they are chiefs, bad calls on jobs, no respect for upper management, little room for advancement, you will become very stressed due to the office and other offices politics to where you no longer want to work here, not a pleasant place to work, so get use to putting on a fake smile and getting through your day.


  5. Helpful (9)

    "Worst Ever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lake Mary, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HNTB (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay is good, holidays are plenty, insurance is okay, even though they offer a whopping one plan. The technical staff is awesome and very friendly.

    Cons

    No amount of money is worth the mean, condescending, bullying environment that has been created in the Lake Mary office. God help you if you are a graphic designer coming into this office. Be prepared for to work for the coordinators and travel CONSTANTLY. Your past experience doesn't mean a thing. My time at HNTB taught me that money cannot buy you happiness. I left for a lower paying position, but I am happier than I have been in a long time. My opinion is valued and not debated, I am a part of the team not just a person to do the coordinators bidding, my manager is very personable not cold and robotic, I answer to one person instead of a manager, a coordinator, and the managers lap dog.
    Forget work/life balance especially if you have kids - kids are completely irrelevant, hell their not even asked about. You will never hear "how was you weekend?" or "how's your family?".
    Do not get talked into this "wonderful" environment. You will immediately regret it upon starting.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be leadership for the graphic designers. Local marketing "leadership" (whatever that is) needs to be replaced from the top down. The lap dog makes this position unbearable.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "KC Architecture Practice is a Dumpster Fire"

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    Former Employee - Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Architect in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Two maybe three good architects are still there. Benifits are great. Technology is up to date.

    Cons

    Leadership (Office, Design, Operations) is non-existent. Long time architecture employees continue to jump ship to escape the dumpster fire inferno. It will get worse.

    Advice to Management

    Just let the Architecture practice burn itself to the ground. It's not really a part of HNTB's long term growth strategy anyway. Board of Directors are focused on infrastructure which is still a really strong part of the Company.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Come at your own risk"

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    Current Employee - Engineer I in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer I in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well know in the industry because they've been around for awhile.

    Cons

    The company is known for big projects but you'll never work on them because they don't have a development program. Same old project managers work on all the projects and don't trust others and are allowed to do whatever they want. Arrogance and elitist behavior is rampant. Blaming environment.

    Advice to Management

    Hold PM's accountable and actually learn how to conduct evaluations of performance.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Aging company with old technology and poor leadership"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Medical benefits are better than most KC companies

    Cons

    Leadership is no longer current - old approaches no longer work, such as memos to communicate updates
    Sexist approach to leading - few, if any, female leaders in EVP and above - no board membership of any diversity (race or gender)

    Advice to Management

    Change your leadership at the top and welcome diversity to your ranks


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Top Heavy and No Room for Growth"

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

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

    Pros

    Compared to many other firms in NY, the starting salary was high, and they give "merit" increases annually. Also, because they can't retain any mid-level staff, entry level get a lot of challenging work from the start.

    Cons

    Too many senior level people with no real room for growth and development of the younger staff. In a lot of ways it seems to be an office people come to make high salary before retiring. The senior level management are all rail engineers, so every other department gets slighted in project pursues.

    And they are horrific with promotions. You continue to develop yourself and your responsibilities and you get no merit for it. People wait 3-7 years for a promotion that is suppose to be every two. Part of this is they are currently obsessed with becoming the largest office in the firm, so they care about hiring more then development and growth.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on developing the staff you have, rather then worry about hiring as many people as possible. Diversity the work load, and stop only caring about the rail department. Understand you are losing staff for a reason and adjust.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "IT is the least cutting edge organization in the company"

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    Current Employee - IT Support in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - IT Support in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Smart, talented, people; Company over all has a great culture; money to invest in employees, at the core the company has great values.

    Cons

    The companies core values are so lacking within IT. There is a culture lacking empowerment, and trust which is breeding a micromanagement culture. IT would rather invest in a vendor than in their people. There is a chaotic, unbalanced feel to the organization that comes largely from an IT management group that is for the most part, unskilled at what they are doing. They have an unhealthy need to manage by group think than make a decision. If by happenstance they make a decision and anything is off course they are quick to play the blame game. The blame effect is so strong that it has become paralytic and sustains that negative feedback loop of group decision making.

    Advice to Management

    HNTB IT could be one of the premier IT organizations in Kansas City if they would find trusting, forward thinking leaders who were smart enough to recognize and utilize the smart, talented, extremely capable people that they have working for them.


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