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HNTB Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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Pros
  • They provide good benefits for leave (in 24 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Dishonest management, illogical organizational structure, and unethical office politics"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package
    Wide-variety of projects
    Good work/life balance
    Quality of facilities and equipment (i.e. large cubes, plentiful parking, new computers, etc.)

    Cons

    Dishonesty in communication from management to staff level employees, yearly performance review is non-existent and involves unethical office politics - which leads to unmerited promotions and very small yearly raises (eventually leading to low moral for worthy employees), low entry-level pay, pressure to stay billable, pressure to "volunteer" your time during department/office-wide meetings, lack of technical screening for new hires (which leads to unqualified co-workers), quick to lay-off when work is slow, Unhealthy competition between different business units and/or offices, Inability to work-share with other business units/offices - leading to either long hours or lack of work

    Advice to Management

    Instate a system to screen technical capabilities of employees, Re-organize the company so that technical departments support all business sectors instead of having separate technical departments within each business unit (this would increase communication of technical staff company-wide, leading to more efficient work-flows), Instate monetary rewards for entry-level employees and/or higher yearly merit increases


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Consider working somewhere else"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Civil Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some good projects, co-workers, some long standing trusting relationships with clients.

    Cons

    Constant turnover, no concern for work/life balance. Good ole boy network. Quick to layoff when TOJ drops by .01%.

    Advice to Management

    Less arrogance, self-serving. Reward those who do the work and work hard.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "HNTB - A Blurred "Vision". Spark my ass."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Money and that is about all.

    Cons

    Management is much like retail..."What have you done for me lately"?
    The cost of doing performance management and employee reviews incorrectly is something that many managers, HR professionals and companies never consider. It's too bad. Yes, there is a cost, and a very heavy cost, to doing things badly in the area of appraising employee performance, or not managing performance properly.

    Poor performance management practices incur direct costs through loss in productivity that happens when performance problems are not addressed quickly. For example, a manager who only reviews employee performance once a year, and rarely talks to employees about performance through the year is likely to have huge inefficiencies. If the problems were discovered and addressed during the year, many of those producitivy problems could be eliminated.

    Other costs occur, too. Employees subjected to poor performance management and performance review practices are likely to get upset, angry, demoralized and demotivated. They start to believe that managers aren't serious about performance, or, even worse, are trying to find people to blame for performance problems.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourself and let the people who do the work put some new "management" in to place.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "How Not To Be"

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Arlington, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are good, the pay is not bad, and they have some intersting projects.

    Cons

    We call it "HNTB: How Not To Be". There is very little sense of teamwork between different service lines and different offices; there is a strong sense of turf, of "my group" and my projects" rather than "our company's projects. The leadership emphasizes the need to make the bottom line look good, this month, which often leads to problems next month.

    Advice to Management

    HNTB doesn't have Management, it has "Leadership". The question is , do they know where they are going?


  6. Helpful (5)

    "HNTB does not treat its employees fairly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    HNTB has done some impressive work in the past.

    Cons

    Management is very removed from the day to day operations of its workers. There is a huge disconnect between bosses and subordinates resulting in anxiety and stress. Communication is poor at best.

    Advice to Management

    Plug into what is happening with your people. Set realistic goals and reward with appropriate praise and bonuses. Choose carefully and take care of your people. Sitting in an office, staring at a computer all day does make a good manager. People skills and communication skills are needed.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Working at HNTB in Oakland"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There were no pros except free lunch during monthly all hands meetings. When they have meetings, they have lunch left-over. Location is near Bart.

    Cons

    This is a miserable place to work. Every minute of the work day is tracked. Every page sent to printer is tracked. Every page copied on a copy machine is tracked. All computers are outdated because they are rented. People are suspicious towards each other, spy on each other, and quietly report false information about their co-workers to management.. Management has no appreciation of anybody's work except their favorites. Management is very unprofessional.

    Advice to Management

    Change the entire environment. Encourage co-operation among employees instead of spite and envy. Appreciate your employees. Act proffesionaly with dignity. Be honest.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "All talk, no show."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Developer in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Fast paced environment
    Good technology to work with.
    Good food during meetings

    Cons

    No communication from upper management
    A very closed door, anti social cubicle environment.
    Company makes promises to clients that it cannot make.
    Projects are always over budget, not on time, and of poor quality.
    No long term planning.
    No feasibility studies done during project planning.
    No project management.
    Employees buy alcohol at meals while traveling, then bill it to the client

    Advice to Management

    HNTB Federal is a failing business. Base4D does not work so don't buy into it. Don't show clients software functionality that will not work when implemented at their site. Cancel projects that are failing. HNTB has no business in the software development industry.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Declined from a great company to a below-average company to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are good. People are talented and work exceptionally hard.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management to employees. Bad leadership decisions. Use and abuse employees, then RIF 'em when the going (economy) gets rough.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate. Manage. Be honest in dealing with employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Constantly beating a brick wall"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Software Quality Assurance in Kansas City, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is decent
    Allowed to expense alcohol when traveling.
    Get your own laptop to bring to home.
    Get to do just about anything you want.
    Good at water resources

    Cons

    Wild and careless project managers in the federal technology department.
    Lack of trust in upper management.
    Every project is always a chaotic mess with constant budget issues. Much better project management is needed.

    Advice to Management

    The Technology department in HNTB Federal is lacking project management. BASE4D was a great opportunity that was ruined by wild and crazy management. Good employees are being let go because of the lack of work resulting from wild and crazy management.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "They sell you the Brooklyn Bridge and rip you off at the same time."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HNTB used to be a great company to work for. Their vision and 4 for 4 is brilliant and motivating. Some of the projects are engaging and enjoyable.

    Cons

    Upper management are money hogs. They hog the billable hours and make the frontline employees scrounge for hours to justify their timecards. HNTB really rips you off in the end. Within your first year, you get all the praise and glory but then you get pushed aside later in your career. Senior management are not honest with their employees which results in low morale. Many of these employees are very unhappy because their arms are tied behind their backs. No matter how hard you work, they give you a very small raise. They milk you for every information to make themselves look better then lay you off. The worst part, HNTB promotes you to your desired position then they take it away giving the excuse that they had to do this because of 'economics'.

    Advice to Management

    Many upper management are making six figure incomes and wonder why they have to lay off many people. I suggest you take a cut in your pay to share the wealth to others. Don't favor certain employees- treat everyone equal.


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