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HNTB Reviews

Updated August 21, 2017
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  • 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)

    "Graphic designer southeast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a financially strong company that's growing. It provides excellent benefits and compensation. The majority of technical staff are good to work with. Apple equipment is issued to the graphic designers. In house printing in some locations.

    Cons

    Lower management is micromanaging, emotional, incompetent, negative, passive aggressive and weak. Marketing coordinators-no matter how junior-are over designers no matter how senior. Management does not know how to manage in general and really doesn't know how to manage designers. Management does not advocate for marketing staff. Work-life balance in marketing is bad. It's expected that marketing people will put work obligations ahead of personal commitments even if the work thing was last minute. Expect to work insanely long hours on big presentations. Travel was more than originally indicated. Graphic designer turnover is 70%. If you have a job that is decent don't let the pay and benefits that HNTB can offer change your mind. You will have to fight for personal time and will not be respected by your team.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize when you've hired good skillful workers and let them do their job without constant nitpicking and negativity. Upper management should look at lower managemen. There is a reason for the departure rate and it's not the people leaving.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Civil Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Squad Leader Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Squad Leader Project Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for more responsibility in differing projects

    Cons

    Succession planning is lacking. Expected to check emails and respond to project issues during vacation.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Alexandria, VA
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Alexandria, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at HNTB (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company if you like meetings

    Cons

    Boys club atmosphere is smothering


  4. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly co-works who helped new entry level engineer to quickly adapt work environment and new project.

    Cons

    Department head switched too frequently.

    Advice to Management

    The company must keep their office leader as long as possible.


  5. "Strong and the future looks bright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HNTB full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    HNTB is a leader in the field of transportation infrastructure and getting stronger based on size of many recent wins. Leadership is focused on growth AND profitability which is good for the employee owners in the ESOP. Expectations of offices/people are becoming focused on the right things while still being aggressive.

    Cons

    The firm has 30 different offices any multiple locations for some offices. Makes it hard to have a strong tie with the company overall given the various leaders and levels of leadership. Continued strengthening of communications is important.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to think about the future and how to encourage the best from employees.


  6. "Project Administrator"

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    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HNTB (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work/life balance, great experience, a lot of flexibility in how to get reports done. A lot of great people to provide guidance as you learn and grow into the position.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility, not a lot of variety of work once you get familiar with the clients you work with on a regular basis.


  7. "Overall good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the best pay in the industry. Great learning for people who are looking to learn. High expectations. Generally, co-workers are enjoyable and professional.

    Cons

    Senior management is very conservative, seems somewhat short-sighted, consistently selects homogenous personnel for high-level roles, and rewards sales over delivery.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with staff levels. Put more thought into the annual raise process and how performance can be recognized. Find more creative and fair ways to reward project performance.

  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Solid Consulting Firm to Build Technical Credibility"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Arlington, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNTB (Less than a year)

    Pros

    +Challenging, Meaningful Work
    +Diverse, Growing, and Youthful Workforce
    +Clean Work Environment
    +Well-Respected Firm
    +Talented and Polished Workforce
    +Free Food

    Cons

    -Very Quiet Office
    -Work/Life Balance
    -Overly-Flat Structure Can Make Navigating Organization Hard to Grasp

    Advice to Management

    Ask for feedback from younger members
    Start formal mentoring program


  10. "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at HNTB full-time

    Pros

    Relatively good pay and benefits. Company seems to get its share of good high visibility projects. Can get good experience.

    Cons

    Top heavy leadership with many weak spots. Many fiefdoms that drive down morale. Much talk about values like integrity, respect and doing the right thing, but often see the opposite. Few opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves to same standard set for everyone else. Live up to what you say.


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