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Hart Crowser Reviews

Updated April 5, 2017
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  1. "A great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hart Crowser (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee owned, diverse project/client base, and open and friendly work environment.

    Cons

    There busy times and the hours can get long.

    Advice to Management

    Some improvement needs to be done on mentorship programs.


  2. "Keep Your Options Open..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hart Crowser (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company had a casual feel and basically was a non-stressful environment. The benefits were fairly substantial, as were after-hours activities at the time of my employment. Work load was sufficient, keeping one busy and occupied.

    Cons

    Between the lines, one would get the impression that Hart Crowser is Christian-based company hyped with stealth-like, judgmental opinion-heads from senior administrative staff in particular, compromising their level of trustworthiness. As one review commented, there doesn't seem to be any follow-up on unjust bad behavior, and it appears most of it seems to come from the executive-based levels, so it tends to lend a feel of conspiracy and unfairness. I left the company and others have followed suit for like reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Management IS the problem. Over-haul measures would be warranted on either getting an entirely new brand of senior administrative staff obtaining high levels of ethical practices or raise awareness, monitor and revise a strict plan implementing punitive consequences in efforts to follow-up on negative conduct of existing staff, (coming from senior management, in particular) and their treatment of unfairness towards others.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "In Decline"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Associate in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits as an employee-owned company. Work is interesting and varied. There is little micro-management and the dress is business casual when not in the field. You get to try lots of different job tasks in many different parts of Oregon and Washington. There are lot of committees that you can get on to voice your opinion, from technology to sustainability. There numerous people I have met over the years who started off in the environmental or geotechnical profession with Hart Crowser.

    Cons

    Senior management is made up primarily of geotechnical engineers, and the environmental section has relied too strongly on state contracts and only a couple large clients, making environmental work feast-or-famine. There is a serious disconnect between the Seattle headquarters and satellite offices, despite years of attempting to bridge that gap. Continuing education and training is weak to non-existent. The Portland office has very weak leadership and, in my opinion, will continue to increase unit losses as they don't have a strong business development group.

    Advice to Management

    Sell Hart Crowser to a mid-size consulting firm with reach beyond the Pacific NW to diversify the work base and hopefully bring in a senior management team with a track record of broad success. I'm hoping to stop seeing ESOP share value declines.


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  5. "short title"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility
    the people i work with
    the good work we do
    our benefits are better than most of us realize

    Cons

    Most decisions are driven by a principal group that has difficulty making decisions.
    Company rewards staff for the right reasons but does not hold staff accountable for bad behavior. As long as said staff person is highly chargeable, said staff person can tread over anyone with impunity..


  6. "Hart Crowser is a great place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Freedom to go after crazy projects; great reputation with clients; long term standing in the marketplace; team and staff oriented; always seems to be working on high profile and challenging projects; some really long term and loyal clients

    Cons

    Need to be a little bigger to be able to do more things;

    Advice to Management

    think about how decisions will affect day to day work of employees


  7. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, ability to set own career path, treated with respect, friendly staff, nice office location, good compensation and time-off policies.

    Cons

    401K matching is not great - should increase, health insurance is expensive, company needs to develop more demand for stock ownership

    Advice to Management

    Make employee ownership more meaningful


  8. "This is all I know and I think it is far from perfect."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer/Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer/Scientist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    No set schedule, start when you like, leave when you like
    People are generally pretty friendly
    Employee owned, so no public stock issues to worry about.
    Decent compensation.
    Responsible for your own schedule

    Cons

    Poor communication between Associates/managers and Sr Staff.
    Benefits aren't very good (low PTO to start, expensive health plans, share plan lacks luster or even conviction from the employees, long wait time to get fully vested in to the ESOP program and 401k, poor 401k matching)
    Inability to manage the work load schedule- no type master schedule of whom is scheduled for what and when.
    Takes itself too seriously- I rarely hear laughs but from one or two people.
    Career opportunities are pretty limited.

    Advice to Management

    Actually converse with employees about THEIR career goals and interests.
    Follow through with promises that you make.
    Tighten down on project scheduling.
    Create other career paths- not everyone want to do non-stop BD and PM work after putting in 20 years as a principal's minion.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Not bad, but far from good."

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Smaller company, casual work environment, come and go as you please, no real authority figure to answer to.

    Cons

    Poor benefits package compared to competitors, serious lack of communication from upper management. Principals do not monitor other Sr. level staff members and how they manage their projects and budgets. There is no repercussion if deadlines are not met and/or budgets exceeded. Jr. level staff is rarely recognized and/or praised for work done well. All of the so called 'perks' are only available to upper level staff and we are supposedly an employee owned firm. I would say it is more like a principal owned firm. Our stock options are worthless.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to other Sr. level staff and how they are managing their projects, focus on communication to Jr. level staff and praise them for a job well done.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, great opportunities"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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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

    I have been working at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    People are understanding, and respect a work-life balance while still being driven to get the job done.
    Most people really care about doing their job well.
    Rewarded for hard work even for lower level salaried staff.
    Has a small company feel while playing with the "big boys".
    Management is receptive to input from all levels, and cares about employees.
    Younger staff can quickly gain significant responsibility, allowing growth not possible at other companies.
    Staff at all levels seem to enjoy working together, and often joke with each other.
    Relaxed atmosphere and open door policy.
    Benefits - health insurance is reasonable.

    Cons

    Company lacks the traditional leader with the powerful personality, but this may be by design.
    As with many companies, there is a culture gap between generations.
    Lack of transparency and conversational communication from management for a company that professes to want an ownership culture.
    No publicly defined bonus or salary structure, even for management. The lack of transparency can create resentment that wouldn't occur under a public structure.

    Advice to Management

    Work to keep small company/family feel.
    Make bonus' public with a public position dependent salary structure/range.
    Continue working on improving communication, not everything needs to be a formal presentation or email - conversations and discussions are as valuable if not more. Just asking for, and listening to, the opinion or lower level staff goes a long way.


  11. "Small Firm"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Hart Crowser full-time

    Pros

    Had potential to grow in the market

    Cons

    Not very forward in thinking