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Hazen and Sawyer Reviews

Updated January 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Very supportive work environment that fosters professional growth, refinement of existing skill set, and development of new skill sets (in 7 reviews)

  • There are some incredible minds for water and wastewater working at this company (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hazen and Sawyer (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I worked with the company for over 10 years and had the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting projects. You get good experience when the firm is busy.

    Cons

    3-5 years back, when they were not getting more jobs from NYCDEP, there was a lot of fear among the employees. There was no communication with the upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Have more communication with employees and value more the experience of senior employees..


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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

    Pros

    The job atmosphere is great, people are great, and overall benefits packages are comparable if not above average with other firms.

    Cons

    Periods of time where there is more work than bodies to do the job has some people spread thin.


  3. "Staff"

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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
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hazen and Sawyer full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, work life balance, salary.

    Cons

    Communication. Opportunities for specialty disciplines. Regions are all run differently.

    Advice to Management

    Involve all disciplines and staff at all levels in the implementation of changes from not just input but to execution for smoother and quicker delivery to organization.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Overworked and Underpaid"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hazen and Sawyer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some nice people here. Colleagues tend to be friendly. The company has a well-developed internal infrastructure. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    Do you like hearing your coworkers swear aloud due to mounting stress? This is a place where that happens, and for real reasons. One of which is that there is little appreciation for the concept of work/life balance. People across all divisions stay in the office until late evening hours on a regular basis for no other reason than that they are overburdened and overworked. I know from experience -- on multiple occasions I (and others) had to stay in the office for 20+ hour shifts, as a salaried employee (something that my role did not require and I have not encountered anywhere before in 7 years of experience at equally reputable firms). That is a particularly extreme case but it is not unique; I and others both within and outside of my division were regularly required to stay into the late PM hours. It is representative. The day-to-day work environment at Hazen is not normal, even for a headquarters office, and the compensation is frankly lacking, particularly when you factor in that you will almost assuredly be working well beyond typical hours regardless of what your function is.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your employees have legitimate responsibilities and lives outside of work -- they accept a job because they're excited about what they're going into that place to do every day, in addition to whatever compensation you may offer. You should match their interest and engagement with an appropriate level of respect. Work needs to get done, and done well. Part of that calculation comes from the employer putting a responsible load on its employees and treating them with respect.


  6. "Designer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Draftsman/Designer in San Angelo, TX
    Former Employee - Draftsman/Designer in San Angelo, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hazen and Sawyer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits and Pay. Friendly staff.

    Cons

    Unorganized work environment and unstable communication.


  7. "Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Associate in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Hazen and Sawyer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    A good company that values high-quality work and expects exemplary performance. Salaries higher than most. Comfortable work environment. Good travel policies.

    Cons

    Not much feedback given to employees. Buearucratic management is light on carrots and heavy on sticks. Lot of travel is required.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more feedback early before situations become acute. Give positive feedback for good performance as well as negative feedback for poor performance.


  8. "Great place to work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Hazen and Sawyer full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hazen offers a great variety of interesting and challenging projects. There is definitely an expectation that staff take ownership of their work and deliver the highest quality deliverables as efficiently as possible. Best thing about the company are the employees -- everyone I have worked with is smart, capable, easy to work with, and invested in the work. Workload is similar to other engineering consulting firms and is definitely geared towards client satisfaction.

    Cons

    As part of the expectation for staff to take ownership of their work, employees are often expected to take on tasks with limited guidance. Assistance and guidance will definitely be provided if needed, but are often only provided if staff take the initiative to ask the right questions.

    Advice to Management

    Management should continue to commit to the "open door policy" for all levels of staff and improve on standardized communication of company policies and procedures.


  9. "Principal Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Hollywood, FL
    Current Employee - Environmental Engineer in Hollywood, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    We get some of the coolest projects and have some of the most technically ept professionals at this firm.

    Cons

    They don't have a specific organizational structure, but I really enjoy working with them.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any because they are doing a great job.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Age Discrimination"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hazen and Sawyer (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hazen has many wonderful employees who are knowledgeable and hard working. The work the company does is important. An engineer just out of college can gain some valuable career-building experience. Some of the offices outside NYC seem to have happier employees and better management.

    Cons

    In the last six years or so, the New York office has laid off or forced out most staff over 50. In addition to the issue of age discrimination, there is the problem of loss of experience and historical corporate knowledge. New hires are straight out of college and not trained well. They work hard, but they need mentors and the mentors are gone. Emphasis is on getting contracts, not carrying them out.

    Advice to Management

    Management will do what it wants to do. At some point, it will become widely known that Hazen's emphasis is on getting jobs, not doing them. Reputation will suffer and they will not get new work.

    Create an office environment conducive to work. For instance, the lunch room should not be completely open to the open plan floor. The noise level is intolerable. Furniture should be somewhat adjustable so that tall people are not crammed under low desks and so everyone can place computers in an ergonomically-acceptable position.

    Do not assign senior management positions based on seniority and influence. Assign those people to the jobs they do best.

    Don't give illegal campaign contributions to curry favor with politicians. Try to get jobs through talent and competence instead.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "A Specialized Company Offering A World of Oppportunity"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Principal Engineer in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hazen and Sawyer (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Hazen's core values create a collaborative environment that fosters professional growth and career advancement. Unlike many "big box" engineering firms offering a world of services, Hazen has specialized in water and wastewater since 1951. This focus has helped Hazen build a team of technical experts and deliver high quality engineering projects across the world. Our record of technical excellence and innovative solutions to complex challenges continuously leads to new projects with new challenges to overcome. The collaborative work environment and minimal bureaucracy facilitate knowledge transfer between a diverse pool of employees to support individual and collective growth. I feel that the outlook at Hazen is very positive, from both a personal and company wide perspective. Hazen realizes that when individuals grow, the company grows. Based on what I see, everything at Hazen is trending upwards.

    Cons

    Management has high expectations for all employees. Since everyone needs to pull their own weight, Hazen is a company fueled by self-driven and dedicated individuals willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done. The hours can be long at times, but delivering high quality services leading to repeat business make it worthwhile.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your vision and values, they're what brought me to Hazen and keep me there.



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