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Updated December 4, 2017
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  1. "An awesome place to work"

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

    I have been working at Shive-Hattery full-time

    Pros

    There is a great variety in projects so you won't get bored but they also don't mind if you develop a specialty if it fits the company's interest.

    Cons

    It is a little cliquish.


  2. "Solid not spectacular"

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    Former Employee - Architect
    Former Employee - Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All engineering under one roof. Solid company, a good place to start.

    Cons

    Their priorities aren't consistent between offices which completely bogs-down any possible change or real growth.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Intern Architect"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Shive-Hattery full-time

    Pros

    It's a full services firm and provides those services from under the same roof. If you are trying to solve a problem and need the expertise of someone else, chances are you can find that person. At the very least least they will point you in the right direction.

    Cons

    It's a place where you go to earn a paycheck. Don't expect to produce meaningful work. The leadership is comprised of old people set in their ways and they are completely divorced from realities of current times.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on something and keep at it. Have a way to measure your achievements.


  4. "Architect 1"

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

    I have been working at Shive-Hattery full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace, good people, very amicable environment.

    Cons

    Heavily engineering focussed, however that can also be considered a pro.

    Advice to Management

    Still need time to develop an advice


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Working here was GREAT!!, when I first started..."

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    Former Employee - Telecommunications Designer in Joliet, IL
    Former Employee - Telecommunications Designer in Joliet, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Shive-Hattery (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on.

    Cons

    Office politics, upper management seem oblivious to whats actually going on in the trenches.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management should pay better attention the the people doing the actual work.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Best Job I've Ever Had"

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    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Structural Engineer in Iowa City, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best career decisions I ever made was coming to Shive-Hattery. After almost a decade living and working in Chicago, my wife and I were starting a family, looking for a more balanced life, and looking for a new adventure. After a couple years here, I’m at a place where I have several more hours a day with my family and have taken control of my career path. I choose the projects I work on based on my interest in them, from performing arts centers and restaurants, to manufacturing facilities and beyond. Perhaps the most fun for me is being given the opportunity to generate relationships with new clients, helping create new business that supports us all. The respect that employees show each other makes working days fun, and the horizontal corporate structure makes growing your own brand within the company a freeing and empowering journey

    Cons

    I can't really think of any. There are times when schedules heat up and the hours get longer, but that's true for any A/E firm. At least here they pay you for your overtime on the occasions where you have to work it so you feel your time is valued!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "OK for a while but no advancement opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Architect
    Former Employee - Architect
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    low pressure work environment, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Shive-Hattery is big on their process. A lot of talented up and coming staff have left because new and innovative ideas are not always welcome. There is also a lot of internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to listen to new ideas and change even if it means taking risks. You afford to lose your most talented and hardworking staff just to keep people comfortable.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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

    Pros

    This company is truly about the employee first. They invest heavily in their engineers to ensure continued career growth, and provide those engineers with the tools necessary to complete the job at a high level. They really want their employees to succeed, and provide every opportunity for them to do so.

    Cons

    I honestly cannot think of any cons.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. It's a great atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for career growth!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Place to Work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    I've had an awesome career at Shive-Hattery experiencing lots of change over 27 years. I've developed through many different roles receiving positive support to grow professionally since day one. Being part of a high-performing team is very exciting and rewarding. There is always something new to interest and challenge me.

    Cons

    I've had a very good experience working here and no cons to share.


  10. "Hands-down the best place I have ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I have been with SH for the majority of my 20+ year career. I cannot imagine a better place to grow your skills and develop your own client base. The structure of the organization is very fluid and flexible which allowed me to experience many different roles within the organization so that I could hone my skills and find a place inn the business that I am very happy with.

    Employee ownership possibilities and straight-time overtime for professional staff are fantastic benefits on top of regular profit sharing distributions if we achieve our profitability goals as a company.

    SH also offers great flexibility on work schedule and part-time status for people who have family commitments that they need to honor.

    Cons

    There really are no cons with working here.


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