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VHB Reviews

Updated March 20, 2017
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  • There is no respect or appreciation from upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Company culture is too stiff/conservative (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Summer Internship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people with lots of knowledge! Help you learn.

    Cons

    The office AC is always blasting.


  2. "Great Internship"

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

    I worked at VHB full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly and inviting work environment
    - Experienced engineers
    - Professional

    Cons

    - Smaller office, could use more employees to distribute work


  3. "Project manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hauppauge, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people

    Cons

    Over emphasis on billable time


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  5. "Great firm"

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    Current Employee - Transportation Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Current Employee - Transportation Consultant in Tysons Corner, VA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VHB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) Great diversity of projects
    2) Good pay and benefits
    3) Flexible work environment
    4) Cares about professional development for entry-level positions
    5) Great talent at all levels.

    Cons

    High expectation for billability/utilization. Typical in consulting so not for everyone.


  6. "Great"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Transportation Planner in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at VHB full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Great people to work with
    -Diversity of projects
    -Competitive pay and benefits

    Cons

    -The consulting world in general requires hard work, especially when deliverables are due. Not for everyone!


  7. "Highway Division"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good People, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Slow professional development from a entry-level position


  8. "Graphic Designer"

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

    I worked at VHB full-time

    Pros

    Flexible work and life schedule.

    Cons

    Non enough team collaboration during projects. They don't have a good process of inbound work.


  9. "VHB Takes Professional Development Seriously"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I started with VHB as a Civil Engineer coming out of college. After 6 years, I was convinced that CE was not a good fit for me, and I wanted to change careers into IT. VHB supported me fully in this process, allowing me to change jobs into an open helpdesk position and provided great support and training where needed. That was 5 years ago now, and I have been able to grow my IT career constantly throughout these years. It seems like most companies out there pay some sort of lip service to the idea of professional development. But, in my experience, VHB has really stepped up and delivered for me at every turn. I will say that I'm a highly self-motivated person and that I've taken a lot of initiative along the way. In every case, VHB has matched my effort and initiative with opportunities and advancement. I really couldn't ask for more than that.

    Cons

    While at the company level VHB is great, the nature of an engineering/professional services firm is that an employee's experience is going to vary widely depending on the team with which they work. Over my 10+ years at VHB, I've worked with many different teams. Some of those teams were great and others were... not great. For anyone considering a career at VHB (or any other similar firm), I think you should make an effort to understand the team with which you would be working and try your best to discern any potential conflicts of personality or expectation. It doesn't matter how "great" the company is if your direct manager is the worst.

    Advice to Management

    I like the emphasis I've seen on hiring "the right people" - those who embody VHB's culture. In my experience, the people I work with can either make my job fulfilling and rewarding or make it tedious and frustrating. Luckily, I've had much more of the former than the latter. Please continue to drive this idea home with hiring managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Growing Consulting Firm"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Hires top talent, good work product, challenging and interesting projects, intellectually stimulating work. Great place to learn concepts if you're a new grad. Excellent benefits. Ability to occasionally work from home.

    Cons

    Very few women appointed to Principal role and upper management. They seem to invest more in expanding the footprint than upgrading the current offices/facilities. High stress caused by 100% billability requirement which does not foster a very social or enjoyable work environment. Made to feel guilty when using vacation/sick time. Lower level employees experience get burned out because they won't hire more help until they have enough backlog to justify hires. Company culture is too stiff/conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on improving existing offices and consider adopting more modern perks that would appeal to the younger generations.


  11. "Worked at VHB a long time, left for a change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at VHB full-time

    Pros

    Energetic, innovative company. Great working environment, great people. Value added approach to what has become commodity consulting. Diverse practice areas create a great environment for learning.

    Cons

    New upper management, changing long term vision, lack of understanding of differing business conditions across markets, makes for a work environment that may be OK if you are just coming into the company, but was rather jarring to a long term employee.



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