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Updated Jul 25, 2014

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2.9 151 reviews

35% Approve of the CEO

HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.

Harvey K. Hammond Jr.

(74 ratings)

43% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work(in 13 reviews)

  • I got to cut my teeth on some great projects and work with some great people(in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management could be annoying to deal with at times(in 16 reviews)

  • Company seems to be trying to find its way in the Design-Build realm(in 7 reviews)

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Really good Company to work for years ago but steadily declined.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work. For those that like to travel, many jobs are all over the country and the opportunity to see interesesting places while working is there.

    ConsThe biggest short coming of this company, in my opinion is it's lack of loyalty to the employee. Also there was very little training offered over the years I was employed by the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake care of your employees because at the end of the day the employees are the ones that built the company. The reputation of the company has declined, I hear it on the streets.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    A firm with extensive history and many problems.

    Graphics (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsExtensive project list in multiple disciplines with extensive international projects, especially Bridges/Highways.

    Office culture lacking, at least in our department.

    ConsAfter 14 years of service I was laid off, it happens to the best of us right? Unfortunately our manager offered no severance, none, nothing. I walked out with my 401K and nothing else.

    Our department never promoted from within and suffered from fractured. Biased treatment based not on quality of work but who you knew.

    I loved the history of the firm and the work they did, it is unfortunate that some department leaders can ruin a "good feeling".

    Look somewhere else, if you have a choice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManage and train your department managers as to proper employee relations, be fair and consistent with your employees as most managers are not EOE trained.

    Maybe the culture has changed?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and all about TOJ ( time on the job).

    Senior Engineering Project Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY (US)

    ProsSalary and benefits are competitive

    ConsFocus on TOJ and lack of professional tranining and promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove training, promotions opportunities, and less focus on TOJ.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's like working at a Insurance Company...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsGreat upper level leadership, benefit packages, vacation time, no need for overtime.

    ConsAfter working here for over 6 years there is no accountablilty for anything. Staff called in sick every week for 9 months...called in sick from their desk in the morning as management saw them there and was confused every time. Staff was insubordinate left work since deliverables were due that day and had no work to show. National Director or Vice President had no authority for termination of staff of ongoing issues. Staff architects about 10% studied for months for exams and were allowed to bill to federal and private sector projects. 2 of the 4 that were licensed during the time and took advantage to get there license still work there… Staff that studied for exams were employed during furlough and after the unemployed staff came back they finished the work that was not completed. Titles mean absolutely nothing and staff are pigeon holed, tiled project designer only knows photoshop for 6 years working there... Younger Project Architects do not know how to put a building together... Corporate polices are not being followed and hiring staff owned companies as consultants is happening. Project designers are spending time and money on items that cannot be delivered to clients. Clients asked for i pad applications so design team paid outside consultants to deliver flash based application. Same design team paid outside consultant to complete renderings and paid consultant in full then fired consultant due to software licensing and blamed consultants for project not being delivered on time to client even though license was purchased. Previous operations manager didn't know how convention center team leader can loses all job pursuits and still be employed. project win was 0-6. After losing project after project design team always blamed partnering firm and never looked at the reason projects were lost. Over time is abused and staff shops for shoes online, studies, surfs the web all day and bills overtime in the evenings to projects. Previous operations manager accidentally sent termination list to staff…and told staff that they could go home and not come back and be paid for the remaining week. After the mass exodus and talking to remaining staff…i pursed them to leave as well. Career Opportunities fail short as well. Working full time on a project and knowing everything about it and handing it off during construction to another has become an office nightmare. Design issues are being approved without previous knowledge. Staff members are now holding information from each other due to these issues of not being allowed to finish there own projects. Teams are divided and information is being held from each other. Project designers tell others to not relay information internally.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStaff needs to be accountable and Project Managers need to follow up with staff.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    3 people found this helpful  

    Tolerable when times are good but awful when work is scarce or OT is mandatory.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood variety of projects. Good benefits

    Cons"Opportunity money". TOJ police. Mandatory OT. Work 1st, family 2nd.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAppreciate your employees more. A simple "atta-boy" goes a long way. Try it some time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    7 people found this helpful  

    Cut throat company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Kansas City, MO (US)

    ProsGood pay and benefits, that's it.

    ConsYour are only useful if you can make money for the company. Everyone else is disposable. The annual reviews are a joke, no follow up and no training.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to value your employees. If you do not work to keep faithful dedicated employees, the company will ultimately fail.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big company with fractured leadership.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsMany talented employees who care deeply about giving their best. Good benefits and pay

    ConsHorrible support systems. Company lives by email and excel spreadsheets. Short term thinking. TOJ is all that matters. Executive leadership is very disconnected.., or they just don't care.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActions speak louder than words. Prove that you care about the long term viability of the company and not just interested in preserving the stock value so you can retire.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    5 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poor management

    Urban Planner (Current Employee)

    ProsMany of the everyday workers are really good at what they do and the atmosphere is very friendly. Projects are varied and it's possible to expand your horizons if you show interest in another area of expertise.

    ConsManagement seems totally removed from the day-to-day operations and tend to focus more on abstract concepts (time on job, or TOJ) than actual employees. There is an overemphasis on producing the right numbers to make the office look good. Furthermore, the company is split administratively into the various offices, which means each office has its own fiefdom and there is not a lot of cross-pollination of ideas or project experience.

    In addition, the system is set up to favor very large projects that are specific to a few select disciplines. Smaller practices (such as water resources) which tend to operate on many small projects at one time, rather than one massive megaproject, are at an inherent disadvantage because of the way management tracks department performance. They are naturally going to need small bits of marketing time here and there to go after a continuous stream of small projects, but management seems to think everyone should be involved on a multi-year megaproject that keeps everyone 100% billable for years at a time.

    As an urban planner, I feel our profession is especially neglected. Through attrition, layoffs, and an unwillingness on the part of management to go after jobs that align with the expertise of our staff, we have been systematically dismantled as a practice and no longer do most of the core planning work that we did even 5 years ago.

    Benefits are a mixed bag. 3 weeks of PTO seems generous, but as soon as you try to take any time off, you'll get an earful from management about minimizing your PTO so that TOJ stays high. I've even felt pressured not to take sick time when I need it, or at least overwork myself the rest of the week, in order to keep numbers high. Some of this may be due to the small size of our department - it looks worse for us if one person is out for a day than it does for some of the larger departments. But this, once again, is an issue with the way management tracks performance.

    There is also no paid maternity or paternity leave program. When our child was born, I had to take all of my accrued PTO just to stay home for a few weeks - I couldn't even use sick time!

    Management is also very much an old boys' club. It's virtually all older white males - hardly a woman or minority to speak of - and there don't seem to be many prospects for moving up the ladder. The company pays lip service to career development, but I have yet to see opportunities to take on more of a leadership role in my own career, or that of most of my peers.

    Ultimately, my assessment of HNTB is "penny wise, pound foolish". Management is so busy looking at this month's bottom line that they are neglecting long-term growth and employee satisfaction.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet to know your employees. Stop focusing so much on profits and invest more in the talent that ultimately gets the job done. Things might look good today, but eventually you're going to lose all of the people that got you where you are.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    5 people found this helpful  

    You are just a number..do not spend your career here

    (Former Employee)

    ProsLarge projects all over the US, offers complex and interesting work

    ConsBroken review system, horrible middle and upper management, do a great job of making people feel replaceable

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat the people that do the grunt work better and not like a replaceable cog in one of the wheels that keep HNTB moving. Do away with your current review system it is flawed and does not foster collaboration. Start treating employees that have been with the company for a number of years better, they have been loyal and deserve to be treated like professionals.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    A company on the wane

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWorking at HNTB can be a great learning experience for a young engineer. There are engineers with great experience to learn from. A well established leader in civil projects with an impressive portfolio of projects.

    ConsThe company seems to have structural problems. It appears to have become a collection of independent companies broken down by geographic and individual office locations. Each competing with each other over projects, resources and profits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFlatten the organization to put the right resources on the project no matter where their location is rather than reinvent for each project in each office. Mentorship used to be a way of building technical expertise at HNTB. There's no time for that now given their burdensome Time-On-Job goals which rule the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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