HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated 9 April 2015
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  1. Helpful (6)

    Evil Lurks at HNTB

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great employees who are devoted and very competent. Trying to implement innovative technology in design.

    Cons

    Cold, detached management (executive level). Lack of concern for employee development. High dollar salaries paid to executives while rank and file positions are cut. Lavish executive retreats to extravagant destinations while the employees were expected to cut back. Cold, uncaring H.R. leadership team.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new captain for the ship and clean house in the excutive leader line up. Start fresh. Stop holding lower level managers at fault for the bad business decisions made by the excutives.

  2. Helpful (1)

    My experience at HNTB

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer II in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has many benefits even though salaries are not that great.

    Cons

    No space to grow, at least for a mechanical engineer, no loyalty to employee but expected otherwise. Bad place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees fair. Don't be a smart a.. with them because everything is known under the son.

  3. Helpful (4)

    HNTB used to be a good, sometimes great, company. Today they are no better, sometimes worse, than their competitors.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Vice President in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Vice President in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compensation and office space is better than most competitors. Legacy relationships with clients and senior staff that are holding on keeps the company afloat. Still a strong civil firm if you are a civil engineer. Brand is still strong.

    Cons

    Execs have made several poor strategic decisions over the past 5+ years. Jumped into the Federal market years after competitors made their play - and now that business unit is already gone. Current design / build initiative has no solid leadership. Legacy clients and business are often ignored due to the current 'next big thing' investment mindset. Company micro manages time on job to a level that distracts staff from focusing on projects / clients. HR leadership manages the staff like a minimum wage workforce.

    Advice to Management

    Position the company for a better future on your way out. Look outside your closed ranks for new ideas. Ask the younger leadership and staff for their opinion - and assign value to it. HNTB was built on big dreams - from time to time, really listen to the dreamers in the employee ranks.

    Target new verticals and new opinions, but don't forget what made HNTB - long term client and employee loyalty. Appoint someone to the executive ranks that looks/talks/thinks different than you. Stop laying off the young staff - invest in building a future pipeline.

    Most of the troops would settle for <10% annual returns in exchange for a better quality of life and an opportunity to deliver a project the right way. Salary doesn't guarantee loyalty. Stock returns don't guarantee happiness. Taking pride in one's work and having a reason to go to work everyday does.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    HNTB was a very good organization that lost its way.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very talented employees, good organization, good salary, and interesting work.

    Cons

    All decision-making came from the top, top management made some very poor, short-term decisions, alot of politics. Very insecure environment.

    Advice to Management

    Plan better, come up with a strategy and then let your people help you achieve your goals.

  6. Helpful (7)

    Great Company IF YOU'RE A ELDERLY WHITE Guy! Otherwise, forget moving up.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    HNTB is fairly close to my home. Parking is pretty good for a company located near downtown KC.
    Oh and the receptionist is very nice.

    Cons

    HNTB is the least diverse employer I have ever had the honor of working for. From Harvey to three levels below him... all employees are elderly white guys. This is not an exaggeration, this is not hyperbole... There is a cast iron ceiling at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Either evolve to reflect the American population or PLEASE FOR THE SAKE OF HNTB'S FUTURE... RETIRE! There is great talent that you look down upon, explore elevating some of this talent to look across from you... or go the way of the dinosaurs.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Technological Dark Ages

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst
    Former Employee - Project Analyst

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Established brand within engineering industry
    Nice offices
    Acceptable benefits
    Diverse hiring
    Corporate legal, insurance and contracting support
    Nice region-specif annual party

    Cons

    Segregation between engineers and admins (finance/marketing/etc.) profound. Team? Yeah--right.
    Proprietary financial software (Data Query, Budget Manager) is ancient, cumbersome to use.
    Information systems (financial, AP, HR, project) are disparate and, therefore, useful reporting requires significant manual processes prone to human error.

    Advice to Management

    Replace old finance staff clinging to ancient, broken systems with senior staff with industry-specific experience.
    Invest in Deltek product(s) or other non-proprietary software to minimize cost and length of training. Replace junior staff who have no experience anywhere but HNTB because they have no basis for comparison when analyzing extremely poor quality of processes and software they have been given a fantastic amount of authority for running.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great company which could be greater

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    When it remembers what made it great - its work ethic, its development of employees, its transparency of information to employees

    Cons

    The outlook has gone from a long term planning view to a short term emphasis on results, leading to decisions that do not reflect its historical culture.

    Advice to Management

    Remember what made the company great - and reinvigorate long term emphasis, planning, development.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Very good until the last few years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I spent my formative professional years at this company. I got to cut my teeth on some great projects and work with some great people. I left the company with plenty of good take-aways and will always reflect on the excellent peers, devoted staff, and sometimes excellent leadership. Pay was always above average and recognition was high for many years.

    Cons

    This all changed in the past few years. As annual sales were sent over $1B, the taste for continued growth and success outweighed the need to maintain a pleasant work environment. Excessive incentives promoted cronyism and overall bad behaviors. Unfortunately more and more of the bad characters got promoted up the chain. It's too bad because the good ones end up leaving and continue the devaluation of the once prime A/E firm.

    Advice to Management

    Let up a little on TOJ. Some of your greatest leaders have left - feeling the pressure of the need for billable hours - or were let go. Remember that your future leadership needs continued vision, creativity and insight. If you continue to penalize the low-billable, you will be left merely with the mechanics of a sweatshop - commoditizion at it's highest.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Throw the bums out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My co-workers are some of the brightest and most competent people, and are a pleasure to work with. Low- and middle- managers seem to recognize individual value.

    Cons

    Much of senior and sub-senior "leadership" is a serious threat to company viability. There is an extreme drought of company vision. At the very top, sure there is vision: 'make money'. Execution of that vision is extremely lacking, despite the best efforts of some sub-seniors who have the genuine interests of the company and its employees in mind. And that is the truly sad part - there are some extremely qualified and talented individuals in leadership that are thwarted by either competing political idealogies or an arrogant ignorance and lack of willingness to truly listen. It is terribly frustrating for those of us who are passionate about company success to see our *good* leaders be prevented from making meaningful, long-overdue changes. The only solution that I can see is for those senior leaders who have lost touch to leave. They are truly burying this otherwise excellent company. As an long-time employee, it genuinely depresses me to watch the degredation, and it is hard to imagine trying to outlast those who need to leave in order to enjoy a 'better day' at this company.

    Advice to Management

    Please, please, please get with the program. Learn to differentiate between quality leaders by measuring their performance in terms other than earnings/sales numbers. You will lose excellent people, and worse (for you, not them), they will join your competitors...probably with a passion to bury you in their new company's success.

  11. Helpful (4)

    A Bad Choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNTB Companies

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Potential to work on some of the better projects. Reasonably good resources, technology, etc. Personnel are good to work with.

    Cons

    This is an organization that churns through employees and managers as if they were a commodity. Hard to understand how yesterday's CEO, division president, or office leader is no longer suitable in any capacity. Staff are tossed aside to meet weekly numbers. Turnover is probably as high as any in the industry and too much of it is due to layoffs. This is not the company it was 10 years ago. Today the only concern is profitability. And yet, after a decade of 20% annual growth the company has the same number of emplyees it had in 2000. If you go to work here, keep your resume fresh, your options open, and pack light.

    Advice to Management

    Give up the dogma and rhetoric. Walk around the floor and talk to the people who actually do the work. Stop talking about people being the most important asset and start believing it. Remember, every person you mistreat or fire could be a future, potential client. Few will miss the opportunity to not select you.

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