HDR Reviews

Updated 17 Sep 2020

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3.8
73%
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HDR Chairman and CEO Eric L. Keen (no image)
Eric L. Keen
98 Ratings
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  1. "Good Company"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Vienna, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Flexible work hours and good pay

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to grow into senior level

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  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Good if you like consulting"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Planner 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Smart people, salaries are generally higher than competitors. Company culture better than competitors

    Cons

    Do not stand by work/life balance narrative. Constant utilization pressure, forcing staff to return (Including parents w/out child care) to the office during unsafe Covid-19 conditions. They play favorites for promotions


  3. "Yes"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Graduate Civil Engineer in La Flor

    I worked at HDR part-time

    Pros

    It was a good company iverall

    Cons

    There are no cons at this time

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent company!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employee owned; incredible colleagues; lots of advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Some offices have limited working space.

  5. "Decent culture"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Information Manager in London, England

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good team, I'm taken care of

    Cons

    There's a good chunk of work to do

  6. COVID-19

    "Work at all costs"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Big projects, employee owned, great for entry level to learn on their own

    Cons

    Subpar leadership and upper management. Key staff leaving company. Senior managers not held accountable for their shortcomings. Management rushing staff back into the office during a pandemic with convoluted message and misleading narrative. Minimal to no diversity within upper management, executives, and board of directors. No upward mobility for minorities unless you're a key hire from the outside providing public agency connections. The lack of diversity leads to bad decisions for software, hardware, tools (EBS), and outdated "you're only working if I see it" culture. With staff working productively from home, 1/3 of operations/managers would lose their jobs. We're sold the HDR family message until you need flexibility for child care during a pandemic...

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  7. "Great company"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Omaha, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, location, salary, growth opportunity

    Cons

    Sometimes little direction, tight deadlines, open floor plan

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Satisfied here"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Resident Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at HDR full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Have been here a long time. Salary and benefits are decent. Colleagues are great for the most part. Company as a whole conducts their business with integrity.

    Cons

    Have had experiences where support was not received from bosses.

  9. "Depends on what you like"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Transportation EIT in Walnut Creek, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Structured and many resources because it is a big corporation.

    Cons

    Specifically, the office management team was not as effective as they could be in general. Lots of room for improvement.

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  10. "Equally Positive and Negative for Entry Level"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environmental Scientist in Sioux Falls, SD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at HDR full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The pay for environmental work as an entry level was great. Good benefits as well as PTO and allowing for flexible schedule. The office I was in had good social events especially for younger people to get to know one another.

    Cons

    I wish I could give this a 2.5 rating. My experience was equally negative and positive. There was very little on the job training (although this allowed me to learn a great deal of independence and learning) and my only boss in the environmental side and only coworker both left me to work the entire week alone my second week working here. There is a lot of stress on meeting your utilization goal which can be difficult in the environmental department depending on the time of year as the winter months have very little billable hours. I felt like I was always playing catch up or having to fib on my hours actually spent and then stressing about that constantly. Management was very distant and I felt alone in a lot of projects and learning with no where to bill my time to for things that should just be a given as on the job training. I made friends with a lot of the Engineers in Training and they seemed to have similar struggles but the engineering department always had much more billable time and projects backed up compared to the environmental department in my office.

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