HNTB Companies

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HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated 12 December, 2014
Updated 12 December, 2014
169 Reviews
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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
86 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits (Healthcare, 401K plan) and good diversity of work (in 15 reviews)

  • Salary and benefits are excellent, but justify how they treat staff (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management on the Board is pretty far removed from project managers who deliver the work (in 17 reviews)

  • The work-life balance doesn't exist (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Tired, Disorganized Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good. Most of the people working on projects are dedicated, passionate, intelligent people and are great to work with. Some managers offer a lot of autonomy and flex time but others are really strict about 8-5. It just depends. Benefits are solid for the industry.

    Cons

    Management has done an awful job of leading the firm through financial difficulty. They'll try something for a quarter or two and if it doesn't yield immediate, unattainable, positive results it's another round of layoffs or reorganization or "changing strategies." Internal systems are antiquated as is the geographical organization of the company. Upper management lives in an echo chamber surrounded by "yes men." There is no vision, no transparency.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The broken promise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer and Then Mechanical Inspector in Miami, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer and Then Mechanical Inspector in Miami, FL (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, like 401k , vacation time and holidays

    Cons

    Bad Management, leadership sucks, Promotions are not real. Only BFF are promoted. Pay was not very good. I got promised I would retire in that company and since I was looking for stability I took a big pay cut to work for HNTB Companies. Bunch of lies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back home and let other people with desire to better the company get the handle. Just get lost

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Run.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are excellent, but justify how they treat staff

    Cons

    Know that despite all the talk about "investing" in you, your department, new lines of business, long term growth, another 100 years...the second your utilization is off by a percent or two, there are calls being made and spreadsheets on the most "efficient" way to let you go.

    Horrible PMs whose projects did not make money were allowed to run free all over the country, spending both client and project money, resulting on a loss that will be magically covered bc they are part of the "good old boy's club".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The executive management team only cares about making themselves money in the present and stock price, who cares if they ruin in for future generations. Retire and let new blood take over. How many millions do you need when you are already so old.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great pay and decent benefits. In billable times, diverse projects with valuable clients. Reputable track record of success winning projects.

    Cons

    Mismanagement throughout company. No leadership from the top down. Don't expect to garner support from management unless it's directly related to profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Any advice would fall on deaf ears

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    A firm with extensive history and many problems.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphics in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Graphics in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

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

    Office culture lacking, at least in our department.

    Cons

    After 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 ManagementAdvice

    Manage 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineering Project Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are competitive

    Cons

    Focus on TOJ and lack of professional tranining and promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve training, promotions opportunities, and less focus on TOJ.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    After 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 ManagementAdvice

    Staff needs to be accountable and Project Managers need to follow up with staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time

    Pros

    Good variety of projects. Good benefits

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your employees more. A simple "atta-boy" goes a long way. Try it some time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Cut throat company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits, that's it.

    Cons

    Your 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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