HNTB Companies Reviews

Updated 23 October 2014
Updated 23 October 2014
164 Reviews
3.0
164 Reviews
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HNTB Companies Executive Chairman, HNTB Holdings Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
Harvey K. Hammond Jr.
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Review Highlights

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

    Great projects, some great talent, managment has always been disattached. Needs diversity, new idea, long range planning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer III in Seattle, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Transportation Engineer III in Seattle, WA (US)

    I have been working at HNTB Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing complex and landmark projects
    competative wages
    work with talented people

    Cons

    Management is difficult to break into
    Same people at the top for a long time and a lot of them
    resistance to change
    inefficient organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote from within, train your staff and really invest in them. Stop penny pinching important things and instead get rid of a few of the C level people that dont do anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    The people on the inside are better than the leaders at the top

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    All of the people I worked with in Kansas City and talked to around the country were incredible and passionate about their work. I loved being in that atmosphere daily.

    Cons

    The leadership of the company isn't stable and isn't always transparent. There are nuances it took me a year to notice, but negativity toward the leadership was definitely obvious.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your employees. Do a bit more traveling and understand why they work for you in the first place.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Diverse projects, lots of hard work and lots of rewards.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Document Control Specialist in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very talented employees who are dedicated to the employer, the client and invested in the projects. Many roles are available, the more responsibility you ask for and capably handle, the more you can be assigned. Lots of opportunities. You have an opportunity to grow within the company and the company gives bonuses and hosts events to show their appreciation. Great experience!

    Cons

    Long work hours but that is normal in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Richard Ridings sets an excellent example of what upper management should be - in tune with the project, the staff and assists both in acheiving not only project success but sets the bar for excellence.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Lack of Leadership!!! RUN!!!

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    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Good people who are doing the middle management and project work

    Cons

    Lack of a clear vision. Very disjointed and confusing.
    Constantly changing the organizational structure to the point where employees don't understand how the company is organized.
    POOR leadership starting at the top.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear vision where you want the company to be in 5 and 10 years.
    Chairman needs to retire!!!! The CEO needs to re-look his leadership style and capabilities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    I was exposed to the inner workings of this industry leading company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wayne, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Wayne, NJ (US)

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company is the leader in Electronic Toll Collection consulting services and is held in high regard by the entire industry.

    Cons

    Indoctrination and training of new employees into the company could be improved with a formal process that explains the company's reporting and accounting requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish goals and provide sufficient training to new employees so they completely understand the inner workings of the company before placing in live environment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Run.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company falling behind

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

    I worked at HNTB Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    HNTB has some fantastic people around the nation who are passionate about transportation and infrastructure. Competitive compensation and opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    Definitely a company struggling with the changes in the marketplace. In many ways, it still is structured like an antiquated geography-based partnership with political infighting between offices stifling growth and raising costs. Strategically the company is 30 years behind and is really controlled by a single individual. Incredibly risk-averse contractually, to the point that it is damaging them in the marketplace compared to other more sophisticated competitors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a good hard look at the corporate structure and blow it up. The Infrastructure model of geographic profit/cost centers impedes maximizing revenue and profit by job and type. Focus on putting the right resources on a job rather than hoarding revenue for an office by utilizing ill-fitting staff for assignments. Take a page from Ford and adopt a "One HNTB" strategy before there isn't an HNTB.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    good and bad

    • 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

    Pros

    rewarding when there is good work backlog

    Cons

    management out of touch some time

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    No such thing as work and life balance here.

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

    I worked at HNTB Companies as an intern

    Pros

    Get to work on statement bridges. Work with some brilliant people.

    Cons

    Seemed like everyone lived and breathed work. Everyone is so stressed out and worried about their own work it is hard for them to find time to help a young engineer. I don't blame them though because it seemed like everyone was overworked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do better managing amount of employees, seems like too everyone was way over worked.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a good company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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

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