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Great flexibility and great office location
Client Lead (Current Employee) –  Chicago, ILJuly 17, 2018
Since joining the firm in 2014 I have thoroughly enjoyed working with and for this organization. I am surrounded by talented individuals and thoroughly enjoy maintaining and developing our client base.
Pros
Flexible hours, design & creativity freedom
Cons
Not much room for career advancement.
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Team centered professional culture
Structural Engineer III (Former Employee) –  Iowa City, IAJune 26, 2018
Midsized company that felt like it. Good balance of large company benefits without too many administrative requirements.

Good stable place to work with lots of long time employees
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Great company to work for
Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Moline, ILMay 8, 2018
Answer phones, set up conference rooms, greet customers as they came in and get them to the right person. Send out mail, ups, fedex, photocopy and fax
Pros
Great group of workers
Cons
office manager
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Employee focused, growth opportunities
Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee) –  IAFebruary 6, 2018
Shive-Hattery is an employee focused company that encourages employees to grow in their professional careers both in depth of knowledge and breadth of skills. Hours are reasonable but can get busy at times, as is typical of the industry. They do compensate for overtime, even for salaried employees, which shows an appreciation for the added effort required at times to get good designs out the door. The market sectors served are varied (government, industrial, commercial, education, higher ed, health care, etc), which makes for an interesting array of projects.
Pros
professional development, paid overtime
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workplace
Architectural Cad Designer (Former Employee) –  Downers Grove, IL 60515October 21, 2017
boss is good, very understanding, also very giver especially bonus time. family company they're very kind and treat us like a family. I hope someday i'm giving back to them too.
Pros
food
Cons
company treat
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A company with Growing Pains and Expendable Snr. Staff
Architect (Former Employee) –  Cedar Rapids, IAMarch 9, 2017
Overall S-H was good to employees, focusing the best treatment on younger staff with senior staff often seen as expendable. For outsiders coming into the company, their seemed to be no plan or strategy in place to succeed. You were often on your own. It seemed a little cliquish in that respect.

S-H needs to start planning for its future and while they dread it, they really should consider being bought by a bigger organization. There would be growing pains but ultimately it would be better for younger staff and the company. Their other option - while times are good financially, they need to step up their efforts to acquire other smaller firms.

They need to find ways to be innovative and not follow others, spending more time on acquiring and maintaining repeat clients and less time on marketing small jobs. They spend too much time marketing work. They need to at times team with other firms for bigger jobs.

They need to listen to fresh ideas internally. They also need to, at times, hire from outside the company for key management positions to get those fresh ideas.
Pros
Good treatment of employees in terms of bonuses, office parties/celebrations.
Cons
A very status quo organization, poor treatment of senior staff, unrealistic expectations, poorly trained middle management, upper mgmnt. often closed to new ideas
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Mechanical drafter
Architectural Designer (Former Employee) –  West Des Moines, IAOctober 15, 2016
Given many responsibilities and personal growth.

Lower pay.

Knowledge in the construction from start to finish of jobs.

Very helpful management and coworkers.

Family environment.

Please take into account the number of years ago I worked there. I was just starting out so my pay would have been lower.
Pros
work environment
Cons
pay
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Overall good place to work.
Mechanical Designer (Former Employee) –  Moline, ILJuly 25, 2016
Ability to adjust hours to schedules, deadlines. Great pool of talented individuals to work with. Multiple discipline office allowed me to work outside my main field (plumbing design) and do Electrical, HVAC, Civil, Structural and Architectural design and drafting. Even did Survey work.
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Wide range of engineering and architecture
Civil Engineer (Former Employee) –  Moline, ILJune 9, 2016
The company has a wide range of engineering and architecture projects that they work on. The projects have a varied background which often times requires an expert or licensed employee to complete.
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Good Place To Work
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  West Des Moines, IAJune 6, 2016
Good place to work when I was there. I haven't been there in years but the Staff Members were the best part of the company. Highly intelligent, caring people.
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Great Place to Work
Project Manager (Former Employee) –  West Des Moines, IAJune 4, 2016
Variety of design projects with a variety of clients. My teams made each day enjoyable and fulfilling. Best design firm in the State of Iowa.
Pros
Cared about work
Cons
Turnover
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Shive-Hattery is a nice place to work
Structural Technician (Former Employee) –  Moline, ILApril 6, 2016
Shive-Hattery is a good company with good people that strive to serve their customers well and provide them good value.
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Great place to work
administrative (Former Employee) –  Des Moines, IADecember 14, 2015
Shve-Hattery is a great place to work! They really care about their employees and their families. There is always something new happening and they know how to have fun!!
Pros
The People!!
Cons
Can't think of any
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The best place I have ever worked
Structural Engineer (Current Employee) –  Des Moines, IADecember 14, 2015
Great opportunity to develop your skills inside the strength of a stable, strong company. The culture really encourages teamwork and a teaching-learning mentality. Its a medium size firm but management still knows everyone and their family. They provide great flexibility to allow you to serve the needs of your family as well as your clients.
Pros
Great culture and "hands-off" management philosophy; strong, stable performance
Cons
Cannot think of any
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Beware
Civil Technician (Former Employee) –  Moline, Ill.March 16, 2015
IF, your dream job is, being treated like a child, after years of employment, no chance to advance, working for a company that is NOT ethical, doesn't care one bit about their employees, doesn't care about your personal life, doesn't follow the laws of the ADA, family medical leave act, and eventually let go, without being treated like previous employees, then this would be perfect.

If you are a woman, just smile at the Office Manager (Myron) and you will get whatever you want. Bigger company with multiple offices. None of them work together very well. None of them have the exact same rules. In one office, the office manager will let you get away with anything you want, while others, treat you horribly. The CEO (Tom Hayden) is an arrogant, self serving, fool. He thinks reading books on how to get more out of his employees, is the bible.

If you are considering accepting employment with this company, I strongly warn you to reconsider your options. They will be very nice at first, but once you sign on the bottom line, be prepared to over worked, under appreciated. They promote they are all about the advancement, through a "career path", but after you fill out that paper work, just throw it away, it will go nowhere. The company HR employees, do NOT care about you, they are just puppets for the CEO, even when they know what they do is illegal. The department leaders say they will always have your back, but when something comes up, they don't defend you, most likely because they are scared that there will be ramifications for themselves.

When you leave, and you will, be prepared
  more... to be "black balled" for the rest of your career. Very vindictive management. Dealing with management is like dealing with toddlers.  less
Pros
Some GREAT co-workers
Cons
Everything to do with day to day operations
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best company ever
Designer II (Former Employee) –  Downers Grove, ILOctober 10, 2013
loved working here, when telecom industry slowed down i was laid off. shive hattery really showed they cared about their employees, with employee appreciation week!!
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A company controlled by the few
Communications Designer (Former Employee) –  Downers Grove, ILAugust 7, 2013
Had temp job drafter with aspirations of moving into their civil engineering department. Frustrating work with promise of advancement but instead its use and lose, watched 10 people turn over in my 8 months of working there. Encouragement of questioning and asking for help and then project managers get angry they can't answer your questions. No one wants to hear fresh ideas and team building is unheard of, stay silent, bang your head against your keyboard for 8 hours and go home. Rinse and repeat. Company is about 5 years behind relevant A&E firms.
Pros
Paycheck
Cons
Company Culture, management, growth/development
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