HNTB's ideals have sustained for more than 100 years. Our vision, philosophy and culture describe the firm's heritage, essence of success and are the principles that we live everyday.

Below you'll learn more about our philosophy, culture and the 17 characteristics we believe are necessary characteristics for leaders within our firm.

The key to our philosophy is that we are stronger as a team than we are as individuals.

Take personal responsibility for making success happen

Expect more of yourself in everything you do

Discover what is really important in any situation

Collaborate for the benefit of everyone

Build relationships

Our culture is exhibited in all we do. It’s what makes us uniquely HNTB.


Technical excellence

Respect for others

Continual development of all employees

Commitment to our profession

HNTB hires, evaluates and promotes people using these attributes as a guide:


  1. Technical Excellence: Excellent knowledge of the job and professional expertise, understands the requirements of chosen field. Stays current. Produces quality work.
  2. Success Oriented: Persistent, willing to give extra effort and initiative. Understands what drives success, uncovering what is really important to success in any situation. Does not confuse activity with results.
  3. Personal Accountability: Can be counted on; accomplishes things in a timely manner and on a consistent basis. Follows through on commitments. Able to answer for self and others. Does not pass the buck or make excuses.
  4. Positive: Constructively looks for ways to meet objectives. Approach begins with the desired outcome as a given. Has "can do" enthusiasm toward assignments and challenges and confidence in others.
  5. Proactive: Recognizes that by planning ahead they can be in the best position to influence the outcome. They do not hesitate to engage to solve problems.
  6. Collaborative: Carefully considers who needs to be involved in situational analysis, effective decision making, implementation planning and reassessments for purposes of getting the best outcome and development of the people.
  7. Persuasive: Articulate, confident, clear and convincing in individual and group discussions and public presentations.
  8. Open: Flexible, adapts and seeks input, new ideas and learning. Develops creative, imaginative solutions.
  9. Empathy: Sensitivity to others views, needs and situations. An ability to know what other people want.
  10. Listens Well: Seeks to understand others through open dialogue, is susceptible to others' input and suggestions, and is patient.
  11. Develops Others: Builds teams. Has a sincere interest in others' careers; creates growth opportunities. Not arrogant. People feel "in" on things. Has loyal relationships at all levels.
  12. Trusted: Honest, ethical, candid and fair. Acts at all times with integrity and explicitly avoids deception, duplicity or degrading behavior.
  13. Self-Awareness: Knows their own strengths and weaknesses and how they come across to others. Is mindful of their personal impact.
  14. Courage: Takes responsibility for their decisions and actions. Has the candor to be frank, honest and sincere with others while keeping the words free from bias, prejudice or malice.
  15. Loyalty: Understands a leader earns loyalty by having integrity, being fair, firm and objective and treating others appropriately. There is loyalty to the organization and to the individuals themselves.
  16. Judgment: Able to assess people and situations, to accurately form opinions based on information, experience and inference. Makes effective decisions and follows through on them.
  17. Vision: Able to determine the right things to do, sound strategic orientation, providing break-through ideas that position the firm for success now and in the future, and enlisting others by drawing on shared aspirations.
We understand that the only way for our firm to be strong and resilient is for our people to live out our culture, display the leadership characteristics and implement our philosophy every day, wherever they are across the firm. HNTB is made is up of incredible professionals who come to work every day ready to build something of value for the communities we serve.


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