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BuroHappold Reviews

3.3
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Roger Nickells
6 Ratings
  • Growing pains or just lots of room to grow..

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Global presence. High-profile projects. Large number of dedicated staff. Opportunity to take on new responsibilities if you push for it although official transitions don't seem to be a smooth (or common) process. Very transparent company, most information both project and company related is available to everyone (if you can figure out where to look for it).

    Cons

    Top heavy company. Engineers are expected to take on drafting / modelling roles in some instances.. There are no "drafters" which may actually be a pro depending on your outlook for the AEC industry. For example ehanced technology can allow for faster delivery of project documents (which should allow engineers to create their own digital documents with minimal effort), in theory, however this is where the con comes in. The technology services are abysmal. There are IT related issues constantly. The struggle to produce work in a timely fashion is severe with this constant stream of downtime which causes both massive frustration as well as unmotovation. Certain people have outdated computers and upgrading them seems to be a shocking request.

    In addition to the IT fiasco, the disoganization of this company is profound. Finding certain documents can be like a treasure hunt and knowing where to save documents can be just as ambivalent. Communication is not standardized. There are often times pieces of information that go through the grapevine, even internally, before reaching all applicable parties, even when it's time sensitive information which as you might have guessed leads to disasters. This is a common problem "within the industry" however internal distribution of applicable information, especially when critical, must be a standard protocol.

    What is apparent is that there have been years of administrative neglect that are all coming to the surface. Between the mismatch in company wide standards, the obscurity of resources for information and the ambiguity among the engineers even internally within a single office, this company needs a major overhaul. The good news is that the foundation is already there. The company seems to be acknowledging it's pitfalls kicking into high gear for a remedy. The bad news is that I've heard all the big speeches many times and haven't seen plans go into action. There's often times company wide meetings which give fair and accurate feedback for the most part and preach about our bright future ahead but it seems to be all talk no walk. This company has been in existence for far too long to be this far back.

    Advice to Management

    Fix your IT department. Hire people who know what they're doing and spend the money on the correct tools to get the job done. Shouldn't be that mind blowing of a proposal. Implement data management tools like Newforma to organize the mess of floating documentation everywhere. Standardize and enforce communication strategies. Standardize, enforce and EXPLAIN where everything is and how it should be implemented. Clearly define people's roles and responsibilities and standardize that across the company. There's a bizzare mismatch of employee titles where it's difficult to understand who does what sometimes. Like the saying goes: If you build, it they will come.. If you give them directions..


BuroHappold Interviews

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    Graduate Mechanical Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Accepted Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied online – interviewed at BuroHappold.

    Interview

    received several phone screens and asked for previous projects
    on-site interview to NYC office, 2 hours maybe, not long. asked for previous projects and some brainstorming in the field that you applied.
    focus on previous experience and projects

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Additional Info

Website www.burohappold.com
Headquarters Bath, United Kingdom
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1976
Type Company - Private
Industry Business Services
Revenue Unknown / Non-Applicable
Competitors Arup, Atelier Ten

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