I have been working at Kohn Pedersen FoxPros
Great projects, stable, everything works, young people are from all over the world and the creme de la creme, and the pay is good. There is also a (sort of) free for all attitude towards design, so not fighting a dogmatic company style and younger architects can really influence the design.Cons
Really unclear career progression. Tough to break through to partner-feels like a club. Also would appreciate more options on who to work with, the power is too concentrated in too few hands. A lot depends on whether or not you have a partners ear.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Involve people more in decisions. Tell people what opinions are being formed about them so they can fix it and develop their strengths. You are very much left on your own to figure it all out at KPF.RecommendsPositive Outlook
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral. The process took 8 weeks – interviewed at Kohn Pedersen Fox in June 2009.Interview Details
I was interviewed in mid-2009, when the economy was at its most turbulent stage. For 1 job opening there were 100s of resume floating around. I managed to get an interview call because of some special software skills I had, plus my previous work experience. They interviewed me against no job description as such, it seemed that on the interview table they were forming one. They were quite professional with the design partner also coming in towards the tail end of the interview to review my portfolio and resume. I had a second round of interview wherein I was interviewed by a senior associate principal for some specific projects that were coming her way.
Within a week/10 days I got an offer from them, however the compensation was 20% below my previous paycheck! I took it up as I had nothing else in hand.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsYes, slightly. couldnt risk much as there were no other interviews or offers coming through.Accepted OfferNeutral ExperienceAverage Interview
- "We are not looking to hire anyone to expand our team. However, we don't want talent to go waste. Tell me how would you help me justify you as a talent and why?" Answer Question
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Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) puts its stamp on buildings around the world. One of the top 10 architectural and planning firms in the US, the company offers services such as master planning, urban design, space planning, programming, building analysis, graphic and product, and interior design. It specializes in such projects as corporate headquarters, government offices, health care facilities, hotels, and educational facilities. KPF's structures range from small pavilions to entire cities. The firm operates from offices in New York, London, and Shanghai. Architects...