BuroHappold Reviews

Updated July 13, 2015
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  1. 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 Certain people have outdated computers and upgrading them seems to be a shocking request.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..


  2. Helpful (1)

    It is what you make it

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    multidisciplinary practice, quality design, large scale international projects, dedicated coworkers

    Cons

    disorganized management, limited career development for young professionals

    Advice to Management

    foster long term relationships, clearly present role development, provide performance feedback


  3. Helpful (2)

    Bim Coordinator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people and jobs to work on

    Cons

    None that i can think of


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Struggling with growing pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - BIM Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - BIM Coordinator in Brooklyn, NY

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people and projects. Amazing health plan, good PTO policy. Company makes decent effort to touch base with employees through semi-quarterly all office meetings. Many young, friendly engineers.

    Cons

    Management not keeping a tight enough leash on the staff, there's a lot of disorder and a lot of ambiguity about who is responsible for what on a typical job. Repeat clients are getting hard to come by. Salary is a bit low across the board, but at the same time health insurance premiums are about 60% less of what I've seen elsewhere, and they are great plans. So that balances this out somewhat. There is no work/life balance at BH, and while it's not an explicit expectation, 60 hour weeks and days that end at midnight or beyond were not uncommon. For the most part employees are fairly compensated for this high workload. There is a bit of a resource allocation problem when it comes to the (woefully understaffed) drafting team. Engineers should be expected to carry more of the load when it comes to things like AutoCAD instead of relying on a busy middleman to do less involved tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Overall I have a positive outlook on BH's future, they have just brought on some staff that is in the process of whipping the office into shape. I hope they bring on more staff like these individuals who know how to deal with some of the imbalanced demands that clients or other contractors we work with on a given job ask. Information needs to stop passing through so many offices before approval though, and it is up to the largest USA office (NY) to step up and demand that standards and procedures they decide upon are put in place.


  6. Graduate Mechanical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BuroHappold

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    get a lot of chances of doing new projects and meeting challenges

    Cons

    for some specific fields, not enough guidance and mentoring


  7. Helpful (1)

    Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BuroHappold

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits Prestigious projects although tedious

    Cons

    Very little development and management to the point of being chaotic HR is stretched incredibly thin

    Advice to Management

    Develop Human Resources department so employees feel like they can grow


  8. Helpful (3)

    Dysfunction and chaos rule

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Support in New York, NY

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Other than the friendly and mostly easy to work with engineers, There are no good reasons to work here if you want to maintain your sanity or any kind of life outside of the office (ie not having to sleep there to meet deadlines).

    Cons

    Clueless principals and partners who turn a blind eye to unfair and unsafe working conditions. Refuse to upgrade site safety equipment seriously outdated. Such obvious favoritism. No competent or consistent HR.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together. Stop promoting safety and quality design, when you can't even run an office! Stop being cheap when it comes to important things that we should invest in. acknowledge the failure to secure an HR dept and failure to see the urgency in the matter over the last few years. Finally, give us an HR manual that is accurate and stop hiding behind the one that you fail to disclose is no longer applicable.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good project experience for young engineer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Graduate Structural Engineer in New York, NY

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of projects being worked on, great variety in types of projects, opportunity to work on every phase of the project life cycle including analysis, design, and CA. Friendly office

    Cons

    At times long work hours, fairly compensated though when long hours are required


  10. Need to unify approach

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - BIM Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - BIM Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, good projects, good engineering

    Cons

    Heiarchry is such that a BIM person works for everyone and is the boss of no one.


  11. Helpful (4)

    God Awful.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the engineers and administrative support team were amazing to work with. They were a wonderful bunch of people.

    Cons

    Upper management, however, was quite the opposite. The Los Angeles office is a joke. All the upper management does is talk about how much better they are than any other principal/associate principal/associate than the ones in the other office. One principal in particular is well known for the statement'...if you don't agree, well, you know where the door is.' Great way to boost up office moral, especially when there were tons of redundancies in offices across the world. Basically, if you were not really good friends with the principals or a graduate of MIT, good luck ever advancing in this firm.

    Advice to Management

    Quit trying to render fear into your employees. Without the engineers, you guys would not be in the position you are in. Try and treat your employees with some dignity and respect. They do quite a lot to help the company hold up.



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