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BuroHappold Reviews

Updated November 29, 2014
Updated November 29, 2014
40 Reviews
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  1.  

    A job well done

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great projects, amazing and inspired people. Excellent prospects for the future and a real can do attitude among staff. Investment into their staff happens on a daily basis.

    Cons

    Maybe not a downside; but as a graduate a more defined training path would be really good to mould them into the right sort of engineers. People generally seem to be dissatisfied with the amount they are paid. People work very hard and are not always given the credit they deserve, often a new recruit is brought in to fill a role rather than looking to promote someone from within the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an excellent company full of the best people- look to get more high quality, profitable projects to get these people the wage they deserve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BuroHappold

    Pros

    Committed and engaged staff, interesting work (depending on discipline), reasonable overall morale, acceptable senior management, partnership structure, skills are valued, cool high-end projects.

    Cons

    Can suffer from poor internal knowledge transfer and fragmentation between offices, can be overly concerned with strategy at the expense of nurturing value.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More real down-to-earth leadership, less strategic waffle. Too many layers of management, so good ideas are not heard or shared.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to work, great people and projects

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Bath, England (UK)

    I have been working at BuroHappold

    Pros

    Buro Happold is full of excellent creative and innovative people and gives you access to plenty of challenging and really interesting projects.
    Allows people to get international experience through its secondment programme

    Cons

    The salary is quite low and the company benefits limited
    There is not a lot of integration beween different departments
    The communication from the top management could improve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They should improve their communications. The previous CEO was better than the current on that aspect.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent working experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Environmental Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at BuroHappold

    Pros

    Opportunity to travel, great people to work with, supportive environment, international exposure, opportunity for growth, good benefits package and vacation time.

    Cons

    Could have used more constructive criticism and/or praise other than once per year, travel can be exhausting, work life balance was sometimes really overwhelming and other times not an issue at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was excellent. There was always strong leadership and opportunities for learning outside of the class room through courses and workshops.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Strong routes, lost its way in past few years, future is looking positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate in Bath, England (UK)

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to be creative, fantastic projects, opportunity to travel and relocate if desired, on the whole friendly and supportive people

    Cons

    Reward, some project management is appalling, politics at upper levels can be draining, recognition of talent is lacking in some areas, competition and knowledge hoarding between teams is counterproductive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase reward, change team performance measures, allow working culture to shift naturally, turn back "big corporate" feeling we've developed.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    I found the company was mindful of it's employees and had a good work ethic.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee Structural Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Trainee Structural Technician in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    They are considerate of those who work for them and offer many benefits. There is also the opportunity to work on many exciting and important projects.

    Cons

    I found their training schemes for those in trainee positions needed improvement, formalising and better organisation in general.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good project experience for young engineer.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work but they fell down when it came to redundancies

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    Former Employee - Structural Engineer
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer

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

    Pros

    You'll work with some really amazing people who always look to work hard and play harder. Some great projects too if you get yourself in the right team.

    Cons

    They played up to "our people are our biggest asset" in the good times but then hacked from the bottom of the pyramid when it came to the crunch during the 2008 crisis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the generally great work you do but practise what you preach when the going gets tough.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Incredible Potential....Yet to be realized

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    BH has an amazing legacy of innovation and achievement. It is a place where good engineers can (if events align) become great engineers. It has thrived on a "just go and do.." approach that has served it well over the years, and enabled it to grow and even survive the recent recession relatively intact. There are incredible people working at BH. both inside and outside the various disciplines. Many of whom have worked for the practice for most, if not all of their careers.

    There is an informal and fun atmosphere among many of the teams. Each office around the globe has their own particular flavor while keeping core elements that make it a BH office. The company truly believes in developing people, and wants to be a place where you come for a job but stay for a career. Consequently there is tremendous institutional knowledge in house .

    Cons

    It is frustrating in that the same things that are great about BH are also where BH struggles. There are amazing opportunities to do great work at BH, but those opportunities are not evenly distributed or equally available to all staff, especially new staff.

    The ad-hoc approach that has served the firm well, is now its Achilles heel. BH has vastly outgrown its own support infrastructure. HR, Finance, IT and Project Management support are all woefully under resourced and struggle to keep up with demand. . BH does truly believe in developing staff, but has yet to put any realistic amount of resources behind that belief. Instead they just sort of hope it will happen organically.

    There are amazing people there, but frankly , on the flip side, some people have been there far too long. Some of these people have little or no experience outside of BH. So many of them, (some in very senior roles) are terrified of change, and in some cases actively resist anything that doesn't sit in their zone of comfort and familiarity.

    The corporate governance structure of the firm (LLP / Partnership built on a consensus model) is slow to adapt to organizational needs . Given the size and scope of the firm today it is long past time to revisit the model and see if it is still fit for purpose.

    The CEO role is an elected position. Serving a set term. So it is very hard for the CEO whoever it is, to actually lead the firm, given that all other Partners feel they are the owner/operators of the company. (Which in reality is exactly what they are.) Hence the CEO role tends to be a bit toothless.

    BH struggles endlessly with defining their brand. The latest attempts to do so, are an improvement, but still surprisingly unfocused and vague. Sad when you see it coming from a firm with such a substantial history and impressive catalog of work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In spite of all the challenges you face. BH remains far more potential, than it is actualized. There are truly incredible people there who love what they do, at the same time however you have some real dead wood there that frankly you need to clear out.

    You cannot avoid investing in support infrastructure. HR and IT are under resourced to the point of being obstacles to getting things done. Project Management support (what little there is of it...) is completely random and unfocused.

    Restructure corporate governance so the CEO has greater leeway to make needed key changes. And lastly, Stop trying to invent a brand. and instead clarify the one you have had all along but cant seem to actually grasp.

    Yet at the end of the day the projects get done, and evidence would prove, , done very well... The reason? The PEOPLE at BH really do care about the work. So stop taking that for granted, and instead leverage it to make the BH you talk about , the same as the one your staff experiences in their jobs every day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, lots of interesting projects to work on, management seem down to earth.

    Cons

    Pay not the best, too dependent on public sector and middle eastern work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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