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Good for your CV not for your life

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I worked at HOK full-time (Less than a year)

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

Pros

Well respected and recognised name/brand. Some lovely and excellent people there.

Cons

Expect to be overworked and underpaid. You will be appreciated in your office but not by the upper management who only see you as a dollar sign. Cut throat and short sighted. Very insular outlook on the company.

Advice to Management

Appreciate the employees more than the profit margin, as unlikely as that may be.

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  1. Professional but stressful

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    Current Employee - Site Architect in Doha (Qatar)
    Current Employee - Site Architect in Doha (Qatar)

    I have been working at HOK full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    you learn alot, professional environment, big scale projects, all over the world, sustainable design, freindly work environment

    Cons

    sometimes you may face administration issues, a lot of staff changing

    Advice to Management

    be more innovatove


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    Risk Aversion Limits Growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HOK

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

    Pros

    Incredible talent abounds at every level; innovation and ideas are abundant among the younger employees; collegiate atmosphere at entry and mid-level; exposure to excellent and ambitious design projects; strong global reputation.

    Cons

    At a time of monumental change within the design world - capital scarcity, energy efficiency, sustainability of buildings and landscapes - HOK has been hesitant to jump in and set the industry standards for a new way of thinking about and executing design projects. Due to risk aversion and an unwillingness to take its eye off the ball that served it so well historically, HOK has allowed other firms such as Jacobs, Perkins+Will, AECOM and Gensler, to set the new industry standards. As a closed corporation, retirement pay-out is dependent on the share value at the time of retirement. Mid-level employees believe that the elderly men on the board of directors will not venture into areas that may jeopardize share value and their retirement, even if it would lead to greater valuation in the future.

    Advice to Management

    Retire now and hand the reins to younger managers who are willing to risk a bit more today in the belief that greater returns will result in the future.


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