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Great place to work

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Current Employee - Architect in Kansas City, MO
Current Employee - Architect in Kansas City, MO

I have been working at HOK Sport

Recommends
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Approves of CEO

Pros

The projects are cool and highly profiled. The people are great to work with. Most of the senior architects are extremely knowledgeable and are willing to assist the younger staff with questions and direction. The management team is fairly open with news about the firm. Overall - as with most other jobs - if you put forth the effort and work hard, this firm will definitely take care of you.

Cons

Not too many downsides. Although I understand why, I'm not much of a fan of how the practice of architecture and the project roles is segmented into Designer, Project Architect and Project Manager. There's also usually not much rhyme or reason to the promotions.

Advice to Management

Thanks for all your hard work. Keep it up!

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  1. Last Gasp for a once great firm

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    Former Employee - Project Architect (formerly) in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Project Architect (formerly) in Kansas City, MO

    I worked at HOK Sport

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working on first class sporting venue projects. The designers had a very distinctive style, that is immediately recognizable as HOK. the division of the office into different "groups" (ie: major league, NFL, Arena, etc) minimizes the giant firm feel. Middle management, the ones tasked with the day to day running of the various groups, tended to be very positive, good people to work for. While I was there, I never had any problem with my immediate project managers or department head. If you don't mind travelling the periodic cattle call for people to go do the punch list on a stadium, or arena can be a great change from staring at a computer screen, as wellas a chance to see the finished project.

    Cons

    Senior management treats the work force like office equipment; replace the older more expensive ones with the newer, cheaper ones. They have laid off most of the senior production staff starting back in 2003, at first due to lack of work, and or "performance issues". Funny how, after the initial round of layoffs which really did contain the dead wood, those who went were the highest paid in their job classifications. I was personally lied to, by Earl, concerning my termination as I know for a fact that the people I worked for had NOT ONE ISSUE concerning my "performance", that my personel file contained a glowing work review, and not even the director of my group had any idea that I had been slated for a layoff.

    Advice to Management

    Catch a clue, you've shot yourselves in the collective foot by replacing the most experienced staff with young hotshots straight out of school who have no experience and no knowledge. 400 million projects can't be built with kids, you were already averaging 1000-1500 RFI's per project, and that was before you laid off all your senior staff.

  2. Architectural Assistant

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    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in Brisbane (Australia)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good for getting work experiences.

    Cons

    Nothing bad memories at this company

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