Foster + Partners

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Foster + Partners Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
25 Reviews
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  1.  

    F+P New York Office Review

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    At the time decent opportunity as a growing satellite office. Much more responsibility than colleagues in the main London office. Small office culture, big office clout.

    Cons

    NY management at the time was not great, but heard it has gotten better in recent years. The office is not completely independent. Still must answer to London. Long hours, but as expected in the industry.

  2.  

    foster and parttners work experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster + Partners

    Pros

    Very good to make high end architecture experience and grow as senior architect. High quality, highest standard of design

    Cons

    work life balance is quite low

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Architect assistant

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Architect Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architect Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people
    Wide range of portfolio
    Good resources
    Well Integration of related industry

    Cons

    Long hours
    Top heavy hierarchy
    Management lack of vision
    Lack of transparency
    Lack of fair and just reward mechanism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be more just and fair in rewarding. More farsighted in vision, taking care of different parts of the company well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Not as good as it looks

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

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The main studio is nice but the annexes aren't very good at all, especially in the summer.The technical staff are very friendly and hard working. Nice park nearby.

    Cons

    Management staff is atrocious at all levels. Many have been working there for a very long time and refuse to accept any form of change and stuck in their ways. The office location is nice but not easy to get to, especially if you are working late. Company seems to be a bit up itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood, change your IT department (all of it!) because it's very slow and difficult to get anything through to those numb skulls, Look after your staff and be more considerate of the hard work they put in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent opportunity to grow in a prestigious firm

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

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Workmates, most talented people from everywhere are working in this office,

    Cons

    Long hours and high level of stress. Live in a continuous deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Foster + Partners

    Pros

    Exposure to technology and resources, good cheap catering, great office space, inspiring place

    Cons

    Some teams have a lot of pressure to deliver, which ultimately results in working long hours. Hard to climb up the career ladder

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Design exposure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architectural Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Learn innovative designs
    Great colleagues and team work

    Cons

    Bad Salary and benefits
    Longer working hours
    Too Hierarchical

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retain Good staff

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall positive

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Multi-cultural environment, global scale projects, innovative construction technology, good working space, friendly people, job security, usually good design, office location by the river. Great office organization.

    Cons

    Too hierarchically structured. Food served at the canteen is like hospital food. Usually a lot of unpaid overtime, depending on the team you land in experience can be from great to very bad. Some directors make people stay late just for the shake of it. Lower than average salaries because they capitalize on their name. Apart from the main studio the other working buildings are mediocre at best. Not too much space to follow your personal
    Interests as management only cares to get the job done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    an experience working with great architects

    Cons

    a little bit intense, but worth it!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good - but not for the longterm

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Amazing projects with a tremendous range in scale. Definitely a good place for recent graduates to get some experience. Staying long-term seems questionable as most people burn out after 18 months

    Cons

    Factory-style environment in London, smaller branch offices in Madrid, HK and NY are much more personal.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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