Foster + Partners
3.2 of 5 17 reviews
www.fosterandpartners.com London, United Kingdom

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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Mouzhan Majidi

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Architect (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    ProsAt 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.

    ConsNY 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.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    Conswork life balance is quite low

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great for a couple of years but nowhere to go after that

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

    ProsWorking with intelligent and creative people
    Well-known name for the CV
    High profile projects

    ConsLong hours with little gratitude and certainly no compensation
    Little training or encouragement
    No progression, especially for women
    Poor benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou're a global consultancy now- start treating your staff properly. You don't deserve a pat on the back for providing a free evening meal for staff who have done at least 3 hours unpaid overtime- this is the very least an employer can do when people are giving up their evenings, weekends and even sometimes holiday.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Long hours, great satisfaction, international opportunities but crap IT and benefits.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsHigh quality staff, great integrated working environment,talented architects, growing in house engineering expertise.

    Strong sense of ownership and desire to deliver amazing projects to high standards.
    Great staff canteen.

    ConsIT support is slow, do not really understand the needs or users.
    Lots of in house software but not even a search tool on the intranet.
    Long working hours. Hierarchy structure is so flat that there is not clear sense of progression.
    Employment benefits is less than basic. Pension is poor.
    Salary is lower than market rate. Turnover high.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop procrastinating. Make the necessary changes to restructure, align job titles to industry, introduce clear job roles and career progression, to focus not just on recruitment, but more on retention. More transparency would be good.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Big company

    Architectural Assistant (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsI dont see any amazing thing that i would say about the company, just that its huge, has approximately 1300 staff working, and 2 canteens, everything is in house and all the resources are available. Was in Group 6, my team was really organized and didnt work too late, it really depends which team you were put into.

    Conslike all company, its very hierarchical, your task is very confined until you show and strive for it. When i went in, i fight for what i want to do and not do the boring cad drawing stuff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNIL

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    leave and stay is all about your own choice

    Architectural Assistant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Prosworking with creative and fun people.
    big name
    access to project information, material center and library
    great social network connection

    Conslong hour working
    low pay
    no over time pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A step in the wrong direction

    Engineer (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsThe university feel to the campus, with lots of great people to bump into. Cutting-edge projects to have on your CV. The food provided is great too. You'll be staying late for dinner VERY often! The christmas parties are great.

    ConsLong hours, poor training (in terms of variety of work), many managers above you changing the design continually (meaning you have to repeat your work), many options having to be designed for, absolutely no site experience, no experience of taking any designs past stage D (both of which are a turn-off for potential employers, as I found), no overtime paid, too much emphasis placed on visuals to be a worthwhile use of a young engineer's time (i.e. time is spent on Photoshop etc. that should be time spent learning how to design buildings), poor remuneration due to the number of CVs coming in from all around the world, (i.e. you are easily replaceable) - one good quote from a senior partner concerns a girl there who asked to take a month off on unpaid leave to go back to her home country. He said "You're currently walking along a bridge - if you want to jump then you're welcome to, there are ten people behind you waiting to take your place"!

    Advice to Senior ManagementI have no good advice! It's an employer's market.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No balance work-life

    Associate (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsWorking for iconic Architecture.
    Dealing with cutting edge technologies.
    Meet really skilful people

    Cons-Right place to learn the meaning of Workaholic
    -Extra hours not paid
    -No pension Scheme
    -No many benefits

    Advice to Senior ManagementOptimise better resource and time. Do not consider 12 hours a day or week as standard working time or at least it should be paid hours.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Simply Great

    Associate (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat place to work with the best minds and best projects

    ConsSometimes can be intimidating to face the design board.... But it's fun.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward the outstanding.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No balance work-life

    Architect (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsBig and expensive project to be involved.

    ConsNo extra money for working abroad, no extra money for over hours, no contribution on pension scheme.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay etxra hour massimize talent and people time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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