HKS Reviews

Updated July 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    HKS is the place where all will flourish.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HKS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There is so much opportunity at HKS; to grow, to lead, to teach, and to try something new. Want to take your career in a new direction? Try a new business sector? HKS is the place where you can do that because the culture and leadership at HKS is focused on growth – from the inside out. There’s a true desire that all will flourish. I’m clear about what motivates me, my purpose and my intentions. With that I’ve been given plenty of opportunity to flourish!

    Cons

    The key to “flourishing" at HKS is that you have to know what you want - and have the motivation to go after it. Be proactive, get involved, and become known. Ask for what you want. If you sit back and wait for someone to hand you want you want, you will become frustrated. The only “con” I can think of is that HKS offers so many programs – so take some time to learn about all of them, and see what’s right for you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Junior Architect

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX

    I have been working at HKS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment. Management is very cohesive.

    Cons

    Hours can be long sometimes


  3. Work in Dallas Office

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HKS full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great firm with opportunity for growth. Focusing on innovation and leveraging the considerable talents of the workforce

    Cons

    Communication can be cumbersome in a large firm


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great projects. Low pay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HKS full-time

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

    Pros

    Good people + projects. Opportunities for exposure to different types of projects.

    Cons

    Pay + benefits. Some of the lowest in the industry. They tell you you'll be compensated with a bonus that will make up for the low pay, but it's not true. Lack of leadership. Poor upper management. No transparency in promotions process.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, instead of looking elsewhere for talent. Have transparency in promotions process. Too many good people leaving and more to come, because of unequal treatment of employees within the firm.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Intern Architect

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Intern Architect in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at HKS (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great place if you don't mind working production. Not much design opportunity but great culture and people.

    Cons

    Not much design opportunity and late work hours. Not much work and life balance working here. Look else where if you don't want to just be in production.

    Advice to Management

    Pay closer attention the work your employees need. They have family and life out of the office. Be more considerate and not assign work before work enda.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great people, poor management, worse benefits.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HKS full-time (More than 5 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best people in the industry. Great projects.

    Cons

    Worst benefits in the industry. Lack of leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Get professionals with business training to run the business.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Practical and efficient architect of record firm.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HKS full-time

    Pros

    Business oriented and practical. One profit center.

    Cons

    Not design oriented and not so comprtitive benefit.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Designer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer
    Former Employee - Architectural Designer

    I worked at HKS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Benefit of large company infrastructure

    Cons

    Poor management in local office


  10. Helpful (2)

    Toxic environment in IT

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Dallas, TX

    I worked at HKS full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company as a whole: Lots of talent, great company values, diverse in disciplines, resilient in poor economic conditions, positive recognition,

    Cons

    IT department is dysfunctional and lead by poor management. Work is highly stressful, while expectations are unrealistic. IT management uses deception and scapegoating to stay in power, while not focusing on technology.

    Advice to Management

    Cut your losses, get new IT leadership before it's too late.


  11. Helpful (2)

    I worked as a summer intern and I had a great experience.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HKS

    Pros

    Everyone in the office was friendly and always willing to help with any questions I had. The office gave me a variety of tasks to help broaden my skills as an emerging architect and give me the best experience possible.

    Cons

    The profession of architecture is a constantly fluctuating one, they hire employees if they have enough work, but as soon as the work starts dwindling they either need to make pay-cuts or let some people go.



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