HKS Reviews

Updated February 18, 2015
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  1. Great people, offices and projects, but low pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HKS

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

    Pros

    Exposure to great projects. There's the flexibility to move from healthcare to hospitality to sports. Flexibility in hours for working parents.

    Cons

    Corporate structure. The more people you know at headquarters, the farther you will get at HKS.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great balanced company. Fantastic projects and true integrity within the leadership

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

    I have been working at HKS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great Projects.
    Great Design.
    Great Management. A well run firm that will give you the freedom to leverage your talent

    Cons

    Need to have more young architects within the ranks

    Advice to Management

    Keep the entrepreneurial spirit that built the company

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  5. Helpful (1)

    urban designer

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Urban Designer
    Current Employee - Urban Designer

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They have offices all over the world

    Cons

    senior management is a big disappointment

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good Company with great goals and values

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

    I have been working at HKS

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

    Pros

    Hard working but family oriented company. Salaries are competitive. Good teamwork and leadership. Has a good head on its shoulders.

    Cons

    Promotions process flawed :-(
    negotiate before signing the dotted line...

  7. Loved working here until new management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HKS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    pay is okay but could be better

    Cons

    new management is not working out too much red tape

  8. Great culture...if you start in corporate headquarters

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator
    Current Employee - Project Coordinator

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

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

    Pros

    well known design brand and great design talent

    Cons

    be comfortable with a Texas culture in everything...

    Advice to Management

    consider developing talent in all your employees not just your design talent.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Solid Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Architect in Washington, DC

    I worked at HKS full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great office culture. Leadership is open to the office on ideas and the ongoing direction of project acquisition. Quite relaxed for the Fast Paced type of work done here. You will be appreciated for hard relevant work. Also there is the opportunity to learn a lot from your well experienced peers.

    Cons

    If you do not fit in with the office culture you will be lost here. There is not enough diversity in the leadership and general work body.

    Advice to Management

    Continue the tradition of open leadership. Continue to search for diversity in leadership and skill types, it will only make you stronger. I believe this office is heading places—provided the right amount of work comes in.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Hard work, good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Job Captain/Intern (Architect)
    Current Employee - Job Captain/Intern (Architect)

    I have been working at HKS full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Standards and quality control in place. Great projects and interesting design.

    Cons

    Long hours and little pay. Red tape and high bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more experiences to younger staff and more work/ life balance.

  11. Great projects, but low salary and terrible benefits.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Leading Sports Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Leading Sports Project Manager in Chicago, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Exciting projects and knowledgeable staff.

    Cons

    Pay is low, with bonus structure that is supposed to make up for it. Some years it does, some years it doesn't. Health benefits are bad. Very high deductibles and out of pocket costs.

    Advice to Management

    Change the pay structure and health benefits to be more like those of your competition.

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