HMC Architects Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
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  1. Goof firm to work at

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    Former Employee - Associate Principal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Principal in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at HMC Architects

    Pros

    Good work ethic, opportunities for growth

    Cons

    None at this moment. good place to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more progressive and open to new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. Good people who deserve better leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HMC Architects full-time

    Pros

    The office environment is pretty chill with the exception of a handful of leaders scattered across the different offices. Those leaders tend to dominate the staff during the day, but then late, they are nowhere to be found while the rest of the team stays later. Staff tend to come and go as they please, so I guess that's good for work-life balance. People work from home even though I read policies that say we weren't really supposed to. Most offices seem pretty fun and social, especially if you're lucky enough to work at the headquarters.

    Cons

    There are a lot of leadership vision plans and talk about future programs being discussed by various leadership committees. It felt like the leaders were always in Ontario for monthly leadership meetings, and whatever happens there were seldom shared or seen by the rest of the staff. Seemed like a waste of time and money, especially when they could have been using technology more. Would have been nice to see more professional developments actually rolled out (beyond just in the headquarters office). It's a stable job, until they blindside people and lay people off. HR should stop treating laid-off people like they are the enemy on their last day, as it is just as bad for those who remain, and kills morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invite more of the younger or newer staff into leadership discussion. Many of us have actually come from other established practices and can offer good ideas. Seems like whenever we shared our ideas in so-called public forums or annual CEO lunches, there's just a lot of nodding and notetaking, but no other follow-up or results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Good service firm, not a great design firm

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HMC Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    HMC Architects is a good service firm, working hard to be a good service to their clients. The firm aid also a strong executive architecture firm, knowing how to get projects through agencies such as OSHPD and the DSA.

    Cons

    HMC Architects is not a strong design firm however. This is just not a focus of the firm, and therefore a design culture is not pervasive throughout the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great company

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    Former Employee - Payroll Coordinator in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Payroll Coordinator in Ontario, CA

    I worked at HMC Architects full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries. Great benefits. Flexible schedule (every other Friday off) good PTO accrual rate

    Cons

    Lots of layoffs and people moving to other firms. Company not very stable at present time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Too top heavy!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HMC Architects

    Pros

    Receiving a biweekly pay check.

    Cons

    Becoming an ESOP bankrupted the company at the cost of some hard working employees. Faux happy environment. No room for growth. Upper management is unqualified. Ceo isn't a licensed architect. Many monthly layoffs or terminations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward hardworking qualified employees. Provide competitive salaries and room for growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    HMC Architects has been a nice firm to work for however, It is pretty old school in its ways.

    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Ontario, CA

    I have been working at HMC Architects full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Coworkers are amazing and pretty helpful. The company has a generous Christmas shut down policy. The management will work with you if you have a family issue or need to take some time off for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Doesn't have a good business strategy. The management is limited in its focus and progressiveness. It is a firm that is run by veterans who have been promoted to executive ranks because they have been with the firm for a long time. The upper management is completely out of the loop for what employees want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from other successful businesses. These businesses don't have to be other architectural design firms.

  8. They have lost the sight of the original owners

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    Former Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Former Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA

    I worked at HMC Architects full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Back in the late 90's, this company had extremely happy employees and was a great place to work for.

    Cons

    As senior management from the 90's moved on and new management moved up, the whole culture changed.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. Nice architecture

    Current Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA

    I have been working at HMC Architects full-time

    Pros

    Nice office with a central location

    Cons

    Needs to provide more opportunities for staff development

  10. Once a great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HMC Architects

    Pros

    Office is nice, people are ok

    Cons

    Lack of clear focus and poor business plan

  11. Lack luster company that is self-opinionated.

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    Current Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Project Manager in Ontario, CA

    I have been working at HMC Architects full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very few, if any, pros - this company is too full of itself and does not respect those that are actually doing all the work.

    Cons

    Too many to list - Management is clueless and just puts on a good dog and pony show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is supposed to be an Architectural firm, yet the upper management consists of a bunch of non-licensed individuals, including the CEO!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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