HOK Reviews

Updated August 16, 2014
Updated August 16, 2014
65 Reviews
3.5
65 Reviews
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HOK CEO Patrick MacLeamy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, very knowledgeable staff, mentoring oportunitites, and ability to work on exciting high profile projects (in 5 reviews)

  • Some unique and interesting projects if you are lucky enough to work on one of them (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • The corporate structure, and the management structure is not conducive to creating good design (in 3 reviews)

  • Be sure to be overworked and under compensated (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Best place I have worked

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Architect in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    Humanely shift hours - 40-45 hours a week. Flexible schedules. Small office locally with the benefits of the big corporation. Benefits such as insurance better than all my previous employers. Working compensation satisfactory.

    Cons

    Sometimes it gets too quite.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company top stay

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Professional
    Current Employee - Design Professional

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    People are nice and knowledgeable, learn things every day.

    Cons

    Promotions are competitive and hard, same as other big companies.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work with broad spectrum of opportunities including other offices around the country and internationally

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Interior Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at HOK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great pleople, excellent projects and company who supports your professional objectives

    Cons

    it is a great place to thrive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it is admirable culture who brings people first to achieve projects to make the community a better place

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A truly great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HOK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people i get to work with every day are some of the best people i have ever worked with. They are unbelievably talented and genuinely interested in seeing the people around them succeed as well as do a great job. Their creativity and dedication to a quality project is remarkable. HOK as a company is committed to doing the right thing and while everything may not always be "perfect" I know that the Management does their best to do the best. They are open and honest about how the company is doing and transparent about the results and changes, even if it's not-so-good news.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work and sometimes we are spread too thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An RRSP plan for employees would be nice.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent work environment for growth and experience!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interior Designer  in  Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Interior Designer in Washington, DC

    I worked at HOK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Unlimited resources for growth, great opportunities, rewarding work and reliable, knowledgeable team mates. Excellent benefits and support from management.

    Cons

    A tough but achievable challenge, unexpected work loads.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great support to your employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    HOK is a great firm

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

    I have been working at HOK full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    lots of talented people, promotes ideas of younger staff

    Cons

    slow to address and resolve conflict

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging fun work environment with rewarding major design projects for national and internal clients with diversity.

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    Current Employee - Vice President  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Vice President in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at HOK

    Pros

    Challenging projects and advancement potential.

    Cons

    Life / Work Balance Understanding and Assistance needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not promote someone to Vice President anouncing publically his great performance, adding utilization manager of all PM workplans and staffing to his Health Care project responsibilities just to then lay him off a year later. Especially after it was just anounced publicly a few months prior to the lay off. Perception to his professional career was devastating and it continues.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Content Employee

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at HOK

    Pros

    HOK is composed of talented design professionals and offers good benefits flexibility, global opportunity, fair pay and a solid community.

    Cons

    HOK is a large firm so it is hard to get exposure to all facets of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within and pay closer attention to your succession plan in every office. Continue to expand global presence.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    HOK has been a great place to work for me...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at HOK

    Pros

    Respect and fairness towards employees.
    Opportunity to grow professionally & the willingness of Sr. Management to allow and encourage this growth
    Flexibility in terms of hours
    HOK Canada is doing more than some of the offices to encourage new ideas and initiatives

    Cons

    sometimes its size and the fact that it has been around for so long - difficult to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    to continue to push the envelope and foster new ideas.
    allow for change
    listen to the employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great people and a great place to get started!

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    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - IT Support Specialist in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at HOK full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice People, Great Managers, Raises

    Cons

    High turn over, limited room for advancement, constant budget cuts for departments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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