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.  

    good to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at HOK as an intern

    Pros

    good and growth with oppurtunities

    Cons

    nothing is bad here .recomended

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing, no advice at all its good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, understaffed, high turnover. Not the same firm if the '90s.

    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Houston, TX

    I worked at HOK full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong presence in the industry, great technology and good resources.

    Cons

    Leadership are often bullies and manage by intimidation. Little mentoring. Younger staff are not always set up for success. A lot of politics between management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about your employees. When you care about your staff they will be happier and more productive. A positive culture is critical.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Best place I have worked

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    It was work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technology in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Trying to think- OK benefits and challenging work environment. Good looking line item on a CV. Not much else decent to say.

    Cons

    Often micromanaged, disconnect between the methods and philosophies between each office and business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and accept employee ideas. Stop running your employees into the ground and making them dissatisfied with the corporation as a whole.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Ok, could be great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, work-life balance, monthly office gatherings, good office space.

    Cons

    Lack of personal growth, leadership somewhat cliquish, salary is not as good as it could be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Good company top stay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  9.  

    Architect

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    Current Employee - Architect  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Architect in New York, NY

    I have been working at HOK full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    very good benefit and good people surrounding you

    Cons

    the structure is too big.

    Recommends
  10.  

    The experience has been fulfilling and varied

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    There are many oppotunities and a strong support system.

    Cons

    It is easy to loose sight of a good work / life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Nice to put on a resume

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HOK

    Pros

    Interesting projects, very reputable firm.

    Cons

    Very hierarchical--the money stays up top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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