HOK Reviews

Updated August 14, 2015
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  1. fun place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of team work, sharing of information

    Cons

    Upper management too focused on cutting overhead


  2. Designer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at HOK full-time

    Pros

    good pace of working while still challenging

    Cons

    low pay and long hours


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    HOK NY had better days

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Variety of projects Good benefits Drive for technology and dedication to projects and clients

    Cons

    No real defined path for advancement. The principals there couldn't care less about helping advance lower staff's career/growth,, they were all talk. Reviews are a joke and lead no where. If you want to advance, you either have to whine about it for years (provided they deem you worth keeping), bring in a million dollar client, or 'work' (wink wink) your way up the ladder. Just ask the former HR manager who went from receptionist to senior associate in record breaking time. And then there is the technical principal. The first thing he does in the morning is put a chip on his shoulder (think napoleon complex). No one likes working with him and he would even fight and argue with vendors who came to hold lunch and learns because according to him, he knew EVERYTHING. And the managing principal says nothing because he loves having his faithful minions that will follow him anywhere he goes. Before all the former SOM'ers, HOK NY was great, but they ruined everything about that work environment there.

    Advice to Management

    Talk is cheap, actually try and help the staff to advance. Get rid of principals who bully and intimidate instead of lead!


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  5. False Primises

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some good co workers. Fun at first.

    Cons

    Hyped up. False promises. Management doesnt value employees. Everyone is expendable. High turnover. Surprised some people were actually hired and are working for the company. Below par compensation and long hours. No interesting projects.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees. Invest in them. Be more transparent as to what is going on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Sub-Par Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Architect in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Architect in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people and some interesting projects. Also, there is free coffee and all the tea you can handle.

    Cons

    Management does not value its staff. Extremely high turnover rate and below par compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce high turnover.


  7. Helpful (2)

    design professional

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great place to be for learning

    Cons

    protocols and bureaucracy makes difficult to go up the ladder sometimes


  8. Helpful (1)

    More hype than reality

    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Design Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at HOK (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people Somewhat flexible hours - for the industry

    Cons

    Very top heavy Lacking innovation Slow growth


  9. Helpful (3)

    HOK

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    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Recommends

    I worked at HOK full-time

    Pros

    great company, very nice people, interesting projects

    Cons

    slow promotion, no clearance as how it works, higher level management doesn’t care about mid/junior level staff which work hard to deliver projects


  10. Helpful (1)

    Guide

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    Current Employee - SENIOR IT MANAGER | ASSOCIATE in Washington, DC
    Current Employee - SENIOR IT MANAGER | ASSOCIATE in Washington, DC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Overall technology is continually state of the art. Atmosphere promotes individual strengths and team leadership opportunities. Large corporate footprint allows for relocation options.

    Cons

    Driven environment may not be suitable with many. As it's core business is not IT, the average salaries may not be as competitive with other IT market place industries. Business subject to economic swings of energy and federal contracting vehicles.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great people but low pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at HOK full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are many people who have been working at HOK for decades and everyone (for the most part) becomes family. Junior staff have the opportunity to learn a great deal from very experienced architects.

    Cons

    As with many other architectural firms, the pay is low and the hours are long. The company also has great difficulty firing dead weight, often hanging on to poor performing staff/ineffective leadership for years.



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