Kohn Pedersen Fox
3.4 of 5 12 reviews
www.kpf.com New York, NY 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Apr 13, 2014

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83% Approve of the CEO

Kohn Pedersen Fox President Lee A. Polisano

Lee A. Polisano

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Rewarding

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox part-time

ProsCoworkers are friendly, management is understanding and the learning curve is huge.

Consnone that I can think of.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Summer intern

Intern Architect (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox as an intern for less than a year

ProsA diverse array of high-profile projects; friendly, smart people; great coffee; Bryant Park across the street!

ConsSomewhat disorganized leadership; long hours, especially if you're on a China project; I was only a summer intern and therefore was fine with long hours because I had an end date, but I could see being burned out fairly quickly.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Bad > Good

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time

ProsMost of them are really nice and smart people
Great location
Great projects

ConsUnprofessional management (including people and projects)
Short sighted decisions
A few people want to be recognized even they are doing nothing
Bad pay

Advice to Senior ManagementVery easy to lose good employees, improve management from every angle

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Too many chiefs, not enough indians

Intermediate Architect (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than a year

ProsNice people. Great office space.

Consmanagement only concerned with their advancement

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on keeping good workers & reward them

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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First and Last 6 months

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat office space, kitchen, midtown area, lots of social activities for employees.

ConsDepartment worked in treated me very distastefully after 3 months of working there. Wasn't allowed to take a sick day (with a 110 fever).

Advice to Senior ManagementDon't judge a book by it's cover, get both sides of the situation.

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Good projects, great people, bad hours, bad salary

Architect II (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than a year

ProsGet to work on some high-profile and sometimes beautiful, massive building projects (depending on your team). Lots of cool, chill people, at least compared to the stiffs at other corporate architecture firms.

ConsThe senior people are dinosaurs, no idea about digital work. Terrible management, have you doing endless iterations/variations on a design and then not even bother showing it to the client. No transparency between upper management and employees, too much secrecy. No salary improvements since 2008.

Advice to Senior ManagementTalented employees need to be heard, and nurtured, to bring the best work out of them. Carrot-and-stick incentives do not work anymore (especially when there are only sticks!), and if you truly want to continue to do outstanding work please engage with the junior designers you hire.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Senior Associate Principal (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart people
High standards
Varied design exposure
Good internal education program and training opportunities
Good opportunity to gain exposure to outside professional activities

ConsLong hours are often expected and deadlines can be very tight
Lots of late night international conference calls
Split floors make communications difficult

Advice to Senior ManagementCould use more teambuilding activities
Improve staffing and resourcing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A fast-paced workplace with diverse, qualified employees.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Kohn Pedersen Fox

ProsChallenging, relevant projects; highly-qualified, reputable employees; overall pleasant work atmosphere

ConsLower pay than other firms; employee/supervisor reviews don't happen frequently; employees easily overworked with so many projects to jump between

Advice to Senior ManagementMore company sanctioned social events; greater degree of transparency in how and when employee-supervisor reviews are held

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Time consuming but rewarding.

Summer Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox

ProsWell known firm with big, high-quality projects

ConsLong hours depending on project

Advice to Senior ManagementMore compensation for employees in terms of days off, retreats, friday lunches, happy hours, etc.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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No work-life balance at all

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
London, England (UK)

I worked at Kohn Pedersen Fox

ProsTotally negative aspects, there is nothing primary positive to work in KPF

ConsWorking hours are insane, expected to work 24/7 till midnights incl. weekends. If you do not, you're sided and out of the group.
It's crazy,especially when you need work life balance! They are squeezeing blood from their employees!

Advice to Senior ManagementEspecially some of them come to the office late close to noon and put their comments after late evening with lots to change, sometimes talk in a rude manner....

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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