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Updated February 19, 2017
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  • Some people don't have work life balance and some do, depends on what team you are on (in 7 reviews)

  • Individuals with little to no design experience become project leaders and actually are promoted to senior management levels (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Technical Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great history and reputation.
    Quality of expertise is the highest.

    Cons

    Can feel far from the company core ideals in England.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good location, and some very bright, interesting people to work with. Many managers care about a life/work balance. Lots of opportunities to follow specific interests.

    Cons

    Senior Management could communicate better with staff about their plans and direction and business performance. The bonus scheme is obtuse. Very little visibility of business services staff or business support. Salaries are too low.

    BuroHappold Response

    Feb 10, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for your thoughts, we greatly value you taking the time to share them. It's great to hear you talk so positively about your colleagues; we do believe our people are the essence of ... More


  3. "Flexible great employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time

    Pros

    BuroHappold has a lovely atmosphere and the leadership and everyone here are genuinely nice people who see the people who work here as individuals rather than resources. The partners are accessible and managers are approachable. The company does fantastic exciting work and encourages us to stretch ourselves and follow what we love to do. I have had several exciting opportunities here to travel and do new projects that really interested me. I feel the people here care about my career and what it means to me.

    Cons

    The pay can be not as high as other companies, but the flexibility over working hours and the like make up for that. They need to work on having better standard processes that management are seen to support as it can feel at times that I don't know what good looks like. Their managers need better training in what it means to be a manager and the impact they have on the motivation of people. It can also be a bit of an "old boys club" at times which gets a bit irritating, who you know not what you know, but I hope this is changing as they are putting in place new processes for better project management.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership need to more consistently talk about the direction for the company and how it applies to people like me. Every message I get is a little bit different so I do not feel connected to any forward mission!

    BuroHappold Response

    Feb 10, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We aim to be a transparent business and our leaders do try and be accessible and available to all. It's great to hear you relish opportunities ... More


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  5. "Really good place for interns"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team. Good mood. Interns are really involved in the company's activities.

    Cons

    A higher salary should be paid. Particularly in London.

    Advice to Management

    As a foreign intern, I think they could open wore widely the European recruitment for interns.

    BuroHappold Response

    Feb 16, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for taking the time to write a review - we're glad to hear you enjoyed your internship with us. We aim to offer our interns a full flavour for our practice and so we're pleased you ... More


  6. "Good office culture"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people who like their jobs and are helpful if you ask.

    Cons

    Training needs are not often met. Especially more specialised fields such as seismic design...

    BuroHappold Response

    Feb 3, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for your thoughts. It's excellent to hear that you enjoy working with your colleagues, and you feel confident asking for support. We do encourage knowledge-sharing at all levels and ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "10 years working at BuroHappold - I love it!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuroHappold part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Well connected offices and teams globally
    Great project portfolio
    Working with talented engineers
    Option of Flexible working which is great for me as a working Mum!

    Cons

    Salary is sometimes lower than competitors however the project portfolio you get to work on is remarkable!

    BuroHappold Response

    Jan 16, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thanks for taking the time to write your comments. We do endeavour to embrace modern working styles and allow flexibility around working hours for individuals. We strive to be one ... More


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Supportive Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, supportive and understanding managers and support staff.
    Looks after it's employees with benefits and has a good working environment.

    Cons

    No car parking on site

    BuroHappold Response

    Jan 16, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts. We really do strive to create a positive and motivational working environment, and try offer flexible arrangement to align with modern ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company where you can really learn and develop your career"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    BH has a reasonably flat structure so you get access to leaders of the business and international colleagues quite readily which is great for networking and informal mentoring, this also means that you can be given exposure to great projects from an early stage and gain a lot of useful experience very quickly, working on a mixture of international and local projects.

    There is a nice culture at BH, laid back but driven at the same time. People are given the freedom to work autonomously and with others and to be creative and curious in their roles.

    Cons

    BH doesn't always get it quite right (which company does) but it does care about its people and is passionate about design excellence and working on the best projects and that means having the best people.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to employees, don't lose that human touch that is still possible in a company this size.

    BuroHappold Response

    Jan 16, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thanks for your thoughts! Our aim is to create a framework that enables the free exchange of ideas and knowledge as we feel this encourages learning and creativity. It's great to hear that you ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great work and great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Structural Engineer in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BuroHappold full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting projects and excellent support from management. Opportunities to work on the best projects In the U.K. and world. Strong culture of personal development and very social workplace

    Cons

    Pay could be more competitive, but at a senior level it appears to be equal or better to industry standard.

    BuroHappold Response

    Jan 6, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for your review. We're glad you relish the work on projects. Our projects are successful because of our people; we thank you for your hard-work and delivery of challenging and ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to be creative"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuroHappold part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    BuroHappold offers a genuine environment for free thinking. This isn't reserved solely for the Engineering Fraternity, ideas are welcomed whatever your role within the business.
    Engaging projects for all to relate to.
    Meaningful work provides a collective sense of pride across the business.
    An energetic and inspiring CEO provides clear direction.
    Embraces change.

    Cons

    Can feel a little unstructured to some but that's how the creativity is nurtured.
    Won't feel corporate enough for some.
    Can feel like a lot of change happens at once, but it's how the business remains sufficiently agile.

    BuroHappold Response

    Jan 6, 2017 – HR team

    Hello Thank you for your comments. We believe we are one global team and welcome ideas from all employees. We're pleased to learn that you feel empowered to share your thoughts. It's great to hear ... More



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