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Updated October 16, 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)

  • Lack of organisation and sometimes honesty from senior management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "lots of talking, weak or no actions - no good perspectives or chances of development for young engineers"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    international atmosphere, employees get along very well, interesting projects (on the surface)

    Cons

    - no sustainable design at all
    - management does not know who to treat people, social intercourse of the management is terrible, they talk a lot (one could say they like hearing themselves talking) but no actions, unfortunatelly the tone sometimes is absolutely inappropriate
    - no appreciation
    - most people are totally underpaid (of course we talk about that, although you try to prevent that. Why do you do anyways..?!)
    - office space is a mess (they prefer to spend as little money as possible on the rent. Defective furniture and fixtures)
    - management does not "lead" or "conduct" the people, they prefer to "rule".. and they are incorrigible
    - problems are not tried to be solved - managment prefers to whitewash and sit them out
    - stop making up stories why people supposedly leave the company - by the end of the day it has been always the same reasons in the past 2-3 years.

    Advice to Management

    - treat your people as they deserve, they the most valuable you have (and keep loosing)
    - listen to what people say.. and take responsibility and action
    - do not just talk - act!
    - stop lying to YOUR people! They are not stupid.
    - arbitrary pride makes things worse usually - be honest and self-critical
    - devide areas of responsibility of the management more clearly (it does not help to take decisions if you have 5 different opinions from 5 people who claim to be the decision makers)
    - work together (!) with your employees
    - support your employees in their development, promote their skills and abilities - don't just pretend you do
    - top manager at the location should not do their own thing - you are part of the team - integrate! If you don't want to integrate: pass some responsibilty to other people and make cleare who is in charge of what and make that more transparent
    - take a look at the market and other offices and do not just claim to know what's going on "out there"

    BuroHappold Response

    Oct 20, 2017 – Senior Manager

    Hi, thank you for your comments. As a business, we know that our people are our most valuable asset. Following our employee engagement survey and the feedback within our Berlin office, we have taken... More


  2. "Senior Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BuroHappold (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Higher salary than most of the competitors.

    Cons

    Poor management which fails to address the company needs and communicate with staff. Serious issue with racism in the Hong Kong office, discriminating and not recognizing the local staff for their effort.

    BuroHappold Response

    Oct 9, 2017 – Manager

    Thank you for your comments. We're sorry that you felt this way - we strive for everyone to feel welcome and your experience is the furthest from our values and what we stand for. We take these... More

  3. "Super!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Berlin (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    attraktive Vergütung
    anspruchsvolle Aufgaben
    Work-Life-Balance

    Cons

    Keine Kontras, alles ist super


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Ordinary place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time

    Pros

    Some good people, I am lucky to have a decent manager.

    Cons

    Rubbish salary, ordinary work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Need to place more emphasis on employee value.

    BuroHappold Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thank you for your thoughts. We do value our employees and their opinions and have introduced various initiatives to try and reinforce this; our recent 'Values Exchange' was designed to give... More


  5. "Graduate Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility and exposure to various projects at very early stages

    Cons

    Lack of organisation and sometimes honesty from senior management

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your employees with potential are rewarding and want to stay

    BuroHappold Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Our aim is to provide our graduates with as much exposure to projects as possible to aid their learning and offer an opportunity to contribute... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good team to work with

    Cons

    Small pay rises and the same reasons every year


  7. "Buro Happold : Asia and Middle East"

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

    I have been working at BuroHappold full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High profile and complicated projects
    Passionate Engineers, some of them real gems
    Good exposure to work across a different spectrum of projects
    40 year old company, so has a brand value

    Cons

    Western and Local /Asian employees not treated equally
    Big pay difference between local/Asians and Westerners
    Lack of focus / attention to detail on bidding
    Tendency to pick up only complicated work resulting in big losses
    Lack of commitment from the stake holders responsible for the success of the region
    Too many partners in Middle East and too less in Asia
    Pay review process and salary banding exercise on paper looks organised, but in fact is way off the market
    Design teams do not get a lot of support from partners/directors

    Advice to Management

    Lack of commitment from Senior Leadership means the local teams are confused about the future and job security .

    Changing business model in ME will not make useless expensive people worth it
    Lack of new work due to not being competitive in a price sensitive market does not mean we stop doing what we have been good at for 40 years, rather than becoming lean and getting rid of the flab we have accumulated over these years.

    Engineers given the responsibility to run business without understanding all good engineers are not business leaders/entrepreneurs.

    The business offering , thinking, size (( top heavy at present) and shape needs to change if they have to become successful / even survive anywhere outside UK.

    They need to start thinking & hiring local to become global in real sense. Very few non UK based partners hence no real diversity in leadership.

    BuroHappold Response

    Sep 6, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thank you for your comments, we do take your feedback seriously and would like to expand on some of the points you have raised.
    The Middle East has always been a very important part of our... More

  8. "Good Company, prestige projects, good for career development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Bath, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Engineer in Bath, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very posh projects, advanced techniques of design, well known company, access to many engineers with specialist knowledge

    Cons

    Location - Bath (expensive to live), average money, no car - just allowance for associated, very high level of people leaving the company due to financial aspect

    Advice to Management

    Improve coordination between the teams and offices.

    BuroHappold Response

    Sep 4, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. It's great to hear you're networking with Engineers from other disciplines and expanding your knowledge base. Our Reward team does perform... More


  9. "Great projects and great people"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Consultant in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are very interesting and generally well run. Good team connectivity. A genuine interest in seeing staff develop and remain in the company. Good over all packages.

    Cons

    Take home pay is not great, but over all package is good.

    BuroHappold Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. Our people are key to the success of our practice and we are always looking for ways to provide development and growth opportunities, so our... More


  10. "Great for the people, not so good on the corporate side"

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    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company full of nuggets of brilliance within it's staff who will be truly passionate about their work. A chance to work on some interesting projects and a real opportunity to innovate if willing to do the brunt of the initial work in your own time.

    Cons

    I have personally found some reticence to invest in bottom up innovation from upper management. Using new software has proven very difficult to get through IT.

    Advice to Management

    Please allow for more time for innovation and really try to foster bottom up innovation. It's the little people stuck on computers that know how to optimise their workflow. Follow the toyota example.

    BuroHappold Response

    Aug 4, 2017 – Manager

    Hello
    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We endeavour to be a company that is flexible and one which encourages our people to suggest fresh ideas. As we are a relatively small practice... More


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