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Foster + Partners Reviews

Updated December 3, 2018
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Pros
  • "Great Projects, facilities, training" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Friendly work environment with colleagues" (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Very long hours, quantity before quality" (in 21 reviews)

  • "Behind the times in terms of work life balance; working from home is frowned upon" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (10)

    "F+P New York Office Review"

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

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    At the time decent opportunity as a growing satellite office. Much more responsibility than colleagues in the main London office. Small office culture, big office clout.

    Cons

    NY management at the time was not great, but heard it has gotten better in recent years. The office is not completely independent. Still must answer to London. Long hours, but as expected in the industry.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great project with mediocre benefits and salary"

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    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Designer in Cupertino, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Foster + Partners (More than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting project!
    The best benefit of the company is 25 days paid vacation since it is a British firm.
    Surrounded by very talented colleagues.

    Cons

    Maybe because this is a site office, the office operates with lots of Hierarchies. Workload can sometimes be unbearing, meaning countless hours without getting paid.

  3. Helpful (15)

    "Very tough place to work - sets you up well for next job though"

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

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great projects, great city to be exposed to. High profile clients, designers and consultants. Beautiful office space to work in. You can get any job after this, and can get into any grad school you want.

    Cons

    Extreme hours, horrible work environment, people tend to be mean spirited and beaten down due to workload and hours. Very little mobility within the office, very hierarchical, Norman Foster is god. Once you are in the door, very difficult to get pay raises, you have to threaten leaving. You can't choose projects you are working on, even if you have experience on said project. Partners tend to be very egotistical and will expect/make you work extremely late nights (1am-4am) and weekends. Worked there for a number of years, probably only had 10-15 weekends to myself

    Foster + Partners Response

    Feb 29, 2016 – Global Head of HR

    Many thanks for sharing your views. Project work is extremely demanding as you say and the Practice is always striving for best in class. We have a good track record of moving our talent around the... More


  4. Helpful (1)

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    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in Cupertino, CA
    Current Employee - Architectural Assistant in Cupertino, CA

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    Working on big scale project with very compeitive people.

    Cons

    very long hours, no work life balance


  5. Helpful (1)

    "foster and parttners work experience"

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

    Pros

    Very good to make high end architecture experience and grow as senior architect. High quality, highest standard of design

    Cons

    work life balance is quite low


  6. "Architect ARB RIBA"

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

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great projects, great work environment. You are provided with great tools and facilities to design the best
     Solutions possible

    Cons

    Big company with a big work force. Competitive environment and little room at the top. Not a company when you can progress rapidly

    Advice to Management

    Salary variation according employment starting date is a bit of an issue. You get cases where new starters get payed more than employees who have worked for 3 years in the company. It is devastating for moral and for long time employment commitment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "BIM Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - BIM Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - BIM Coordinator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good vibrant environment, young average age, good projects, corporate culture and amenities

    Cons

    some crazy working hours, bad management sometimes, promotions are not based in meritocracy, but in politics., high rate of rotation of people.

    Advice to Management

    hold the talent that is leaving te company

  8. "Positive"

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    Former Employee - 3D Modeler in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - 3D Modeler in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Atmosphere, pace, energy, knowledge, team spirit

    Cons

    Life and work balance should be improved

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of the talent


  9. "Great place to start"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Foster + Partners full-time

    Pros

    Great social life, you meet interesting exciting people

    Cons

    Those exciting people leave the office after 3-5 years


  10. "Architect"

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

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Best architecture practice in Europe. Wide range of projects

    Cons

    Pressure over deadlines and doing over hours.