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Foster + Partners Reviews

Updated April 14, 2017
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Pros
  • Great Company, great enviroment, great projects (in 7 reviews)

  • The technologies are cutting edge (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Very long hours policy and lack of consciousness how unhealthy this can be for the employees (in 19 reviews)

  • Working hours can be long at times as Foster (in 11 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "F+P New York Office Review"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (4)

    "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 (6)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. "_"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "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


  7. "Senior Interior Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Foster + Partners full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great Company, great enviroment, great projects

    Cons

    No cons, grweat company again


  8. "Good first job opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Secretary in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Project Secretary in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous salary
    Subsidised canteen and cashless payment system
    sociable teams and frequent social events

    Cons

    Completely patriarchal company
    limited opportunity or scope for progression
    location on the river is scenic, but it is difficult to get to by tube


  9. "Architect"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Architect in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Be able to work on very big and cool projects all over the world

    Cons

    Super hierarchy structured, traditional class level based culture. Good for short period of time in terms of experiences.


  10. "Good place to be"

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

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, friendly colourful people, travel opportunities, not too much pressure if you are not an architect, good overtime rate, good location

    Cons

    This is a very good place for an architect who can develop very good skills and can have a good career path trough the company but if you work in the support services your progression is limited...


  11. "Central Services"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reward Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Reward Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A great working environment, in a very supportive team. My ambition has been appreciated and I have been encouraged by the learning and development opportunities in place

    Cons

    The location of Foster + Partners is the only downside


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